30 Perfect August Buys From H&M, & Other Stories and Arket

It feels like we’ve been talking about summer for a long time now. Probably because we tend to start the conversations as early as possible in the year in wishful thinking. But you’ve made it, August has arrived, and it’s bringing all the joys of high summer with it. Whether you’ve got a long-awaited holiday planned or a wedding each weekend (like I do), the sun is shining (mostly), and it’s time for us to squeeze as much as we can out of our warm-weather wardrobes before we pack them away for another year. 

That’s the other good thing about August. While you can fully reap the benefits of all those beautiful dresses, strappy sandals and chic swimwear you invested in earlier in the year, it’s also the month that fresh and exciting new-season pieces start dropping in stores. It might seem strange thinking of autumn while sunbathing, but technically, September is less than a month away, and we just can’t help it if our heads (and our hearts) are starting to look forward to those crisp mornings and the opportunity to wear a few more layers.

Fresh pre-fall and early autumn drops are arriving from both the high street and designers, which means a whole host of new inspo and ideas for how we want to dress for this transitional phase of the year. There are three high-street brands, in particular, though, that we on the Who What Wear UK team always turn to first when a new season approaches: Arket, & Other Stories and H&M. And needless to say, they have seriously impressed us for August.

Whether you’re looking for some late-summer pieces to wear right now that will take you through to the new season or you’re looking to get prepared and stock up on key autumn buys before they inevitably sell out further into the season, there’s plenty here for you to choose from. We’re turning to the classics that can be easily layered up, such as crisp shirts, blazers and versatile dresses that look just as good with sandals as they do knee-high boots.

Keep scrolling to see and shop our edit of the best August buys from Arket, & Other Stories and H&M.

A white shirt is the perfect way to freshen up your wardrobe as we head into a new season. 

This woven bag could easily pass for designer. 

Trust me—it’s only a matter of time before we start to see so many influencers in this cosy and incredibly chic co-ord. 

Arket’s sell-out Breton jumper is back with a wider stripe for 2022, and if it’s possible, we love it even more. 

Add some personality to your wardrobe with this Carrie Bradshaw–esque skirt. 

Erm, hello, Prada vibes! This skirt has only just landed, and it’s already flying out of stock in both pink and black, so if you want in, act fast. 

Long-sleeve dresses are the perfect investment right now since they work so well in autumn too. 

Arket denim is so good, and these new wide-legs are the next pair on my list. 

It may seem basic, but trust me—this is about to be your most-worn layering piece. 

A chic vest that you can wear alone now and with a blazer thrown over come autumn. Perfect. 

This is such a polished way to wear denim. I’ll be wearing this pair with blazers and heeled boots all autumn. 

A classic blue shirt you can throw over or under so many things. 

I bought this jumper in beige last autumn, and I lived in it. 

Fashion people and celebs love Veja trainers. This colour has been sold out for ages, but it’s back in stock now. 

The perfect cover-up as the weather turns. 

The back of this dress is stunning. 

Looking through the new collections, I’ve already spotted a micro-trend happening in lace-up jeans. It’s such a fun way to elevate your denim outfits. 

Sweetheart necklines are about to be everywhere—mark my words. 

This is the perfect time of year for ballet flats—just listen to the French girls. 

Trench season is almost upon us, and we’re not mad about it. 

A great update on a classic white shirt. 

How expensive does this dress look? It would make such a good date-night dress. 

I want to wear this exact outfit until the first frost. 

Cargo trousers have been slowly gaining pace for a while, but be prepared to see them everywhere in the coming months. 

Such a pretty dress that would pair really well with knee-high boots. 

A simple detail like a keyhole neckline can really elevate your basics. 

This new-in blazer will 100% sell out very soon. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. 

I’d been wondering what to wear with sweetheart tops, and H&M just answered my question with these loose jeans. 

Great for work, date nights and holidays. 

Invest in a great pair of loafers now, and they’ll see you through so many months. 

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