Julie wears a Massimo Dutti jacket and Mango jeans that could easily pass for designer.
We all want to look like our most polished selves, don’t we? While, 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. Plus, there's a few early Black Friday deals inside for good measure.
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.
Shop the Most Expensive-Looking High-Street Items This Week
Shop More Expensive-Looking High-Street Items
Party season is coming, and while I'm averse to sequins and sparkle that only have a few weeks wear in them, this elegant top is the perfect alternative for minimalists that can be worn with jeans or smarter black trousers for an incredibly chic evening look. Add statement earrings and a red lip and you're ready to take on the season.
Another thing I tell my friends and clients who ask me for tips on curating a polished winter wardrobe is to add an understated black or tan crossbody bag (preferably with gold hardware) into their rotation. Of course, a classic bag like this is a great piece to invest a little bit more in (I love Demellier or A.P.C for this), but the high street do come out with some great expensive-looking options once in a while if you're on a budget—this H&M style being a great example.
I honestly always recommend M&S boots to my friends come winter—they're just so comfy (that famous Insolia Flex® tech is not messing around), and the quality means they last and last, no matter how many times you wear them. These knee-highs are the perfect way to look polished for work (with knit dresses) or weekends (with leggings) without the pain of having to wear heels.