Mixing High End, High Street & DIY.

Olivia Emily wears Killstar Dana dress, Kiki Minchin necklace, spiked garter, Saint Laurent Fetish boots YSL SLP

Eyelet Studded Beret – Asos
Moon Phases Pin (worn on collar)* – Nyxturna
Silver ‘Classic Cross’ Necklace – Kiki Minchin
Dana Mesh Top Dress with crescent moon embroidery* – Killstar
Chain Belt – DIY
Matte Black Rings* – The Rogue and The Wolf
Spiked Silver Ring* – Nyxturna
Garter – DIY
‘Fetish’ Lace Up Ankle Boots – Saint Laurent 

Over the recent years, my wardrobe has started to become an assortment of old and new, high end and low end. This outfit seems to be a display of all the points from my wardrobe’s growth, which is a pretty cool coincidence!

When I was younger my wardrobe was predominately secondhand pieces I’d picked up on the cheap, alongside things I’d been bought as birthday gifts. I’d also make DIY pieces to make exactly what I wanted, like this garter! It was an old spiked headband but I sewed organza flowers to it, shortened it and tied it off to be the right size for my leg. The belt I’m wearing here is also just an old bag chain that I doubled round and clipped in place!

Since I started working I started adding to it with more cute things from the high street/online stores. I’ve also been incredibly lucky in that I’ve been able to add more pieces to my closet through being a blogger :3

Recently, I’ve picked up a couple of staple high-end ‘investment pieces’ to keep as core parts of my wardrobe. That’s not to say I’m in any position to be splashing out full price on these things at all! I don’t think I’ve bought a full price designer piece, well… ever (worst fashion blogger ever? Haha). Sample sales, staff discounts and sale markdowns on staple items are your best friend for getting an awesome deal on high-end pieces. For example, I picked up these Saint Laurent boots at a sample sale for 10% of the original price! They’d obviously been worn by a model but scuffs on the soles aren’t really a problem if I’m wearing them. (Yay for bargains!)

What kind of pieces is your wardrobe made up of? Do you have any investment pieces, or anything you are saving for? I’m currently saving for a few out-of-range bits from independent designers (more than deserving of the full price, IMO)

And as a side note – you’ll see from the below pictures that I actually started out this outfit wearing my beret. I took it off whilst shooting as I couldn’t decide whether it worked with this outfit or not, haha. I was hoping to be giving off some seriously badass Jill Valentine vibes… but I don’t think I’ll ever be quite that cool >.<

Love!xxx

Olivia Emily wears Killstar Dana dress, Nyxturna moon phases pin and Kiki Minchin necklace 3 olivia emily killstar dana dress, killstar sword earrings, kiki minchin necklace, spiked garter, saint laurent slp ysl booties 4 olivia emily killstar dana dress, nyxturna moon phases pin, kiki minchin necklace 5 olivia emily asos eyelet beret, killstar dana dress, kiki minchin necklace, spiked garter, saint laurent slp ysl booties 6 olivia emily killstar dana dress, nyxturna moon phases pin, killstar sword earrings 7 olivia emily killstar dana dress, nyxturna moon phases pin 8 olivia emily vintage varsity baseball black jacket 9 olivia emily asos eyelet beret, vintage varsity jacket, killstar dana dress, kiki minchin necklace, spiked garter, saint laurent slp ysl booties 10 olivia emily asos eyelet beret, vintage varsity jacket, killstar dana dress, kiki minchin necklace, spiked garter, saint laurent slp ysl booties 11 olivia emily killstar dana dress, spiked garter, rogue and wolf matte black 3d printed ring, nyxturna spike ring 12 olivia emily vintage varsity jacket, nyxturna moon phases pin, rogue and wolf matte black ring, killstar dana dress, kiki minchin necklace, spiked garter Olivia Emily wears Saint Laurent Fetish Lace Up Ankle Boots

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13 Comments

  1. Madeline
    3rd September 2016 / 8:42 pm

    Really awesome outfit! It works so much with the beret haha, also I completely love your make-up here, wish there was a close-up of the eyes. (So envious of your bargain on the YSL shoes :P)

  2. 3rd September 2016 / 10:20 pm

    You are so cool, of course you can wear your berret! Plus I really love you pin.

  3. Carmen
    3rd September 2016 / 11:12 pm

    You’re way too pretty for this world <3

  4. 4th September 2016 / 1:22 am

    It’s amazing how your creations look like they’re from a high-end store! As beautiful as always <3

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  5. Andini
    4th September 2016 / 4:17 pm

    This is just gorgeous, always so inspired by the way you put together all black outfits <3 Still absolutely in love with your YSL boots too! I'm much the same, I prefer to invest in bags and shoes and sales are always my best friend 😀

    Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile 

  6. Jim
    4th September 2016 / 5:21 pm
  7. 4th September 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Damn, the boots are insane! I must say i havent any designer in my wardrobe, but its still young!

    Dana
    Fashion Dew // Bloglovin’

  8. 4th September 2016 / 9:34 pm

    Cool outfit, I like a little DIY adds uniqueness to an outfit. I’ve never bought I full price designer pieces either, bad blogger too
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx | bloglovin

  9. 20th September 2016 / 8:27 am

    I love your outfits so much :3

    I must say that you are the one of my fav models, and you inspired me to do something new 🙂
    Akasza – alternative model

  10. 22nd September 2016 / 10:23 am

    Wow 💖

    themorgai.blogspot.hr

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