The High Street is Dead; Long Live the High Street

I’m sure you’ve gathered by now I have a mixed relationship with High Street shops. So many styles are bland, poorly made and identical to everything else on the market. After the absolute parody that was Balmain for H&M, I thought my relationship with chainstores might be over.

But recently I’ve stumbled across some truly unique pieces on the High Street. Here’s how to find something special.

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Coat: New Look; Dress: Topshop; Shoes: Primark

When it comes to spotting high-end looking pieces on the High Street, the key things to look for are opulent fabrics and intricate detailing. I found both in this stunning dress from Topshop. I was smitten with everything about it, from the on-trend Victoriana neckline, the delicate sleeves and Dolce & Gabbana-inspired embroidered pattern.

Now something this special was never going to be cheap. At £95 it was very much a splurge buy for me, but with pieces like this it’s all about value, not low cost. The limited edition nature of this dress, coupled with the excellent craftsmanship, stunning colour palette and overall uniqueness of this item meant it seemed a good use of my cash compared to buying several items that I’ll only keep for a short while. I know that whenever I wear this dress I’ll feel as special as the first time I put it on.

Thankfully, many shoppers’ desire for better quality items is something retailers are taking note of, with many launching limited edition lines.

So next time you go shopping, why not invest in something you’ll love for years instead of that Primark shopping spree?

Alice x



  1. OMG that dress.

    That is all.

    Lis / last year’s girl


  2. Beautiful dress!

    ~I’m hosting a Polette Eyewear giveaway at!~

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