FASHION | Shopping An Investment Wardrobe On The High Street

£40 Topshop leather boots & £80 Zara jacket...two wardrobe favourites bought a few years ago that I've worn to death and are still going strong!

When it comes to planning an investment wardrobe we're usually told to splash out on basics. I totally get the argument for this, however I'm too fond of meals out and Hobbycraft splurges (I know, I'm Mrs Granny) to justify spending £70 on a plain white tee. While I have a few designer bits that I'm glad I splurged on, the majority of my wardrobe is from the good old high street and most of it has lasted me years. It can be hard sifting through all the cheap, fast fashion but there are definitely gems to be found! I'm no expert but I just thought I'd put together a little post on the things I keep in mind whilst shopping the high street.

Go to the obvious places for basics | I'm talking stores like Uniqlo and GAP. Not the most original of tips but basics are their speciality, therefore they know their stuff! They also offer the most styles, meaning there's something to suit pretty much everyone and if you're anything like me once you find something that fits you'll want it in every colour. These stores will cater to that!

Look at materials | Personally I like 100% cotton, real leather and my coats and sweaters to have at least some wool in them.

Check out the menswear | On the high street I generally find menswear to be of better quality, especially when it comes to knitwear...they seem to bobble less for some reason!

Be prepared to spend a little more on coats | I think they're such an important buy as let's face it, in the UK you'll be getting a lot of wear out of them! I like to make sure they have proper buttons and are fully lined.

Don't get sucked in by the trends | Something that's a one season wonder is no good to me but one thing the high street is excellent at doing is interpreting catwalk looks into more wearable pieces that will last a lot longer in your wardrobe. I like looking out for classic items with a modern twist, such as my safari jacket with the leather sleeves in the above picture.

What are your tips for shopping the high street? Or are you more of a high-end shopper?



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  1. I love this zara coat (I even think I was going to buy it!). But I agree.. who has time for £70 on a plain white tshirt? I think we have to invest in coats and jeans, and sometimes jewellery? But I wouldn't splash out on basic basics haha xx

    Sam | Samantha Betteridge

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  2. great tips.
    i love finding quality pieces at high street shops...


    xo
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  3. Fab tips lovely! I've never actually looked at Uniqlo so definitely off to check them out now :D xxx



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  4. I definitely buy more from high-street! I love Zara for the coats and H&M and Urban Outfitters for shirts and jeans.

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  5. Lovely tips here and I have never shopped in GAP before :O normally I stick to H&M but definitely need to go in a GAP store some day ha,ha! I also agree on investing in a good coat and simple black boots xx

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  6. antonela verković12 January 2015 at 16:25

    I always go crazy while shopping haha, I don't know I always think I need everything, then I get confused what to buy cuz I like maany things :$
    Also this coat is my big wish for weeks, I think I'm buying it!

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  7. I love the boots and coat! I agree, looking at materials and the quality of clothes is key! It's worth spending a little more for the best quality :) x x x

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  8. They do make menswear with better materials than women's because with women's, the designer has to pay for all the patterns for all the silhouettes to be made. With menswear, there's less silhouettes so they are free to invest in better fabric quality!

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  9. I just buy all my expensive and high quality pieces in the sale!! Not all high street is bad, when I was hanging out with one of the gals from Grazia, she said she always gets her white shirts from them. No other white shirts compare! :)

    Tara x

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  10. Yeah! I totally agree with you. I'm definitely going to start checking out menswear for things like sweaters in the future :) xxx

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  11. I think you are spot on here Josie! LOVE that zara jacket. And totally agree that those stores that might seem a bit 'boring' are definitely the best for basics. As Ive grown up I have tried to buy 'less killer, more filler' as my BF calls it, basically not giving into every trend but buying pared down pieces that you can wear for ages!

    Sarah-Jane xox // http://www.vmgirl.me/

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  12. Sheepishly Charlotte12 January 2015 at 20:25

    I like charity shops for quality pieces that are cheap and not generic! Love the jacket, I have a monochrome style one with knitted top and leather sleeves from H and M and I wear it so much, adds an edgy look!


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  13. I try not to spend too much on clothing and I'll happily get basics from Primark or from supermarket brands! With tops for only a few quid, does it matter if you replace it in a year?


    This coat is lovely. I hardly ever wear coats though!


    Corinne x
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  14. Zara has done it again. Damn, they have so many amazing clothes. This jacket rocks. Happy Monday!
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  15. I completely agree that classics are the best way to save a bit of money.

    Lizzie Dripping

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  16. bloody love those boots, i'm also a bit of a quality gal. Minus the odd cheap splurge! I'm a leather shoes only girl- apart from birkenstocks! still need to save for a real leather jacket! my mum always questions why i buy bits from primark when she knows i'm more of a clothes snob haha. I don't own many designer pieces just the odd thing- might have to start saving! xo

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  17. Such a fab topic to cover Josie, no expert? Psssh! You definitely kill every damn outfit you rock so I'd happily call you an expert ;)


    I totally agree that it's crazy to spend so much on one item, even if it happens to be a so called "wardrobe essential". Really crushin' on your Topshop leather boots and stunning Zara jacket, can totally see why they are treasured. Great tip re menswear too, why do they make the most gorgeous knits for guys?! Not fair! <3


    Sophie | soinspo xo

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  18. Such good tips, and I am so glad its not just me who shops in the mens. Plus being tall I find the arms & legs on things longer too. Just have to trim out the labels sometimes!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  19. I'm completely the same with my habits. There's this attitude that high street stuff "falls apart after a few washes" that I was getting sucked into for a while, but then I realised I don't own a single high end/luxury item and most of my clothes have been going strong for years on end with frequent wash and wear. I just don't buy obviously badly or weakly constructed items. I've had to re-attach buttons and reinforce seams a few times, but on the whole everything has been durable! I pay a bit more for comfy shoes because I have annoying feet, but otherwise I like livin the cheap life.

