35 New-In Pieces From H&M, COS and Arket That Have My Full Attention

Hot take: I really, really love getting dressed up. Weddings, black-tie events, post-work drinks—you name it, I love it. They’re all an excellent excuse to put something with a little more *razzle dazzle* on and frankly, I think it’s become a little bit of a lost art. With the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, we saw a definitive rise in athleisure and activewear becoming the order or the day and, quite fairly, most were reluctant to return to the stiff slacks and starch shirts of days gone by full time. While things may be largely back to normal, it certainly set a precedent for more casual outfits in previously formal settings.

I might be totally alone in this and that’s ok. But one thing I do know is that good clothes make me feel good. The power that I feel when wearing a sharply pressed suit is unmatched (which is really saying something as a 5″1 woman) and I felt like a princess when I wore a one-shoulder jumpsuit to my first gala event recently. It doesn’t have to be ballgowns and tiaras, but there’s something incredibly fun and joyous about wearing something more than a T-shirt and jeans (although there is definitely a time and place for that look, too). 

Dressing well sets the tone for the day and the occasion. It’s like a suit of armour. And it’s something the designers of the Autumn/Winter 2023 fashion shows didn’t shy away from either. They were awash with classic, polished attire: Valentino was all about the suits and ties, lingerie-inspired evening-wear was all the rage at Dolce & Gabbana, and Chanel’s autumnal, co-ordinated separates were a lovely reminder of how effortlessly put together they look, proving that there’s still some room (and some love) for getting dressed up, no matter how few and far between the occasions might be.

Plus, if. designers and high-street brands such as COS, Arket and H&M are anything to go by, I might not be totally alone in my adoration for it. Here are my picks of the sleekest high-street pieces that make looking put-together a breeze, as well as some casual basics throw in for good measure. 

Emma wears a bandeau dress from COS.

It doesn’t get more classic or elevated than a chic fine knit.

So easy to style, and if the grey wash isn’t your thing, there’s two shades of blue denim too. 

I love this shade of understated green. 

The fitted wrap waist will beautifully accent your curves. 

There’s no setting where a black skirt won’t make you look effortlessly put together. 

Looking polished while feeling comfortable? I’m in. 

Perfect with a pair of blue jeans.

Just add heels and be wedding ready in an instant. 

The well-crafted simplicity makes these trousers look designer. 

You can’t beat Arket’s offering of affordable leather handbags. 

Bandeau dresses are back, and in a big way.

A great white tee is simply timeless. 

I could rant all day about how much I love this denim dress but, but there isn’t enough time. 

Easy to pair with the matching blazer, shirts, or just a casual tank top when its warm out. 

Easy to dress up (or down) and so very cool. 

See? Bandeau dresses always get my vote. 

Leather loafers always help complete a polished outfit.

I can’t wait for autumn to wear perfect knits like this. 

A masterclass in elegant summer dressing. 

Unique details will make your pieces feel so high-end. 

There’s always a classic midi for the end of bare-legged season. 

Summer accessorising, sorted. 

Romantic and understated. All this needs is a pair of heels in the evening. 

Oversized knits will be everywhere this autumn. 

This’ll pair beautifully with workwear tailoring. 

These perfect trousers are available in a size up to 4XL. 

The perfect transitional jacket. As chic as it gets. 

I can guarantee this will never date or age. 

A new summer staple. 

This calls for straight leg jeans and a pair of loafers.

A going-out outfit in the U.K wouldn’t be complete without at least one waterproof layer. 

Taking you straight from the office to terrace drinks. 

Tell me that these couldn’t pass for designer.

Such a good silhouette. 

Is there anything a mesh dress can’t do? 

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