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How to make affordable luxurious

How to make affordable luxurious

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If you read my “About me” to your right on my page, you’ll see I describe my blog as the IKEA of fashion. This outfit basically goes to prove how this works, head to toe, (well, head excluded, if I’m not going to tell you what hair products I use, which I will not). It’s all about having good basics and spicing it up with some more exciting pieces. This is actually the first time I use my punch line as my title for a blog post and having been at it for a while, it’s about time I show you how it’s done.

The location of this shoot reminds you of an Italian piazza and is a hidden gem in Stockholm which I’ll not share unless someone asks (or actually recognizes the place). The mood of an Italian piazza set the mood for this post and despite not mentioning anything Italian, apart from the obvious Gucci tote, this is a small prequel to my visits to all the fashion weeks in both Europe and NYC this summer. I won’t get into that too much, but all fashion capitals have their own style and whereas this would go unnoticed in London, it suits very well in Milan or Florence.

Back to IKEA country however. How to make something affordable look good is actually quite simple. You pick something affordable, something in the mid segment and something high end. You don’t have to go Gucci just to create an outfit, but could replace the tote with something similar from for example H&M and you’d get away with it. It’s all about how you wear it. This green blazer for instance is from Cubus, a Norwegian high street retailer which offers affordable basics. Personally I hadn’t even set my foot in one of their stores until I recently discovered they make not only affordable, but stylish menswear too.

Combine that blazer with this floral pattern from the Swedish brand, Ciszere and you’ll have a sober, but fun look which is both stylish and playful. Ciszere specialize in shirts of great quality and are currently redefining the boundaries of casual and well dressed, which might as well describe my style in general

When it comes to details, there’s not much jewelry we men can wear, but to make a statement, I’ve added a wooden watch from Original Grain to this outfit. Yet another wooden watch, you say. Well, personally I have not worked with the well known wooden watch brands out there as I don’t believe in them. I believe in them as little as I believe in your typical Daniel Wellington watch and that’s to say, not at all.

What makes Original Grain different from other wooden watches is that all of their wood is reused. The watch I’m wearing, for example, is made out of old whiskey barrels and has an exclusive feel of American oak combined with exquisite details to it. I’ve talked about the importance of giving back to the community before. By each watch sold, money is donated to The Forest Garden Program, which is a simple, replicable and scalable approach. By planting specific types of trees and crops in a systematic manner over a four year period, families can change their lives forever. Forest Gardens provide families with sustainable food sources, livestock feed, products to sell, fuel wood and up to a 400% increase in their annual income. Sustainability is how we build a better world. If you feel like building a better world yourself, you get a 10% discount on your purchase from Original Grain Watches by using the promo code THOMAS10.
Now off to saving the planet and building an affordable, luxurious, yet sustainable wardrobe!

Blazer: Cubus
Shirt: Ciszere
Watch: Original Grain
Tote: Gucci

Jeans: Cheap Monday
Sneakers: H&M

Photographer: Linda Andersson 

68 Comments

  1. Samjah
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 02:48 PM
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    I am an advocate for mixing high and low end brands!! It works so well!!! You don’t have to always be extravagant to look good. It’s about how you wear the clothing. If you wouldn’t have mentioned your outfit deets, I would have guessed that your entire outfit was very expensive. And that watch is just beautiful! Loved this post!

  2. Anthony @oh_anthonio
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 03:09 PM
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    Love this outfit Thomas! It’s nice to see you in a blazer to switch it up and I agree that you don’t have to buy designer to pull off a designer look!

  3. Jennifer Quattrucci
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 03:10 PM
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    Dear Tommy ( my Tommy) .
    I absolutely love how you combine the high and low ! I think I do too, except it’s all low but I wish some of it was high. Perhaps if I borrowed something of my mom’s or took my mom’s advice about choosing some …. but I digress … I am absolutely obsessed with this Gucci bag and will definitely look for an affordable H&M ! I love the lines of both Cubus and Ciszere and I’m excited because my husband is starting to take an interest in fashion and is intrigued by both sites !!!
    I never had an Original Grain so thank you so much for the info and the code !!

