Your insider guide to the places to buy those all-important wardrobe pieces - all on the high street
Wardrobe classics are the staple items that make up most of your wardrobe, the go-to garments that work well with anything and that you can always rely on to look and feel fabulous. Finding where to buy wardrobe classics that work with your body shape is not always as simple. Knowing where to go is difficult and varies widely from person to person. The high street offers a range of wardrobe classics it’s just about finding the shops that fit your shape the best and stock the clothes that you love to wear.
When you find the perfect pair of jeans or boots that just work, it can be a truly miraculous moment! Not only can that key item look great, but there’s no denying that you’ll feel fabulously confident too. Most shops have different shaped t-shirts, jumpers, trousers so spend some time trying on the garments to find which shop suits you best. Once you know where to pick up the best staple garments for your shape, the hard work is almost done! So, whether it’s where to buy wardrobe staples such as a chic white shirt or the ankle boots you can walk around in all day, our ultimate fashion guide on where to buy wardrobe classics, is essential reading. Maybe you’re wanting to find a statement necklace at an affordable price or the best biker jacket that won’t break the bank. Our insider style guide on high street retailers that do great basic ranges will help you find the best place for your warbrobe staples. So you can bag that bargain and build the foundations of you wardrobe.
We’ve created a round up of some of the best, classic wardrobe essentials and where you can find them so that when you hit the shops you exactly where to buy wardrobe classics. This is the beginning of your very own capsule wardrobe…
The name on everyone’s lips in the fashion industry right now is Finery London. The brainchild of a former Topshop designer and ex-ASOS fashion and buying directors, the brand launched last week to rave reviews. Described as a cross between Cos and Whistles, you’ll find simple styles in classic and flatteringly-cut shapes that can be brought out season after season. We’re already stocking up on their dresses – the simple shapes are perfect for layering now, or pairing with sandals and some head-turning accessories come summer.
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Where’s the one store fashion conscious women on a budget flock to for tailored jackets? Zara. Famed for the speed with which they interpret catwalk trends, Zara is also renowned for its classic pieces including tuxedo jackets and silk blouses in a rainbow of colours. Our top tip? Stock up. Once you find a cut that fits, buy more than one – it’s savvy shopping and will make those wardrobe basics last longer.
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Super-sharp with a cropped pair of black trousers and the ultimate partner to a pair of skinny jeans, the white shirt is utterly ageless and always flattering. Keep it tailored and button up to your neck for a modern take on the look. Maintain crisp shirts by dry cleaning instead of washing and make GAP your first port of call when you next update yours.
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We all know how effective a statement necklace can be at overhauling an
existing outfit or jazzing up a simple sweater or tee. But where to go
for affordable pieces that appear to have an expensive designer edge? Be
prepared to spend up to £50 and you’ll find beautiful designs at
Anthropologie, Banana Republic and Zara.
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Black tie events are few and far between these days as more informal
occasions dominate our social calendars. So when you do need to make
that special dress purchase, it makes sense to keep to a budget. Miss
Selfridge might not be your first thought when it comes to event
dressing but look closer online and you’ll find intricately beaded
flapper dresses that look three times the price. Cover up with a cropped
bolero or faux fure stole.
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On the coldest of days a padded parka with fur-trimmed hood is your very
best friend. Navy, black or khaki green are the colours to go for and
the men’s department at Urban Outfitters is the place to head. Downsize
to a size small if necessary and don’t expect a fitted cut – the point
of the parka is to keep as warm as humanly possible!
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An ankle boot you can walk in is a fashion item to behold, so in our book, they’re worth paying for. Acne is a more recent designer who has surged in popularity in the last few years. And it’s the Pistol ankle boots that have contributed to its success. You can find Acne at online designer retailer theoutnet.com – so what are you waiting for?
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When you’re buying swimwear, of course shape is essential but given that we all spend approximately two weeks of the year in a bikini or swimsuit, a high street purchase makes sense. Look to Accessorize or H&M for seriously affordable sets in colourful shades which look fabulous against a tan. A word of caution – if you’re ordering from H&M’s transactional site, be sure to place the order well in advance of your trip – the delivery usually takes a week at least, as all garments are shipped from Europe.
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A good pair of jeans doesn’t have to mean a hefty designer price tag. The high street has plenty of figure-flattering jeans on offer, for all shapes and sizes. There’s no need to compromise on quality when you’re buying high street jeans either. The latest high street cuts feature designer touches, and up-to-the-minute technology, so they won’t lose their shape or shrink in the wash. Start your search at Gap where the relaxed ‘boyfriend jeans’ are a hit at w&h or head to Uniqlo where you can have your jeans taken up for free and the brand’s styles remain the same from season to season, so once you find your perfect fit, you can keep going back!
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With spring in the air – and your next holiday hopefully not far off – look to River Island for purse-friendly summer sandals with luxe-looking touches. Block heels, gleaming hardware or crystal embellished stones, there’s more than an air of designer style about the array on offer.
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Finding the perfect t-shirt that’s just long enough to hide muffin tops and partially conceal derrieres can seem like looking for a needle in a haystack. For flattering tees that don’t cling – but still reveal your shape – these are our tips. For a designer touch, try James Perse at net-a-porter.com or Sunspel, the iconic British label – and on the high street look to American Apparel where you’ll find fitted t-shirts in the ideal length and in a myriad of colours.
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Zara has paved the way for the high street when it comes to
reinterpreting catwalk trends at affordable prices – when we
reinterpret, what we really mean is replicate! If you’ve been coveting a
designer leather jacket but the budget just doesn’t stretch then Zara
is your go-to for luxe-looking (fake) leather. Their current design is
sleek, simple and is a near-perfect copy of a Burberry version.
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It’s easy to forget that what lies beneath is just as important as your exterior style. We’re all guilty of neglecting our lingerie drawer so stock up on affordable sets at M&S, the beacon for pretty designs on the high street. With cup sizes up to an ‘F’, everyone should be well catered for!
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The master of working a classic court heel? Kate Middleton of course. The Duchess of Cambridge is renowned for her love of LK Bennett patent heels and has sent the nude ‘Sledge’ heel out of stock on a number of occasions. For a padded sole and leg-lengthening ability, this is the high street hero to turn to.
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The ‘wiggle’ dresses at Asos give everything you could want in a frock: flattering cut, fabulous print and a hemline that hits the knee. If you want to up the ante with your purchase then invest in a designer belt to nip in the waist and give the style a far more expensive-looking feel.
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The perfect fallback wardrobe piece that works just as well under a tailored jacket for work as it does with denim and flat pumps at the weekend, it’s worth updating your stripy top every couple of seasons. Look to Petit Bateau for a classic jersey top or GAP where you’ll always find a variation on the navy and white striped design – and always at an affordable high street price.
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Many in the fashion industry choose menswear knits when updating their winter wardrobes, so do be sure to check out cashmere offerings for both sexes. Uniqlo consistently delivers cashmere sweaters in both round and V-neck styles and in a rainbow of shades every season. Or try M&S menswear for a slouchy alternative. Either way, you can be sure you won’t surpass the £100 marker.
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