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High Fashion’s Coup of “Low Fashion”

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Last Spring the internet blew up after Balenciaga released a $2,1245 bag that looked eerily similar to Ikea’s iconic blue bag (99¢). It seemed like everyone had something to say about the luxury brand taking over something so quintessentially lowbrow. However, the blending of low and high fashion has been on the rise over the past few years with companies like Moschino debuting a runway inspired by McDonald’s, Louis Vuitton producing their own version of the classic Chinatown shopping bag, and more. As streetwear rises up from Instagram and reaches the runway, it is getting harder and harder to tell a luxury brand from a streetwear brand.

As digital natives begin to take over more and more of the consumer market, nothing has become so paramount to fashion brands as figuring out what they want. With the growth of social media, it is clear that irony, snark, and a certain graphic-ness is necessary for success—and no style captures those areas as well as streetwear. The traditional, high-gloss, status-defining nature of companies like Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Balenciaga has had to shift into something edgier and newer. Thus, we seem to be entering a new era where the lines between what belongs on the streets and what on the runway blur heavily.

After Balenciaga, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele may have been one of the first to capitalize on the power of streetwear sites like Highsnobiety by partnering with them to create a shoppable lookbook for Gucci’s graffiti-inspired 2017 Cruise collection. So, what once was viewed as a niche site catering to a subculture of fashion has now risen to working alongside the biggest and oldest names in fashion, and this shift has happened over the entire fashion world. Louis Vuitton recently appointed Virgil Abloh, the founder of Off-White™, an Italian streetwear label, to be their new artistic director of their menswear division. The Parisian brand also had one of the most hyped drops of 2017 after collabing with Supreme.

The bringing in of low and high culture not only creates a market that reaches out to the younger generations, but also allows companies like Balenciaga to sell sweatshirts for more than $900 as well as make headlines over $1000 shoes that look like what your dad would wear in the 80’s. However, the trickling up of low-fashion goes even further than inspiration. Saint Laurent faced serious backlash after debuting a $3,490 lipstick dress (right) that looked almost identical to a $23 Forever 21 dress (left). Thus, as they take inspiration from lower, more affordable designers, luxury brands are expecting consumers to pay much higher prices under the gauze of name-brand and higher production standards. While “the higher the price, the higher the quality” is mostly a myth, many customers are still inclined to believe it. These luxury brands take inspiration from working-class, college-age trends, recreate them, and sell them for much more profit.

While this isn’t a new practice—trickle-up fashion lead to Marc Jacobs’ attempt to take over grunge at Perry Ellis—luxury’s incorporation of streetwear has been met with mostly success. And although it is nice to see something exciting and relevant to the younger population walk the runways, one can only wonder how many collabs we can see until we get tired of watching luxury brands try to rise streetwear above where we can reach.

 

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High Fashion’s Coup of “Low Fashion”; Image credits: @balenciaga on Instagram; @hypebae on Instagram; Stylecaster on GettyImages

Affordable Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas

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Red Hot Alert! Valentine’s Day is only days away, and we are counting down the moments until we can get dressed up and look our best. But why does looking our best have to come with such a hefty price tag? With the winter holidays only just coming to a close, it’s time we substitute our expensive brands for more affordable looks this Valentine’s. Don’t worry; here at Cliché, we will help you trade in those wallet-crunching outfits for affordable look-a-likes and stylish pieces with our low-cost Valentine’s Day outfit ideas.

Mesh Mock Neck Bodycon Dress ($20, charlotterusse.com)

First up on our Valentine’s Day radar is the Mesh Mock Neck Bodycon Dress from Charlotte Russe. Straying from the typical red and pink look that usually debuts on the lover’s holiday, this black bodycon is the anti-Valentine’s look we have all been craving. With a sheer mesh top half, edgy cap sleeves, button-closed back, and curve-hugging bodycon shape, this dress will make your date drool. Priced at only $20, this dress is an absolute steal.

Audrey Keyhole Ruffle Sleeve Dress ($32.90, agacistore.com)

If you’re looking for a sexy red number that’s ideal for a fancy date and a night out, the Audrey Keyhole Ruffle Sleeve Dress is perfect for your V-Day. This elegantly short number will have people wondering where you spent a fortune for such a high-quality dress. The unlined, high round-neck bodycon dress with flirty, ruffled sleeves and an elongated keyhole cutout on the chest will make you the talk of any party — in the best way possible!

