If there’s one thing the fashion industry doesn’t want you to know, it’s that price doesn’t always equate with quality. That buttery soft leather jacket you shelled out £2,000 (and temporarily bankrupted yourself) for? We’ll bet our prize collection of pocket squares that a trip to the high street would’ve secured you a similar style for a fraction of the cost.

If saving money while refusing to skimp on style is your priority this season, then look to our high street hit list for inspiration:

1. AllSaints

Known for their heavily rock-inspired, predominantly monochrome offering, Brit brand AllSaints gives its usual fare a summer-ready update in this effortlessly cool casual ensemble.

While you could wear this look’s foundation (sandals, super-slim jeans and classic crew neck T-shirt, all in black) alone and look good, the printed short-sleeved shirt adds another layer of interest and is perfect for the sunnier season.

Ideal for a neighbourhood street party or strolling around town on the weekend, it’s a simple and effective blend of classic casual pieces spliced with a little edge.

And don’t forget to try switching out the jeans for chino or denim shorts when temperatures rise.

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Ground Crew Scribillare Short Sleeve Shirt Crow Cigarette Jeans Nuvos Sandal

2. Burton

One of our personal favourites, this no-fuss look is smart-casual at its finest.

Combining classically masculine colours like navy, grey and black, the outfit teams a pair of smart, subtly cropped windowpane check trousers with that spring/summer casual perennial every man should have in his wardrobe: the polo shirt.

But this isn’t any old polo; it’s a knitted style that is textured through the torso and features a modern open collar, elevating this look from a banal trousers and polo combination to something that’s worthy of a double take.

Finally, a pair of smart leather tassel loafers adds the perfect punctuation mark, lending the overall aesthetic a little Riviera luxury. Speaking of which, if you wanted to take this one up a notch, you could try adding in a lightweight blazer or classic cotton bomber as a top layer.

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Navy Knitted Polo Shirt Grey Check Tailored Fit Trousers Black Tassel Loafers

3. J.Crew

Forget its tired connotations of awkwardly dressed clerical workers and embrace the short-sleeved shirt this season, as suggested here by all-American brand J.Crew.

It’s an especially practical alternative to its long-sleeved brother (don’t kid yourself – a long-sleeved shirt isn’t stylish if it’s covered in sweat patches) and makes for a sound vehicle for this season’s key print: floral.

Here, the pale pink palm tree motif takes centre stage. It’s a statement, sure, but it’s a statement smartly grounded with a neutral modern-day wardrobe staple in the form of cuffed beige chinos – worn beltless for a touch of bohemian insouciance.

Keeping the look solidly casual, a pair of skate-inspired slip-ons (worn sockless, of course) is sure to deliver on the comfort count.

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4. Mango Man

There are few better ways to stay sophisticated in the summer heat than by making a Breton top the focal point of your look.

This vaguely nautical, smart-casual combination from Spanish label Mango combines the timelessness of a lightweight Breton jumper and slim blue trousers with the easiness of a pair of dark navy espadrilles for a head-to-toe tonal look that is classic yet on-trend.

The jumper’s super-slim dark navy and white stripes give the look a considerably more refined feel (as compared to a broader stripe), while the espadrilles worn sockless suggest it’s a good combination for warm weather.

On that note, this outfit would look just as good with a pair of navy tailored shorts if the sun’s so strong that the very thought of covering your lower legs makes you break out in a sweat.

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5. Next

Men’s style authorities have been singing the praises of the bomber jacket for several seasons now, but rather than a fad that’s falling out of favour in spring/summer 2015, the silhouette is actually undergoing a makeover, with a host of brands and retailers offering lightweight, simply styled versions that are ideal for dressing up.

Here, Next smartens up its versatile taupe slim-fit bomber with petrol blue trousers and a tonal pink shirt and tie combination – seasonally-appropriate hues that are anchored by a classic pair of black tasselled loafers.

Try this one as your summer Sunday best or even in the office if you have a more relaxed dress code.

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Plain Button Down Collared Shirt Pink Tie Slim Fit Bomber Cotton Skinny Trouser

6. Primark

Although other entries on this list might have you thinking otherwise, sportswear-inspired looks are still going strong this season and fast fashion stalwart Primark has nailed the aesthetic with this outfit.

Mesh-like print? Check. Collegiate lettering? Check. Tailored joggers? Check. More black than you can shake an ice hockey stick at? You betcha. This casual get-up is bang on-trend, featuring a low-hanging hoodie tied around the waist and leather-look slip-on sneakers that edge it into sports ‘luxe’ territory.

Not for everyone by any means, but if you’re a keen follower of streetwear trends, then consider this your new off-duty go-to.

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7. Reiss

Been hearing a lot about how pastel trousers are paramount this season? Still unsure how to go about wearing them well? Then take your cues from this expertly executed outfit from British high street brand Reiss.

A semi-smart look with a summer-appropriate splash of colour, here a pastel blue cropped trouser features as the ensemble’s centrepiece, while the satellite elements are kept subtle: a classic white shirt, grey melange linen blazer and ivory leather tasselled loafers.

Final touches worth taking note of include a simple navy leather belt and a sleek textured tote bag that shows you mean business.

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8. River Island

Denim is king this season and River Island is offering up plenty of inspiration with its current collection. This double denim look caught our eye; a blueprint worth consulting if you’re contemplating the Canadian tuxedo.

Though this outfit’s rolled up slim jeans and denim jacket are both key pieces for spring/summer 2015 and could easily be worn separately, putting them together with a printed shirt makes for an eye-catching contrast.

Meanwhile, black patent leather Derbies pull denim out of its original, utilitarian workwear context and give it a more refined Rockabilly edge (emphasised by the model’s slick pompadour) – though, of course, you’d look just as good if you switched these out for a pair of rugged boots from the likes of Red Wing or Timberland.

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9. Uniqlo

One for the style purists, this minimal look comes – rather unsurprisingly – from Japanese premium basics specialist Uniqlo.

Tapping one of the key spring/summer trends of recent years, the outfit uses well-cut white trousers as its focal point, and rounds the rest out with an all-important lesson in lightweight layering.

The perfect solution for staying on-point during unpredictable spring and summer days, this ensemble allows you to shed layers in the heat (leaving you with an on-trend all-white trouser and T-shirt combination), or add pieces as you see fit with both the beige lightweight V-neck jumper and timeless navy blazer at your disposal.

Accessorise as seen here, using pared-back items with a premium feel, or try subbing in a pair of minimal leather trainers and a leather bracelet for something more contemporary.

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MEN Packaged Dry Crew Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt MEN Extra Fine Merino V-Neck Sweater MEN Linen Cotton Jacket MEN Skinny Fit Tapered Jeans

10. Zara

Striking the right balance between season- and dress code-appropriate can be difficult during the sun-filled months, but a statement suit, like this cobalt blue option from Zara, lands itself in the sweet spot.

Suitable for making a splash at a summer wedding or a similar formal event, this single-breasted suit’s colour is bold enough to earn you appreciative back pats but not so bold that you’ll get backs up.

Although it’s accessorised well here, you could ditch the shirt and tie combo for a crew neck T-shirt and leather trainers for a more dressed-down feel.

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Dark blue suit Dark blue suit Plain Poplin Shirt Leather lace-ups

Final Word

The high street menswear offering has never been stronger, which is great news for men who want to look good on a budget. And with many brands now releasing quality seasonal lookbooks alongside their collections, there is plenty of inspiration to be found when it comes to pulling together your own outfits.

Which high street retailers do you think blew the competition out of the water this season? Will you be emulating any of the above looks for spring/summer 2015?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.