  4. Jo
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 03:11 PM
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    Your high-low style is so on point! You know you’ve done the high-end look well when you don’t know where the luxury ends and the bargains begin, just as you’ve demonstrated here. I’m loving all the fab little details in your outfit as well. Knowing now that the wood of your watch has been repurposed from old whiskey barrels makes it even cooler.

    xo, Jo
    http://www.cutandchic.com

  5. Miki
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 03:20 PM
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    I think this is my favourite outfit from you so far! Great outfit, Thomas! You look amazing. I love the mix of prints, and also a lover of mixing high end with high street. I often feel you can get away with looking elevated without having to spend so much. The detailed work on this wood watch is really nice, and the accessories really pulled the entire look all together so nicely!

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

  6. Aimara
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 04:02 PM
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    Well is just that everything looks amazing on you! You have an amazing style and I love how you call your blog the IKEA of fashion! It’s perfect because you always look like a million bucks and this outfit is no exception!
    Love that watch, seriously, the coolest wooden watch I’ve seen in a while!
    Keep it up friend!
    Oh and about that location, I might contact you to share it because I want to go to Stockholm during Summer 🙂
    XO
    Aimara
    http://www.waysofstyle.com

  7. Jennifer SavvyGreyStyles
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 04:14 PM
    Reply

    I love how you mixed different items high end and more affordable pieces to create this great look. The print mixing is so trendy and fashion forward! I love that wood watch such a statement piece for sure! And I of course adore that Gucci bag!

  8. Aleksandra Ladygin
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 04:19 PM
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    Having good basics and show how to wear basics is really usefull for some people, not all can wear clothes like you do.
    But I love all about this look and it is really special and luxurious! Especially the watches! Great job, my friend!

  9. Open Kloset
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 04:33 PM
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    Hey Thomas,
    What a Different and Elegant Look, I think I never saw you in Floral Shirt:) Finally 🙂
    Wear Pls more :)))
    The Blazer was so Perfect, Loved the Color and that Shirt From Ciszere…. ohhhh In Love with the Print:) Sweedish Brands are sooo Good, Still my Fav:)
    The Original Grain watch Is very cool, I have a watch from them too, Wood and Metal
    Combo , Very Elegant one:) They have very Cool Watches:)
    Love ?

  10. Candace
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 06:08 PM
    Reply

    You remind me of myself. I do not like sharing where I take my pics because people start copying and soon enough, everyone’s pics start looking the same…eww! The first thing that caught my eye about this look was the beautiful contrast of that blazer and the neutral printed shirt underneath. They just work so well together. I’m definitely all about luxury looks for less!

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com/

  11. Jo
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 06:30 PM
    Reply

    That floral shirt totally “stole” my heart since the minute I saw it. You styled it perfectly with that olive green blazer. I love that you used your blog’s punch line as this post’s title as I always appreciate how you mixed affordable with luxury in the past. That wood watch which looks well designed and made is a perfect accessory for this look. You definitely know how to style your very unique looks, my love. Oh of course my favorite accessory in this look is that Gucci tote and I hope you know why :).

    Love,
    Jo

  12. Coco
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 08:38 PM
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    You are right, you would be and will be such a showstopper in Milan and Florence. Not only because you have the innate sense of style which makes you look low-cost item luxurious. But because your effortless and unique outfits stand out in a crowd of mannequins. Sorry not sorry. That watch made of recycled wood is so cool and I love its concept. Baci, Valeria – Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

  13. Gracie
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 09:00 PM
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    You are the IKEA of fashion. Love the way you paired or grouped your floral shirt, black jeans, blazer & wood looking watch. Great job!

    Xxgracie

    snappedbygracie.com

  14. Mariann yip
    Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at 10:52 PM
    Reply

    I am all about mixing styles together! Of course people love luxury but not everybody can afford it so what I normally do is invest in an expensive piece and mix it with my other affordable items. At the end of the day it isn’t about the price tag and it’s about how you style it!

