How To Get The Best Of The British High Street This Summer For Under £200

It's all about picnic blanket checks and aristocratically puffed sleeves on the high street right now

Topshop summer campaign

by Sophie Henderson and Natalie Hammond |
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The weather has gone from dismal AF to nearly-a-heatwave. And while we wait to see how it's going to balance itself out, it won't stop us from embracing garden party vibes. You see, the English country garden seemed to loom large on the catwalks for spring/summer. There were gorgeously puffed sleeves and satin neckties at Erdem; the prettiest of blossom prints at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and supersized, and butter-wouldn’t-melt sweet, hair bows at Emilia Wickstead.

The demure Miss Walker’s costumes on Gentleman Jack - ballooned-sleeved dresses in sugared almond shades - are also tickling our fancy. The message is clear - the kind of outfit you might put together for a picnic on Hampstead Heath or a game of croquet feels bang on trend for now, come rain or come shine. And it finally looks like there might be some shine on the horizon - hallelujah! - with temperatures reaching an almost-too-balmy 29 by the weekend.

There's more good news. The high street hasn’t failed to deliver on the English gentlewoman front, with more gingham checks than you could shake a picnic blanket at, and plenty of raffia accessories to offset flouncy pastel skirts and crisp white blouses. Don’t shop until you’ll scrolled our gallery below - and remember to cross your fingers that the fair weather continues.

SHOP: The Best British Classics You Can Buy On The High Street


SHOP: The best English classics on the high street

Tu white shirt1 of 12

Tu, White Embroidered Oversized Shirt, £18

Monsoon belt2 of 12

Monsoon, Ruislip Raffia Belt, £10.50

Whistles trousers3 of 12

Whistles, Belted Gingham Trouser, £129

Toast shirt4 of 12

Toast, Fine Check Cotton Shirt, £95

Miss Selfridge jumpsuit5 of 12

Miss Selfridge, Ivory Embroidered Jumpsuit, £66.75

Richard Quinn x Debenhams dress6 of 12

Richard Quinn x Debenhams, Multicoloured Daisy Print Midi Prom Dress, £80

Simply Be bikini top7 of 12

Simply Be, Basic Bikini Top, £7

Simply Be bikini bottoms8 of 12

Simply Be, Basic Bikini Brief, £6

Kitri dress9 of 12

Kitri, Lenora Check Midi Dress, £125

New Look hair slides10 of 12

New Look, 2 Pack Cream Faux Pearl Hair Slides, £4.99

LK Bennett slingbacks11 of 12

LK Bennett, Ada Red Ivory Block Heel Slingbacks, £195

Jigsaw suede shorts12 of 12

Jigsaw, Suede Belted Short, £109

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