Where To Get The Best Wardrobe Basics On The High Street

From on-points Oxford shirts to the perfect pair of pants

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Despite the ease of online shopping, the high street is still a great place to buy clothes, especially when the stores with accessible prices offer such good quality, fashion-conscious products (not to mention the chance to try them on). 

Some of the best fitting, most flattering wardrobe essentials can be found in the stores that line almost every city centre. Here we pick our favourites to keep you well-stocked.

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1 | Underwear: H&M

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It's safe to say you won't look as good wearing them as the man himself, but the David Beckham range of underwear at H&M is one of the most comfortable you'll find on the high street. 

£25

Also good for: Budget tailoring, simple knitwear, light technical outerwear

2 | Oxford Shirts: Uniqlo

Hands down, no question about it, you can't get a better Oxford for under £20. In fact you're hard pushed to get a better one for more. 

£19.90

Also good for: selvedge denim, linen, merino wool and socks. Uniqlo socks are brilliant

3 | Cashmere Sweaters: Marks & Spencer

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With an amazing range of knitwear, Marks excels with its cashmere offering, and this crew neck is not only a snip but it can go in the washing machine too.

£89

Also good for: underwear, accessories, shoes, presents for mum

4 | T-Shirts: River Island

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The sheer variety of shapes, styles and fabrics at River Island is astonishing. In addition to your usual plain crew necks, there's sumptuous knitted polos, collegiate raglan sleeve numbers and even the odd floral print, which is bang on trend this season.

 £12

Also good for: Budget outerwear, suit separates, white tennis shoes

5 | Tailoring: Topman

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There was once a time when high street stores offered two cuts: skinny or baggy, and neither should be your choice in suiting. Now, you can find all manner of shapes, fabrics, button configurations and colours - and Topman has the best selection of all. 

£260

Also good for: sunglasses, floral print shirts, swimwear and lots more

6 | Casual Shirts: Next

Now offering a cooler, sleeker, more considered men's collection than in seasons of old, if you pay a visit to Next this weekend I guarantee you'll be impressed at what's on the rails. This military double-breast-pocketed shirt is a fine example of the new direction. 

£32

Also good for: Denim jackets, shearling pieces, and it stocks brands such as Converse and Adidas Originals now too

7 | Shoes: John Lewis

Yes, John Lewis stocks an impressive array of brands and the menswear buy is very good - but so too are the department store's own-brands that include Kin and John Lewis & Co. These suede derbies (by the former) are perfect for a sockless summer look

£65

Also good for: Everything really, but Kin has brilliant unstructured tailoring and Scandi-inspired pieces