With Whistles, COS, and & Other Stories soon making their way to our shores, we thought we'd round up the international High Street stores we wish would take the U.S. plunge next. After all, why should royal High Street fan Kate Middleton have all the fun? From every British person's staple store to Zara's "little sister" brand, click through our slideshow for 15 of our picks.
Marks & Spencer
Ask any transplanted Brit what they miss most about home, and "Marks & Sparks" will be at the top of the list. Homegrown fans include Kate Middleton, Helen Mirren, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (who designed a line of lingerie for the chain).
Natalia Vodianova and Eva Herzigova have designed for this French brand, which is known for its lingerie but also produces feminine ready-to-wear.
The Dutch chain specializes in simple, work-appropriate pieces.
The French chain has outposts everywhere from Albania to Vietnam, but so far America is not on that list, which is a shame, because their trend-driven, teen-skewing merch would fit right in.
Rihanna gave this Brit high-street staple her imprimatur, teaming with them for several seasons. But while her collection sold at an Opening Ceremony pop-up, the store itself hasn't yet made its way stateside.
Print-heavy offerings and well-cut blazers are the best part of this Thailand-based outlet.
Lily Allen has designed a range for this British High Street store, which is a favorite of Princess Beatrice and Zara Phillips. In a poll last year, New Look beat out Topshop, Zara, and H&M as British women's number-one place to shop.
"Primani" is what in-the-know shoppers call it. With stores across Europe, the British chain specializes in runway looks at Oxford Street prices.
The well-cut basics at this mega-chain, which also has locations in Europe, North Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, could be compared to Banana Republic: flattering tailoring sans frills.
Pull & Bear
What is it about Spain? Pull & Bear is yet another store that originated in the country, but now has planted its flag all over Central America, North Africa, and Asia, as well as Europe.
The "little sister brand" to Zara just debuted in the U.K., so can the U.S. be far behind?
Minimalist looks in breezy pastels dominate at this Inditex-owned chain (Zara and Massimo Dutti are also under the company umbrella) which has locations in Europe, the Middle East, and Morocco.
You actually can buy Dorothy Perkins's clothes online, but so far the U.K. chain has no brick-and-mortar outpost in the States.
If this list seems heavy on Brits, that's because they do High Street shopping like no other. Miss Selfridge initially began as the young offshoot of legendary department store Selfridges, and launched with mannequins based on Twiggy. Zandra Rhodes and Pierre Cardin did collections for the store way back in the day. (It is now owned by Arcadia Group, parent company of Topshop.)
Great plus-size retailers are always hard to come by, and U.K. chain Evans (which has collaborated with Beth Ditto) would be a welcome addition to the U.S. market.
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