Whether you’re looking to create a capsule wardrobe or treat yourself to a statement piece, these British clothing brands will give your outfit a premium upgrade.
When we think of British clothing brands, shops like Reiss, Whistles, and Ted Baker instantly spring to mind. Fancier than your average store, they specialize in high-quality pieces which nod to trends but still have longevity. And as much as we love a good bargain, for wardrobe essentials like the best jeans or winter coats, it pays to pay more.
These high-end British clothing brands are our go-to for designer-worthy looks at a far more purse-friendly price. They may not be budget, but most won’t break the bank either, hitting that sweet spot in-between the two.
If you shop carefully, you’re guaranteed to get more bang for your buck as these well-made, carefully constructed items are likely to last a lot longer than fast fashion ones.
“There is so much history in British clothing brands and the heritage favourites such as Burberry, Liberty and Pringle have undoubtedly paved the way for many fashion designers, both in the UK and internationally, over the years,” says Katie Eastwood, Stylist Ambassador at Stitch Fix.
“At Stitch Fix we offer customers quintessentially British clothing brands, such as Joules, Boden and Whistles. I think customers are currently craving colours, patterns and prints that are optimistic and representative of the joys that a UK summer can bring.”
All of the British clothing brands on this list can be shipped worldwide, and we’d recommend making a beeline for the bricks-and-mortar stores if you happen to be visiting the UK.
With that in mind, here are the best British clothing brands to add a little luxury to your look – plus our favorite new-in pieces from each one.
Quick links: Best British clothing brands
- All Saints – best for cool investment pieces from $22/£19
- Boden – best for unique prints from £15/$22
- Baukjen – best for sustainability from $12/£8
- Desmond & Dempsey – best for fancy pajamas from $23/£18
- Hobbs – best for tailoring from $25/£12
- Hush – best for luxe loungewear from $7/£5
- Joules – best for pops of colour from $9.95/£7.95
- Kitri – best for distinctive designs from $19/£13
- LK Bennett – best for Royal style from $40/£19
- M&S – best for affordable pieces from $7/£2.50
- Me + Em – best for flattering fits from $15/£10
- Omnes – best for eco-friendly dresses from $7.50/£5
- Phase Eight – best for weddings from £7/$10
- Reiss – best for high-end essentials from $50/£30
- Rixo – best for retro frocks from $65/£45
- Ted Baker – best for pretty prints from $15/£12
- Toast – best for luxe fabrics $14/£9
- Whistles – best for sleek separates from $24/£12
Best British clothing brands as chosen by our fashion team
One of the first names that springs to mind when you think of British clothing brands, Ted Baker, is our go-to for something a bit special. Best known for their opulent floral prints, expect color and patterns galore, alongside high-end detailing.
The ultimate throw-on-and-go dress, this could be worn in any number of ways. The relaxed shape fits tight to the body, skirting out into a flattering mid-calf length.
If you’re on the hunt for a summer bag, then stop the search, this is it! Roomy enough for all the essentials whilst looking compact and chic too. The woven detailing gives it that summery feel that will work just as well on a city break and on the beach.
Ticking all our boxes for what to wear to a wedding, this vibrant dress delivers on fit and fabric. All you need to do is add neutral heels and a raffia clutch.
Favoring a muted palette of classic tones (think grey, beige and black – with a dash of pastels), anything from Reiss will slot seamlessly into your existing wardrobe. Expect high-end fabrics like cashmere and wool.
A coat with plenty of polish, every seam has been hand-sewn as part of Reiss’ meticulous attention to detail. Wear undone for a relaxed take, or with the belt tied for a smarter look. The camel shade is timeless.
Giving a nod to the 70s, the neat collar and buttoned-up top half contrast perfectly with the wide-cut legs. Layer over a Breton top on chillier days, and wear with bare arms and tan sandals on warmer ones.
Taking the humble hoodie and turning it into a luxury item, this would look just as good with joggers as it would a silk slip skirt. Promising maximum softness without compromising on warmth, it’s crafted from a generous amount of wool and a touch of cashmere.
Best known for their buttery-soft leather jackets, All Saints is a brand you can rely on for pieces with an edge. From luxe hoodies to well-cut denim, they make putting together a failsafe weekend wardrobe easy.
