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The 39 most expensive looking pieces on the high street this week

From H&M to Mango... You can thank us later

Updated 2 days ago
Mango  Rectangular sunglasses
Orion Scott
Orion ScottFashion Features Writer
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When it comes to our purse strings, there is a lot of value in scouring the British high street for a bargain. While many of us covet designer brands we see on our favourite A-listers, it is a relief to know that we can still look incredible in pieces that our favourite stores such as Arket and River Island.

Shopping on the high street does not mean we should have to scrimp on style, in fact there are plenty of retailers who are creating eco-conscious and luxurious garments which wouldn't look out of place in a high-end boutique. 

To make your budget friendly shopping a little easier we've put together a list of our favourite pieces this week.

How we chose the pieces:

Aesthetic: After combing through the internet's top high street fashion websites, we have selected the pieces that look categorically luxe. Despite boasting a modest price point, these buys could be mistaken for designer. That could mean a beautiful, flattering bias cut, a carefully constructed print, rich embellishment or another thoughtful design detail.

Price: We have tried to keep pieces in this edit affordable, under the £250 mark, except for items made from precious materials.

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Why you should trust me:

I am Hello! Fashion’s Fashion Features Writer. With a love for all things fashion (the quirkier the better), I can usually be found playing dress-up in my own wardrobe, watching Gilmore Girls for the 8th time or finding new outfit inspo and DIY musts on TikTok, nothing in my closet is safe from a safety-pin bow embellishment. I have been in the styling world for almost 5 years now, specialising in editorial features, luxury campaigns and music videos. As for the world of magazines, I have worked for various digital and print publications around the world, focusing on fashion. Basically, fashion is my bread and butter.

Hello! Fashion shares the most expensive-looking pieces to shop on the high street this week: 

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    H&M  Broderie anglaise-detail shirt

    Broderie anglaise-detail shirt


    Why it looks expensive: Frills in all variations are currently doing the rounds on the designer circuit and this crisp white, wide sleeve number could easily be mistaken for a designer label.

    Editor's note: You can never go wrong with a crisp white button-up. This would look super cute under a knitted vest with a denim maxi skirt or with a simple black mini skirt and knee-high boots.

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    River Island  Red Knit Waistcoat

    Red Knit Waistcoat

    River Island

    Why it looks expensive: Hailey Bieber has made button-up waistcoats her new personality, resulting in an influx of fashion moguls donning similar styles.

    Editor's note: I love the idea of wearing a coloured vest with either a matching mini skirt or trousers to make it a matching co-ord.

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    Stradivarius  Cowboy Boots

    Cowboy Boots


    Why it looks expensive: Beyonce has reignited the fame cowgirlcore trend and it’s only a matter of time before the fashion moguls follow suit.

    Editor's note: Cowboy boots are perfect for both festival season and every day in between. I love wearing cowboy boots with summer dresses or under denim jeans. They’re the perfect comfortable kick for all year round.

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    Facade Turn-Up Jeans - Straight COS

    Facade Turn-Up Jeans - Straight


    Why it looks expensive: The perfect fitted jeans will always elevate your outfit and look expensive.

    Editor's note: Wear these with ballet flats and a crisp white button-up for the ultimate effortlessly chic look.

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    Mango  Rectangular sunglasses

    Rectangular sunglasses


    Why it looks expensive: A pair of classic rectangular sunglasses will forever be a wardrobe staple amongst the fashion elite.

    Editor's note: With the sunny season hot on our heels a pair of classic sunglasses that go with any outfit is an essential style staple. I would wear these with every outfit as an added accessory.

  6. 6/39

    ZARA  Skort With Buckles

    Skort With Buckles


    Why it looks expensive: The ‘no pants’ trend is currently hotter than ever and this pleated skort is giving major Miu Miu vibes.

    Editor's note: This itty bitty skort is the ultimate fashion girl essential and would look great with an oversized knit sweater and heeled boots or with chunky socks and loafers.

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    Mohair-blend collared top from H&M

    Mohair-blend collared top


    Why it looks expensive: Mohair is one of the world's most luxurious fibres. This cream option with a dozen tiny buttons could easily be mistaken for Miu Miu.

    Editor's note: My favourite part of this top is the 12 small buttons and high neck collar. I would wear this with a casual pair of suit trousers or with a denim maxi skirt.

  8. 8/39


    Top With Gold Appliqué


    Why it looks expensive: Many designer brands add gold hardware statements as accent pieces on their garments, an easy elevation tactic for a more luxe-looking 'fit.

