The best high street and investment fashion buys, as picked by our fashion editor

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The best new-in high street and investment buys brought to you each week by Stylist fashion editor, Polly Knight.

I love clothes. Which is helpful when you are a fashion editor and your job centres on clothes. There is, however, a common misconception about people who work in the industry – that just because we are fashion editors we are decked out in head-to-toe designer threads. Let me assure you this is not true. Or least, not for me. My wardrobe is a combination of 85% high street buys with the rest being more luxury pieces that I make sure work with everything.

I pride myself on the fact people often think my high street clobber is high end (I’ll take it!); for me, it’s all about shopping smart and not wearing faddy items. I have a checklist of sorts when I’m shopping: will I love this in a year’s time? Would I style this piece multiple ways to get optimum use out of it? Does it make me happy?

We are #blessed to have the great British high street, bursting with so many brilliant brands at our fingertips that people flock from all over the world to get in on the act.

I love coming across those pieces that make stop on your tracks and think “Wow, that looks expensive”, or “That’s so on trend, it could have come straight of the runway”. My aim when I am dressing is to have an easy, luxe look but without the price tag to match, which means I have trained my eyes to spot these pieces in an instant. And that’s the 85%.

So, about that 15% - these are my investment pieces. The timeless classics I have saved for because I know they will never go out of style. They are the pieces I will wear now but know they will last me lifetime, the items I’ll never get bored with and that every time I wear them, they feel just as special as the day I bought them. These aren’t trend-led pieces, but rather the staples that I can dress up or down with the other 85% of my wardrobe and to be honest, they are worth every penny of my hard-earned cash.

And that’s how I shop. A big dollop of high street and a little dressing of luxury. Each week that is exactly what I am going to bring to you: the best of the high street peppered with a few investment pieces to make your wardrobe something you can’t wait to dive into.

  • The Kooples

    The best new in pieces: The Kooples Bowie t-shirt
    The best new in pieces: The Kooples Bowie t-shirt

    Band tee’s are effortlessly cool, and totally timeless. Just make sure you know the artist/band on your tee to save any embarrassment! Wear this this with white jeans and chunky black sandals

    Shop t-shirt, £95, The Kooples

  • Zara

    The best new in pieces: Zara chain and pearl necklace
    The best new in pieces: Zara chain and pearl necklace

    Pearls are trending. Forget a classic string of pearls, they’ve had a modern over-haul for 2020, often clashing with gold metal and in structural/minimal designs. Try this Zara necklace for size and layer with existing jewellery. 

    Shop necklace, £15.99, Zara

  • Raey

    The best new in pieces: Raey white jeans
    The best new in pieces: Raey white jeans

    These white jeans are totally worth the investment and I absolutely love mine. They are mid-weight denim so thick enough for no show-through and loose fit for ultimate comfort. 

    Shop jeans, £140, Raey 

  • Arket

    The best new in pieces: printed Arket dress
    The best new in pieces: printed Arket dress

    Another throw-on dress I hear you cry? Yes, you can’t have enough of this style. Cool and comfortable, wear now with your dad sandals for a perfect wear-everywhere look. 

    Shop dress, £79, Arket

  • Charles & Keith

    The best new in pieces: Charles & Keith
    The best new in pieces: Charles & Keith

    Simple slip on sandals are a failsafe summer style that won’t date. Wear with slouchy trousers and a tank top or with a summer dress. Easy. 

    Shop sandals, £39, Charles & Keith

  • With Nothing Underneath

    The best new in pieces: With Nothing Underneath classic white shirt
    The best new in pieces: With Nothing Underneath white shirt

    You need this brand on your radar; with Nothing Underneath make the most amazing boyfriend style classic shirts. Wear this summer with everything  from your tracksuit bottoms and Birks, too your slouchy tailored trousers and heels. 

    Shop shirt, £85, With Nothing Underneath

  • Roop

    The best new in pieces: Roop black satin bag
    The best new in pieces: Roop black satin bag

    I’m totally obsessed with this brand - Roop bags are made from remnants and vintage fabrics (keeping waste to a minimum - yay!) This gorgeous satin style is the perfect night out bag. 

