M&Co – The Dress Edit

What is a dress? If you take a look at M&Co, you will see that a dress can be the most versatile item in your wardrobe, one that can quite literally take you to any, and every event in your social calendar. A dress will work for a wedding, the races, a party, the tennis or a christening. But it can also be screwed up and added to your holiday suitcase, be worn with a pair of trainers for the school run, or be teamed with neat ballet flats for the office (notice I’m not teaming with heels ladies, wear them if you want to.).

A dress makes the perfect beach cover up, one which will be fine if you decide on a leisurely lunch, or take some time out of the sun for a look around the shops.  It can embrace this season’s fashion trend – the cold shoulder, or can have a full skirted 1950s style, or be that style classic – the shift. A dress is a chameleon, it can be anything, it can go everywhere, it can be all sizes and can suit all shapes. Only one thing is guaranteed with a dress, it will look amazing.

This season M&Co has embraced the dress, and produced styles for every occasion, making it a virtually one stop shop for your summer needs. Personal favourites for me are the striped dress that I can see Jane Birkin and Alexa Chung wearing with ease, and the lace dress that is the most perfect shade of blue/green – seafoam maybe.

What type of dress is your style? Do you have a favourite from the range below?

The Striped Dress

Striped shift dress £23.40 Click to visit M&Co

Striped shift dress £23.40 Click to visit M&Co

The 1950s Grace Kelly Inspired Dress

Burnout fit and flare dress £65 Click to visit M&Co

Burnout fit and flare dress £65 Click to visit M&Co

The Beach Dress

 

Sequin v neck midi beach dress £28 Click to visit M&Co

Sequin v neck midi beach dress £28 Click to visit M&Co

The Perfect Holiday Dress

Hibiscus print skirt dress £28 Click to visit M&Co

Hibiscus print skirt dress £28 Click to visit M&Co

This Season’s Shirt Dress

Striped shirt dress £39 Click to visit M&Co

Striped shirt dress £39 Click to visit M&Co

The Cold Shoulder Dress

Spot print cold shoulder dress £45 Click to visit M&Co

Spot print cold shoulder dress £45 Click to visit M&Co

The Monochrome Shift Dress

Scalloped hem shift dress £65 Click to visit M&Co

Scalloped hem shift dress £65 Click to visit M&Co

The plus size maxi dress

Plus tropical print maxi dress £39 Click to visit M&Co

Plus tropical print maxi dress £39 Click to visit M&Co

The Lace Dress

Double layer lace dress £47.40 Click to visit M&Co

Double layer lace dress £47.40 Click to visit M&Co

The Maternity Sun dress

Maternity blue sun dress £22.40 Click to visit M&Co

Maternity blue sun dress £22.40 Click to visit M&Co

To view all M&Co’s current range of dresses, click here.

High Street Outlet celebrate the Little Black dress

Some people hold the view that Summer holiday dressing has to involve bright colours. Others use a suntan as a perfect base for white cottons and linens. But I truly believe that, even when the sun is blistering, nothing is chicer than a little black dress, whether it be midi, mini or maxi style.

High Street Outlet sent me a couple of beautiful dresses for my recent summer holiday in Menorca, and one of those dresses was indeed a black dress. The Ex M&Co black maxi dress is a stretchy maxi style dress with a simple yet elegant design. It has shoulder straps with a gold bar detail, making this metallic a great shade to accessorise this look with. The V neckline has a gathered detail on the bust and is great for enhancing cleavage, but is not too low to be too revealing of that tan (or white bits in my case!)

Ex M&CO Black Maxi Dress £17.50 click to visit High Street Outlet

Ex M&CO Black Maxi Dress £17.50 click to visit High Street Outlet

This is a brilliant dress for holidays. It has no zips, fastenings or buttons – you simply put it on by pulling it over your head. The stretchy fabric is perfect if you’ve overindulged on puddings or cocktails, because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t when they’re on holiday.

