COS is the perfect place to stock up on some slightly nicer, semi-dressy clothing at respectable prices. The only thing we like more than lusting after unattainably expensive designer pieces is stocking up on stuff we'll wear the hell out of and offhandedly mention how we got it for cheap. COS is pretty much the defining place for the latter because it's a full step up from parent company H&M and even Uniqlo in some respects, while still remaining relatively obscure, so no you don't need to fret over cool points. The brand's Essentials collection pulls together the vital aspects of a complete, Scandinavian looking wardrobe all in one place. There are basic wool turtlenecks, wool-cashmere topcoats, slim trousers and simple shirts for prices your mom will nod along with when she mentions how nice you look at your next family gathering.