    Editor's note: Elegant, effortless and overly classic, this gorgeous cowl neckline top with a singular gold hardware shoulder accent is most definitely Sofia Richie Approved.

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    Point-Toe Pumps from & Other Stories

    Point-Toe Pumps

    & Other Stories

    Why it looks expensive: Sheer in all forms is majorly trending right now. 

    Editor's note: You can never go wrong with a classic black heel. I love these sheer options as they are still classic and go with everything but are also slightly different from your usual.

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    Pleated Leather Mary-Jane Ballet Flats from COS

    Pleated Leather Mary-Jane Ballet Flats


    Why it looks expensive: Leather ballet pumps are one of the fashion world's most sought-after footwear silhouettes right.

    Editor's note: Black footwear in all forms is a wardrobe staple every fashion lover should invest in. If you're wanting a pair of comfortable kicks that can be worn with fancy dresses, casual trousers and everything in between, then these are it. 

  11. 11/39

    Wool-Blend Vest from Arket

    Wool-Blend Vest


    Why it looks expensive: Wool-blend vests are having a major moment in the fashion world right now, donned by the likes of Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner. 

    Editor's note: I love a matching moment so would pair this vest with either a matching black mini or maxi skirt, a pair of loafers and dainty gold jewellery.

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    ZARA  Off-The-Shoulder Knit Top

    Off-The-Shoulder Knit Top


    Why it looks expensive: Off-the-shoulder tops and dresses are majorly trending on the designer catwalk scene at the moment.

    Editor's note: If you are on the hunt for the perfect jeans and a cute top combo, this top is it. This would look amazing with a pair of dark blue jeans and a patent-heeled boot. I would also add a choker necklace to complete the look.

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    Mango  Structured double fabric coat with belt

    Structured double fabric coat with belt


    Why it looks expensive: The structured material of this coat boasts big designer energy and the addition of the belt makes for a luxury silhouette.

    Editor's note: I love the idea of wearing this coat as a dress with a pair of pumps. I would add a simple slip dress underneath and a bold hardware earring for major old Celine vibes.

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    Over Sized Scarf Detail Trench


    Why it looks expensive: The fit and added addition of the scarf detailing on this trench gives off The Row energy but for a fraction of the price.

    Editor's note: This trench would look super cute as a layering piece over a mini dress with tights and knee-high boots. I would even tie the scarf detail in a big bow for a sprinkle of coquette core.

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    Mango Foil structured denim jacket

    Foil structured denim jacket


    Why it looks expensive: Two-piece sets seem to be all the rage on the runway, with the likes of Miu Miu, Prada and Acne all creating their own versions.

    Editor's note: I love that this jacket comes with a matching trousers option. I would pair the matching moment with pointed-toed pumps, slick-backed hair and a bold smokey eye for a night out.

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    River Island Brown Bucket Cross Body Bag

    Brown Bucket Cross Body Bag

    River Island

    Why it looks expensive: The shape of this bag boasts big designer energy, especially when made in a caramel brown hue.

    Editor's note: River Island have been popping off with their bag releases lately and this new bucket variation is nothing short of stunning. This would make for the perfect everyday bag, paired with a casual blazer and brown boot 'fit.

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    Soft Bomber Jacket - Stradivarius

    Soft Bomber Jacket


    Why it looks expensive: Boxy bomber jackets are a cult classic in the fashion realm, often made by the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and worn on repeat by notable names such as Gigi Hadid and Dua Lipa.

    Editor's note:  I love a navy colourway and think it would look perfect with a pair of wide-leg trousers in the same hue. I 

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    River Island  Beige Raffia Clutch Bag

    Beige Raffia Clutch Bag

    River Island

    Why it looks expensive: The sturdy wooden handle paired with the raffia fabric exudes designer prowess.

    Editor's note: For those escaping to warmer pastures, this raffia clutch bag is sandy beach club-coded. Perfect for those nights spent under the stars and days reading under an umbrella, this affordable bag will elevate your island ‘fit to all new heights.

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     Mango  Zip straight-cut coat

    Zip straight-cut coat


    Why it looks expensive: The attention to detail on this coat goes above and beyond a usual high street coat and you can really tell that this has been constructed with intention.

    Editor's note: Mango have really hit the ball out of the fashion park with this release. Inspired by its most iconic designs from the 90s, Mango has reinvented its archive. This straight-cut, zip-up coat is giving serious utilitarian Prada vibes. 

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    Arket  Suede Tote Bag

    Suede Tote Bag


    Why it looks expensive: There's something about brown suede that just feels luxe. 

