(Image courtesy of Marks and Spencer)

It’s official – M&S is decidedly back on my fashion shopping radar. Marks and Spencer is that icon of the British High Street that we’re all rooting for. We grew up with it and we all want to see flourish, but it has been challenging to support their fashion endeavors in recent years. (Their food hall on the other hand, regularly has me shopping like I’m
feeding a team of sumo wrestlers). I’ve often walked in wanting to buy something for old time’s sake, but I always left bewildered. The clothes appeared to be targeted at

everyone and no one all at the same time. It seemed like they were trying too hard to cater to everyone and ended up with a mish mash of incongruous styles and trends (yes, I realise “mish mash” and “incongruous” mean the same thing, but it was THAT confusing!)

This season it is a very different story. I pop in for lentil soup and a lamb chop or three, and end up spending ten minutes half an hour staring at all the beautiful things that catch my eye on the way to the escalators. I walk in and I hear the siren call of Celine, Chloe and Margiela inspired accessories, classic shoes with a trendy twist, updated vintage style dresses… it’s confusing in the best possible way!

Below is a list of 25 items that I have spent a considerable amount of time stroking lovingly on the women’s wear floor of my local M&S.

I have no doubt that Spring Summer 2017 will go down in history as the season M&S got it’s groove back.

Happy shopping!

Click on the individual images in Pinterest for more details or to purchase. If you haven’t got Pinterest, (why haven’t you got Pinterest?) click on the names of the items in the paragraph below to purchase or for more details.

1, 2, & 3 – Pure Leather Edge to Edge Jacket – Beautifully cut, reversible leather jacket with simple lines and split sleeves. Very Celine.

4 & 5 – Leather Biker Jacket With Belt – Classic black biker style jacket with a belt which makes it perfect for all silhouettes and sizes.

6 & 7 – Pleated Midi Dress – Vintage style, off shoulder midi dress with pencil pleats. Great dress for every occasion. LOVE this dress!

8 & 9 – Floral Print Prom Slip Dress – Lovely gauzy dress in a grown up floral print.

10 & 11 – Mid Rise Wide Leg Jeans – currently, the coolest jeans on the high street

12 & 13 – Metallic Pleated A-Line Midi Skirt – Wow… just… wow!

14, 15 & 16 – Pure Cotton Tiered Sleeve Bardot Top – Elegant, classic and bang on trend.

17 & 18 – Pure Cotton Checked 3/4 Sleeve Blouse – Gingham with a modern twist

19 & 20 – Pure Cotton Striped Poplin Shirt – I usually run away from poplin shirts. Not this one!

21 & 22 – Pure Modal Ruffle Layer Long Sleeve Blouse – Frilled blouse in soft cream modal. So easy to dress up or down.

23 & 24 – Pure Cotton Half Sleeve Shell Top – Very pretty vintage style broderie anglaise top.

25 & 26 – Leather Dolly Shopper Bag – Elegant, clean lines with a simple geometric cut out – very Maison Margiela-esque.

27 & 28 – Leather Dolly Across Body Bag – The cross body version of the shopper above. So stylish.

29 & 30 – Faux Leather Twist Lock Bag – Vegan friendly cuteness.

31 & 32 – Faux Leather Across Body Bag – Lovely little camera cross body bags in a range of colours. At this price, you might want to buy more than one…

33 & 34 – Leather Sling Back Flats – I’m so in love with these shoes.

35 & 36 – Lace Up Ballet Pumps – I’d cheat on the shoes above with these shoes! Very Chloe-esque (AND they come with Insolia flex – technology that makes walking in flats more comfortable)

37 & 38 – Leather Block Heel Mules With Insolia – Uber stylish Celine inspired mules. Already featured in Vogue so they’re bound to sell out quickly. According to the reviews, they are so comfortable, you’ll forget you’re wearing shoes!

39 – Leather Tie Detail Loafers – Simple loafers with stylish details. Also with Insolia.

40 – Leather Mid Heel Almond Toe Court shoes – Gold leather mid heel court shoes. ‘Nuff said.

41 – Leather Block Heel Loafer With Footglove – So, so cool in the metallic colourway.

42 – Leather Sporty Lace-Up Trainers – Gold trainers with brogue details. Delicious.

43, 44, 45 – Leather Lace Up Brogue Shoes – Brogues with an updated chunky sole. Beautiful in every colour.

46 – Leather Block Heel Peep Toe Shoe Boots – Comfort and style rolled into one.

47 – Leather Loafers – Great in every colour. According to the reviews, it’s a good idea to get your normal size as well as a size up as they seem to come up small.

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