The High-Street Items That Deserve a Place in Your Forever Wardrobe

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There's a misconception that you can't find classic wardrobe items on the high street—that the pieces are too trend-led and their appeal will fade when new sartorial movements come into play. However, we're here to prove otherwise, and we have the evidence to back it up.

All of our favourite high-street brands are known for getting specific things right, whether that's an entire product category, such as ASOS's knitted co-ords, or a particular item, for example, & Other Stories' wool-blend blazer or Dune's cult Loupe sandals.

Following on from this, we've rounded up all the expensive-looking pieces that fit this citation to bring you the best high-street classic items from each store to spend your money on. The perfect capsule is but a scroll away.

& OTHER STORIES: DRESSES

Style Notes: We've made a pact to wear more dresses this winter. Naturally, & Other Stories' dress department is our first port of call. From puff sleeves to statement prints, every one is perfection.

& Other Stories Asymmetric Twist Midi Dress (£65)

& Other Stories Printed Lace Maxi Dress (£120)

& Other Stories Buttoned Mini Dress (£85)

ASOS: KNITTED CO-ORDS

Imani Randolph wears a knitted co-ord.

Style Notes: Prior to 2020, ASOS was already known for creating the best co-ord sets out there, and over the course of the last year, the brand has outdone itself with its array of expensive-looking knitted sets.

ASOS Co-Ord Knitted Short in Oatmeal (£43)

ASOS Curve Co-Ord Knitted Chequerboard Cardigan Set (£56)

ASOS Co-Ord Knitted Tank With Button Through Detail in Taupe (£53)

MANGO: SHOES

Style Notes: If we had to choose one high-street shoe department to shop for the rest of our lives, it would have to be Mango's. From boots to strappy heels, every pair looks incredibly premium.

Mango Bow Leather Ballerina (£36)

Mango Squared Toe Leather Ankle Boots (£120)

Mango Leather Penny Loafers (£80)

GAP: DENIM SHIRTS

Liv Blankson wears a Gap denim shirt.

Style Notes: If you love denim, then you're likely already aware of Gap's superior blues. We always buy our denim shirts from the brand and have no plans to stop.

Gap Denim Big Shirt (£24)

Gap Oversized Denim Shirt (£30)

Gap Denim Western Shirt (£18)

ARKET: CREW-NECK T-SHIRT

Style Notes: Our shopping editor, Joy Montgomery, has proclaimed this Arket T-shirt the best she's ever worn. Need we say more?

Arket Crew-Neck T-Shirt in Black (£15)

Arket Crew-Neck T-Shirt in White (£15)

Arket Crew-Neck T-Shirt in Grey (£15)

SÉZANE: KNITWEAR

Monikh Dale wears Sézane's Gaspard cardigan.

Style Notes: We can't scroll Instagram without seeing one of Sézane's gorgeous knits, from the Gaspard to the Mickey.

Sézane Gaspard Jumper (£95)

Sézane Peter Jumper (£105)

Sézane Lucas Jumper (£105)

ZARA: BLAZERS

Style Notes: Zara put blazers back on the sartorial map in the early 2010s, so we'd be remiss not to mention its impressive blazer edit.

Zara Straight Fit Faux Leather Blazer (£70)

Zara Oversize Masculine Blazer (£60)

Zara Check Linen Blend Blazer (£70)

MARKS AND SPENCER: BALLET FLATS

Who What Wear UK's editor Emma Spedding wears the Marks and Spencer ballet flats.

Style Notes: As we prepare to ease ourselves back into our winter boots, might we turn your attention to Marks and Spencer's ever-popular ballet flats for autumn? Sans the bow usually found on ballerina pumps, these pairs have been a hit with our editors and influencers who have minimalistic aesthetics.

Marks and Spencer Leather Slip on Square Toe Ballet Pumps (£50)

Marks and Spencer Suede Flat Ballet Pumps (£35)

Marks and Spencer Leather Flat Ballet Pumps (£45)

WEEKDAY: JEANS

Style Notes: One of the pioneers of the now-essential straight-leg jeans, Weekday's denim department never fails to impress us. The most popular styles are undoubtedly the Rowe and Voyager jeans, both of which rival pairs five times the price.

Weekday Voyage High Straight Jeans (£40)

Weekday Rowe Extra High Straight Jeans (£40)

Weekday Voyage High Straight Jeans (£40)

& OTHER STORIES: WOOL BLAZER

Karina Marriott wears the & Other Stories wool-blend blazer.

Style Notes: Probably the most iconic blazer the high street has ever produced, & Other Stories' wool-blend blazer has been restocked more times than we can count. Don't miss it this time around.

& Other Stories Wool-Blend Blazer in Beige (£165)

& Other Stories Wool-Blend Blazer in Mole (£165)

& Other Stories Wool-Blend Blazer in Light Beige (£165)

COS: HANDBAGS

Style Notes: Some high-street brands are guilty of taking their accessories a step too far, be it with oversized zips or unnecessary branding. COS, however, opts for the pared-back approach, making its arm candy the most expensive-looking out there.

COS Oversized Shoulder Bag (£150)

COS Smocked Oversized Shopper Bag (£65)

COS Leather Crossbody Bag (£99)

H&M: LEGGINGS

Lauren Çokgüler wears a pair of H&M split-hem leggings.

Style Notes: No high-street brand creates more must-have items than H&M, and it consistently gets black leggings right—particularly those with a fashionable spin.

H&M Cotton Leggings (£9)

H&M Ribbed Leggings (£13)

H&M Slit-Detail Leggings (£10)

DUNE: LOUPE SANDALS

Style Notes: Okay, so you mightn’t be wearing sandals for the foreseeable, but if you’re planning on a winter getaway or simply want to think ahead to summer 2022, here’s a pair that’s worthy of your consideration. Having launched in 2018, Dune's best-selling Loupe sandals continue to be one of the most coveted pairs on the high street. When they look this sleek, it’s not hard to see why.

Dune Loupe Sandals in Black (£85)

Dune Loupe Sandals in Tan (£85)

Dune Loupe Sandals in White (£85)

ARKET: PUFFER COATS

Aïda Sané wears the Arket puffer coat.

Style Notes: While puffer jackets have proven popular across the high street, it goes without saying that Arket's puffer coat collection is the chicest of them all.

Arket Oversized Quilted Coat (£150)

Arket Mid-Length Down Coat (£175)

Arket Long Down Puffer Coat (£225)

WAREHOUSE: STATEMENT SEPARATES

Style Notes: Over the past couple of seasons, Warehouse has gone from strength to strength, with fashion people lapping up its directional take on the trends. This autumn’s offering is just as impressive, including everything from faux fur–trimmed knitwear to bright, wide-leg trousers.

Warehouse Knit Cardigan With Faux Fur Collar (£44)

Warehouse Denim Patchwork Button Front Midi Skirt (£40)

Warehouse Clean Wide Leg Trousers (£36)

Next Up: 9 Knitwear Trends That Truly Matter This Autumn

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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