As I write this, Boris Johnson is in the process of telling the nation about the next steps for easing lockdown, and if all goes to plan, the end of March may just see us being able to (shock, horror) head out and see friends—well, from one other household, anyway. We'll take what we can get. Of course, being a team of fashion lovers, this brought about an in-depth chat about everything we're going to wear the moment we're allowed out. The three high street brands that got the most airtime in this conversation? & Other Stories, COS and Arket, naturally.
We've spent the last few weeks scrolling through the new-in sections the aforementioned brands and mapping out our springtime outfits (a sartorial re-entry into society, if you will—I think I've been watching too much Bridgerton). Yes, this might sound grandiose, but honestly, we're so desperate to have a break from our joggers that we wouldn't be surprised to see a fellow editor strolling through Victoria Park in a ballgown. But I think we'll be more than content with some of the new season pieces our fave high street brands are delivering right now.
COS, in particular, is really knocking it out of the park, with sculptural tailoring, chic layering pieces, expensive-looking accessories and timeless staples (this Breton top will never go out of style, just saying). But if you're looking for something a little more punchy, then allow me to guide you to & Other Stories with its pastel-coloured outerwear, ruffled knits and XXL denim. Perfect for the extroverted minimalist.
But of course, let us not forget the lovely Arket and its penchant for an oversized silhouette, which this season manifests in boxy leather jackets, billowing blouses and loose-fit shirtdresses (just add this season's fisherman sandals). Ready to go? Scroll down to see the & Other Stories, COS and Arket spring buys that caught my eye this season.
& Other Stories
I Haven't Shopped at J.Crew in Months—These Elegant Picks Are Now in My Cart
By Grace O'Connell Joshua
I Spent 7 Hours Digging Through Saks—39 Items I Discovered That I Now Need
The perfect pastime.
By Aemilia Madden
I'm a Fitness-Loving Fashion Editor, These Are My 5 Go-To Leggings
Every brand, tried and tested
By Rebecca Rhys-Evans
I'm a Plus-Size Fashion Editor—These 28 Styles Are on My Spring Wish List
I want all of these ASAP.
By Chichi Offor
5 Issues Everyone Has With Skinny Jeans, and How to Fix Them
Read this before your next shopping trip.
By Bobby Schuessler
The 10 Best White Tank Tops of All Time, According to Me
Here's how to wear it.
By Anna LaPlaca
It's My Job to Find Amazing Shopping Picks—These 9 New Buys Are Too Good to Miss
A fashion editor's favourites.
By Remy Farrell
25 Cotton Thongs That Are Cool and Comfortable
By Bianca Nieves