It seems strange when we look back on Marks and Spencer from the 1980s and 1990s. It had become a shop that was synonymous with grandma fashion. The place you could look for a good quality pair of trousers with an elasticated waist, a soft knit cardi or jumper, and of course, the only place to go for big knickers or a bra fitting. It was practical and reliable, but fashionable was not a word you would ever use to describe it.
But that was then. In recent years M&S woke up. We had the much anticipated adverts containing a range of influential women from Erin O Conner to Twiggy. Then we had the must buy pieces, the much lusted after pink coat, and the a-line leather skirt worn by Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo. And then we had the Archive by Alexa collection, which did split opinions but I personally loved it. M&S could not be accused of not trying to keep up with current styles and trends. The prices also seem more affordablenow, although you can make this even better by searching for Marks and Spencer Voucher Codes which can guarantee you never miss a sale or promotion, or get you free delivery options. (This may also give you a guilt free option, as My Favourite Voucher Codes donate 20% of their profits to charity. By using their voucher codes you’re donating to charity.)
The latest party collection has now been launched and it is so full of beautiful things it is basically my Autumn/Winter 2016 wishlist. It is wearable and yet so glam, drawing influences from disco and Glam Rock in the form of hot metallics, but there are also shades of folkloric, with Winter florals, long sleeves and flouncy shapes. This season’s pleats are well represented and there are also classic styles in black for those who prefer their Christmas outfits to be sleek and minimal – I’m particularly loving the black strapless jumpsuit which has shades of Victoria Beckham and Gwen Stefani about it.
Here are some of my key picks with one eye towards Winter, but another firmly looking towards Christmas and all those lovely, festive nights out.
Let me know what you think.