Sandals from ShoeZone - review here.

Sandals from ShoeZone – review here.

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One of the main things that appeal to me about this dress is the length. I love maxis, and dresses that sweep the floor don’t generally bother me as I wear fairly substantial heels. But on holiday, when I only wear flat sandals and flip flops, something a little shorter that is not likely to trip me up is a real bonus. This dress has a skirt that is just long enough to count as a maxi, but not long enough to send me flying across some Spanish Square.

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This dress is another High Street Outlet bargain at just £17.50, and would most definitely work with heels for a night at the theatre or romantic dinner with the hubby, but I think it works really well as a holiday evening look.

 

M&Co are celebrating the shift dress this Spring

The shift dress is a design classic, an item of clothing that never dates and certainly never goes out of fashion. It first gained fame in the 1950s and 60s, when shift designs by Norman Norell, Lily Pulitzer and of course Givenchy, were worn by Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy and Jean Shrimpton. The simple design and clean lines of the shift made it a design that still remained vibrant and important even as the 1960s began to swing – the hemlines were just raised a little.

The design gained shoulder pads in the 1980s, and then worked with the minimalistic style of the 1990s, being the last fashion favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales. In face, the shift dress was the fashion item of the 1990s, being worn by Posh Spice aka Victoria Beckham in the Spice Girls Wannabe video, and it was also a favourite of Kate Moss and the late Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.

And it shows no signs of going anywhere soon. No modern-day fashionista worth her salt would be without this wardrobe classic. Mollie King, Amal Clooney, Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss have all been seen wearing the style staple to great effect. Whether it be in the guise of a little black dress, a pretty floral shift, or a bright, colour block number, the shift is perfect for so many occasions, and looks great whether teamed with flat sandals, stiletto heels or chunky heeled boots. High Street favourite M&Co have a gorgeous range of shift dresses this season, so if you are thinking of adding one to your wardrobe, this would be a great place to take a look.

 

Classic Shift Dresses

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Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys

 

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Jackie Kennedy in Lily Pulitzer

 

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Jean Shrimpton

 

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Princess Diana wore a lot of shift dresses in 1996/97

 

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Posh Spice

 

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Kate Moss and Johnny Depp when they were the most gorgeous couple in the world

 

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John Junior and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy

 

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Amal and George Clooney

 

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Mollie King

 

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Modern day Mrs Beckham still loves a shift dress.

 

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Kerry Washington

 

Shift Dresses at M&Co

So Jackie Kennedy…

Jacquard shift dress Details http://www.mandco.com/jacquard-shift-dress-yellow/121369500600008.html Product Number: 121369500600008 Colour: YELLOW £45.00 click to visit M&Co

Jacquard shift dress
£45.00

Floral print shift dress Details http://www.mandco.com/floral-print-shift-dress-white/121430600300008.html Product Number: 121430600300008 Colour: WHITE £39.00 click to visit M&Co

Floral print shift dress
£39.00

V neck shift dress Details http://www.mandco.com/v-neck-shift-dress-yellow/121370900600008.html Product Number: 121370900600008 Colour: YELLOW £35.00 click to visit M&Co

V neck shift dress
£35.00

Floral print shift dress £35.00 click to visit M&Co

Floral print shift dress
£35.00

Embellished floral shift dress £45.00 click to visit M&Co

Embellished floral shift dress
£45.00

Diamond print shift dress £39.00 click to visit M&Co

Diamond print shift dress
£39.00

Check print shift dress £39.00 click to visit M&Co

Check print shift dress
£39.00

Textured shift dress £22.40 Was £32.00 click to visit M&Co

Textured shift dress
£22.40 Was £32.00

Guipure lace shift dress £85.00 click to visit M&Co

Guipure lace shift dress
£85.00

Floral jacquard shift dress £75.00 click to visit M&Co

Floral jacquard shift dress
£75.00

To view all the M&Co dresses, click here.

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