12 British High Street Brands You Need to Know

You may have missed the news on your Twitter feed, but Vogue's Fashion's Night Out in the U.K. is happening tonight. (Albeit in the city more known
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You may have missed the news on your Twitter feed, but Vogue's Fashion's Night Out in the U.K. is happening tonight. (Albeit in the city more known
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You may have missed the news on your Twitter feed, but Vogue's Fashion's Night Out in the U.K. is happening tonight. (Albeit in the city more known for music than fashion--Manchester--as opposed to London, which is kinda cool in itself.)

But wait, you don't need a pricey plane ticket—or to deal with the annoying-ness of FNO—to get the London look. Topshop aside, there are plenty more great UK high street stores that ship straight to the States. (For those unfamiliar with the term high street, it basically means the kinds of stores you would find in a mall.) Click through to shop our British high street heroes.

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Whistles If Working Girl had premiered in 2013 as opposed to 1988, we’re fairly certain Melanie Griffith’s character Tess McGill would have shopped religiously at Whistles. It stocks on-trend, office-friendly separates and smart dresses with a high fashion architectural aesthetic for the modern-day professional. (Plus, Kate Middleton is a fan.) Available in sizes US 2 to 12, with prices in the $55 to $550 range.

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Missguided Meet the shopping destination for aspiring WAGs (that's "wives and girlfriends" of footballers, kinda like our "Basketball Wives") and hipstery club kids in search of super trendy nightwear and music festival-apparel. From ultra-short denim cutoffs to sheer paneled 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.

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Miss Selfridge If you want a closet full of London It Girl outfits, fill it with pretty, bang on trend pieces in appealing prints and fabrics from Miss Selfridge. Its design team keeps a keen eye on what’s happening on the runways and churns out wearable (and affordable) alternatives. Available in sizes US 2 to 12, with prices in the $25 to $300 range.

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Monsoon Into the print mixing thing? Take a look at Monsoon’s quirky and eclectic vintage-inspired collection. Its designers take great care to draw inspiration from the Far East while sourcing luxurious fabrics in India and Afghanistan. From lightweight smocks to statement tunics with sparkly details and embellishments, there are 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.

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New Look If you’re conscious of the trends but prefer to keep it cute and casual, pop on over to the indie-ish New Look. The stylish pieces on offer: cropped top, skinny jeans, skater dresses, and denim playsuits. Available in sizes US 2 to 14, with prices in the $15 to $90 range.

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Warehouse If you're into the layered look, then you should absolutely start shopping at Warehouse. Here you’ll find cute, well-tailored, and totally wearable pieces that help you build an effortlessly cool, streamlined wardrobe. Also key: lots of transitional pieces that will stay on trend for several seasons to come. Available in sizes US 2 to 12, with prices in the $5 to $300 range.

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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. The brand stocks its offerings with classic, well-cut casual basics for the entire family. The highlight of the women’s collection features pretty, prim knee-length frocks that are equally as appropriate for the office as they are for going out. Available in sizes US 4 to 12, with prices in the $150 to $300 range.

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River Island Show off your shape in one of the many figure-flattering pieces available at River Island. You’ve already seen the '90s-inspired looks Rihanna designed for the brand, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find more refined and streamlined collections that don't involve leather bras and basketball jerseys. Available in sizes US 2 to 14, with prices in the $10 to $300 range.

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Dorothy Perkins Have a hard time shopping for feminine yet fashionable pieces in slightly hard to find sizing? Hello, Dorothy Perkins. Here, you’ll find lots to fill your wardrobe needs—from fun first-date separates to stylish office-appropriate shift dresses—especially if you’re searching for petite, tall or maternity pieces. (Even better: New inventory is added weekly.) Available in sizes US 2 to 18, with prices in the $15 to $90 range.

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Oasis It's like the more mature (when you want to be), uptown sister to the downtown Warehouse girl. Shop thoughtfully detailed and tailored pieces that work for both office and weekend. (Duchess Kate shops here, too, btw.) Available in US 2 to 14, with prices in the $15 to $305 range.

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Boohoo If you're shopping for go-out-wear (and don't want to spend a lot), take a perusal through Boohoo. While yes, some of the choices skew kinda cutout and preeeetty tight-fitting, there are some gems in there that won't cost you more than a fifty. Available in US 4 to 10, with prices in the $6 to $120 range.

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Motel This Brit import is the destination for print-happy music festival gear, straight from the homeland of Glastonbury. (Or if you just want to look like you're headed to Glasto.) Available in US x-small to large, with prices in the $15 to $90 range.