I Tried On Everything at 3 High-Street Stores You Forgot About

Here at Who What Wear UK, we're all about delivering the latest and greatest shopping edits, as approved by our team. That's why we've created this offshoot shopping column as part of our We Try Before You Buy franchise, which will see me, Joy Montgomery, heading to all your favourite stores to test out new-in pieces IRL. From summer dresses to intriguing new brands, prepare for changing-room selfies aplenty. Is there something you'd like me to cover? Make sure to tweet or Instagram me your requests!

Back in July, I braved the sweaty streets of Oxford Circus to bring you 2018's latest, hot-off-the-press dress styles and witnessed the sheer variety that the Great British high street has to offer right now. With noughties fashion having a moment, I thought this month would be a good chance to travel back in time to the pre-internet era—an age when Brad and Jen were still an item, Apple was still a niche tech brand and your wardrobe consisted of low-slung jeans and crop tops. So I decided to revisit the stores that defined my teens.

Oasis, New Look and French Connection are all brands that I associate with the noughties. Don't get me wrong—I know that many people still count them amongst their high-street faves, but for some reason, they have slipped off my radar in recent years and often been replaced by the likes of Zara, Mango and Arket. I would hazard a guess that many of Who What Wear's readers might feel the same. Thus, it was with an open mind that I ventured into these throwback stores, and you know what? They didn't disappoint.

From New Look's menagerie of animal-print pieces to French Connection's excellent selection of separates, I certainly won't be forgoing these stores in the future. Scroll down to see what I found.