We love pieces that can be worn in more than one way – cinch in your waist with the tie belt or leave open for two very different looks. Made from recycled fabrics, this dress scores points for sustainability too.
One of the brand’s bestsellers for good reason, this All Saints leather biker will only soften with age. Classic metal hardware and a detachable belt make it the perfect piece to toughen up girly dresses.
Made from a super soft, super stretchy denim blend, these jeans hold their shape brilliantly – snapping right into place every time you wear them.
Me + Em
If you’re thinking about creating a capsule wardrobe, Me + Em is a great place to start. Tailored separates and dresses in neutral tones sit alongside a careful selection of prints to create a coordinated edit of pieces that can be mixed and matched with ease.
The classic pinstripe shirt just got an upgrade thanks to this beauty. The broderie detailing on the collar and cuffs add a romantic and feminine flair to tailoring. A wardrobe staple with extra oomph, team with high waisted trousers and shorts.
Proof that dresses don’t always have to be overtly feminine, this nods to the utility trend with a zip front, slouch sleeves, and drawstring waist. It’s even got pockets, too, for added practicality.
We have fallen head-over heels for this gorgeous knitted skirt and coordinating top. The floaty shape and pastel shade adds elegance, while the side stripes bring a sporty touch. Wear with trainers for the day and tailoring for the night.
For fancy occasion outfits to smart and stylish workwear, Hobbs knows a thing or two about dressing well. Even their basics feel premium, the kind of pieces you’d imagine Kate Middleton dresses in on her days off from royal duties.
Summer in a dress, this sunshine yellow hue will brighten up even the greyest of days. The fit and flare shape means all eyes are on your waist.
You’re either a small bag person or a big bag person, and if you count yourself among the latter, this leather hobo is more than roomy enough for all your essentials. Thanks to the slouchy shape, it’ll only look better the more you use it.
We love a multi-tasker, and this pale grey shirt can be worn buttoned-up as a top or open over a cami or t-shirt. The wide rib fabric makes for a figure-hugging fit.
A British clothing brand with a difference, the London-based label was born out of the frustration of not being able to find well-made, distinctive designs that don’t cost a fortune. Their bold and colorful pieces will be sure to add a touch of luxury to your wardrobe.
Jazz up your jeans and jumper combo with these bold knit, guaranteed to lift any look. Wear with vintage denim and a blazer for a smart weekend getup. It has a relaxed, boxy fit and is crafted from a wool blend for ultimate snugness.
For statement frocks like no other, you can’t beat Kitri and this fun and colourful dress is a cheerful addition to your wardrobe. Dramatic sleeves, a vintage-inspired floral print and a tiered skirt, this will have you hitting that dance floor pronto.
Add some luxe to your loungewear with this silky pair. The rich emerald hue teamed with a feathery flourish makes them real show-stoppers. Team with the matching PJ-style top and a pair of strappy sandals and take your look from pajamas to party.
One of the most premium brands on the high street, Whistles’ collections always feature right at the top of our wish lists. Although you can pay more for a dress from their bridal collection, some of their pieces are much more reasonably priced and will last you for years.
Nineties tie dye is back on the fashion grid, and the playful print gives us major summer vibes. This bias skirt has an elasticated waistband for added comfort and is cut to a midi length. Team with a pair of kicks for a casual vibe that looks effortlessly cool.
Whistles have heaps of never-date dresses and this trapeze number is one of them. A relaxed fit in a wearable monochrome colour palette, it will suit all shapes, sizes and occasions. Team with sandals in the summer and swap for stompy ankle boots in the winter.
Everyone needs a good pair of blue jeans in their wardrobe, and these are a real crowdpleaser. We love the straight cut, classic shade, and lightly frayed hem.
Launched in 2015 from the London living room of designers and friends Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey, Rixo have cornered the market for personality-packed prints. From their best dresses to skirts, each piece has been carefully cut to suit a range of body types for a flattering, feminine silhouette.
With its distinctive design, this mixed print frock is guaranteed to turn heads at any event. The colours and prints blend seamlessly making it an all-year-round winner. It’s fitted on the waist and slim on the hips with a flared hem for a flirty finish. Keep accessories minimal when styling this one.
Every bit as figure-flattering as their dresses, the slightly puffed shoulders on this blouse work beautifully with the nipped-in waist to create the illusion of an hourglass body shape.
