Charlie Chooses: What's on our Fashion Editor's high street shopping list this week?

Pick up a bargain from our edit of this week's high street highlights.

05 Aug 2018

It's not true when they say Fashion Editors only wear designer labels. If only it were...

The devil may well wear Prada, but the rest of us are relentless bargain hunters at heart (can you blame us, when our job requires us to wear a fresh outfit for every show, every party, every season?).

And while that may break down the fourth wall illusion that I'm sat at my desk right now with my hooves parked in some new season Stella sandals, it does mean that I know our Great British high street like the back of my hand.

Here's what I'm buying and wearing this week...

1. The billowing transitional midi

I only spied this little number about 24 hours ago, but I haven't stopped thinking about it since. Undoubtedly love at first sight, it encapsulates everything I'm a sucker for in one simple dress. Loose, elbow-grazing sleeves, an elegant v-neck and a tie to the waist are only improved by the delish steely blue hue.

Having bypassed everything else on my shopping list and shot straight to the top, I'm envisioning snapping this-up in the next couple of days and wearing it mid-heatwave with some elegant, white flat sandals. Come autumn I'll be swapping those for trainers, and come winter I'll layer it atop a cream, ribbed roll-neck. Cost-per-wear? Ka-ching.

Buy it now, £89,

2. The wooden-heeled mules

My little sister needs to look away now, because we have very different thoughts on shoes. I know for a fact she'll despise these, but that's only because I really, really love them. Not only do they have a spherical wooden heel, but their pointed toe, slingback strap and stark white nature render them entirely my type on paper (RIP Love Island).

I'm wearing these with floaty dresses and midi skirts right now, because this weather doesn't allow me to even entertain anything else. As things cool off however, I'm envisioning them with loose-fit, turn-up boyfriend jeans and an oversized shirt in the office.

Buy them now, £65,

3. The knitted maxi dress

Bizarrely, this knitted maxi is a dream in 30°C+ weather. Granted, the high neck isn't ideal, but the fabric is breathable enough to avoid any excess sweating, while the arm holes are wide and breezy and the thigh-high leg split a total God-send as and when there is ever a gentle breeze.

Perfect for most scenarios, I wore it to work earlier this week with a pair of white Birkenstocks, before changing into some heeled white mules for a dinner. As is the case with most things I own, this will be paired with endless white trainers as soon as autumn hits.

Buy it now, £39.99,

4. The folded leather tote

After a summer spent toting endless silly little bags from pillar to post, it's been refreshing to chuck everything I own in this larger, leather one without having to sacrifice my many excess lip balms.

Unlike the countless woven basket bags I've fallen for recently that provide limited carrying options, thanks to this COS number's perfectly-sized leather handles it can be both toted and slung over your shoulder. You could even carry it on the crook of your arm, if you fancied paying a visit to the early 2000s.

Buy it now, £180,

5. The checked A-line trench

Much as it pains me to admit it (it really doesn't, I'm sick of sweating on the tube), summer is reaching its climax and it's time to start looking ahead to your autumn wardrobe. The first thing to tackle? Outerwear. And the high street is already bursting with drool-worthy options.

This checked, belted coat has totally captured my heart, if for nothing more than its flowing fabric. So often trenches are rigid, unflattering things, but this one dances round your body in a way that makes it feel more like a cosy dress. Well if Meghan Markle can fuse the two...

Buy it now, £280,

6. The belted cotton jumpsuit

Nothing says summer chic like a cropped boiler suit, #amirite? Okay, so an Aperol spritz on an Ibizan beach just edges it, but this navy cotton jumpsuit comes a close second.

With it's t-shirt style sleeves, button-down neckline and - wait for it - pockets(!), it's one of those pieces that you can just relax when wearing. I'm feeling it with some classic Arizona Birkenstocks right now, but can also see it working with a white ankle boot or even an evening sandal when the weather cools and I can be bothered with heels again.

Buy it now, £89,

7. The white leather knee-highs

While the white ankle boot may have reigned supreme in the footwear arena so far this year, its slightly taller sister, the knee-high, is giving it some competition come autumn. And to be honest I'm 100% here for them both.

Mango really hit the jackpot with this leather pair, with a 10cm heel adding drama while a loose-fit leg softens things. Perfect with dresses, I'm particularly keen on these beneath a semi-sheer, multi-layered midi, giving just a sneak peak of the sass as you cross a leg.

Buy them now, £149.99,