Whether you're looking to create a capsule wardrobe or treat yourself to a statement piece, these British clothing brands will give your outfit a premium upgrade.
When we think of British clothing brands, shops like Reiss, Whistles, and Ted Baker instantly spring to mind. Fancier than your average store, they specialize in high-quality pieces which nod to trends but still have longevity. And as much as we love a good bargain, for wardrobe essentials like the best jeans or winter coats, it pays to pay more.
These high-end British clothing brands are our go-to for designer-worthy looks at a far more purse-friendly price. They may not be budget, but most won't break the bank either, hitting that sweet spot in-between the two.
If you shop carefully, you're guaranteed to get more bang for your buck as these well-made, carefully constructed items are likely to last a lot longer than fast fashion ones.
All of the British clothing brands on this list can be shipped worldwide, and we'd recommend making a beeline for the bricks-and-mortar stores if you happen to be visiting the UK.
With that in mind, here are the best British clothing brands to add a little luxury to your look - plus our favorite new-in pieces from each one.
Best British clothing brands as chosen by our fashion team
One of the first names that springs to mind when you think of British clothing brands, Ted Baker, is our go-to for something a bit special. Best known for their opulent floral prints, expect color and patterns galore, alongside high-end detailing.
Ted Baker Hollies Easy Fit Jacquard Polo Dress
The ultimate throw-on-and-go dress, this could be worn in any number of ways. The relaxed shape fits tight to the body, skirting out into a flattering mid-calf length.
Ted Baker Stina Croc Effect Camera Bag
Forget classic black and tan; green is having a moment. This compact camera bag will add a pop of color to even the most muted of outfits.
Ted Baker Meaa Urban Printed Midi Dress
Ticking all our boxes for what to wear to a wedding, this vibrant dress delivers on fit and fabric. All you need to do is add neutral heels and a raffia clutch.
Favoring a muted palette of classic tones (think grey, beige and black - with a dash of pastels), anything from Reiss will slot seamlessly into your existing wardrobe. Expect high-end fabrics like cashmere and wool.
Reiss Leah Wool Blend Longline Overcoat
A coat with plenty of polish, every seam has been hand-sewn as part of Reiss’ meticulous attention to detail. Wear undone for a relaxed take, or with the belt tied for a smarter look. The camel shade is timeless.
Reiss Petra Wide Leg Jumpsuit
Giving a nod to the 70s, the neat collar and buttoned-up top half contrast perfectly with the wide-cut legs. Layer over a Breton top on chillier days, and wear with bare arms and tan sandals on warmer ones.
Reiss Kim Wool Blend Hoodie
Taking the humble hoodie and turning it into a luxury item, this would look just as good with joggers as it would a silk slip skirt. Promising maximum softness without compromising on warmth, it’s crafted from a generous amount of wool and a touch of cashmere.
Best known for their buttery-soft leather jackets, All Saints is a brand you can rely on for pieces with an edge. From luxe hoodies to well-cut denim, they make putting together a failsafe weekend wardrobe easy.
All Saints Kerian Yermo Dress
We love pieces that can be worn in more than one way - cinch in your waist with the tie belt or leave open for two very different looks. Made from recycled fabrics, this dress scores points for sustainability too.
All Saints Balfern Leather Biker Jacket
One of the brand's bestsellers for good reason, this All Saints leather biker will only soften with age. Classic metal hardware and a detachable belt make it the perfect piece to toughen up girly dresses.
All Saints Miller Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans
Made from a super soft, super stretchy denim blend, these jeans hold their shape brilliantly - snapping right into place every time you wear them.
Me + Em
If you’re thinking about creating a capsule wardrobe, Me + Em is a great place to start. Tailored separates and dresses in neutral tones sit alongside a careful selection of prints to create a coordinated edit of pieces that can be mixed and matched with ease.
ME + EM Cotton Silk Mouliné Fisherman's Cardigan
Cardigan sales have boomed recently, and for a good reason. We love this one for its dusty pink shade, soft balloon sleeves, and stylish mock horn buttons.
ME + EM Jersey Trim Drawstring Dress
Proof that dresses don’t always have to be overtly feminine, this nods to the utility trend with a zip front, slouch sleeves, and drawstring waist. It’s even got pockets, too, for added practicality.
ME + EM AM-PM Merino Pleat Skirt
We have fallen head-over heels for this gorgeous knitted skirt and coordinating top. The floaty shape and pastel shade adds elegance, while the side stripes bring a sporty touch. Wear with trainers for the day and tailoring for the night.
For fancy occasion outfits to smart and stylish workwear, Hobbs knows a thing or two about dressing well. Even their basics feel premium, the kind of pieces you’d imagine Kate Middleton dresses in on her days off from royal duties.
Hobbs Lydia Linen Midi Dress
Summer in a dress, this sunshine yellow hue will brighten up even the greyest of days. The fit and flare shape means all eyes are on your waist.
