Women's Fashion

I Just Tried On the 7 Most Expensive-Looking Pieces On the High Street

I am a firm believer in investing in beautiful pieces for your wardrobe that will not only bring you joy but also last you from season to season. When we think of investment buys, it’s often items with a large price tag that come to mind, as well as classically chic designers such as Celine, Totême and The Row, to name a few. These brands are well-known for their timeless cuts and shapes, and they tend to stick to a muted colour palette, too. While I can appreciate the beauty of such pieces, as you may well already know, my style is far from minimalist, so for me, an investment buy isn’t always restricted to a beautifully cut black blazer or camel coat. I believe investment pieces can be statement pieces, too, which is why some of my most stand-out dresses and bags are also some of my oldest and most loved.

Said pieces don’t need to break the bank, either. How we invest in our wardrobes is of course relative to each of us as individuals, and premium pieces you’ll love forever can most certainly be found on the high street, too, which is a blessing for those of us who can’t always stretch to The Row price points, right?

Over the years, I have picked up some essential tips on what to look out for when searching for those expensive-looking gems that are affordable, too. Each season, I always look out for certain pieces on the great British high street that I know are versatile winners, such as sequinned blazers and dresses, simple leather trousers and elevated jewellery. Then, I head to the brands that I know really excel in each area. If you’re looking for designer-style coats that are a bit friendlier on your wallet, my go-to is Mango or Massimo Dutti. When it comes to premium party wear, & Other Stories always delivers. Whenever I wear Zara jewellery, I always get asked where it’s from. And finally, Arket is guaranteed to be at the top of my wish list for footwear forever more. 

With all this in mind, I knew I had to bring the changing rooms to you and try on the best on the high street right now. So I headed out to see what was in store and cherry-picked the most expensive-looking pieces I could find. Enjoy!