    Editor's note: Obsessed. I mean look at it. Excessively oversized, this brown suede tote quite literally could fit everything and the kitchen sink. This bag boasts big high fashion energy and could easily be mistaken for the designer brand. *chefs kiss*

  21. 21/39

    COS Collared V-Neck Denim Top

    Collared V-Neck Denim Top


    Why it looks expensive: The silhouette of this shirt is very classic and used by famed designer brands like Max Mara and The Row.

    Editor's note: Denim will forever and always be on trend and lately I've been loving the comeback of denim shirts. This COS number makes a great layer for when you’re in need of a little extra warmth or a pop of subtle colour.

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    Stradivarius  Double Sateen Bow

    Double Sateen Bow


    Why it looks expensive: Bows in all variations are being loved by the likes of Simone Rocha, Miu Miu, Prada and more.

    Editor's note: We can’t escape the bow craze and to be honest, we don't want to. These double-looped bow clips from Stradivarius are the easiest way to bow-tify anything. Clip them in your hair, on your sneakers, to your handbag, jean loop, boyfriend or anywhere you feel needs a little girl touch.

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    Monki  Textured jacket

    Textured jacket


    Why it looks expensive: Because of its interesting shape, hidden buttons and tonal colouring, this jacket could pass for being vintage designer.

    Editor's note: We’re slowly entering the season where a simple jacket will be just the right layer to wear out and about. I am in love with this textured Monki jacket, complete with a wide sleeve and cross-over fastening. 

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    Mango Leather-effect shoulder bag

    Leather-effect shoulder bag


    Why it looks expensive: Most designer brands are bringing out bags in unique silhouettes and this rounded shape boasts exactly that.

    Editor's note: On first look, this bag looks designer and if that’s the case for me, then that will be the case for everyone else who sees you with it slung over your shoulder. Big enough to house all the essentials but small enough to wear out to a formal event, this bag does it all.

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    ZARA  Distressed-Effect Track-Sole Loafers

    Distressed-Effect Track-Sole Loafers


    Why it looks expensive: Loafers are usually made from leather or leather-looking materials. These polyurethane Zara loafers look like the real deal because they've been intentionally distressed.

    Editor's note: If Hailey Bieber loves a loafer, then so do we. This affordable pair from Zara is the perfect start to your loafer journey, after all, we’re entering the spring season in just a few months and these would look overly cute with bobby socks and a mini skirt.

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    River Island  Grey Asymmetric Waist Wide Leg Trousers

    Grey Asymmetric Waist Wide Leg Trousers

    River Island

    Why it looks expensive: The asymmetric waistband makes these trousers a whole lot more interesting.

    Editor's note: Harder to find than you might think, a good pair of classy trousers is like finding gold at the bottom of a rainbow. I am in love with these asymmetric waist trousers from River Island because they are an easy option for when you don’t know what to wear and will go with absolutely everything in your existing wardrobe.

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    John Lewis Longline Trench Coat, Stone

    Longline Trench Coat

    John Lewis ANYDAY

    Why it looks expensive: I love the buttons and extra attention to detail this coat has. Because it is made from cotton this coat is structured and will hold it's shape. 

    Editor's note: If there's one wardrobe essential every fashion fanatic should have in their wardrobe it's a chic trench. I am in love with this John Lewis ANYDAY option in the colourway 'Stone' because it can be worn with basically everything in your wardrobe. Great for all seasons, including summer as a light layer or in winter over your favourite knit. 

  28. 28/39

    ARKET  Silk Slip Dress

    Silk Slip Dress


    Why it looks expensive: Because this slip dress is made from 100% silk and cut on the bias, the texture, fit and fabric all exude luxury style.

    Editor's note: Eat your heart out Victoria Beckham, this blush pink slip dress is coming for your crown. I am obsessed with both the cut and colour of this simple, yet elevated silk gown. There’s something super flattering about the scoop neckline paired with the thick straps and bias-cut fabric. I would wear this under a cosy cream knit sweater with heeled boots and a pair of twinkling earrings.

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    ARKET  Printed Silk Scarf

    Printed Silk Scarf


    Why it looks expensive: I feel like the black and white colourway paired with the line design on this scarf makes it look like it could be from anywhere. 

    Editor's note: If you’re looking for a simple accessory to spice up your style game, then a silk scarf is definitely it. Easily worn in a multitude of ways, a silk scarf is your best friend when it comes to bad hair days, chilly winter breezes and when you forget you have lunch plans and need to look fab. I love tying my silk scarf around my handbag strap for an extra pop of colour.

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    H&M Zip-top jumper

    Zip-top jumper


    Why it looks expensive: When styled right, like over a collared blouse this half-zip jumper resembles big old Celine vibes.

