How do you buy good-quality, expensive-looking pieces without breaking the bank? As a fashion editor, it's a question I've wrestled with for many years—from my time at university right up to the present day. Over the last couple of years, it has also become a pressing issue faced by the wider fashion community, as people attempt to buy less but buy better. But it's always easier said than done though, right?
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The reality is that most of us don't have a spare £1000 to spend on a designer coat, and historically, the high street hasn't exactly been known for quality or longevity. However, over the last few years, it seems as though the likes of H&M, Uniqlo and M&S have finally clocked on to the demand for something more substantial. The result? A slew of dedicated high-street lines that commit to premium fashion with an accessible price point.
Personally, I've found these collections to be invaluable for discovering affordable yet expensive-looking gems. The brands are keen to separate these high-end offerings from the mainline collections and so put extra time and effort into making them feel special, which results in items that can end up feeling more designer than the designers themselves. After all, they can't just rely on their name to be a signifier of quality. The proof is in the product. Scroll down to shop my premium high-street edit.
1. Uniqlo +J
Uniqlo's collab with Jil Sander is the fashion girl's go-to for expensive-looking minimalist staples. From straight-leg trousers to trench coats, there's so much to love.
If you're looking for easy-to-wear wardrobe heroes with a bit of a fashion-forward twist, then Whistles Limited Edition is worth checking out. Our fave piece this season is the brand's marble-print co-ord.
M&S was one of the first high-street brands to experiment with different lines to appeal to different audiences, and its Autograph has long been considered a fail-safe for design-led, high-end wardrobe heroes.