How do you find expensive-looking summer buys on the high street? After working in fashion for quite some time, I have an instinct for determining what affordable pieces could pass off as designer. But there are definitely a few boxes that need ticking to ensure that they look as expensive as possible. The first thing I look at is the material. A non-man-made fibre is ideal. Cotton, lyocell and linen are always materials I look to for that more luxe-looking sheen, especially during the warmer months. The next tip is the silhouette of the piece. Does it fit with current trends that have come straight off the S/S 21 runways? If so, I tend to think it looks more designer. That said, classic items such as blazers and shirtdresses in muted tones also tend to look richer.
While most of the items below are simple, elegant pieces that could easily be mistaken for much more luxe labels, there are a couple of bolder looks that I've included. The main reason being they remind me of brands that are more expensive and will make your outfit stand out. Keep scrolling for more.
Arket Lightweight Linen Shirt (£55)
Even when crumpled, a linen shirt looks luxe.
Arket Tassel-Detail Braided Crossbody Bag (£59)
The perfect summer bag.
Mango Textured Midi Dress (£50)
I'm obsessed with plisse fabric right now.
Mango Belted Cotton Jumpsuit (£30)
I love the muted colour of this jumpsuit and how simple it is.
Weekday Kirsten Turtleneck (£30)
Another muted colour that will look so great with jeans as well as trousers for those cooler summer days.
H&M Fine-Knit Top (£20)
This colour is everything.
H&M T-Shirt Dress (£18)
To me, this screams "It-girl on holiday."
FitFlop Leather Clogs (£95)
Okay, these are a bit divisive. However, clogs have been everywhere from Hermès to Isabel Marant.
& Other Stories Single Breasted Sculptural Wide Shoulder Blazer (£135)
If you're after a jacket to give an outfit polish, I've found it.
Cos Midi Pleated Dress (£115)
An A+ midi dress that looks way more than it really is.
Monki Yoko Classic Blue Jeans (£40)
A pair of straight-leg blue jeans (with no frayed hem) is my alternative to tailoring.
French Connection Lenny Ribbed Knit Midi Dress (£50)
Pair with an oversize blazer and clogs.
A standout blazer that won't appeal to everyone but definitely hits that spring/summer 2021 button.
Arket Crunched Silver-Plated Bangle (£29)
Jewellery doesn't have to be expensive to look expensive.
H&M Linen-Blend Trousers (£18)
If you're looking to up your trouser offering, then H&M's got your back.
COS Oversized T-Shirt Dress (£59)
If in doubt, go really pared-back to give a off a riche vibe.
M&S Collection Linen Relaxed Belted Shacket (£69)
All the Who What Wear editors agree that this jacket looks far more than £69.
Mango Velcro Strap Sandal (£50)
I've spotted these on Mango, and I can't stop thinking about them.
& Other Stories Buttoned Twist Waist Linen Blouse (£65)
The colour, the ruching, the length—it's all great.
& Other Stories Cropped Criss Cross Tie Blouse (£65)
This top isn't for everyone, but thanks to this being a huge trend for S/S 21, the high street has rolled out a few similar pieces. This one from & Other Stories looks so designer to me.
ASOS Design Curve Broderie Trim Jumpsuit in Black (£15)
A linen jumpsuit will always look chic.
H&M Oversized Lyocell Jacket (£60)
This jacket colour looks incredibly chic. Buy it oversize for the best silhouette.
Cos Knitted Tunic (£79)
A great layering piece for this coming season.
Arket Boat Neck Rib Top (£18)
I've seen this green everywhere on the S/S 21 runways.
Mango Cotton Shirt Dress (£20)
Our shopping editor, Joy, loves this dress.
Arket Oversized Wool Hopsack Blazer (£135)
A classic you can't beat.
H&M Knitted Dress (£40)
Take it from me: Knitted dresses always look expensive.
Mango Crease-Effect Skirt (£30)
Such a great colour.
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