Morning ladies today I'm looking ahead to next season & some new into store picks.
Now I was recently challenged by Marks & Spencer to pick my favourite 5 pieces from their latest collection & the above 5 items are the items that made my final top 5. All strong wardrobe staples that are quite timeless in their design but equally are perfect for breathing some new life into our old wardrobe staples, not to mention ideal for mixing & matching.
Needless to say I've had a quick trying on session to show you how I'd style them. So first up is this stunning frill detailed jumper, that's a really great price & also available in white. Size wise I'd say it's true to size as I'm wearing my normal size (UK 8) & although not long in the body it's not too cropped either that you have to worry about exposing any unwanted mum tum. In terms of weight it's also a lovely light knit that really surprised me in terms of the quality as because of the price I was expecting it to be more of t-shirt than jumper but like I say it's a fab little jumper that will just be perfect for spring & summer.
Jumper - Marks & Spencer
Skirt - Zara, similar here
Moving onto the wide legged jeans next. These were definitely love at first sight as I love the idea of a smarter pair of jeans that are more fitted & cut to flatter. In terms of size I'm wearing the regular length & I'm 5'7" so unless you're super tall I would advise staying with this length as they are the perfect length & fall just above the ankle bone. I originally ordered a size 8 (my normal size) but after trying them on & due to the small percentage of elastane I decided to size down to allow for that bit of stretch once they've initially been put on as I want them to be fitted on my waist & not drop to further down my hips.
For my trying on session I've kept the look really simple by stying with a classic fitted white shirt & trainers & accessorised with another of my top picks the Polka Dot Scarf. But equally they're going to be perfect for styling with a simple cami, lace top or even a lightweight jumper or breton. I'm also looking forward to wearing them with a biker jacket or one of my smarter cropped jackets not to mention a simple trench.
The scarf is also a great way of incorporating a little Parisian chic into your wardrobe & equally will look fab teamed with a breton for a spot of pattern clashing. Plus of course it can be worn tied on your wrist as something a little bit different to a bracelet provided of course you've got a willing pair of hands to tie it for you!
Scarf - Marks & Spencer
Shirt - Baukjen
Jeans - Marks & Spencer
I think most of us will agree we can never have enough black dresses hanging in our wardrobes & this pretty black cotton broderie dress is perfect for the coming summer months. I'm wearing the regular length & it's a lovely midi length - not too short to be unflattering on my calfs & not to long it can't be worn casually during the day. Layer it up with tights, ankle boots & a biker jacket while the temperatures are cool then team with some simple understated flat sandals & a panama hat come holiday time. Or even dress it up by adding a belt for definition with some statement heeled sandals & a pop of colour with a clutch for date night.
Dress - Marks & Spencer
Biker Jaket - Zara, similar here
I'll share with you my 5th choice in a bit as I'm actually wearing the item today but before I do I thought you might like to see my top 9 picks that made it onto my short list.
Back to today & my final choice, which is this stunning longline silk shirt. I was sold as soon as I spotted the colour, which is a completely beautiful shade of pink - a colour that's set to be huge all next season. I chose my normal size & I'm really pleased with how it fits - fitted but not too tight so it has a slightly oversized feel about it, which is just perfect for teaming with jeans on a casual day.
Now I was a little worried that because the shirt is long in length it would be too long to tuck into trousers without showing the excess bulk but it's not provided you make sure when you tuck it in the fabric falls flat against your body. Equally you could easily just unbutton the last few buttons at the bottom & loosely tie them instead of tucking in if you want to create a different look to when wearing loose with leggings or skinny jeans.
I'm pairing the shirt with some distressed cigarette length jeans today but equally this colour looks stunning when worn against light blue denim, navy, white & grey & is ideal for adding that much needed pop of colour to your wardrobe. Plus being silk it just has that added splash of luxury & style.
Shirt - Marks & Spencer
Jeans - Zara
Shoes - Boden
Shirt - Marks & Spencer
Jeans - Mango
Shoes - Marks & Spencer
So ladies what are your thoughts on Marks' new collection? Do you see anything that gets you wanting to 'click that button'. As I've mentioned in the past they really do have some great pieces coming through this season so are definitely a store to keep an eye on. In fact I've just spotted this beauty & have 'clicked that button' instantly!
Enjoy your Sunday ladies & as always I love hearing your thoughts & comments.
Back again in the morning & if you haven't taken advantage of Boden's diminishing code week today's your last day with 10% off here. Just use code 6T2C at the checkout & for inspiration you can see my edit from their latest collection here.