9 British High Street Brands You Should Know (They Ship to the US!)
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Anyone who’s ever been to London knows that half the fun of traveling across the pond is popping on down to the local high street to indulge in a spot of budget retail therapy. Newsflash: Now you don't need a pricy plane ticket to get the London look. TopShop aside, there’s plenty more fast fashion being imported out of the UK, straight to the States. Click through to see our edit of the top British high street heroes (translation: online one-stop shops for affordable apparel, shoes, accessories and lingerie). Be sure to bookmark your faves!
Whistles: If Working Girl premiered in 2013 as opposed to 1988, we’re fairly certain Melanie Griffith’s adorable character Tess McGill would have shopped at Whistles religiously! They stock a plethora of ultra chic office-friendly separates and smart dresses with a high fashion architectural aesthetic for the modern day working woman. Available in sizes US 2 to 12, with prices in the $55 to $550 range.
Missguided: Calling all aspiring WAGs and new-age club kids in search of super trendy nightwear and music festival-apparel; if ever you’ve found yourself coveting an ultra sexy designer outfit on your favorite celeb, rest assured you’ll find a surprisingly well-made carbon copy—or something quite comparable—at Missguided. From ultra-short denim cutoffs to sheer panel bodycon dresses, here’s where you can build a massive party wardrobe on the cheap. Available in sizes US 0 to 12, with prices in the $10 to $100 range.
Miss Selfridge: If you want a closet chock full of covetable cool-girl outfits, fill it with gorgeous, always bang on trend pieces in pretty prints and darling fabrics from Miss Selfridge. Their design team keeps a keen eye on what’s happening on the catwalk and churns out much more wearable alternatives. Available in sizes US 2 to 12, with prices in the $25 to $300 range.
Monsoon: Are you a master at mixing prints? Take a look at Monsoon’s quirky and eclectic vintage-inspired collection. Their designers take great care to draw exotic inspiration from the Far East while sourcing luxurious fabrics in India and Afghanistan. From lightweight smocks in sumptuous fabrics to statement evening tunics with sparkly details and embellishments, you’ll find plenty of unique pieces to layer and mix-and-match here. Available in sizes US 2 to 18, with prices in the $40 to $400 range.
New Look: If you’re conscious of the trends but prefer to keep it cute and casual, pop on over to the indie-inspired New Look and see what they have in store for you. Between the cropped tops and skinny jeans and skater dresses and denim playsuits, you’ll be one of the most stylish (yet still comfortable!) gals on the block. Available in sizes US 2 to 14, with prices in the $15 to $90 range.
Warehouse: Love the layered look? If you’re a pro at piling it all on, you should absolutely start shopping at Warehouse—here you’ll find gorgeous, well-tailored, totally wearable pieces that help you build an effortlessly cool, streamlined wardrobe that’s full of stylish, stackable staples that are transitional and will be on trend for several seasons to come. Available in sizes US 2 to 12, with prices in the $5 to $300 range.
Jigsaw: Inspired by a leisurely life in the English countryside, Jigsaw will certainly appeal to those who’d best define their personal style as demure. Stocked with classic, well-cut casual basics for the entire family, the highlight of their women’s collection is the pretty, prim knee-length frocks that are equally as appropriate for the office as they are for cocktail hour. Available in sizes US 4 to 12, with prices in the $150 to $300 range.
River Island: Have a stunning shape? Show it off in one of the many figure-flattering pieces available at River Island. You’ve already seen the nineties-inspired looks Rihanna designed for the brand, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find a few highly curated collections that you’ll seriously want to own every single, solitary piece of. Available in sizes US 2 to 14, with prices in the $10 to $300 range.
Dorothy Perkins: Have a hard time shopping for feminine yet fashionable pieces in slightly hard to find sizing? Look no further than Dorothy Perkins—here you’ll find absolutely everything you could possibly ever need—from flirty first-date frocks to stylish office-appropriate shift dresses—especially if you’re searching for petite, tall or maternity pieces. (New inventory is added weekly!) Available in sizes US 2 to 18, with prices in the $15 to $90 range.