It's a common misconception that the high street is only good for fast, trend-led fashion. Of course, it does do that—and very well. The speed at which Zara can pick up the runway trends before we've even decided we want to start wearing them is impressive. But there are also classic, timeless items to be found that work seriously hard in your wardrobe and stay there for years to come. You just have to know the right places to look.
That's where we come in. High-street stores may seem like jacks of all trades with their extensive collections, ranging from outerwear and underwear to footwear. But actually, most of them have hero pieces they do best, and after years of trials (and plenty of errors), Team Who What Wear think we've got what classic pieces to buy from which high-street brands nailed. Some things in fashion may be worth investing more in, but if you can find a luxurious wardrobe classic on the high street, then it's a win-win in our eyes when it comes to getting the most out of your money.
Keep scrolling to see us reveal the more affordable destinations we always head to for these 13 capsule basics.
Mango's faux-leather trousers are so good we almost don't want to let you in on the secret. There are usually lots of style options, from full-length and wide-leg to tailored and cropped, but it's these straight ones we've got our eyes on for 2022.