    Editor's note: You’ll want to jump on this new arrival quickly because I guarantee it won’t be around for long. Pair with your favourite jeans or a black mini skirt, tights and boots for the ultimate cosy girl 'fit.

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    Zara Satin Bucket Bag

    Satin Bucket Bag


    Why it looks expensive: When it comes to interesting bag shapes, it's usually the luxe brands leaning in. Personally, anything in a satin fabric and red wine colourway exudes expensive elegance.

    Editor's note: 

    Why it looks expensive:

    When the weather doesn’t allow you to sport a great fit, let your accessories do all the talking. I am in love with the shape of this Zara bucket-style bag and even more in love with the red wine colour. Big enough to house all of your everyday essentials, but chic enough to wear out to a celebratory soiree, this affordable arm candy is exactly what the fashion doctor ordered. 

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    & Other Stories  Chunky Drop Chain Earrings

    Chunky Drop Chain Earrings

    & Other Stories

    Why it looks expensive: A statement earring that glistens under the light paired with a chic outfit alludes to the idea that your ear candy is anything but designer.

    Editor's note: Everyday earrings that look expensive are a must for any fashion fanatic. These chunky drop chain earrings will instantly elevate any outfit to all new heights. Perfect on their own or added to an existing ear stack, the bolder the better I say.

  33. 33/39

    Arket bag

    Leather Shoulder Bag


    Why it looks expensive: This satchel-esque mini bag is understated enough to look like luxury.

    Editor's note: Arket is known for making some of the best bags on the high street and this retro-inspired leather number is no different. I would wear this bag with everything and anything and use it everyday.

  34. 34/39

    Urban Outfitters Scrunchie

    Cotton Lace Scrunchie

    Urban Outfitters

    Why it looks expensive: Made from quality cotton, the delicate lace this is a statement accessory that exudes luxury.

    Editor's note: If you’re a girls girl then you’ll understand the oversized scrunchie hype. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t already added this to my cart. 

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    Anthropologie  Melie Bianco Larissa Woven Faux-Leather Shoulder Bag

    Melie Bianco Larissa Woven Faux-Leather Shoulder Bag


    Why it looks expensive: Made from supple leather, this intricately woven bag feels like it was made with tender loving care.

    Editor's note: We all know what bag this is a dupe for and we all love to see it. I love a fun-coloured bag because it easily elevates a monotone outfit and gives it a stylistic pop. I also love the size of this bag because it’s big enough to fit all the essentials but small enough to still wear as an evening bag if you need it.

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    Oliver Bonas  Isla Blue & Gold Rectangular Hoop Earrings

    Isla Blue & Gold Rectangular Hoop Earrings

    Oliver Bonas

    Why it looks expensive: Made from a two-toned gold and blue enamel, these could easily be mistaken for a luxe brand.

    Editor's note: As I said in my 2024 fashion bingo card prediction, colour is in this year. If you’re not one to go all out with bold hues, then these little blue hoops are the perfect stepping stone. I would wear these with any outfit that needs a hint of je ne sais quoi.

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    Blue Vanilla Stripe Collar Jumper - new look

    Blue Vanilla Stripe Collar Jumper

    New Look

    Why it looks expensive: This chunky striped jumper exudes an air of luxury that can be attributed to the bold, contrasting black and white stripes which immediately give it a classic and timeless look, while the stylish collared V-neck adds a touch of sophistication that elevates it beyond a regular sweater.

    Editor's note: I'm loving this jumper because it marries comfort with chic design. The collar adds a preppy touch that makes it versatile enough to wear in a professional setting, yet it's cozy enough for a casual day out. The oversized fit because it gives off a modern, fashion-forward vibe.

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    Metallic midi skirt - Mango
    Metallic midi skirt - Mango

    Metallic midi skirt


    Why it looks expensive: High-shine metallic finish, has become a hallmark of high-end fashion. The material mimics the textural appearance of a brushed metal surface, offering a visual complexity that simple fabrics can't achieve.

    Editor's note: The metallic moment isn’t over just yet and Mango knows this all too well. This pencil-shaped midi skirt would look amazing in winter with an oversized knit and blazer and even better in summer with a graphic t-shirt and lots of chunky jewellery.

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    High Heel Ankle Boots - ARKET
    High Heel Ankle Boots - ARKET

    High Heel Ankle Boots


    Why it looks expensive: These ankle boots boast big Bottega energy but on a budget. 

    Editor's note: f you’re in need of a pair of classic black boots but want something a little different, then these are it.

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