Sure, you could lament that payday is still a ways off. But we are truly blessed here in the UK—our high street is unfailing in its offering of chic, frugal finds. Of course, there's nothing like that secret smug feeling that comes from finding something that looks expensive (and of course, makes you feel like a million dollars) but was actually thrifty—and we're feeling generous enough to share some of our top picks of the week.
If there's one thing on our mind's this week, it's texture—choosing a high-quality, look-at-me fabric or opting for an expensive-looking embellishment ups the ante when it comes to affordable fashion. Even the smallest flash of brocade or suede can add a little oomph to the plainest of outfits.
We've also developed a soft spot for all things asymmetric. A zigzag skirt here and an off-the-shoulder top there—there's something subversive about the ruffled finish of a lopsided hem. It can be as dramatic or as demure as you like. Of course, the bigger the ruffle, the bigger the statement, but you can go subtle too.
Whether you're looking for an accent accessory or in need of a new wardrobe staple to ease you into the warmer months, we've got something for everyone. Scroll down to see our team's best picks from the high street this week.
Hi, M&S dress that no one will know is M&S.
Kurt Geiger is nailing it in the bag department right now.
The easiest way to wear shocking pink, trust us.
The hoodie of our dreams.
All the tropes of a designer buy, don't you agree?
Because the event calendar is stacking up.
Okay—even we're surprised that this is under £100.
Mango's corset belts have become a thing of legend.
Zara strikes again, and this time we won't resist it.