A curated edit of the best pieces to shop on the high street right now – from Zara, Whistles, Asos, & Other Stories, Warehouse, Mango, H&M and Urban Outfitters.
Planning a hallelujah-my-bank-account-is-no-longer-empty spree? Just remember that the first post-payday shop at the start of the month often requires some restraint.
Now is not the time to splurge on impractical items that will have fallen out of fashion within a couple of weeks. Instead, focus on tracking down affordable pieces that will see you through the rest of the chilly weather, into summer 2020 and beyond.
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With than in mind, the Stylist fashion team – aka fashion editor Polly Knight, fashion news editor Billie Bhatia, acting executive fashion director Hannah Moore and fashion assistant Helen Atkin – have scoured the high street to find new-month purchases for March that are genuinely worth adding to your online basket.
Whether you’re looking to update your work wardrobe with a new blazer, find a classic roll-neck top for layering under jumpers and dresses, or finally invest in an easy throw-on-and-go dress, these pieces will give your wardrobe the early-spring boost it needs. Happy shopping.
5 best buys from Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters / £129
Chunky Blue Cardigan
A great investment. Wear until the weather heats up, then wheel it out again for a/w20 (when colourful, chunky knits will be everywhere).
Urban Outfitters / £139
Dr Martens Chelsea Boots
Sturdy footwear is essential in temperamental weather, and Dr Martens’ flat ankle boots will go strong for years to come.
Urban Outfitters / £45
High Neck White Blouse
The result of a collaboration between UO and Laura Ashley, this high neck blouse will take you from work to drinks with ease.
Urban Outfitters / £50
Urban Renewal Vintage Jeans
Alexa Chung recommends buying vintage jeans, as the quality tends to be higher (it’s more sustainable, too). Try these on for size.
Urban Outfitters / £85
Quilted Floral Jacket
Another UO x Laura Ashley piece, this statement jacket will add colour and interest to a simple outfit of jeans and a white T-shirt.
5 best buys from Warehouse
Warehouse / £49
Floral Tiered Midi Dress
We’re already counting down the days until we can wear floaty dresses without extra layers. For now, team this with a cardi and boots.
Warehouse / £16
Black Cat Eye Sunglasses
These sharp sunglasses are a touch retro with a contemporary edge. The perfect city shades – you’re welcome.
Warehouse / £38
Leopard Print Bikini
There’s no time like the present to shop for swimwear – and leopard print is a neutral in our book. Buy now, wear forever.
Warehouse / £55
Snake Print Ankle Boots
These faux snakeskin cowboy boots will jazz up your jeans and jumper – or try clashing with florals for an instant outfit update.
Warehouse / £36
Oversized Collar Shirt
Supersize collars will be massive this spring – literally – and this cotton shirt is perfect for channelling your inner Little Women.
5 best buys from Whistles
Whistles / £149
Long Sleeved Denim Jumpsuit
Jumpsuits are still storming the catwalks, and this comes in both pink and navy. Wear over a thick roll-neck to keep spring chills at bay.
Whistles / £199
Classic Khaki Trench Coat
Still not bought a trench? Now’s your chance. This double-breasted version in muted khaki will slot right into your spring wardrobe.
Whistles / £65
Yellow Leather Clutch Bag
This little pouch will add a splash of texture against navy, red, khaki or black. Carry as a clutch or pop into a bigger tote.
Whistles / £139
White and Green Trainers
With a pop of green, this classic trainer will lift any outfit. Wear with jumpsuits, trousers, midi skirts… whatever takes your fancy.
Whistles / £99
Beige Cargo Trousers
Neutral cargo trousers will transition brilliantly into summer. Simply swap your trainers and jumpers for flat sandals and plain T-shirts.
5 best buys from H&M
H&M / £24.99
Polka Dot Slip Skirt
Slip skirts continue to be a wardrobe staple for work and weekends, and this patterned version will breathe new life into your office look.
H&M / £39.99
Airy White Cotton Blouse
Sleeves remain a focal point for s/s 2020 and beyond, and this billowy blouse is a nuanced version of the classic white shirt.