Woven Heart Frayed Stripe Poncho ($19.60, forever21.com)

If you’re looking for something a little less dressy, consider the Woven Heart Frayed Stripe Poncho from Forever 21. This soft, knit poncho features an open front, frayed trim, and multi-stripe pattern. It’s subtle yet vibrant burgundy color and handkerchief hem will look perfect when paired with ripped jeans or even a skater skirt. Trade in your dress and heels for this causal look and pair it with a simple shirt, some knee-high boots, and a long necklace. You’ll be turning heads all night with this simple yet classy style. This look is best for a long night out on the town.

Off-Shoulder Mini Dress with Trumpet Sleeve ($24, us.ASOS.com)

Our final must-have this Valentine’s Day follows the off-shoulder fashion trend that everyone is still buzzing about. This red, off-the-shoulder mini dress from ASOS features a flared-gone-chic sleeve design, flowy hem, and elastic strap around the shoulders for optimum control. Trade in the sexy, bodycon look for this more flirty and refined style for a casual date or for a more comfortable long night. Pair it with sandals or heels and a long lined poncho-style coat for walking outside, and you will absolutely look your best this February 14.

Don’t let high-end brands convince you that looking good has to come at a hefty price. There are several reliable brands with runway-style clothing that will keep you looking your best while saving tons!

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Affordable Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas: Featured image courtesy of agacistore.com

The Best Winter Coats for Your Personality

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Let’s face it: Winter is coming. As much as we might not want to admit it (I mean, if you’re like me, you hate the cold!), the season approached us way too fast! The best part about Winter? It’s a sure sign that the holiday season is upon us. The worst part about it? The below freezing temperatures. Let us guess: you probably have loads of coats you either have saved up for this time of the year or you have nothing to choose from at all! That’s where we come in. Here’s a list of the best winter coats for your personality.
The Sassy
Perfect for the gal who is just full of spirit and doesn’t mind being a little cheeky!

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Buy the Longline Draped Open-Front Jacket at Forever 21 for $49.90


The Frugal
You can always rely on Forever 21 to have the best affordable deals. The fabric is so soft and although you probably would still have to layer your clothes underneath, this is one coat you’ll need in your closet ASAP!
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Buy the **Dream Jacket by Unreal Fur at Topshop for $360.00


The Risk-Taker
Let me be clear when I say faux fur is making a huge comeback as of late. This one from TopShop is absolutely stunning.
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Buy the Kensington Long cotton-gabardine trench coat at Net-A-Porter for $1,895


The Big Spender
Everyone needs at least ONE trench coat in their closet. This will break the bank a bit, but it’s always good to invest in something you’ll wear all the time… Right? This works perfect with almost ANYTHING. Seriously!
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Buy the Drape Front Wool Coat at Nordstrom for $675


The Modest
If you’re a fan of the traditional “all day, every day, I wear black” wardrobe, throw this on top for a bit of color. Hey, at least it’s not bright pink!
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Buy the Honey Punch Faux Sherpa Denim Jacket at Pacsun for $42


The New-to-Fashion Gal
All these jackets may bit overwhelming, and I get it, so how about dipping your toes into the fashion world with this denim jacket. It’s fashion-forward and yes, it’ll undoubtedly keep you warm!
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Photograph courtesy of SheIn, Forever 21, Topshop, Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, Pacsun 

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Best Friends

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Valentine’s Day isn’t just a holiday for couples to celebrate; it’s a day for us to show the special people in our lives how much we appreciate and love them for everything they do. We can all agree that one/some of those top people on our “I Love You” lists are our BFFs, the gals and guys that never let us down, especially on this occasion. They’re the ones we can call at any time of the day just to talk when we need someone. The heroes in our lives when we’re having major meltdowns over relationships or life worries. Our personal pick-me-up’s whenever a day has gone sour. The best adventure buddies to go on a trip with just because. They’re the pieces that make us whole, and we totally love them more than we can say! Make sure to show your love for you BFFs with our list of Valentine’s Day Gifts for Best Friends—pizza and cheesy romance flicks included, of course!
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(Partners In Crime Charm Bangle $58, www.katespade.com)
Because they’re the ones we call about whatever crazy, tactical plan we’ve come up with!

