The 9 Most Iconic High-Street Pieces of All Time

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As part of High-Street Week, we will be bringing you the best new pieces we've spotted this month—from the £65 suit we keep seeing in street style pictures to the new Mango must-haves. But as we are celebrating high-street fashion, it also seemed like the perfect time to look back on some of the most memorable pieces from Zara, Topshop, M&S and more. Keep scrolling to see the nine cult pieces, and do let us know how many you owned. Personally, I have owned three.

1. Fcuk T-Shirt

The controversial Fcuk slogan T-shirts were a teenage staple in the 2000s and made a comeback in 2016 when they brought them back with racier phrases than ever.

2. Topshop Jamie Jeans

In 2017, shoppers bought a pair of Topshop jeans every 10 seconds, and the skinny Jamie jeans are the most popular.

3. L.K. Bennett Pumps

The Duchess of Cambridge might have now retired her nude platform pumps, but she made the L.K. Bennett sledge platform courts one of the most iconic high-street pieces ever.

4. M&S Constellation Dress

Cult high street pieces: Constellation dress



The M&S constellation dress is a more recent success story—it launched in October 2017 and sold out every time it was restocked, becoming the high-street item of the year.

5. Alex Chung x M&S Vinyl Trench

Cult high street pieces: Alexa chung vinyl coat



Alexa Chung sparked the vinyl trench trend with her squeaky design for M&S.

6. Zara Coat

Cult high street pieces: Zara coat



This Zara coat is also known as that coat, as it was so popular that it even has a dedicated Instagram account.

7. Kate Moss x Topshop Yellow Dress

Cult high street pieces: Topshop Kate Moss dress



It was hard to pick just one item from Kate Moss's collections for Topshop, but the yellow one-shoulder minidress that was a re-creation of one of her own dresses is perhaps the most memorable.

8. Zara Tote Bag

cult high street pieces: Zara bag



If this Zara tote bag was released in 2018, like the Zara coat, it would have its own Instagram account, as it was one of those items that you saw every day on the commute. Olivia Palermo owned one, too.

9. M&S Suede Skirt

cult high street pieces: M&S suede skirt



This suede midi skirt from M&S was a hit with the fashion crowd, as Chung and Palermo both wore it to fashion week in 2015. 

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