Rixo’s shoe collection has arrived and it does not disappoint. With a cool, vintage aesthetic, these block heel mules will elevate any simple look. They have a retro floral motif and a comfy block heel making them easy-to-wear all day long, we love!
Hush is about relaxed dressing at its best and has been slowly amassing a loyal following for a couple of years now. Their laidback designs are the perfect solution to our current isolation fashion dilemma. The brand was founded in 2003 by Mandy Watkins, an Aussie who, after moving to the UK, decided to start her own label when she couldn’t find clothes she wanted to buy. Hush’s signature style is cozy stay-at-home pieces to escape from the British weather.
Upgrade your daytime denim with this oh-so-stunning trench coat. A trench is an in-between weather staple, and the denim finish on this beauty gives it a cool, modern update. The belt cinches you in at the middle for a flattering silhouette. Layer over sweater and jeans for weekend walks.
No longer a fad, jumpsuits have cemented themselves in our wardrobes, and they’re a go-to choice for those ‘nothing to wear’ days. For easy daytime sophistication, opt for this chic utility style. A relaxed fit in a classic khaki hue, finish off with biker boots.
Add more bang to your basics with this colorblock sweater. Perfect for smartening up your loungewear, it’s crafted from 100% Organic Cotton so it’s super soft on the skin too. Team with jeans and sneakers for a casual yet cool weekend getup.
Baukjen is a London-based womenswear brand with sustainability at its core, helping us look and feel good about our purchases. Their designs are timeless, with a cool, unique edge, putting their own stamp on each piece. Sure to be firm favorites in your wardrobe for years to come.
Loungewear doesn’t have to mean scruffy. These rainbow pants are guaranteed to boost your mood and your wardrobe. Featuring an elasticated waist for extra comfort and a tapered fit, wear with trainers and a hoody to elevate your off-duty getup.
Nail the relaxed tailoring trend with this oversized shirt. Made from washed hemp it ticks the eco-friendly box too. The pale grey hue is easy to work into your current wardrobe and would look super chic with other muted tones. If you want to take it up a sartorial notch, we love the matching shorts too.
A ready-made outfit, minus the effort, a printed midi dress is a no-brainer, and this one is made from LENZING™ ECOVERO™, making it eco-friendly too. It has a relaxed shape and balloon sleeves for a comfy yet chic finish. Wear with stompy boots and a leather jacket for an achingly cool look.
Dreamt up by founder Johnnie Boden from his kitchen table, this quintessentially British clothing brand is sure to bring some joy to your wardrobe. They’re big on color and prints, crafted from seriously luxe fabrics.
Summer, here we come. This utility style feels instantly fresher (and more fun) when reimagined in hot pink. All we need now is a cocktail.
If you’re looking for an example of how shopping at Boden will elevate your wardrobe, this t-shirt is it. We love the linen fabric and cool, color-block design.
A striped shirt dress is a style staple and we love the colourful stripes on this breezy number. The detachable matching belt pulls you in at the waist for a flattering finish and the linen fabric will keep you cool during warmer days. Finish off with sneakers for a casual spin.
Another British clothing brand favored by the Duchess of Cambridge, LK Bennett, was launched in 1990 with the dream of bringing “a bit of Bond Street luxury to High Street.” 30 years later, it continues to do just that, letting everyone enjoy a slice of London-inspired fashion.
The question of how to wear a scarf has endless possibilities when the subject is this chic. Loop around your neck, wear open, or use to update a neglected handbag.
Let the sunshine in by adding a pop of buttercup yellow to your wardrobe. Made from silk-blend jacquard fabric, this dress has real charm.
If you’re in the market for an elegant heel, LK Bennett is the place to go. Think strappy pink pair are among the prettiest we’ve seen.
Of all the British clothing brands, there are few as iconic as M&S. Brits shop here for everything from food to homeware, and their fashion offering is always reliable. Browse basics alongside more trend-led pieces.
A stylish choice for in-between days, wear in place of a cardigan to give girly midi dresses and ruffle blouses an edge.
Practical and stylish, a crossbody bag is an essential for when you’re running errands. This sleek style will take you from day to night and the animal print detail adds extra interest. It’s made with sustainably sourced leather too!
Every dress collection needs a polka dot number. The square neckline on this dress gives it a modern update as well as being oh-so-flattering on the bust. The midi length and neutral tones make it easy to wear all year round. Plus, it has pockets!
