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We’ve handpicked 29 high street gems that look more expensive than their price tag, from tough leather bikers to luxe knitwear, tran-seasonal dresses to new season boots.

Shop smart on the high street and you can fool anyone into thinking your look belies its frugal price tag. From H&M’s quality denim collaboration to the best plain white tee you’ll find on the high street (we’re looking at you, Arket), here are some of the most deceivingly affordable pieces available right now.

& Other Stories

Belted Oversized Utility Pocket Jacket


Shackets are going nowhere and & Other Stories’ avalanche white option is amongst our favourites. The bracelet sleeves, oversized collar ooze expensive vibes.

Pair with washed-out denim or leather trousers and this season's heavy biker boots.

The Scandi brand also have a wealth of knits – without a doubt a the best you’ll find on the high street – as well as LBDs to transcend the seasons and a quilted wrap jacket that has more than a hint of the Isabel Marant about it.


Arket’s plain white T-shirts are every fashion editor’s best kept secret for fit, quality, fabric and price. Basics are what they do best, from smart tailoring to cosy loungewear.


Large-Collared Blouse


It’s going to be a summer of frilly white collared shirts yet again and H&M have a plethora of Ganni-style tops to choose from. Best paired with washed-out denim and minimal accessories.

Plus, if you’re in the market for one of AllSaints’ leather bikers but your budget won’t stretch, H&M’s oversized option will do nicely. For denim, check out their recent collaboration with Lee Jeans – we love the super wide-leg white pair for leg lengthening magic.

H&MBiker Jacket

Price: £119.99

Lee x H&MWide Ultra High Waist Jeans

Price: £34.99

H&MFine-Knit Trousers

Price: £24.99


Belted Denim Jumpsuit


Mango has nailed French girl chic with aplomb this season, from Breton stripes to laid back leather.

Mango is so good this season, just check out their Anine Bing-esque tiger striped boots or faux leather blouse that’s first on the list for our post-lockdown wardrobe.

For now, this belted denim jumpsuit is a great alternative to joggers and hoodies for weekend walks. Style with dad-style sandals and rolled up sleeves.

MangoLeather Moccasin

Price: £49.99

Mango100% Silk Shirt

Price: £59.99

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