The best high-street buys of spring/summer 2017 are—no word of a lie—going to blow your mind a little bit. We don't like to fling hyperbole around on a daily basis, but affordable fashion has never looked so good. And that's really down to one key thing: Each store has realised that more is required of them than simply copying and pasting looks from the runway in cheap iterations.
The market is a highly competitive one, and each brand needs to have an identity and a purpose. You need to know that you're going to Topshop or Kurt Geiger or Mango for something in particular. Whether it's the store's slant on a trend (for example, Mango's particularly good for a more minimal take on any given look) or that it's bucking the idea of following fashion and creating its own aesthetic (think of Finery or COS), there's never been a better time to shop on a budget.
From the items that have been repeatedly restocked and are now coming back in new colourways (see the Monsoon Victoriana blouse) to the fresh finds that reportedly have generated so much consumer interest that they are predicted to fly out almost instantly, we tapped our inside high-street sources to bring you a definitive edit of what's important now.
So keep going through the gallery to see the best high-street pieces of S/S 17—and don't wait for them to sell out!
Even if this stunning piece of arm candy hadn't been toted by Olivia Palermo, Doina Ciobanu, Reem Kanj and a host of other influencers, it still would have sold like crazy. It disappeared after the first fortnight of being available in February, but it's back. And we want it.
We won't beat around the bush: This embroidered shirt has a waiting list of 650 sign-ups, and it's only just gone online. Move fast, people.
This is one of French Connection's best sellers of the season so far, and we can see why. It totally looks like a vintage steal you'd pick up browsing Brick Lane on a Sunday, only without the hassle.
Trust COS to make a £17 pair of earrings look like £170. These have sold out online, but our sources tell us you can still find them in-store and that a new drop should hopefully be hitting the e-commerce site soon.
Our ASOS insiders tell us this ridiculously pretty dress has been notching up countless orders. What's even better is that it comes in a great Curve version too, so no one misses out on the fun. You need to snap it up way before wedding season.
After repeatedly selling out in white (and then black), this Instagram-famous blouse has now arrived in-store in blush pink. Perfect for spring.
When these shiny pants first launched in black, the tills couldn't stop ringing (well, they were a pair of the best vinyl trousers we tested), and they sold out so fast they've been restocked on numerous occasions already. The next black batch will arrive in two weeks' time, but Topshop are spinning out fresh colours in April—cerise, silver, gold and white. Don't say we didn't warn you.
When the news of this collab landed into our inboxes, we couldn't quite believe it. Shoemaker to the stars Rupert Sanderson has teamed up with Dune for a spectacular capsule collection of sandals and courts. Fourteen incredible styles will land in-store and online from April 1.
Kitri is a brand-new affordable label created by a small set of London creatives, and this particular dress has already been earmarked by various fashion editors. The quality is incredible, and the aesthetic is really grown-up. Race you to the checkout.
We're now in the second season for this hugely popular collaboration, and the same thing is happening: These shirts are not staying on the rails for long. Good news, though, as more stock has already been ordered for JohnLewis.com.
For the girls who don't want to be bedecked in pink but still want a little ruffle action in their lives, this skirt is the one to beat. It's already been restocked once, so don't delay.
Consider this is a very important heads-up: We all know the power of the fluted sleeves on the sweaters M&S recently produced, and it seems like the same frenzy is bubbling up before the launch of this incredible pink dress. All we know is that it will arrive sometime in March—as soon as we get anything more concrete, you'll be first to hear.
This one-shoulder shirt has already sold out on Shopbop and ASOS, but we managed to track it down to a smaller U.S. stockist called Lisa Says Gah. You snooze, you (probably) lose.
From a series of formal events to pepping up your work attire, it's no great surprise that this handy little gem-embellished bag has been a winner already.
This is Whistles' top-selling biker jacket shape. You'd normally come across it in black, but because it's been so sought after, there are now versions in khaki suede and pink leather. Decisions, decisions…
River Island really pulled it out of the bag with this decorative mac, and it's on the verge of being completely sold out. Bloggers and models alike have been clamouring to get a piece of the stylish pie.
Next up, see the best affordable brands our editors are raving mad for.