There's a misconception that you can't find classic wardrobe items on the high street—that the pieces are too trend-led and their appeal will fade when new sartorial movements come into play. However, we're here to prove otherwise, and we have the evidence to back it up.
All of our favourite high-street brands are known for getting specific things right, whether that's an entire product category, such as ASOS's knitted co-ords, or a particular item, for example, & Other Stories' wool-blend blazer or Dune's cult Loupe sandals.
Following on from this, we've rounded up all the expensive-looking pieces that fit this citation to bring you the best high-street classic items from each store to spend your money on. The perfect capsule is but a scroll away.
& OTHER STORIES: DRESSES
Style Notes: We've made a pact to wear more dresses this winter. Naturally, & Other Stories' dress department is our first port of call. From puff sleeves to statement prints, every one is perfection.
ASOS: KNITTED CO-ORDS
Imani Randolph wears a knitted co-ord.
Style Notes: Prior to 2020, ASOS was already known for creating the best co-ord sets out there, and over the course of the last year, the brand has outdone itself with its array of expensive-looking knitted sets.
Style Notes: If we had to choose one high-street shoe department to shop for the rest of our lives, it would have to be Mango's. From boots to strappy heels, every pair looks incredibly premium.
GAP: DENIM SHIRTS
Liv Blankson wears a Gap denim shirt.
MARKS AND SPENCER: BALLET FLATS
Who What Wear UK's editor Emma Spedding wears the Marks and Spencer ballet flats.
Style Notes: As we prepare to ease ourselves back into our winter boots, might we turn your attention to Marks and Spencer's ever-popular ballet flats for autumn? Sans the bow usually found on ballerina pumps, these pairs have been a hit with our editors and influencers who have minimalistic aesthetics.
Style Notes: One of the pioneers of the now-essential straight-leg jeans, Weekday's denim department never fails to impress us. The most popular styles are undoubtedly the Rowe and Voyager jeans, both of which rival pairs five times the price.
& OTHER STORIES: WOOL BLAZER
Karina Marriott wears the & Other Stories wool-blend blazer.
Style Notes: Some high-street brands are guilty of taking their accessories a step too far, be it with oversized zips or unnecessary branding. COS, however, opts for the pared-back approach, making its arm candy the most expensive-looking out there.
DUNE: LOUPE SANDALS
Style Notes: Okay, so you mightn’t be wearing sandals for the foreseeable, but if you’re planning on a winter getaway or simply want to think ahead to summer 2022, here’s a pair that’s worthy of your consideration. Having launched in 2018, Dune's best-selling Loupe sandals continue to be one of the most coveted pairs on the high street. When they look this sleek, it’s not hard to see why.
ARKET: PUFFER COATS
Aïda Sané wears the Arket puffer coat.
WAREHOUSE: STATEMENT SEPARATES
Style Notes: Over the past couple of seasons, Warehouse has gone from strength to strength, with fashion people lapping up its directional take on the trends. This autumn’s offering is just as impressive, including everything from faux fur–trimmed knitwear to bright, wide-leg trousers.