H&M / £34.99
Tiered Chiffon Maxi Dress
Our love of a chuck-on dress know no bounds, especially when it’s size-inclusive and comes in a fresh emerald floral print.
H&M / £34.99
Checked Shirt Jacket
We love the simplicity of this trans-seasonal piece. Wear with light-coloured denim, long sleeve T-shirts for the foreseeable future.
H&M / £79.99
Light Blue Nubuck Handbag
Bags are pared-back this season (call it the Bottega Veneta effect), and this relaxed, sumptuous shape will elevate the simplest of looks.
5 best buys from Zara
ZARA / £12.99
RIBBED WOOL BLEND BEANIE
The berry and camel tones of this ribbed beanie remind us of tea, scones and jam. Deliciously cosy.
ZARA / £19.99
HIGH NECK SWEATER IN KHAKI
This slimline knit is perfect for layering – wear under the midi dresses languishing at the back of your wardrobe.
Zara / £59.99
Flatform Black Leather Sandals
Nope, it’s not too early to snap up your summer shoes. These padded black sandals are as comfy as they’re cool.
ZARA / £95.99
MULTICOLOURED VELVET TOTE BAG
Big bags are in for SS20, and this velvet-trimmed checked shopper will brighten up gloomy mornings.
Zara / £12.99
BLACK HALTERNECK BODYSUIT
Sporty racerback and halterneck tops will be big this summer. This bodysuit will create the cleanest of lines.
5 best buys from & Other Stories
& Other Stories / £95
Silk Button Up Blouse
A classic silk shirt will never go out of style. Wear this green blouse with jeans now and white linen trousers come summer.
& OTHER STORIES / £65
STRAIGHT MID RISE JEANS
On the lookout for comfy denim? These classic straight-leg mid-wash jeans are perfect for lounging around in.
& Other Stories / £95
Black Leather Loafers
Leather loafers with a high vamp are a chic alternative to boots on wet days. Just make sure you’ve got nice socks on.
& OTHER STORIES / £120
OVERSIZED ALPACA BLEND CARDIGAN
A classic loose-fitting cardigan in a neutral tone can be layered over any outfit for extra warmth.
& OTHER STORIES / £23
DUO LAYERED CHAIN NECKLACE
Love layering jewellery? Wear this double-stranded necklace with shorter chains in mixed metals.
5 best buys from Asos
ASOS / £38
LONG SLEEVE MAXI DRESS
Everyone loves the ease of a chuck-on dress. Wear this with chunky black boots and a neat leather jacket.
ASOS / £139
DR MARTENS VEGAN 1460 BOOTS
Classic Dr Martens are back in a big way. Team with a slip skirt and chunky jumper or use to toughen up a midi dress.
ASOS / £35
Curve Midi Dress in Check
Stylist’s fashion news editor Billie has already added this summer-ready midi swing dress to her wardrobe.
ASOS / £52
LINEN DAD BLAZER IN SOFT BLUE
Short suits will be big for SS20. Wear with a crisp T-shirt and leather city shorts to nail the trend.
ASOS / £34
ORGANZA SMOCK TOP WITH BOWS
Inspired by Danish designer Cecilie Bahnsen, flowing smock-style tops and dresses are here to stay for 2020.
5 best buys from Mango
MANGO / £59.99
FAUX LEATHER SHIRT JACKET
Well worth the investment, this slick faux leather shacket is a versatile addition to any wardrobe.
MANGO / £69.99
Brown Leather Strappy Sandals
Barely-there brown leather sandals go with everything – and you’ll actually be able to walk in them. Win-win.
Mango / £29.99
EMBROIDERED WHITE SHIRT
With balloon sleeves, a creamy shade and delicate embroidery, this shirt is an elegant twist on a classic.
MANGO / £69.99
LEOPARD PRINT MIDI DRESS
Wear over a warm roll-neck now, then show off that on-trend square neckline come summer.
MANGO / £35.99
FAUX LEATHER STIRRUP BAG
With a classic style that won’t date, this crossbody looks much more expensive than it actually is.
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