  15. Gina Diaz
    Thursday April 27th, 2017 at 12:47 AM
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    I love your styling! also, love how you explain step by step how you mixed the high with the affordable pieces. As soon as I saw the title of this blog post and started reading it, it reminded me when I discovered your blog for the first time. It always stayed in my mind what you said in the About part – “to think of your blog as the fashion and lifestyle equivalent of Ikea”. I always thought this was so cool like you are 🙂

    Happy week, babe!!!

  16. Yasmin
    Thursday April 27th, 2017 at 02:27 AM
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    Your outfits always look so classy, but I know from reading your blog that often times your pieces are quite affordable, like the F21 bomber you wore. I agree – it’s all about how you wear them and mixing in a few luxury/luxury-like items can really elevate a less expensive piece.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  17. Jen
    Thursday April 27th, 2017 at 06:36 AM
    Reply

    High, medium, low, extra low, free… I’ll take it all! It’s all about making your look work like you’ve done today Thomas. I love the print of your shirt. So bold and fearless. It pairs well with the jacket. The wood watch is a nice touch and the bag of course speaks for itself. Love the mixing of high to low in the post!

  18. Claudia Di Capua
    Thursday April 27th, 2017 at 01:53 PM
    Reply

    You do such a a great job of making things look luxurious when they are affordable as well. I love how you can incorporate both into your looks!

    ~Claudia Di Capua
    http://www.claudiadicapua.com

  19. Jenelle
    Thursday April 27th, 2017 at 02:09 PM
    Reply

    This is how I like to put my looks together too. So many times I have had people talk to me about mixing high and low. I love to have a nice outfit with luxury accessories and a mix of designers. I would never drop all of my money on one outfit from a top international designer, but a little here and there to mix with my denims and blazers is just right. I have to say that I love the shirt print, it’s very fun, as you say, and masculine at the same time. I think it works harmoniously with the Gucci print and statement bee.
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com

  20. Iliana
    Thursday April 27th, 2017 at 03:50 PM
    Reply

    This is my favorite so far! You look so chic, I love the print on your shirt and that bag looks great on you.

    I totally agree about having good basics. I love building an outfit with them and spicing it up with accessories!

    Xx
    Iliana | http://www.sophisticatedfashionista.com

  21. Lauren
    Thursday April 27th, 2017 at 07:15 PM
    Reply

    I absolutely love how you say you are the IKEA of fashion.. amazing! Also, so true. I agree on mixing higher end pieces in with some inexpensive things too.

    Xx,

    Lauren // http://www.mylifeaslaurr.com

  22. Lana_SHON
    Thursday April 27th, 2017 at 11:55 PM
    Reply

    Very beautiful and chic!

  23. Meg
    Friday April 28th, 2017 at 02:08 AM
    Reply

    Wow I totally love this! Your shirt is such an amazing pattern and you styled it all so well – from the blazer to the watch. You do all of this on a budget which totally amazes me. I don’t like to spend a ton of money on clothes myself, so I love your fashion choices!

  24. Sharon Wu
    Friday April 28th, 2017 at 06:14 AM
    Reply

    you definitely look really luxurious here thomas, as always! i love the paisley print top and your wood watch! such a great combo together 🙂 xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/fashion/elevated-style-with-zappos-clarks/
    @stylelullaby

  25. Sheree
    Friday April 28th, 2017 at 08:20 AM
    Reply

    I’m def a high-lo mixologist myself, I think there is something luxury bag or shoes brings an outfit to life. You don’t necessarily have to wear head to toe designer regalia, but an accent piece here and there is an indication of refined fashion taste. Love how you mixed everything together to create this look and I adore that Gucci bag. As for wood watches, I’m a non-believer as well, but the idea of re-purposing old whisky barrels to make watch faces sounds so fascinating and make a great conversation starter.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom
    Instagram

  26. Samantha Mariko
    Friday April 28th, 2017 at 09:16 AM
    Reply

    Um, hi, you look like you just came out of GQ!! I love how you used good basics with some special pieces to really make a statement. I don’t think a lot of guys can pull off a paisley print as well as you do, Thomas! LOVE<3
    http://www.samanthamariko.com

  27. LAFOTKA
    Friday April 28th, 2017 at 10:21 AM
    Reply

    This is definitely one of my favourite looks of yours! Love the IKEA reference – I’m actually going there today to buy some plants haha! But the shirt and the blazer are soooo lovely and I think would make a great Dinner Date look 😉

    Big love x

  28. Ria
    Friday April 28th, 2017 at 05:30 PM
    Reply

    Love the detail shot and print on your shirt. Looks so good peeking out of your blazer with the watch and everything.

