The 9 Most Expensive-Looking Pieces on the High Street This Week

Expensive Looking High Street Items


Michaela Efford

Emily wears Arket jeans and tank. 

We all want to look like our most polished selves, don’t we? And although, sadly, I’m not here to provide you with a week at a spa or an endless allowance at The Row, I am here to bring you a treasure trove of the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street every week. It’s my mission to prove that you can find premium pieces to elevate your wardrobe without the designer price tag and to make it easy for you to pinpoint the items on the high street that are really worth adding to your wardrobe.

There are some amazing gems out there that your friends won’t believe aren’t designer, but there’s a lot to sift through to find them. That’s where I come in. As a Who What Wear editor, I scroll new-in collections as a hobby, and I can spot an expensive-looking (and -feeling) piece a mile away. I’ll be adding the best bits I find to this list. Some may be more “affordable” than others, but you can be confident every piece is here because I believe it offers great value.

I hope this edit helps save you time and money as you build a closet of classic pieces that bring joy and last much longer than just a few seasons. Now to the good part. Keep scrolling to shop.

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Rochelle Humes wore these this week, and the entire Who What Wear team fell hard. 

These minimalist slides feel like they could easily pass for a designer pair. 

Some new stripes from Arket in a soft, bouclé texture = the perfect light but cosy beach jumper for the Great British summer. 

This zesty linen shirt comes in extended sizes and a few gorgeous colours and will be the most versatile piece in your summer wardrobe. 

COS has just dropped the perfect blazer. 

I don't often suggest colour for timeless, expensive-looking outfits, but this dress has wowed me, and you could definitely dress it up or down. 

A chic white linen dress is a summer staple. 

We all think this gathered, low-back COS dress is chic with a capital C. 

This is the summer version of Arket's sellout leather buckle tote and, boy, is it good. 

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This is such a beautiful light jacket for spring and summer. 

H&M's wide-leg trousers always sell out, so move fast on these if you love them as much as I do. 

This braided bag will elevate all you summer outfits. 

Simple is sometimes best— at least it is when it comes to this minimalist black midi dress from COS. The low-back detail is chic too. 

The perfect platform flip-flops just arrived at & Other Stories. 

All the Who What Wear editors have fallen for this dress. 

Cropped tailored trousers are perfect for wearing with sandals and still looking smart in the warmer months. 

Stick-of-butter dressing is still going strong, so I couldn't resist adding this creamy shirt to my basket this week. 

Ever since Monikh wore a blue linen shirt a couple of summers ago, I have been obsessed with the look. I'll be buying this to copy her. 

These slouchy wide-legs come in camel and a gorgeous cornflower blue, too. Decisions, decisions… 

I've been looking for the perfect polished ballet flats on the high street, and I think I've finally found them. *Adds to basket.*

Influencer and Who What Wear UK columnist Jessica Skye just bought this jumpsuit and wore it straight out of the store—and we all know everything she wears is chic

Wide jeans aren't going anywhere, and H&M does the best summer-ready pair IMO. 

I've got my eye on this beautiful style as my spring jacket investment this year. 

I couldn't be more into bouclé jackets this season for making all basic outfits feel expensive. This brand new Arket style has gone straight into my basket. 

The best white shirt on the high street— hands down. 

I'm obsessed with this beautiful suit. You can find the matching trousers here

A minimalist basket bag adds a polished touch to any spring/summer outfit. 

Simple and effortless, what's not to love?

I tried these in store recenltly and they looked and felt like they could be designer. 

The perfect wide leg jeans I've been searching for. 

These chic summer trousers go up to size 4XL. 

The best linen shirt I've found on the high street. Size down if you're looking for a less oversized version, though. 

I'd forgive you if you thought these were from Chloé. 

A timeless piece you can wear in all seasons for years to come. 

This could easily pass for a designer style.

I'd wear this over a pair of white jeans, but it would also work as the full suit for a spring wedding. 

The ruching makes this easy-to-wear dress feel so premium. 

The neckline! The waist ties! The matching skirt! Everything about this feels so luxe. 

Could this be the perfect spring jacket for these transitional days?

I love this sugary shade of blue, and I know I'm going to live in linen blazers all summer. 

Every other colour of this bag sold out within days. Luckily, this new woven summer version is still available (for now). 

Talk about an LBD. The reviews say it's flattering on curvy body shapes too. 