    Shop bags, Roop

  • Jade Swim

    The best new in pieces: Jade Swim
    The best new in pieces: Jade Swim

    This is an investment buy, but totally worth it, Jade Swim is a brand that needs to be on your fashion radar. Chic, flattering and totally timeless, just throw a pair of shorts over this swimsuit for a look that will take you from the beach to the bar. 

    Shop swimsuit, £163, Jade Swim

  • Topshop

    The best new in pieces: Topshop skirt
    The best new in pieces: Topshop skirt

    Following in the footsteps of it’s tiered dress counter part, this check skirt will look great with a racer back tank and your chunky black sandals.

    Shop skirt, £35, Topshop

  • Cos

    The best new in pieces: Cos cream jeans
    The best new in pieces: Cos cream jeans

    If white jeans are a little too harsh for you, try a softer more palatable cream. Wear with a chunky cream knit and comfy WFH shoes on cooler days.

    Shop jeans, £69, Cos

  • Paloma Wool

    The best new in pieces: Paloma Wool dress
    The best new in pieces: Paloma Wool dress

    I’m obsessed with this shirred smock dress - the colour and the shape. Team zesty limes with fellow bold colours for a stand out look. 

    Shop dress, £110, Paloma Wool 

  • Next

    The best new in pieces: Next dress
    The best new in pieces: Next dress

    This dress is part of Emma Willis’ collection for Next, and if you haven’t checked it out already you should as the summer collection is great! This linen mix dress is the perfect summer LBD

    Shop dress, £50, Next

  • Roxanne Assoulin

    Best new in pieces: Rosie Assoulin bracelets

    This summer we are wearing our beachy beads with our existing everyday jewellery. Layer up and stack them high, and bring the beach vibes to the city. 

    Shop bracelets, £75 each, Rosie Assoulin

  • & Other Stories

    Best new in pieces: & Other Stories quilted bag

    I know we’re feeling all summery right now, so we’re thinking more basket bags than leather styles, but this & Other Stories black quilted bag is too good to miss out on. 

    Shop bag, £100, & Other Stories

  • Uniqlo

    The best new in pieces: Uniqlo linen shirt

    Linen began trending last summer and this year I’ve decided to fully embrace it and not get hung up on the creases and crumpling. Roll up your sleeves, add your gold jewellery, and try a linen shirt as an alternative to your classic t-shirt. 

    When shopping linen keep to earthy tones, neutrals, burnt orange, khaki and navy rather than pastels. 

    Shop linen shirt, £29.90, Uniqlo

  • Scream Pretty

    The best new in pieces: Scream Pretty huggies

    I’m always on the look out for new huggy earrings that won’t break the bank to add to my collection, and these baguette cut style will add a little sparkle to your everyday look

    Shop gold plated earrings, £35, Scream Pretty 

  • Kurt Geiger

    The best new in pieces: Kurt Geiger black sandals

    Everyone needs black summer sandals in their armoury.

     I usually buy a new high street pair each year because the ones from last year are worn out, and you do need a breather from a style after you’ve  worn them time and time again, so here they are! 

     Shop sandals, £89, Kurt Geiger

  • LK Bennett

    The best new in pieces: LK Bennett tote bag

    We fall into two camps: the ‘everything but the kitchen sink tote bag’ or a ‘I’m hands free’ cross body kind of gal. Well, this style is for the former. Chic refined and big enough for your laptop and gym kit. This LK Bennett tote is a handbag win.  

    Shop tote bag, £168, LK Bennett

  • Porte & Paire

    The best new in pieces: Porte & Paire white heels

    Finding a luxe shoe brand that isn’t going to break the bank is a really tricky feat, but Porte and Paire has piqued my interest. From cool flats to barely there square toe heels all the styles are timeless yet bang on trend.  

    Shop shoes, £260, Porte & Paire

  • Arket

    The best new in pieces: Arket one shoulder top

    The perfect accompaniment to your straight leg jeans (try white denim in high summer) this one shoulder top is a great party or holiday top. Now all we need is that sun kissed skin. 

    Shop top, £59, Arket  

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Images: lead image Moeez Ali. All other images courtesy of brands.

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