  29. Vanessa Berlin
    Friday April 28th, 2017 at 06:05 PM
    Reply

    Seriously?! This look is amazing, totally chic. I agree with you, because as a Fashion Consultant I always recommend to my clients invest in basics and create their outfits around them. I also love playing with highs and lows. That’s the best way to make any outfit to stand out! That Gucci tote is to die for, it goes fabulous with the pieces you’re wearing. Great post Thomas, I think it’s all about smart styling, that way you can easily make a garment look luxurious.

    Have a nice weekend!

    Vanessa

    http://thefashionstatement.net

  30. Thai Lam
    Friday April 28th, 2017 at 09:38 PM
    Reply

    I really like the mix of luxury brands and affordable brands! love ur Gucci 🙂

  31. Laurelle
    Saturday April 29th, 2017 at 03:11 AM
    Reply

    That shirt is gorgeous! I love how you styled it too! And I totally do the same thing with outfits! Start with basics and add one or two statement pieces to add some zest!
    -Laurelle
    http://www.bellebylaurelle.com

  32. Stephanie
    Saturday April 29th, 2017 at 07:00 PM
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    I believe this may very well have just become my favorite outfit on you. You look so dapper, yet the paisley printed button-up adds the perfect amount of “pizzazz” to the ensemble. The timepiece company also sounds incredible. After working previously with the so-called “well known wooden watch brand” to which you may be referring, I came to find out that while the watch was cool, the company wasn’t as much, and I love that Original Grain has something more to them than just a unique style of wristwatch! So neat!

  33. Charissa
    Saturday April 29th, 2017 at 07:17 PM
    Reply

    Loving our explanation and tips here Thomas! It’s actually how I also give my readers the little tricks. Mixing and matching. With one more expensive brand, your whole look instantly looks more chique. XO Charissa || http://www.ladygoldapple.com ||

  34. Christine Kong
    Saturday April 29th, 2017 at 10:44 PM
    Reply

    I am totally with you on mixing high and low brands together. I don’t think you have to buy brand names to look chic and you prove that! I love this paisley print shirt and the olive jacket is so tailored and well put together. And can we talk about this watch? Wood is so beautiful and I love the natural elements. I really like that it is oak and the combination of the white wood on the face. The Gucci tote is equally amazing as the look and really finishes off this outfit. xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

  35. Vale
    Sunday April 30th, 2017 at 09:29 AM
    Reply

    Mixing high and low is also my mantra, especially spending much money on accessories compared to clothes. Love your Gucci tote and your shirt. The watch is very unique and yes, different from the usual wooden watches out there. Lovely outfit!

    Fashion and Cookies – fashion & beauty blog

  36. Claudia
    Sunday April 30th, 2017 at 07:43 PM
    Reply

    It’s all about mixing high and low end brands, I personally even find it a bit dull when I see people wearing head-to-toe designer outfits. Btw, you can get away wearing a garbage bag and still look stylish hehe! That jacket looks like a million bucks, the stitching deets are so perfect! That Gucci tote brings the whole look together, well done! xx

  37. samira
    Sunday April 30th, 2017 at 10:05 PM
    Reply

    love this outfit of yours! so good and this location is so nice! also dying over the Gucci 🙂

    xo, Samira
    http://www.leathertolunch.com

  38. Maggie
    Monday May 1st, 2017 at 12:00 AM
    Reply

    Can I just say how much I love this outfit from head to toe? I think the color combination along with the details really accentuate the outfit and is that perfect “well dressed casual” look you mentioned. The olive blazer compliments the floral paisley shirt really well. (I usually feel they tend to be too much, but you proved me wrong.) The wooden watch and sneakers add another casual elements to the outfit, but they all just work so harmoniously well together! Can you tell I’m seriously obsessed? Haha. Well done for making affordable fashion luxurious. I have to try this look on my husband. Lol.