The colour! The tie detail! The crinkles! I love everything about this shirt. Plus, it looks like it could have come straight off a Rejina Pyo runway. 

Every time I see a picture of this skirt, I think it's designer. How great does it look with a simple white vest?

Linen shirts are such a spring/summer saviour, and this is by far the best I've seen in a long time. 

The tie waist adds a luxe element to this classic pair of black wide-leg trousers. 

If you're allergic to the chunky-sandal trend this year, opt for these instead. They're the perfect shoes for wearing with midi dresses, skirts and wide-leg trousers. 

The whole Who What Wear UK team has their eyes on this elegant blazer for spring. 

The black version of these perfect wide-leg trousers sold out almost instantly. Don't miss this creamy spring version. 

Add these to white or ecru jeans for a seriously expensive-looking aesthetic. 

I love this timeless skirt styled here with a classic ribbed vest and sandals, but it would also work with a knit and knee-high boots in winter. 

I'm not a dress person, but this has stolen my heart. 

Darker denim is the key to making jeans look expensive this season. 

I recently tried this for an upcoming shoot, and all I can say is WOW. The material and the fit are exceptional, and I plan on wearing it to everything from work to weddings for many years. 

Jacket season is here, and this smart style will elevate all your spring outfits. 

This colour feels so fresh and premium. 

This is the dress Monikh is wearing above from her Warehouse edit. 

These will bring any and all of your spring outfits into 2022. 

There's something about a tweed blazer that always looks expensive. This one comes in plus sizes, too. 

Simple but effective. Everyone needs a perfect pair of black tailored trousers in their capsule collection. 

If I didn't know better, I'd think this knit was Totême.

Add this to any outfit to make it look more expensive.

This has been one of & Other Stories' most wanted pieces for years, and it's back for spring. 

The ruching and cut-out details on this dress tick off two of 2022's biggest trends in one go. They're also extremely flattering, so it's a win-win. 

The tan leather. The beige canvas. The gold hardware. Need I say more?

Dressing in head-to-toe cream tones is a sure-fire way to make your outfit look expensive. This comfy yet chic knitted dress is the perfect place to start.  

There's something about the monochrome print and sleek cut of this midi dress that makes it feel extremely premium. I'll be wearing this for all the weddings I have this year. 

It’s trench season, people. Mango has the best offering on the high street. This one comes in sizes from XXS to 4XL. 

A great pair of black wide-leg trousers is indispensable in your capsule wardrobe. 

I just bought this jumper, and the knit feels so heavy and expensive in real life. 

The perfect spring office shoe. 

Arket’s striped jumpers are known to be the most perfect. And since the cream keeps selling out, I’m predicting this brand-new navy version won’t hang around for long, either. 

A camel blazer is such a key capsule-wardrobe piece, and I would have thought this was designer if I hadn’t seen the £35 price tag.

Slit hems are still one of the most stylish ways to upgrade your classic black-trouser outfits. Wear them with a blazer for work, or add a going-out top for evening affairs.

For a seriously special bag that doesn’t have a designer price tag, look no further than COS this season. This minimalist’s dream can be worn on the shoulder or lengthened as a crossbody.

I just can’t stop with the striped-jumper obsession. They manage to make every outfit look polished. I’d wear this one with leggings and ballet flats at the weekend or under a blazer for the office.

I love the rich green-khaki shade of this luxe knitted dress for a chic transition into spring. I’ll be wearing mine with knee-high boots for extra sass.

I’ve heard some serious fashion insiders raving about how expensive these trousers look and feel, so I think I’m going to have to invest.

This dress is at the top of my wish list right now. I’d wear it for date nights, birthday celebrations or, you know, just lounging around the house feeling fabulous. 

The slightly tapered cut of these & Other Stories best-selling jeans is so premium. 

Remember those M&S ballet pumps the whole Who What Wear team couldn’t stop wearing? They’re back with a 2022-ready ankle-chain update. 

The cream and black tweed versions of this jacket sold out very quickly. I’ve learned my lesson this time and will be adding this to my basket since it’s such a timeless piece. 

I am powerless before a really expensive-looking striped jumper. This longline version will be great with a slip skirt for spring. 

A beautiful knit dress is set to be your spring hero piece. I love the demure cut-out on this one. 

The popular black and white version of this jumper has been sold out for a while now. So thank you, Arket, for bringing this updated version into our lives.

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