Black Friday has become a full blown month-long affair, and with sales being thrown at you from all angles since the beginning of November, I wouldn’t blame you for tiring or feeling overwhelmed by all the offers. It can be really hard to know where to start (which, for me, often ends up in a lot of panic and not shopping anything at all). There’s no denying, though, that now is a great opportunity to make some pretty huge savings, especially on buys you were planning on investing in anyway—whether that’s wardrobe updates, Christmas gifts or even pieces for around the house. And while some deals started early, this weekend is definitely the best time to take advantage of the biggest discounts. So, we’re here to help decode Black Friday for you. I’ve rounded up the best clothing deals across the board here, the best coats on offer (just in time for next week’s cold snap), some crowd-pleasing gifts you can find on sale, and we’ve scrolled through hundreds of the best beauty deals for you, too. But today is about focusing on what the great British high street has to offer, to help you cut through the noise and focus in on the best high-street deals with a calm head and a cool, considered approach.
As always at Who What Wear, we’re only here to talk about the crème de la crème. I’m a stylist and editor who has seen it all after a decade working in the industry, so you could say I have pretty high standards. That doesn’t mean I don’t shop on the high street, though. You’ll know from my weekly column that I just tend to focus on those expensive-looking pieces, the ones that still have a premium feel with a more affordable price tag. Not only does this approach mean a more polished-looking wardrobe, but it also guides me towards more classic, timeless pieces that have staying power.
Yes, shopping high-street discounts may seem a little contradictory to this responsible theory, but if you shop wisely, the Cyber Month sales are actually the perfect time to invest in these kinds of pieces. Often discounts are across everything, rather than just on a specific end-of-season edit that’s discounted for a reason; and they also mean you can bag more premium-quality items on the high street for much less. Think COS cashmere, wool coats from Massimo Dutti and Mango’s real leather boots.
After browsing the best high-street sales so far, I can confirm there are plenty of these elevated styles available with some pretty unbelievable markdowns. Below, I’ve rounded up the best of the best and linked out the pieces I’m actually considering buying myself. So you can save time and think of this as your one-stop sales shop. With only a few days (and in some cases only hours) left to take advantage of them, scroll on to see the most expensive-looking sale buys you can find on the high street right now.