    xoxo,
    Maggie S.
    ❤Clothestomidnight.com

  39. Aurela lacaj
    Monday May 1st, 2017 at 12:01 AM
    Reply

    Tommy you have a great sense of style and your pictures are so beautiful. You are totally right, mixing high and low together looks more stylish to me than head to toe designer pieces. Even if the money wasn’t an issue for me I would still would shop at affordable shops like Zara, Mango, HM. I love that green jacket and the watch is so unique, looks good with the outfit. Gucci tote is gorgeous and brings the whole look together. This look should be totally in a runway. Well done !
    http://www.aurelafashionista.com

  40. Jessie
    Monday May 1st, 2017 at 02:24 AM
    Reply

    I love that watch ! It’s so unique!!! I love mixing luxury items with affordable fashion outfits. It’s definitely an piece of art to master it and you have done it so well here Thomas! always love your creativity.

    xx, Jessie
    http://4evajessie.com/self-reflecting-journey-in-iceland/

  41. Bryanna
    Monday May 1st, 2017 at 02:39 AM
    Reply

    Mixing highs with the lows is by far my favorite way to style outfits! That’s so weird that you decided to talk about your IKEA theory for this post. I had just discovered your amazing tagline in your last post, so it was almost perfect timing in my case haha. This paisley button down with the green blazer is just perfect! There’s something about a blue, green, and brown color combo that just looks so good. That amazing wooden watch and the Gucci bag really tie in the entire look.

    xoxo Bryanna | Coming in Clutch

  42. Stephanie
    Monday May 1st, 2017 at 04:18 AM
    Reply

    IKEA of fashion — I love that! Mixing and matching different price points is important and you do it so well!

  43. Eric K
    Monday May 1st, 2017 at 04:52 AM
    Reply

    Buddy, you are definetely telling us how it’s done . I read your about me while back and I love that line and grwTbtk see you share it with us . This style is absolute perfection

  44. Gabriela Vera
    Monday May 1st, 2017 at 05:47 AM
    Reply

    Thomas, since you read my blog than you know I love affordable fashion. You make this outfit look expensive but didn’t cost much. I love shopping at H&M too.

  45. Kirsten Wendlandt
    Monday May 1st, 2017 at 12:12 PM
    Reply

    I always love mixing high and low brands! It’s definitely a lot more affordable than wearing all high end, and I find mixing in some higher end pieces with some cheaper ones really elevates the whole look. I love your outfit and how you styled it. I’m wearing something from H&M in almost all of my posts, I love shopping there 🙂

  46. Martin EBNER
    Monday May 1st, 2017 at 03:23 PM
    Reply

    I couldn’t agree more Thomas. It’s all about having solid basics and then sprucing up your outfit with more exciting pieces. You nailed this look man!!! I especially love the detail on your timepiece!!

  47. Diana
    Tuesday May 2nd, 2017 at 05:15 PM
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    Thomas, love your style and love that it can affordable. I am big fan of stylish pieces but also that I can afford and later donate. Of course, I would love to wear high end pieces, but I feel I have more important things in my life that I want to invest my money. This shirt looks perfect on you, love print!

  48. Diana
    Tuesday May 2nd, 2017 at 05:15 PM
    Reply

    Dear Thomas, love your style and love that it can affordable. I am big fan of stylish pieces but also that I can afford and later donate. Of course, I would love to wear high end pieces, but I feel I have more important things in my life that I want to invest my money. This shirt looks perfect on you, love print!