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  20. Great post, really useful tips :)


    Camille xo

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  21. That jacket is gorgeous!

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  22. This Zara coat is pretty amazing, I'm completely agree with you that investment in good coats is a necessary in the UK and worth it.

    Carpet cleaning Clapham

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  23. I definitely agree that you should check the materials. Never buy polyester! Zara is good for basics too, like their cashmere jumpers. I also like to invest a little in jewellery - the gold plated Z collection from Accessorize is great.

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  24. I am high street shopper for sure! This coat is so lovely and those boots are amazinggggg xx

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  25. I completely agree, I don't think it's worth spending a fortune on basics! I love that jacket and had one just like it from a few years ago but it's gone missing :( xx


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  26. I love cotton, I'm a little bit addicted of good materials. Great post :)

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  27. Totally agree - coats in the UK are pretty much the IT thing to wear...

    Edita

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  28. Have to agree with your tip on checking out menswear! I do that alot at H&M.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  29. Gingi Edmonds Freeman14 January 2015 at 01:19

    Wish I'd learned the "spend a little extra on coats" rule long ago.. I wish I could trade in all my ratty cheap coats that didn't stand the test of time for one decent one!! lol

    Anyhoo, I found your blog through a fellow blogger, and just thought I would stop by and say hi! It would totally make my day if you did the same... or better yet, keep in touch!! <3 - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  30. The zara coat is lovely different materials used really make it and I bet it looks lovely with the boots. Great tips spending more on a coat is s good one for years I didn't do this and they lasted five minutes Lucy x

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  31. I've never been a high end shopper, I dont think you need to be, in most cases you are just paying for a name. You can still get great quality on the high street is you look for it.
    My tip is to just hang on and buy your winter coat in the sale, you can get a really good deal!

    Gems x

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  32. I love the shoes! Incredible :) I am trying to look more at the materials as well lately. Great tips!

    WritingMonique

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  33. Had some time away from blogging and come back to my favourite kind of post from you! Definitely agree that an investment wardrobe can be done on the highstreet! My tips are definitely using menswear for inspiration, they're stuff has so much more function than womenswear.

    www.jennagalley.com xx

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  34. Love Zara and their coats/jackets!
    Thanks for a great tips!

    Jana
    Life of Jana

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  35. great tips, I've already started making an effort to over haul my wardrobe, and I haven't bought anything since just after xmas. When I get paid I'm definitely going to check out menswear more! And I really need some good new basics too xx

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  36. We could have been coat twins! I agree, jewellery should be an investment if you want something to last a while x

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  37. Same here, it feels like a little victory haha! x

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  38. Thank you! Definitely do, they do so many good bits in there x

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  39. I hardly ever go in UO but I always hear good things about their denim! x

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  40. Thank you! GAP always have amazing discounts as well, defo worth checking out x

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  41. I used to be like that and ended up with a total mish-mashed wardrobe haha! x

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  42. Thank you! Yep, after all buy cheap buy twice ;) x

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  43. That's really interesting, I didn't know that! Thank you :) x

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  44. I definitely want to invest in some premium denim next time the sales roll around! x

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  45. They're the best! Sooo much cosier :) x

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  46. I love that saying, definitely going to keep that in mind when I'm shopping! x

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  47. I rarely look for clothes in charity shops, usually I just head to the book section! Will defo keep an eye out next time though x

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  48. I try not to buy things that I know won't last me a few years because I hate the thought of chucking things away...always feels kind of wasteful to me personally! x

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  49. Definitely! If I was richer I'd play around more with trends haha x

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  50. Definitely save for that leather jacket, even my Zara one has lasted over three years and is still going strong after constant wear :) x

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  51. Oh you! <3 I know, they get the best knits! x

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  52. I have long arms and legs too so I find the fit so much better! No more cold wrists haha x

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  53. I always pay a bit more for shoes too, unless they're in the sale! Hate cheap ones that fall apart x

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  54. Definitely, I live in my coats in the winter! x

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  55. I haven't seen that collection...will have to check it out! I agree, jewellery is worth investing a little more in x

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  56. Can't beat the British High Street! Thank you! x

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  57. I think I remember it (how much of a stalker does that make me haha) x

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  58. Definitely...it's so cold in the UK! x

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  59. I rarely check out H&M's menswear...must take a look! x

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  60. Maybe it's something to bear in mind when you're shopping for your next coat :) x

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  61. I used to buy cheap coats too! Definitely learnt my lesson about spending that little bit more x

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  62. So true, designer doesn't always equal quality. I wish I had the patience to wait for the sales, I'm always afraid the one I want will sell out! x

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  63. Thank you! I agree, menswear all the way x

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  64. Good luck! Menswear is usually a little cheaper too ;) x

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  65. I love that jacket! Great tips, I agree!

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  66. That jacket is uh-mazing!!!!!
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  67. Great tips on shopping! I agree that you should spend more money on a good coat as they are super important here in Canada too! I love real materials as well like you said, 100% cotton and real leather. I love to find high end items but I always wait for them to be on sale to save a little. I just love your coat!


    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  68. I have a coat that looks like yours :D

    Love it!

    Really beautiful boots btw xx

    belle-fin.blogspot.be

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