Finding high street buys that look like designer is my hidden talent. Keep scrolling to see my top picks...
We all want to look like our most polished selves, don’t we? While, sadly, I’m not here to provide you with a week at a spa or an endless allowance at The Row, I am here to bring you a treasure trove of the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street every week. It’s my mission to prove that you can find premium pieces to elevate your wardrobe without the designer price tag and to make it easy for you to pinpoint the items on the high street that are really worth adding to your wardrobe.
There are some amazing gems out there that your friends won’t believe aren’t designer, but there’s a lot to sift through to find them. That’s where I come in. As a Who What Wear editor, I scroll new-in collections as a hobby, and I can spot an expensive-looking (and -feeling) piece a mile away. I’ll be adding the best bits I find to this list. Some may be more "affordable” than others, but you can be confident every piece is here because I believe it offers great value.
I hope this edit helps save you time and money as you build a closet of classic pieces that bring joy and last much longer than just a few seasons. Now to the good part. Keep scrolling to shop.
Shop the Most Expensive-Looking High-Street Items This Week
H&M knows that the finer details set a piece apart. Noted the longline silhouette and smattering of buttons that elevate this particular waistcoat.
I did a double-take when I first saw this pairing. The soft yellow shade feels particularly 2024.
Spring has arrived at Marks & Spencer in the form of these elegant sandals.
Gold and cream is such a premium-looking combination. Add in the eye-catching asymmetrical shape and collarless design, and you get this Zara winner.
Right now, fashion people are adding Arket's silk trousers into all their outfits from casual everyday with a t-shirt and trainers, to elegant evening with a smart top and heels.
So many of our editors have added this spring-ready denim dress to their wish lists recently.
In the blink of an eye warm spring days will be upon on us, and I plan to be wearing light linen trousers in this perfect shade of green all the way through to the end of summer. Plus, there's a matching blazer.
If you're yet to add a trench coat to your capsule wardrobe, COS offers a classic silhouette with a playful tie-style hood.
With Uniqlo's track record, we suspect this one will shortly be viral too. Just like the crossbody, its surprisingly roomy, and can even fit a laptop.
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After a short hiatus, Arket's best-selling black blazer has been restocked.
Every capsule wardrobe features a classic striped shirt, and this one is set apart by the contrasting white cuffs and collar.
Denim styles are all over the runways and street style right now, and this sleek topstitch maxi skirt is the best I've found. Plus, it has pockets!
Trench coat season has officially arrived, and Marks & Spencer has a particularly premium-looking selection.
Looking for a sleek top to accompany your evening outfits or work ensembles? Look no further than COS's elegant scarf-detail blouse.
From the soft pleats to the wide-leg silhouette, these chino trousers are sure to add instant polish to any look.
Whilst I love a neutral palette, I haven't stopped thinking about red accents recently, and these ballet pumps are an easy way to tap into the trend.
With warmer days on the horizon, I've been on the hunt for a timeless knit vest to pair with jeans. Thanks to the classic stripes and elegant v-neck, this one went straight in my basket.
The premium look of the double-set buttons makes this price tag even more incredible.
Marks & Spencer is one of the brands we always turn to for excellent tailoring on the high street. I'm also a big fan of the matching blazer.
I tried this cardigan on this week and can confirm firsthand how incredibly elegant it is.
Charles & Keith expertly curates premium-looking handbags at prices you'd never believe.
Almost every fashion person has Arket's cosy alpaca-blend jumper on their wish list, and now it comes in a classic stripe style.
We've long sung the praises of & Other Stories denim, and the cut of this pair feels incredibly current.
Spring is about to bloom, and I've got my sights set on this beautifully cut midi skirt.
The soft tonal shade will seamlessly combine with all shades in your wardrobe.
The appreciation for classic slingbacks is on the rise, and this pair is classic enough to last in your forever wardrobe.
Pair with jeans, tailored trousers or layered over a dress for a Parisian touch.
I'm always on the hunt for classic styles with a twist, and Arket's wrap shirt is everything I've been dreaming of.
Every detail of this cardigan is giving big designer energy, from the nipped waist to the draped sleeve.
Those in the know are well aware of H&M's sleek tailoring selection. And now, they've added these trending pinstripes to the selection.
The silhouette of this coat had me convinced it was a designer style.
Massimo has crafted the half moon bag out of supple leather in three distinct shades, including this soft khaki hue.
Previously, Zara dropped a similar sleek collarless blazer and I missed out. This time I won't let it get away.
The cream shade and contrasting black buttons set this trench coat apart from the rest.
Style with your favourite dress, or let the toe peep out from under wide leg trousers.
This coat lit up our Who What Wear group chat thanks to its premium silhouette and elevated brown hue.
Creating high-end look pieces is all in the details, and this sweater is all about the collar.
No matter the season, I find myself reaching for classic penny loafers.
There's something about a suede finish that makes everything look expensive. Case in point, this Arket bag.
COS' much-loved wide-leg trousers come in five classic shades and have just been restocked in time for payday.
Got plans? If not, make some, because this dress deserves to be seen.
This COS cardigan wouldn't look out of place in a Khaite collection. It's perfect for transitioning into spring, too.
Influencers are already losing it over how good these trousers are.
This may look like a simple T-shirt, but the camel colour and heavy cotton make it stand out and feel much more elevated than your average.