Since we took Marks & Spencer to task for its appalling clothes in July, we’re delighted to see that the new Autumn 2016 collection has several items we’d be happy to recommend. Many of the dresses are still too fussy, flouncy and short for us though we commend the resident stylist for worrying about whether we look girly or not and thinking about whether the clothes are appropriate for our age. However, Pandora Sykes shows that some of the dresses can work so here are 5 dresses we like:
Floral Print Midi Dress £35.00: With the fashion for floral still in this autumn this dress is a good length with long sleeves and we particularly like the V neck.
Insert Lace Bodycon Dress £49.50: Mercifully it falls below the knee, has a cap sleeve and V- neck so it’s flattering if you are slim.
Floral Bodycon Dress £45.00: This tight fitting dress is figure hugging and if worn with a jacket could look smart for evening or for the office.
Per Una ¾ Sleeve Scoop Neck Dress: This scoop neck dress works well for work and looks great worn with ankle boots.
Long Sleeve Shirt Dress £39.50: Great on the knee dress, long sleeves and detachable belt.
We are also delighted to find well-priced classics in pure materials like cashmere in the store this autumn and even one or two well-cut and wearable jackets, skirts and shirts for work Here are 5 of our picks:
Pure Cashmere Jumper £75.00: This is a wardrobe essential and comes in eight colours
Cuff Jacket £35: Again perfect for the autumn wardrobe and a good price.
Long Sleeved Satin Ruffle Blouse £25.00: Affordable and comes in four different colours.
Midi Skirt £17.50: A great shaped skirt for office or evening.
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Thank you for this! Every time I go into M&S I come home and rant to my partner about the exact same issues you have highlighted.
Last week I had money off vouchers and 20%discount vouchers and I still couldn’t find anything I wanted to buy. In particular I was looking for one of my old M&S favourites, a black dress for work and or a suit. Of the two black dresses available, one was shapeless and the other dowdy. I then turned in desperation to Next where I spent a couple of hundred on work clothes – a sale lost to Marks. Don’t they look at other stores and compare themselves? The mess of garish colours and shapeless clothes makes them more like Peacocks than a modern, go- to store.