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Marks & Spencer: The Autumn'13 Collection

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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Marks & Spencer: The Autumn'13 Collection

I remember shopping at Marks & Spencer ever since I was a young child and I was always fascinated by the quintessential 'Britishness' of their clothes and styling.  As a child, I used to dream that one day, I'd be the lady of a manor, on some estate in one of the green English 'shires and I'd be walking my dogs (whippets, specifically) dressed in head to toe M&S ...

I think that M&S is quite naturally, usually associated with classic cuts which tend to be more popular with a more mature generation.  This morning's event in a way sought to change that notion.

M&S Sliema organised impromptu fashion shows under the talented styling of local fashion guru extraordinaire Marisa Grima and Stylist of the Year winner Caroline from Caroline's Fashion Styling.  I would be lying if I said that what we saw this morning was hipster / street style fashion, because that is not M&S.  Yet, the collection presented, and the way it was presented, was fresh and appealing to various age groups.

Of particular note for me were a print placement mini shift dress and a winter white bias cut dress with black lace embellishment.  I loved the white dress so much (I think the Peter Pan collar was the seller for me!) that I even tried it on.  Unfortunately, the bias cut on the lower half of my body doesn't do anything to me and so I had to leave it in the shop (and that's why you're only seeing the top half of me here!)

I did try on a couple of other items and I actually bought this green blouse which has a couple of patch pockets on the front (they don't show on the photo) and tiny pleats in the middle.  What I loved most about it is the colour which is somewhere in between pea green, khaki and chartreuse.  I tried it on with a high waisted dark jeans and a crimson coloured cardi which beautifully complemented the green. Both the blouse and the jeans were from the Autograph collection,  and the cardi was from the Classic collection.  I tend to consider both these collections as too 'grown up' for me ... but with the versatility and wearability of this blouse (and the other items I tried with it), there's really no age!  I can't wait for the colder temperatures to kick in to pair this blouse with a skinny jean and my jacquard coat.

I do suggest you pop down to M&S if you haven't been in a while ... the collection in store at the moment is well worth doing the rain dance for!
with lara from boffism

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