Hobbs Lula Leather Hobo Bag
You’re either a small bag person or a big bag person, and if you count yourself among the latter, this leather hobo is more than roomy enough for all your essentials. Thanks to the slouchy shape, it’ll only look better the more you use it.
Hobbs Vera Merino Wool Shirt
We love a multi-tasker, and this pale grey shirt can be worn buttoned-up as a top or open over a cami or t-shirt. The wide rib fabric makes for a figure-hugging fit.
A British clothing brand with a difference, the London-based label was born out of the frustration of not being able to find well-made, distinctive designs that don't cost a fortune. Their bold and colorful pieces will be sure to add a touch of luxury to your wardrobe.
Kitri Reese Red Animal Sweater
Jazz up your jeans and jumper combo with these bold knit, guaranteed to lift any look. Wear with vintage denim and a blazer for a smart weekend getup. It has a relaxed, boxy fit and is crafted from a wool blend for ultimate snugness.
Kitri Elly Black Daisy Print Dress
If you’re looking for a fancy dress with a vintage twist, look no further. We love the 60’s inspired floral print on this beauty. Teamed with flared sleeves and a floaty skirt, it’s a winner. Add to basket now and wear when all those party invites start rolling in.
Kitri Apollo Emerald Satin Feather Pants
Add some luxe to your loungewear with this silky pair. The rich emerald hue teamed with a feathery flourish makes them real show-stoppers. Team with the matching PJ-style top and a pair of strappy sandals and take your look from pajamas to party.
One of the most premium brands on the high street, Whistles' collections always feature right at the top of our wish lists. Although you can pay more for a dress from their bridal collection, some of their pieces are much more reasonably priced and will last you for years.
Whistles Tie Dye Bias Skirt
Nineties tie dye is back on the fashion grid, and the playful print gives us major summer vibes. This bias skirt has an elasticated waistband for added comfort and is cut to a midi length. Team with a pair of kicks for a casual vibe that looks effortlessly cool.
Whistles Panelled Leather Shirt
If you’re looking for an investment piece, then this smart leather shirt will do just the trick. Crafted from soft leather in a pop of red, it’s a hardworking wardrobe piece and can be worn buttoned up over jeans or left open as an overshirt.
Whistles Authentic Slim Frayed Jean
Everyone needs a good pair of blue jeans in their wardrobe, and these are a real crowdpleaser. We love the straight cut, classic shade, and lightly frayed hem.
Launched in 2015 from the London living room of designers and friends Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey, Rixo have cornered the market for personality-packed prints. From their best dresses to skirts, each piece has been carefully cut to suit a range of body types for a flattering, feminine silhouette.
Rixo Gwen Mix Midi Dress
As seen on Holly Willoughby, the Gwen works as well for an appearance on daytime TV as it would a wedding. There’s a choice of three prints, but this purple-toned floral is our favorite.
Rixo Payton Short Sleeve Top With Buttons
Every bit as figure-flattering as their dresses, the slightly puffed shoulders on this blouse work beautifully with the nipped-in waist to create the illusion of an hourglass body shape.
Rixo Dada Embroidered Long Sleeve Midi Dress
Bringing bohemian dressing to the mainstream, this floral fancy of a frock wouldn’t have looked out of place at Woodstock. The side slit not only adds a playful touch but lets you move freely, too - perfect for dancing.
Hush is about relaxed dressing at its best and has been slowly amassing a loyal following for a couple of years now. Their laidback designs are the perfect solution to our current isolation fashion dilemma. The brand was founded in 2003 by Mandy Watkins, an Aussie who, after moving to the UK, decided to start her own label when she couldn't find clothes she wanted to buy. Hush's signature style is cozy stay-at-home pieces to escape from the British weather.
Hush Ione Denim Trench Coat
Upgrade your daytime denim with this oh-so-stunning trench coat. A trench is an in-between weather staple, and the denim finish on this beauty gives it a cool, modern update. The belt cinches you in at the middle for a flattering silhouette. Layer over sweater and jeans for weekend walks.
Hush Washed Utility Jumpsuit
No longer a fad, jumpsuits have cemented themselves in our wardrobes, and they’re a go-to choice for those ‘nothing to wear’ days. For easy daytime sophistication, opt for this chic utility style. A relaxed fit in a classic khaki hue, finish off with biker boots.
Hush Lightning Relaxed T-Shirt
Add more bang to your basics (literally) with this fun lightning bolt tee. Made from organic cotton, it’s super soft against the skin and can be teamed with anything from jeans to joggers. Wear under a blazer and pants combo for a fashion-forward look.
Baukjen is a London-based womenswear brand with sustainability at its core, helping us look and feel good about our purchases. Their designs are timeless, with a cool, unique edge, putting their own stamp on each piece. Sure to be firm favorites in your wardrobe for years to come.