  49. shalini
    Tuesday May 2nd, 2017 at 06:35 PM
    Reply

    All I do is mix high and low fashion and this post makes me super happy. Confidence is the key when dressing up. It is not about expensive brands all the time. You killed it in this post with so much confidence. I love the shirt print and the buttons on it. The high top sneakers from HM is super cool too. Your style is so on point Thomas! Keep inspiring! xo shalini styledevotee.com

  50. EVA
    Tuesday May 2nd, 2017 at 07:13 PM
    Reply

    I like how you are dressed up, the blue shirt is gorgeous and I like how you got it with the military green blazer. Do not talk about the shopper, so cute. Even to me I like to mix. In my blog, I try to give my readers affordable ideas as you call them in the reach of everyone. So if I get a Gucci or Chloe bag well come 🙂
    Your watch is super cool, make the difference, to knowing that they use recycled material and support a good cause.
    xx
    Eva
    http://www.themermaidfashion.com

  51. Maryam
    Tuesday May 2nd, 2017 at 09:31 PM
    Reply

    Your style is always on point. And I completely agree with you about having the basics and dazzling up the outfit with some fun and perhaps luxury pieces. I think that’s the art of being stylish. It’s not always about the price tag. BTW, your watch is super stylish. I can even see myself wearing it 😉

    xo, Maryam
    http://www.glamandposh.com

  52. Michelle
    Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 at 12:07 AM
    Reply

    Thomas, I really appreciate your eye for fashion – I love this subtle color combo. And yes you could replace the bag but it’s not gonna be the same as Gucci. Gucci is everything right now. That bag is TDF! My secret to affordable fashion is that you have a good high-low mix which you did perfectly here. Plus my highs are never at retail price LOL.

    Perfection as always!
    XO
    http://www.lehoarder.com/

  53. Luke Ross
    Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 at 08:31 AM
    Reply

    I love love love that Gucci bag, the blind for love series is just my favourite! And it just mixes in so well with your edit of product here. A very nicely balanced outfit!

  54. Lani
    Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 at 01:50 PM
    Reply

    Your outfit selection is so on point, and I wish I owned your Gucci tote. But you’re absolutely right when you say its all about how you style it, if you wear with with confidence you can totally pull at $20 H&M tote off just the same. I’m also digging your watch, and let me just quote you real quick: Regarding the “Wood Watch” we all see and hate on instagram “I believe in them as little as I believe in your typical Daniel Wellington watch and that’s to say, not at all.” LOL! I could not agree more. I like that the brand you partnered with is eco friendly and actually cares about the world we live in and GIVES BACK. Bravo Original Grain!
    xo Lani | http://www.withlovefromlani.com

  55. Sarah
    Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 at 04:04 PM
    Reply

    Thomas, I seriously love your style. You always dress so well and I love that you make your outfits affordable. I love to mix high street and branded items in my looks too, I think it makes us more relatable to others. It really is the perfect formula for an outfit. So back to your amazing outfit, I honestly love how you take fashion risks and you pull them off so effortlessly. Your shirt is so gorgeous and not many people could pull it off, but you work it so well :). And I completely agree with you, the perfect accessory for a man is a watch. Yours is such a special piece, my anniversary is coming up so I may get this one for my husband.

    xxx
    Sarah
    http://sarahatiq.com/

  56. Eliza
    Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 at 04:27 PM
    Reply

    Absolutely agree with you about the basic pieces. All you have to do is to spend some money to some rather statement high-end pieces and then you can mix them with everything else to create lots of new looks.

    And wow! The watch looks fantastic, it’s so unique and very original.

    This place looks fantastic. I’ve visited Stockholm several times but never seen this place before. This is definitely a hidden gem and a perfect location for a fashion shooting.

    Cheers, Eliza | http://www.fashion-confession.com

  57. Andreea Birsan
    Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 at 06:53 PM
    Reply

    My first thought when seeing your shots was that the backdrop looks very similar to an Italian piazza, I guess great minds think alike, hehe. As for the post, I’ll have to agree, having great basics really matters, because they can make the difference. Investing a little more in a white shirt, a better pair of jeans or some tailored trousers can save our outfit and make it look more polished. Also calling your blog IKEA fashion got me giggling. Great post and outfit! Wishing you a great day! xx

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

  58. amanda
    Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 at 08:53 PM
    Reply

    This entire outfit Thomas! I love it! The blazer is absolutely perfect! I guess I never realized, but I generally style the same way and not usually intentionally, that’s just the way it works out! The Ciszere shirt is perfection. I’m usually not a fan on that print because in the south in the USA it’s usually some hideous color and it’s just too much! I’m sure you must know what I’m talking about since you spent some time here growing up. This color pallet allows the pattern to be interesting without over powering the entire look! Love the Gucci too! Perfect tote!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