Not just one of the newest British clothing brands on this list, Omnes are also one of the most sustainable. From first sketch to final product, each part of the process has been carefully considered to minimise the environmental impact. Also, their pieces are so beautiful, that eco-friendly re-wearing is guaranteed.
The high neck, midi-length, and capped angel sleeves keep this dress elegant, while the polka-dot print adds a touch of fun.
If you’re finding the transition from pajamas to your everyday wardrobe a difficult one, this knitted jumper makes the case for a stylish middle ground. Splash out on the matching pants to complete the set.
A beautiful choice for a wedding in any season. Wear this bold, recycled satin jumpsuit with pointed courts and a simple clutch.
Desmond & Dempsey
Nothing quite beats changing into your pajamas after a long day, especially when they look this good. In fact, we’d merrily wear a set from Desmond & Dempsey out of the house too. Expect vibrant, joyful prints and quality fabrics from our go-to British clothing brand for all things lounge.
Desmond & Dempsey started their British clothing brand with this very design, tailoring their typical men’s-only pajama shirt for a female frame and adding a pair of cute shorts for good measure. A true crowd-pleaser.
A slider as pretty as it is practical. The solid sole is sturdy enough for taking the bins out, while the tropical print will have your neighbors green with envy.
Saturated hues give the humble stripe a modern update. These would make a gorgeous gift for a loved one and yourself.
Picture the British countryside and you’ve got the Joules aesthetic nailed. Think Breton tees, practical raincoats and denim basics to form the building blocks of the ultimate British summer wardrobe. They are big on their prints and vibrant hues, with heaps of punchy florals and colourful stripes to give your outfit a cheery boost too.
Everyone in Britain needs a rain jacket, and this bright and bold parka-style coat is an unexpected downpour dream. It’s 100% waterproof and packs neatly into its own pocket making it easy to carry anywhere.
Joules are experts when it comes to bold floral prints and this maxi dress is one you’ll want to wear all summer long. The fit and flare shape makes it incredibly easy-to-wear and super flattering too. Team with trainers for a casual daytime look that still packs a punch.
Denim shorts are a summer go-to, and this longer style will be your new faves. They sit high on the waist and feature a double turned up hem that finishes mid-thigh. Incredibly versatile, wear with cute sweaters, polo tees and sneakers for your weekend getup.
Founded in 1997, Toast’s collection is fuss-free and beautifully designed. It’s one of the few British clothing brands with its own full pattern room, curating original high-quality pieces that are designed to last. Every piece feels like it’s created with love and thought with modern, easy-to-wear silhouettes and five star fabrics.
This relaxed fit jumpsuit is comfy and carefree. It’s fitted at the top with a wide leg for a flattering finish. We love the soft lilac hue for a pop of colour. It looks stunning worn on its own but can also be layered over tees and fine knits. You’re guaranteed to get plenty of wear out of this one.
It’s all in the details with this simple, yet stylish top. It has a smock-like shape, making it cool and comfortable to wear. The square neckline and puff sleeves gives it a modern update, perfect for teaming with your favourite jeans. Made from 100% cotton, it’s an effortless wardrobe staple.
This wear-anywhere skirt will give your look a boho edge. Featuring a tiered design and textured stripes for added interest it’s made from 100% cotton. Wear with a fitted tee or knit to offset the voluminous style and keep the colour palette muted for a chic look.
Phase Eight has always been a go-to when it comes to special occasion outfits but the British clothing brand has really upped their game with more casual pieces too that are easily adaptable, whatever event you have thrown at you. With a strong focus on fit, it’s packed full of frocks and jumpsuits that not only make a style statement but are flattering too.
Nothing screams summer more than a picnic print and this bold red beauty is at the top of our wish list. It has a flattering square neckline, a tiered skirt and a built-in belt to cinch you in at the middle. This one would look equally chic with strappy sandals or casual kicks. Best of all – it has pockets!
This eye-catching print is guaranteed to get you noticed at any social gathering. The monochrome colour palette keeps it timeless and the ruched waistline gives it a flattering silhouette. One you’ll reach for time and time again.
A printed jumpsuit is another fail-safe option if you’re after maximum impact with minimal effort. The relaxed wide-leg cut on this beauty keeps it comfy and easy to style for daytime and evening. The blue and white colour combo is delightfully chic too.