Ladies – have you been into M&S recently? Yes, I know I am a self-confessed M&S-addict but seriously get to your local M&S store now? If not – GO ONLINE!!
Work wear can get a little bit boring but the slim line silhouettes that are currently being on offer at M&S HK brings to mind glorious Mad Men curves and easy to wear smart looks. Different textures, piping details, colour and shirt collar detailing to add modernity and interest to the classic lines of the pieces. Anyway, here are some of my favourite pieces:
Per Una Speziale Red Textured Dress
Per Una is not my favourite collection from M&S, it usually tend to cater for an older woman however the Speziale collection (usually limited edition and at the higher end of the price range) tends to be a bit more fashion forward. The attention to detail with the piping details and the gorgeous Italian woven fabric adds a luxe edge to the dress. This dress is an easy silhouette to wear and will easily go from day to evening with a great pair of heels and a little clutch. The bright red colour just shouts Spring/Summer!
This is a really easy colour and print to wear in a dress. The black detailing makes it look a bit like a suit which gives a smart edge to this dress. The 3/4 sleeves makes it elegant and lady like. However the zipper adds a modern edge to the dress. Attention for us curvy, a bit busty girls, the pocket like detailing on the top might add extra emphasis on the chest area which may not be welcome to all.
The Speziale range in Per Una is usually a little bit pricier but the quality of the fabric and finishing makes it a worthwhile investment. Also these dresses though fashionable would still be wearable next season and adds a bit of colour and interest to what could be a very traditional work wardrobe. Being dresses, these two picks of mine are easy to wear and do not need much accessories to make it into a great statement outfit. Basically put it on, grab your bag, slip on some shoes and you are ready to go.
Collared Black Jersey Dress with Cut Out Panels
I shamefully admit that I have bought this dress as I love the cut out details. The nude lining gives it a bit of a lingerie feel to the dress and the boyish shirt collar gives it a modern edge. I love how the cut out details are done in panels which helps to slim down the waist and hopefully for me give me a better looking figure. Will try it and keep you all posted!! This is a great version of the classic LBD. I have this dress and it really makes you feel incredibly womanly. The extra lining in this jersey dress gives extra support for your curves. I have to admit that I did start walking with a little “Marilyn” wiggle! Word of warning, due to the cut out detailing on this dress, you might get some funny looks from a distance, my aunt asked me if I was showing flesh through said panels. I guess you could say it was incorporating the underwear as outerwear trend!
Saving the best for last…am gutted that I have not been able to find it in my size but have been drooling over the navy version on Pinterest for months. However as Pantone says that emerald green is THE colour of the season, I guess this green version is rather appropriate.
Green Lace Pencil Skirt
Green Lace Blouse
The lace is made from cotton so there is no scratchy feeling (that you would get from some synthetic lace) when you put these pieces on. Also have no fear of flashing as these pieces have a nude camisole (for the blouse) and a nude underskirt for the skirt. Wear together to make it look like a dress or diversify by wearing these garments separately and pairing with cigarette pants or a plain skirt (for the blouse) or a gorgeous crisp white shirt with the skirt. You can play around with these pieces and still look extremely elegant. I would definitely wear these pieces together first and match the outfit with may be a skinny belt and a beautiful statement necklace which is tucked underneath the blouse collar.
All items are currently in Marks & Spencer stores in HK and if not check out the website as they do international deliveries. Items cost from around HK$500-HK$1,500. For the stores locations, please check out the store locator on the Marks & Spencer HK website.