For this 5 From... post I will chart my refound love for good ol' M&S.
From time to time we can get stuck in a shopping rut, myself included. On paper (and vocally) I champion the tactics of 'constantly shopping around', scouring vintage stores and trying different brands when on the hunt for new garms. Sometimes however, you get used to a certain store's jeans not making your bum look too bad and before you know it you can do an automated loop around your local High Street. Topshop for t-shirts, H&M for jumpers, Warehouse for dresses - job done.
I'm a huge, huge fan of the High Street but admit I haven't shopped in Marks and Spencer (if you exclude Food on the Move - I mean, who doesn't love that British institution. I could write a whole post on M&S' food department, aka The Mecca) since my school uniform days. I've picked up tights here and there, I adore their homeware (good mugs people, good mugs) cards - yes, diaries - always. Clothes? I would often wandered straight past. Until now.
I realise I'm (fashionably) late to this party, but Marks and Spencer's Womenswear is having a moment. The brand has had a fashion over hall in recent years, mainly to achieve exactly what I've discussed above, to attract new customers who don't think the clothing is 'for them'. You'll find M&S pieces on the pages of all the top magazines of late, Fashion Editors can't get enough of the slick designs and great price points. The Alexa Chung Collection was another move that had M&S flexing its fashion muscles. I will forever mourn that velvet 'Vicar' dress I missed out on buying.
I thought it was high time I got in on the action and headed to my local store. The Limited Collection and Autograph were the lines I coveted most. The pieces fit me well; sizing seemed true to the label unlike other High Street stores where I sometimes feel they've picked the label at random. The clothes were well made but affordable. I quickly realised there wasn't just one or two pieces I'd wear, but many things I wanted in my wardrobe ASAP.
I bought a camel coloured tie waist shirt dress from Autograph, a pinstripe blazer (note my attempt at a selfie, above) and a monochrome 40s style mini dress from Limited Collection. As this was a month or so back, each piece has sadly sold out but browsing online it didn't take me long to add 5 more pieces to my wish list.
1. This striped jumper is tres Gucci. Flared sleeves too, double trend points.
2. Up to now I don't own anything yellow, but the current collections have me leaning towards anything mustard. At £35 this belted utility skirt is a great way to wear the trend
3. I adore the rust hue of this asymmetric satin dress. Wear with a polo neck under and flats for the day, add heels and earrings for the evening.
4. This polka dot tunic dress summs up an easy morning outfit for me; I know I could throw it on with black loafers and a leather jacket and be out the door.
5. Fushia and oversized sleeves? I'm sold.