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(You Are My Person Card $4.50, www.forever21.com)
This was made famous from Meredith and Cristina’s awesome BFF relationship on Grey’s Anatomy, so making a card from this perfect saying is a must! They totally are our person.

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(The Break-Up Activity Book: Crafting Your Way Through a Broken Heart by Lynn Change $14.90, www.forever21.com)
What better way is there to help your BFF get over a fresh break-up around V-Day than by handing them this book and helping them complete it? BFF’s unite!

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(Hearts Woven Boxer $12/3 for $24, www.urbanoutfitters.com)
Boxers or trunks? This print is made in whichever one your guy BFF prefers! Laughs and giggles will totally be shared. If you have three guy BFFs, this is perfect too—talk about a bargain!

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(I Heart My Cat Mug $12, www.urbanoutfitters.com)
We all have that one crazy, cat lady/man BFF.

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(Get Around Keychain $12, www.shopbando.com)
To remind your best gal friend every day that she truly is a mega babe.

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(Billy Jealousy ‘Beard Envy’ Kit $25, http://shop.nordstrom.com)
Once that beard is grown, your best guy friend can enter into tons of contests. If he wins, call dibs on half of the prize. You obviously helped in that victory!

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(Pave Initial Bar Pendant $32, www.baublebar.com)
Something sweet, simple, and gold.

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(The Tie Bar Silk Stripe Bow Tie $15, http://shop.nordstrom.com)
A bow tie for all of those other fancy occasions. Hey, your guy BFF can even wear it while you watch those sappy romance films!

 

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(Charlotte Tilbury ‘K.I.S.S.I.N.G.’ Mini Lipstick Charm Trio (Limited Edition) $39, http://shop.nordstrom.com)
What better way to end our gift picks than with some lipstick? Mwah!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your BFF!
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5 Ways to Wear a Circle Skirt

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The circle skirt is this season’s most versatile and flattering wardrobe staple. Named for their shape, which is cut like a big doughnut, circle skirts keep the fullness of the skirt at the hem rather than at the waist. The skirt, tight around your waist, flares out around your thighs, creating an hourglass shape on any body type. Sometimes called a skater skirt, this piece is comfortable and easily adaptable for every occasion and style.

Your entire summer wardrobe could be built around one of these striking skirts–like the Light Up My Life Skirt from Modcloth. A gorgeous black skirt is a great investment because you can wear it not only in the warm seasons but also in the fall and winter too! Here are 5 ways to wear a circle skirt:

Edgy

Who says a skirt has to be feminine? Show off your inner rebel with a form-fitting crop top with a tantalizing metallic zipper closure. A bold color will help you stand out from the crowd.

5 Ways to Wear a Circle Skirt

(Clear Cut Crop Top in Navy, $8.80, Forever21.com)

Bohemian

A tiered crop top in soft hues makes the perfect canvas for your most dangly necklaces. A peek of skin between the skirt and the top gives just a hint of carefree sexiness.

5 Ways to Wear a Circle Skirt

(Tiered Crop Tank in Desert Flower, $12.90, Wetseal.com)

Chic

Channel the elegance of mid-century glamour with a pussy bow blouse tucked into your skirt. Soft colors like seafoam will evoke the essence of summer.

5 Ways to Wear a Circle Skirt

(Science of Chic Top, $42.99, Modcloth.com)

Formal

Need a last minute dress for a fancy event? Reinvent the little black dress! Pair a circle skirt with a figure-hugging top with sheer details to keep you cute and classy.

5 Ways to Wear a Circle Skirt

(¾ Sleeve Mesh Inset Crop Top, $11.99, Cicihot.com)

Casual

When you’re hanging out with your girls or watching your favorite heartthrob on the big screen, keep it casual and pair a circle skirt with a relaxed-fit top featuring a tie-front detail.

5 Ways to Wear a Circle Skirt

(Ivory Floral Smocked Tie Front Tank , $29.90, Delias.com)


 
Featured image courtesy Modcloth.com