How does high street fashion compare to designer?

When out shopping, what attracts you? Is it the latest trends on the fashion runway or the price tag attached to it? New trends that are showcased at fashion shows are copied from designers by the high street. As soon as there is a hot new dress in the designer world, it’s available on the high street for a fraction of the price.


Although there is much competition, high street supermarkets like Asda, Sainsbury and even Tesco have their own label for clothes cashing in on what many people call throwaway fashion.


When shopping, it never ceases to amaze me how people will get excited over a sale. There’s a reason for this – it’s because they need to make room for the new season of trends. Fashion is constantly changing and what might be fashionable today may not be tomorrow.


Over the years, I have found that buying designer fashion rather than high street fashion looks and feels much better. It lasts much longer and you can guarantee to turn heads while coming into work. Saying that, there are some things that I wouldn’t buy because it’s not much different to what you get in a good high street shop; you just pay for the label in the designer version.

What about faking it?

Should you buy fake designer clothes and handbags and pass them off as real? Well let me tell you that the clothes won’t last very long and after a few washes, the fabric will start to lose its colour, shape and the same applies to the fake designer logo.

There are some really good fakes out there but if you look closely you can tell what’s real or not.


I recently went shopping for a special occasion and I noticed that every shop on the high street were copying each other’s trends which at the moment are prom dresses. They are strapless and most need a petticoat underneath. It really annoyed me that they all looked the same and I couldn’t understand why people who purchase these dresses would want to look like everyone else. My friend pointed out a dress and when I touched it, it felt like it was made from really cheap cotton-like material and it was just hideous. Looking at the price tag, I just had to laugh. It cost £50 for a dress that would have been ruined on the first wash.

So I went online to some exclusive designers and found for £90 to £200, you could buy a dress that was of high quality and would guarantee that when I did go for a night out, nobody else would be wearing the same dress. When buying clothes, I also like to know where they were made. Most clothes are made in India because labour is cheap there and because of this, I know that half the clothes sold in the shops should really be half the price.

Primark is now referred to as throwaway fashion because many students buy an outfit there, wear it once to go clubbing and throw it away. You can get a top for £3, a mini skirt for £5 and some sandals between £7-£12 .So for a maximum of £20, you can get yourself a whole new outfit for a fraction of the price but is it worth it?

2 Responses

  1. Lidiya January 22, 2009 / 6:34 am

    I really like your article. I think you’re right, you could give more money but will get quality clothes that are more durable. I hate when something new comes out, everyone are wearing it, so I cannot buy it. Thats why I sometimes like wearing clothes that are not ‘fashionable’ but I am unique.

  2. Bob July 7, 2009 / 6:24 am

    Hi, I really like your article it shows that high street clothing is as good as designer labels, only cheaper.
    What is the point of fake clothing labels, it just ruins clothing, I also agree with wearing primark clothes you wear it once or twice and its cheap enough to throw away at the end.

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