High Street Essentials That Look Expensive

Emma Read

Fashion Stylist

Usually embedded with an expiry date shorter than the current contents of your fridge, high street is all about the fast and the furious – a churn and burn of on-trend pieces to buy now and bid adieu in six months time, right? Wrong – when your Net-A-Porter wish list total is enough to make your eyes water (‘wish list’ being the operative word here), Zara takes on a whole new persona. Your forever pieces don’t need to come with a forever-paying-off price tag with a fiscal eye. Here’s our edit of high street heroes that last the distance.


There’s beauty in simplicity, as they say – particularly when it comes for $49.95. White head-to-toe is fresh in any currency, as is the ever-present black on black. Just make sure your whites are bright and your blacks match – you want to look considered to nail this brief.


COS skirt, $150, (02) 9231 3944



Witchery top, $79.95, and skirt, $119.95


Bardot Solange bustier, $109.99


Seed crepe knit peplum sweater, $149.95



Designer denim be damned – you could spend weeks wading through the sea of skinnies, flares, boyfriends and wide-legs available on the high street. The wash is key to masking the price point, so steer clear of anything too distressed or detailed.


Zara jeans, $69.95, (02) 9376 7600


Bardot Gisele jeans, $89.99


COS jumpsuit, $175, (02) 9231 3944


Metal Hardware

Gold inherently screams luxe, yet it doesn’t necessarily need to be of the 14ct variety. A drop earring, a chain handbag strap, a clean, minimal cuff – look for a little gilded extra in and amongst your accessories for an instant uplift.


Topshop clutch, $60, and circle earrings, $15, (02) 8072 9300


Witchery heels, $119.95


Zara necklace, $35.95, (02) 9376 7600



If your 9-5 agenda is all about looking sharp, a great shirt is a non-negotiable. Steer towards heavier fabrics (like cotton and silk blends) over anything too sheer, as the devil is in the details – weightier styles have a longer shelf life with their silhouette.


Country Road shirt, $149


COS shirt, $99, (02) 9231 3944


Witchery shirt, $119.95



ASOS is a gold mine for a might-be-Marant style cocoon coat, as it Topshop for their impressive take on the trench each winter – if you’re a jacket fiend, multiple $800 numbers aren’t really a feasible option. Wrap yourself up in whatever takes your fancy at this price point.


Factorie faux shearling jacket, $79.95


NEXT coat, $164


Topshop textured duster coat, $135, (02) 8072 9300


Witchery coat, $179.95



Fashion fades, stripes are eternal. Keep it of the skinny variety on cheaper fabrications – a structured, tailored silhouette ensures this feels modern (and well out of an ‘80s Wall Street throwback).



Country Road pinstripe knit, $139, and pinstripe pant, $74.96


NEXT shirt, $52


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