Like most people my age, I'm a serial high street shopper. When I'm looking in vintage stores and markets I prefer the pieces to find me rather than the other way round, and when it comes to splashing out a bit more than usual, nine times out of ten it'll be on something I've wanted for a while and have done my research on. So that's why the majority of what I own comes from the high street.
That said, there are certain stores I just won't touch with a barge pole. I've always liked New Look for their shoes and boots, and occasionally their other accessories. Other than that, New Look was simply a 't-shirt and jeans' shop in my eyes, nailing the trends about three months after everyone else, and just not having the same (cheap) chic quality that you'd find in Zara or Topshop.
But, dear followers, New Look has progressed. All the images in this post are from their Spring/Summer 2011 collection which I was able to preview @ their press day last month. I can safely say I was pleasantly surprised to find that New Look had 'upgraded' their fabric choices and will be stocking everything from intricately crocheted jackets to perfectly worn-in festival clothes come next year.
Oh, and everything's still super affordable.