Baukjen Joy Pant
Loungewear doesn't have to mean scruffy. These rainbow pants are guaranteed to boost your mood and your wardrobe. Featuring an elasticated waist for extra comfort and a tapered fit, wear with trainers and a hoody to elevate your off-duty getup.
Baukjen Maya Organic Shirt
A classic boyfriend shirt is a wardrobe essential, and this one comes with a stripe on the sleeve for added interest. The oversized style is perfect for wearing over leggings for a smart yet chic work uniform. It’s made from 100% organic cotton, too, so the quality is top-notch.
Baukjen Irene Dress
A ready-made outfit, minus the effort, a printed midi dress is a no-brainer, and this one is made from LENZING™ ECOVERO™, making it eco-friendly too. It has a relaxed shape and balloon sleeves for a comfy yet chic finish. Wear with stompy boots and a leather jacket for an achingly cool look.
Dreamt up by founder Johnnie Boden from his kitchen table, this quintessentially British clothing brand is sure to bring some joy to your wardrobe. They're big on color and prints, crafted from seriously luxe fabrics.
Boden Cosima Playsuit
Summer, here we come. This utility style feels instantly fresher (and more fun) when reimagined in hot pink. All we need now is a cocktail.
Boden Askerton Linen Knitted Tee
If you're looking for an example of how shopping at Boden will elevate your wardrobe, this t-shirt is it. We love the linen fabric and cool, color-block design.
Boden Cecile Midi Shirt Dress
The shirt dress is unrivaled when it comes to practicality, shifting seamlessly from work to play—team with everything from pointed flats to trainers.
Another British clothing brand favored by the Duchess of Cambridge, LK Bennett, was launched in 1990 with the dream of bringing "a bit of Bond Street luxury to High Street." 30 years later, it continues to do just that, letting everyone enjoy a slice of London-inspired fashion.
LK Bennett Holzer Multi Stripe Silk Scarf
The question of how to wear a scarf has endless possibilities when the subject is this chic. Loop around your neck, wear open, or use to update a neglected handbag.
LK Bennett Elson Yellow Posey Print Silk-Blend Tea Dress
Let the sunshine in by adding a pop of buttercup yellow to your wardrobe. Made from silk-blend jacquard fabric, this dress has real charm.
LK Bennett Noon Pink Strappy Sandal
If you're in the market for an elegant heel, LK Bennett is the place to go. Think strappy pink pair are among the prettiest we've seen.
Of all the British clothing brands, there are few as iconic as M&S. Brits shop here for everything from food to homeware, and their fashion offering is always reliable. Browse basics alongside more trend-led pieces.
M&S Collection Denim Belted Utility Jacket
A stylish choice for in-between days, wear in place of a cardigan to give girly midi dresses and ruffle blouses an edge.
M&S Collection Leather Shoulder Bag
A tan leather shoulder bag will never date, and this one is more than roomy enough to store all your essentials. A suede lining contrasts with the buttery soft leather outer.
M&S Pure Cotton Printed Midaxi Waisted Dress
Hot summer days call for easy-breezy dresses in natural fabrics. Wear with the tie neckline open for a more relaxed feel.
Not just one of the newest British clothing brands on this list, Omnes are also one of the most sustainable. From first sketch to final product, each part of the process has been carefully considered to minimise the environmental impact. Also, their pieces are so beautiful, that eco-friendly re-wearing is guaranteed.
Omnes LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Viscose Angel Sleeve Midaxi Dress in Pink Spot
The high neck, midi-length, and capped angel sleeves keep this dress elegant, while the polka-dot print adds a touch of fun.
Omnes Organic Cream Oversized Rib Polo Knitted Jumper
If you're finding the transition from pajamas to your everyday wardrobe a difficult one, this knitted jumper makes the case for a stylish middle ground. Splash out on the matching pants to complete the set.
Omnes Recycled Polyester Wrap Front Wide Leg Jumpsuit in Watercolour Floral
A beautiful choice for a wedding in any season. Wear this bold, recycled satin jumpsuit with pointed courts and a simple clutch.
Desmond & Dempsey
Nothing quite beats changing into your pajamas after a long day, especially when they look this good. In fact, we'd merrily wear a set from Desmond & Dempsey out of the house too. Expect vibrant, joyful prints and quality fabrics from our go-to British clothing brand for all things lounge.
Desmond & Dempsey Marginata Cream Signature Pyjama Set
Desmond & Dempsey started their British clothing brand with this very design, tailoring their typical men's-only pajama shirt for a female frame and adding a pair of cute shorts for good measure. A true crowd-pleaser.
Desmond & Dempsey Unisex Corduroy Slides with Palm Tree Embroidery
A slider as pretty as it is practical. The solid sole is sturdy enough for taking the bins out, while the tropical print will have your neighbors green with envy.
Desmond & Dempsey Medina Stripe Print Long Pyjamas
Saturated hues give the humble stripe a modern update. These would make a gorgeous gift for a loved one and yourself.
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