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High-street essentials challenge.

We're spoilt for choice on the high street these days but with most of the shops stocking the same wardrobe basics, where can you go for must-have denim jeans or pretty dresses and know you're getting the best value for money? Well worry not because the Mirror's style editor Dinah Turner has done all the hard work for you and compared the quality, fit and price of the essential items from the stores we all love.

White shirt, PS32.50 Quality: 5/5 Fit: 3/5 Price: 3/5 Nice cotton but it creases very easily.

Not keen on the masculine cut Skirt, PS49.50 Quality: 5/5 Fit: 5/5 Price: 3/5 It has a slimming effect and is easy and comfortable to wear Jumper, PS79 Quality: 5/5 Fit: 5/5 Price: 2/5 It's beautifully soft cashmere but for PS79 it would have to be a special treat Jeans, PS19.50 Quality: 3/5 Fit: 3/5 Price: 3/5 Loose on the waist but tight on the thighs. Nice stonewashed colour Floral dress, PS35 Quality: 5/5 Fit: 4/5 Price: 4/5 It's a flattering cut with an elegant design White shirt, PS20 Quality: 2/5 Fit: 3/5 Price: 3/5 Quite poor quality and a bit see-through Pencil skirt, PS18 Quality: 3/5 Fit: 2/5 Price: 3/5 A nice design but looks a bit shapeless Jumper, PS18 Quality: 3/5 Fit: 2/5 Price: 3/5 A nice sweatshirt, good colour but it's a poor fit Jeans, PS24 Quality: 3/5 Fit: 2/5 Price: 3/5 Not cut particularly well and too long and loose around the ankles Floral dress, PS39 Quality: 4/5 Fit: 3/5 Price: 4/5 It fits well on the waist but slightly loose under the arms. Great for a spring/summer occasion Floral dress, PS50 Quality: 4/5 Fit: 3/5 Price: 2/5 This doesn't come in enough at the waist to make the most of the peplum and the print is dated Jumper, PS25 Quality: 3/5 Fit: 3/5 Price: 2/5 It's tight on the bust but loose everywhere else. You can get better for your money elsewhere Jeans, PS26 Quality: 5/5 Fit: 5/5 Price: 4/5 Great basic jeans, so comfortable and a brilliant style. Could be mistaken for designer White shirt, PS26 Quality: 4/5 Fit: 3/5 Price: 3/5 They've added the peplum detail for a modern twist but it still looks quite old-fashioned Skirt, PS22 Quality: 4/5 Fit: 3/5 Price: 3/5 It hangs well but is ill-fitting on the waist Floral dress, PS18 Quality: 3/5 Fit: 4/5 Price: 5/5 Like the puff-sleeve detail and flattering V-neck Jumper, PS12 Quality: 2/5 Fit: 3/5 Price:4/5 A great colour but thin and itchy. Not sure about the string-vest look Skinny jeans, PS14 Quality: 4/5 Fit: 4/5 Price: 4/5 They are very tight and it's not easy to bend your knees. But I like the look and love the colour White shirt, PS14 Quality: 2/5 Fit: 2/5 Price: 3/5 It's not a great fit and it doesn't flatter as there's no waist. The pockets don't line up - not sure if this is deliberate Pencil skirt, PS12 Quality: 3/5 Fit: 4/5 Price: 4/5 Very comfortable and an interesting print. Fine for a day in the office Floral dress, PS38 Quality: 4/5 Fit: 3/5 Price: 3/5 This has a nice print and is easy to wear Jumper, PS30 Quality: 4/5 Fit: 3/5 Price: 2/5 It's tight across the back but loose in the body. There are better alternatives out there Jeans, PS24, Quality: 3/5 Fit: 4/5 Price: 4/5 Not keen on the mottled print but very comfortable to wear White shirt, PS32 Quality: 3/5 Fit: 3/5 Price: 2/5 It's not exciting but easy to wear and functional Pencil skirt, PS38 Quality: 4/5 Fit: 3/5 Price: 4/5 It creases across thighs and isn't easy to sit down in but a great design Floral dress, PS17 Quality: 4/5 Fit: 5/5 Price: 5/5 Love it. It's a great fit and the print is perfect. Looks more expensive than it is - a summer must-have Jumper, PS10 Quality: 4/5 Fit: 3/5 Price: 5/5 A nice cut but a thin knit, meaning it's see-through and snags easily Jeans, PS13 Quality: 4/5 Fit: 4/5 Price: 5/5 Nice fit, comfortable and we love the star print - can't go wrong for PS13 White shirt, PS10 Quality: 3/5 Fit 4/5 Price: 5/5 Not cotton but it's nicely cut. Love the long sleeves and the pocket detail Pencil skirt, PS7 Quality: 3/5 Fit: 4/5 Price: 5/5 Fits like a glove and very comfortable but the fabric doesn't feel very pleasant and looks like school uniform WHERE TO BUY: WWW.BHS.CO.UK WWW.DEBENHAMS.COM WWW.GEORGE.COM WWW.MARKSANDSPENCER.COM WWW.NEXT.CO.UK WWW.PRIMARK.CO.UK
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 18, 2013
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