The New High Street Pieces on Fashion Assistants’ Shopping Lists

Summer can be tough on the ol’ bank account, with spontaneous after work Aperols and ‘just out of budget’ holidays, there's little left over for a wardrobe update. So, if you're limping towards pay day (again), we have turned to the fashion assistants working on the most stylish desks in the UK to reveal their best buys under £100. It's part of their job (well, someone's got to do it), to keep on top of the latest high street drops, and so they know a good buy when they see one. From a £17 bikini to a £40 linen coat, these pieces are so economical you’ll be able to justify buying more than one.

Click through our gallery to find out where and what the most stylish fashion assistants are shopping on the high street right now.

Natalie Hammond, fashion assistant at The Times:



I'll wear this dress all year round - with polo necks in autumn and flatforms now (or when it stops raining!)."

"I burn really easily in strong sun so I'll be packing this fun rashguard on my next beach break."

"These fuchsia platforms will go perfectly with my expanding collection of Chinese silk jackets."

Laura Grabiner, fashion assistant at Grazia:



“I'm still not over the whole boudoir thing and I won't be completely satisfied until it's not only aesthetically, but socially, acceptable to wear PJs to work. This Uterque lace trim cami is sexy without being overly revealing. To be worn with boyfriend jeans and trainers by day and wide leg trousers, heels and a shrunken biker jacket by night.”

“I'm a major Sophie Bille Brahe fan, but I am also at the start of my career in fashion, surviving on a limited salary. Spending a thousand pounds on one earring (not even a pair, people...) ain't gonna be do-able any time soon. No biggie though, because SBB has collaborated with the dream that is Ganni. I've got a real thing for this amazing serpent-inspired gold ring.”

Hannah Lewis, fashion assistant at InStyle:

"Stripe shirt dresses are my favourite go-to piece at the moment - and there's nothing better than a clashing stripe."

"Linen jackets are perfect the perfect lightweight cover up in summer and Zara always seem to get it right each year."

"I would be in slip-on shoes everyday if the weather would allow me- and this season I’m obsessed with these jacquard print slippers- they are a cool boho update to last year's slider."

Olivia Buxton-Smith, fashion assistant at The Telegraph:



"Undoubtedly the shoe du jour. But these backless mules from Uterqüe stand out from their suede counterparts. The rust colour gives them longevity and the extra coverage makes them super easy to walk in."


Cos Textured Bikini Bottoms (£17)

"Cos is my go-to for swimwear. When it works, it works - and this works. This bikini is simple, flattering and unobtrusive."

"Yes I'm still ogling this love child of & Other Stories and design duo Rodarte. I know most people have moved on, but it sold out originally and now it's back - which I'm pretty thrilled about."

Fenella Webb, fashion assistant at Grazia:

"This top screams summer holidays! I would style this off-the-shoulder top with cropped, washed jeans for a laid-back look."

"This super chic, longline navy tux can be worn as a jacket over jeans, or as a dress. Win, win!"

What have you got your eye on? Tell us in the comments!

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