Hands Down: These Are the 10 Best Pieces on the High Street

Daniela Morosini

Sure, you could lament that payday is still a ways off. But we are truly blessed here in the UK—our high street is unfailing in its offering of chic, frugal finds. Of course, there's nothing like that secret smug feeling that comes from finding something that looks expensive (and of course, makes you feel like a million dollars) but was actually thrifty—and we're feeling generous enough to share some of our top picks of the week.

If there's one thing on our mind's this week, it's texture—choosing a high-quality, look-at-me fabric or opting for an expensive-looking embellishment ups the ante when it comes to affordable fashion. Even the smallest flash of brocade or suede can add a little oomph to the plainest of outfits.

We've also developed a soft spot for all things asymmetric. A zigzag skirt here and an off-the-shoulder top there—there's something subversive about the ruffled finish of a lopsided hem. It can be as dramatic or as demure as you like. Of course, the bigger the ruffle, the bigger the statement, but you can go subtle too.

Whether you're looking for an accent accessory or in need of a new wardrobe staple to ease you into the warmer months, we've got something for everyone. Scroll down to see our team's best picks from the high street this week.

M&S Collection Floral Lace Cap Sleeve Dress (£89)

Hi, M&S dress that no one will know is M&S.

Kurt Geiger Velvet Plum Cross Body Bag (£130)

Kurt Geiger is nailing it in the bag department right now.

Warehouse Asymmetric Skirt (£42)

The easiest way to wear shocking pink, trust us.

& Other Stories Gemstone Lace Hoodie (£55)

The hoodie of our dreams.

Whistles Molino Rope Suede Wedge Sandals (£169)

All the tropes of a designer buy, don't you agree?

Finery London Freegrove Mixed Print Dress (£99)

Because the event calendar is stacking up.

Stylekeepers So Long Lover Ruffled Top (£93)

Okay—even we're surprised that this is under £100.

Mango Metallic Rings Corset (£18)

Mango's corset belts have become a thing of legend.

Zara Asymmetric Sleeve Bodysuit (£26)

Zara strikes again, and this time we won't resist it.

Office Nigella Cross Strap Block Heels (£68)

Could these look any more expensive?

Next up, the high-street wedding dresses we're so into.

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