For those of you who follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I am a fan of good old M&S. They have been through the mill a bit in recent years with falling sales figures and profits, changing CEOs and criticisms of their women’s wear. I, for one, think that they have a lot to offer.
And it’s not just restricted, for me, to one range within the store. I have to say that I’m not quite onto their ‘Classic’ range yet and that whilst I’ve dabbled occasionally in Per Una I often find it a bit ‘frou frou’ for me, but I love Autograph and I also regularly find pieces I love in Limited Edition, Indigo and M&S Collection.
This year, seems to me to be their strongest for a while. Wandering through the Leeds store recently and browsing the website they’ve got some cracking items in women’s clothing. So much so that I’ve already spent a small fortune on a fair few things with a big ‘lust’ list for other things I really want to get!
The things I’ve already bought!
I love this fisherman’s tank top so much. I’ve bought this navy colourway and also the khaki version. I’m also thinking of wearing with a shirt underneath and with either trousers, skirt or jeans meaning it can be worn both for semi-formal work meetings and also casually. I really love this look.
I also went for their Victoriana look blouse. This is available in petrol (which I went for) and ivory. I’m thinking black skinny jeans and a pair of black suede ankle boots to go with it!
Next came these babies. I love trainers at the best of times and was tempted to go for the leopard print ones they also have at the moment, but I’ve already got leopard print ones and it would be quite ridiculous to own two pairs – wouldn’t it?! So I opted for these white leather Autograph trainers which will go with so many things! Skirts, dresses, jeans, cigarette style trousers, dungarees! The world is my wardrobe option!
Next up these Stain Away wide fit red suede pumps. I just couldn’t really carry off the ‘ghillie’ trend in footwear last year, but these are a great alternative for me and flat so easy to walk in! Gorgeous colour which will lift lots of outfits to add a ‘pop’ of colour! I can’t wait to wear them!
Finally, there was this gorgeous camel coloured crombie coat from the Limited Edition range. I have grown to truly love this range and, whilst I think it’s aimed, from a marketing perspective, at a younger age group I know it really appeals across the age spectrum with women into their 60s who love their fashion embracing some of these designs. The colour in the picture is darker than the reality. It really is a camel coloured coat rather than a brown coat. It’s great and I will probably wear it in lots of different ways, but also with my jeans, white trainers and breton tops.
The things I am lusting over and on my wish list!
Oh my God! This is such a really gorgeous skirt that I hesitated in sharing it with you in case you all go out and buy it and get there before me. It is sooooooo beautiful and even better on than it looks in the photo. Again, this is another Limited Edition number and I did try this one on and, even with totally inappropriate other items of clothing and no shoes on, it made me feel and look great. How do some clothes do that?!
And, just to prove that I did try it on…..
It’s also got side pockets, which is another reason why it’s a winner. As if we needed any more reasons! In fact, I’ve checked online and they’re now out of stock and I’m trying desperately to get hold of one from my local store…… Aaaaaaaargh!!! Let’s hope they get more stock in.
Moving swiftly on….
Continuing the love of Victoriana I’m also after this lovely blouse. The advantage here is that the high neck is elasticated so I’m not going to feel strangled in it.
Following on from my summer purchases of pleated midi skirts I’m pleased to see a glam winter version in black velvet. This is lovely and just the ticket for low-key evenings out or even ramped up for full on glam evenings.
And the things that were considered but weren’t quite me…..
I really wanted to love this Limited Edition dress but it just didn’t love me back. It looks great on the model but I think a combination of boobs and shortness of stature didn’t do me any favours here. By all means, if you’re tall, skinny and less amply endowed this will undoubtedly look fantastic on you, but it wasn’t for me – as you’ll see below.
And unfortunately the boobs got in the way with the next one….
Great red, ruffled jumper from Limited Edition, but unfortunately you’ll see what it looked like on me….
All boob I’m afraid but, undeterred, I went for a similar jumper in black from M&S Collection. See below…
Black didn’t highlight my ‘assets’ quite as much as the red!
These ‘granny’ loafer shoes in gold are tagging onto the Gucci trend that I’ve seen on so many great bloggers on Instragram in recent months. They’re lovely and practical, but I’m not 100% sure that they’re me ….. but I’ve not forgotten about them completely and may go back for another try on……
So there you have it. There’ll be more no doubt to come that I will fall in love with but this is my initial trawl through M&S AW16 ranges….. I’d love to hear what you’re loving in M&S at the moment!
p.s. update on Limited Edition skirt. It has now sold out online but I’ve managed to get one in-store thankfully. It’s great that people are getting out there and liking what M&S have got to offer! I’m looking forward to wearing my skirt in the months and hopefully years to come!