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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). 

Here I am wearing a vintage tweed jacket, heels and H&M jeans, one of my favourite going-out looks.

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, the 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. 

Emma wearing that amazing bandeau dress from COS.

It doesn’t get more classic or elevated than a tailored blazer. 

So easy to style and the crisp white hue looks effortlessly polished. 

I love this shade of blue. 

The fitted bodice and flared hem will beautifully accent your curves. 

A tonal camisole and heels will have you wedding ready in an instant. 

Looking polished while feeling comfortable? I’m in. 

There’s no setting where a silk-satin shirt won’t make you look effortlessly put together. 

Low enough to get you through the wedding reception. 

The ideal match for a strand of pearls. 

Beautiful with a matching skirt or trousers. 

The tailored finish of these makes them look designer. 

A classic black dress is simply timeless. 

I could rant all day about how much I love a classic tailored blazer, but there isn’t enough time. 

Easy to mix and match with the matching blazer, or just wear with a tee when its warm out. 

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

Double-breasted silhouettes will always get my vote. 

A masterclass in timeless dressing. 

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

If you fancy a pop of colour. 

Will a white shirt ever not be timeless? Dress it up with jeans or wide-leg trousers and barely-there heels.

Loafers always help complete a polished outfit.

Romantic and understated. All they’ll need is a pair of heels in the evening. 

Your summer and wedding-guest dress sorted. 

Appliquéd florals will be everywhere this summer. 

This’ll pair beautifully with denim or tailoring. 

This gorgeous dress is available in a size up to 4XL. 

As chic as it gets. 

This calls for a fitted tank, strappy sandals and a tote. 

A new summer staple. 

A going-out outfit in the U.K wouldn’t be complete without a coat!

Taking you straight from the office to terrace drinks. 

I can guarantee this will never date or age. 

Summer party anyone? 

The iconic ribbed skirt with elegant details. 

Is there anything an asymmetric neckline can’t do? 

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