It can be all too easy to fall into a high-street shopping rut, always returning to the same names and never branching out of your comfort zone. Personally, over the last few years, this has meant rarely venturing further than Arket, and while I will always return to the brand's time-tested staples, spring 2022 has also ushered in a craving for something different. So I decided to cast my shopping net a little wider this season, exploring stores that I haven't always given the attention they deserved. Jigsaw, ME + EM and Whistles, you're up.
I already own pieces from Jigsaw and Whistles and very much rate their quality, time-tested designs, but ME + EM is a newer entity, and while I knew fellow fashion editors have always raved about the brand's trousers, I wanted to check them out for myself. Unsurprisingly, this sartorial Holy Trinity did not disappoint. First up is Jigsaw, one of the high-street brands that have been given a fashion revamp in recent years (which, let me tell you, hasn't gone unnoticed). From perfect Breton knits and neon-green shirt dresses to premium zebra-print leather loafers, the pieces have me waxing lyrical about the brand to anyone who will listen. Of course, Jigsaw's OG offering of tailored coats and simple separates remains intact.
Whistles, meanwhile, has been a gold mine for jackets this season, with both WWW's Emma Spedding and me giving our seal of approval on two separate leather styles that could easily be mistaken for designer buys. It's also worth checking out Whistles' denim offering. The barrel-leg jeans are fast becoming a cult favourite of the fashion crowd.
And last but by no means least, ME + EM. As a bit of a newbie to the brand, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was instantly won over by its colourful tailoring (I'm obsessed with this suit) and stylish separates, including a generous offering of well-cut trousers and flattering denim. Honestly, there's so much more goodness where they came from. So if you're looking to shake up your spring high-street oeuvre, scroll down to shop my favourite pieces from Jigsaw, ME + EM and Whistles.
2. ME + EM