  59. Jacqueline
    Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 at 11:00 PM
    Reply

    I love how you always spice up all your outfits. And this print is seriously amazing! And I’d pretty much go as far to say you’re always dressed to the nines. You just have great style (obviously)

  60. Tandya
    Thursday May 4th, 2017 at 01:35 AM
    Reply

    Great post! Thank you for sharing! I need to have my boyfriend read this post! This outfit is so stylish. I always mix high end and low end. You can find me wearing a Celine bag, with a Zara top and sometimes H&M! My favorite touch that this outfit has is the Original Grain wooden watch.

  61. Jessica
    Thursday May 4th, 2017 at 03:12 AM
    Reply

    You definitely have an immense talent for making the affordable look highly luxurious and are always fashionable! I enjoy your ‘about me’ statement a lot! I like how you use IKEA for reference! I get it! xo, Jessica

  62. Brown Eyed Toast
    Thursday May 4th, 2017 at 03:26 AM
    Reply

    Loving your outfit hack! It makes a lot of sense too- something from all portions of the price spectrum. By doing so you get the perfect blend of looking casual and put together with a touch of affluence. I recall seeing that floral paisley print (perhaps it’s not paisely, but the pattern really reminds me of it!) on your IG feed, and I love it all the more here! It’s perfectly styled with that green blazer, which also has great details like those exposed seam pockets. Also, how great that you found such a unique watch brand! Agreed, I too have little interest in the really common ones out there, but I love that Original Grain also has a great social initiative. Looking good while doing good- you can’t go wrong with that!

    xo Soo | http://www.BrownEyedToast.com

  63. Darlene
    Thursday May 4th, 2017 at 03:40 AM
    Reply

    Hi Thomas!

    I believe how Swedish people can turn something simple to extravagant! you guys are the pioneer in this IKEA fashion well everything actually. I guess elegance comes naturally in your genes. you look so expensive and how cute is that Gucci bag!
    xxxx
    http://www.thenewgirl.me

  64. Rachel Holliday
    Thursday May 4th, 2017 at 11:45 AM
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    It’s so cool that this watch is made out of old whiskey bottles- that’s chic recycling for sure 🙂 Your tips are all great- I think that outfits are the best when its a mix of lower end and luxury and I absolutely love that shirt on you.

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

  65. Leila D
    Thursday May 4th, 2017 at 11:44 PM
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    Hey Thomas! I love your look. Also,I think the watch is very pretty. What a cool idea to use old whiskey barrels. When it comes to fashion it’s all how you wear it and pull it off. When you have style , anything goes and you definitely rock this outfit. I love mixing affordable and luxurious items too, makes things more interesting. Xx

  66. Dom
    Monday May 8th, 2017 at 02:02 AM
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    Hello Tommy! First of all I love this whole look! When I saw it on your IG, I could not wait to find a second to head over to your blog and read about what you are wearing. I LOVE that blazer and that shirt. You and I are similar that way. There is no way in hell I’m going to wear designer clothes head to toe. I have to find a way to make expensive things cheap. As a matter of fact most of my pricey clothing comes from the goodwill that I get for dirt cheap prices with brand new quality. Anyways, I love this post and I gotta give a shout out to that awesome gucci (insert thumbs up emoji) Thanks for blending affordable with luxury, makes it easier for us normal people to get ideas, lol.
    xoxo, Dom

  67. Bernice
    Wednesday May 10th, 2017 at 06:07 AM
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    Snorted when I read “ikea country” hahaha The watches do look classy and stylish!

    https://www.bunnybernice.com/single-post/2017/05/10/Peachy-Keen-Sweater-Review-with-Inu-Inu

  68. marcy
    Wednesday May 10th, 2017 at 07:47 PM
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    Absolutely love this post. Theres so many ways now days to make luxury affordable and people thinks you have to invest millions of dollars in your wardrobe and is not. Is just about finding that one piece that is classic and stylish that will make a statement. I absolutely love your style Thomas!

    xoxo
    Marcy

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