This Is By Far the Best Place to Buy Expensive-Looking Knits on the High Street

The high street is great and often our editors’ first choice for many wardrobe essentials— the best jeanscoats and basics, to name a few. But when it comes to knitwear, it gets a little more difficult. Obviously, the whole point of the high street is that the offering is accessible (and affordable), but because of the importance of quality, sourcing and materials in creating great knitwear, it seems to be one thing that’s difficult to replicate on the cheap. 

As an editor, I have found that one of my most-discussed sartorial subjects ahead of the upcoming winter season, with both my colleagues and friends, has been where we can find affordable knitwear that doesn't look or feel cheap. In a dream world, we’d all be in Khaite cardigans, Totême jumpers and The Elder Statesman cashmere—and yes, some of us might be able to invest in these brands—but in reality, we’re all looking for a compromise, aren’t we? Knitwear that’s made responsibly, looks expensive but doesn’t completely empty out our savings accounts in one go. 


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So I set out on a search across the whole of the high street, and I think I might have found the answer—at Arket. Like the rest of its collection, Arket’s knitwear is seriously impressive. Classic, minimalist (no recognisable, and therefore dateable, prints or features here) and some of the best quality we’ve found, designers included. 

Unsurprisingly, others in the fashion crowd have begun to cotton on, and we’ve started seeing lots of influencers sporting Arket knits this year already. From jumpers to dresses, super-soft cashmere to thin merino layers and statement cable-knits, there are so many options, and most come in a range of colours. They’re all listed as using "responsible wool” or "recycled materials,” which is an important plus. And our top tip? Don’t overlook the men’s department for some great oversized shapes. 


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Emily Dawes
Affiliate Editor

Emily Dawes is the very definition of a fashion multi hyphenate. An editor, stylist and writer with over eleven years’ worth of experience in the industry, Emily is known for her impeccable taste, elegant outfit choices and being able to spot the next big thing in fashion from a mile off. Our readers loyally trust her advice and shopping suggestions; so much so she began her own column documenting the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street, which has become a top-performing piece of content for the Who What Wear brand.

Emily has worked for Who What Wear UK since 2020 in a myriad as roles, spanning from contributing editor and branded content editor. Now, she holds the position of affiliate editor and is responsible for the brand’s overall affiliate strategy, ideation and content execution. Working closely with Who What Wear UK’s affiliate manager, Emily has been instrumental in securing and nourishing brand partnerships, surpassing her goals as standard. Leading the team in tentpole shopping moments including Black Friday and Peak Trading, with Emily’s guidance and leadership, team Who What Wear is in a stronger affiliate position than ever before.

Prior to joining the Who What Wear team, Emily served as YOU Magazine’s acting fashion editor where she managed the fashion team and oversaw all fashion content output for the fast-paced weekly title. Emily is a stylist in her own right, having worked with a slew of VIP clients including writer and television personality, Elizabeth Day, as well as styling and art directing several celebrity cover shoots for glossy print publication, Grazia. Her adept fashion knowledge means brands regularly sought out to work with her as a consultant: previously she has developed marketing and content plans for brands for Cocoon and Edge of Ember. Before entering the industry, Emily obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies with International Study from Nottingham University. Fun fact: Emily spent a year studying in America which saw her join a sorority during her time there.

When she’s not working or tracking down the chicest, new-in items to share with our audience, you’ll find Emily bestowing her East London home with her stylish flair, reading everything from the classics to cowboy romance novels and escaping to the country with husband, baby boy and dog, Roo, whenever she can.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.