Looking Forward...

Style Theory: M&S are really upping their game next season and I wanted to share with you a few key pieces I fell in love with at their SS16 press show. I will be looking out for them as they tick theSpring/Summer 2016 trends, are practical and affordable....

My Star Pick
The Bag of the Spring

So Chloe-esque but actually faux leather (looks pretty good) so a fraction of the price (apologies I forgot to find out the price but it will be reasonable) This will arrive in stores and online in January so a perfect post Christmas treat? Or, for me, a birthday treat as it my Birthday in Jan (far too close to Christmas!)

The Dresses..
Per una Dress £75
I bought a similar dress a few years ago from &Other Stories in black and have worn it non stop through the summer, for weddings, dinner dates and evenings on holiday. I love the colour of this one and will be looking to buy this one for my summer holidays next year.

Limited Edition Dress £45 Brooch £19.50
This is one of those dresses than can be dressed up or down. It would look fab with a pair of pale tan strappy sandals, or clash the print with leopard print shoes or wear with Stan Smith trainers for a laid back vibe. The tie at the front will conceal a small tummy and the long sleeves makes it super flattering. I love the eye brooch, it adds a modern twist to a traditional dress. I can definitely see this working in my Spring wardrobe.

The Blouses/Shirts..
Frill Blouse £29.50
A subtle take on the Miu Miu blouse of this season. This is a shape I can really get on board, with a pair of blue skinny jeans and white superga trainers for a cute, on trend look.

As you know I am fond of a victoriana blouse and this one looks beautiful, almost antique with it's soft blush colour and gold details. I am afraid I do not have the price of this one but will update this when I find out.

The Skirt...
Autograph Skirt £199
A luxe leather skirt in the most divine forest green, I would love this to wear now with a black polo neck, black opaques and heels. The wrap 'utility' look is key for next season, wear in the Spring with tan heels and a simple tee. A pricey piece but when seen in real life it looks sumptuous.

The Smart Dungarees
Limited Edition Top £29.50
Limited Edition Dungarees: £49.50
Dungarees are now the norm, this elegant pair of dungaree will look great in the spring with pointed heels and a blouse. Simple but tailored, a relaxed look that is perfectly SS16.

The Shoes..

A beautiful warm khaki tone in faux suede, these have a mid heel and the tie details brings them perfectly up to date.

The Jacket
Indigo Collection Jacket £59
A soft, feminine take on the bomber jacket, pair with a grey sweater, boyfriend distressed jeans and a pair of Stan Smiths for a cool look.

The Bucket Bag..

Cute, faux leather bucket bags that will go with every outfit. Add the stripe one to an all black summer dress for a chic look.

A little sneak peak into what M&S has in-store next season, some really stunning pieces that I am looking forward to adding to my Spring wardrobe.

Back to the present now and a couple of my outfits from this week..

For running around town for a day of Press Shows and meetings..
Coat: Zara similar here
Dungarees: H&M similar here 
Blouse: Zara sold out
Trainers: Footasylum 
Bag: c/o Dune

For work at the boutique..completely adore this scarf it is oversize, the most perfect shade of grey, 100% wool and so so soft and non itchy..

Scarf: Travelling Bazaar
Sweater: Zara old season
Jeans: Topshop
 Boots: Clarks  
Back to winter inspired fashion for the next few blogs and I have a few fabulous Christmas Gift blogs started, I haven't started my Christmas shopping yet, things have been super busy so next week I am focussing and the buying will commence!!

As always I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, what do you think of the M&S SS16 edit, any pieces catch your eyes? Until next time Frances xxx


  1. Some great pieces Fran very fond of the white frill blouse, looks like M&S is getting more on trend which is great. You look amazing for your press days, you so suit vibrant colours. Xx

    1. Thanks Annmarie, yes, there was a definitely a few pieces that caught my eye and were very 'on trend' The white frill blouse would look fab on you xx

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  3. Wow I love it all you would have never of thought it was m & s looks very designer. I can't wait for spring now

    1. Thanks so much, yes, it does look pretty expensive but thank goodness it is (mostly) all affordable! xx

  4. That first dress is so you Frances! Some fab things here, can't wait til they hit the stores! xx

    1. Yes, I love the red dress Becky, definitely a few things to look forward to xx

  5. That first bag is a goodie isn't it? And the dresses - so very you! I think they've got some really nice pieces coming in there - you did some good spots - like you always do!

    1. Thanks Sue, and yep I think that bag will be coming home with me when it hits stores! xx

  6. Great post Frances. Thanks for highlighting these pieces. I especially like the first bag and the shoes ..oh and the red dress ..not sure it would suit me though :) Making a note to look out for them in January!

    1. Thanks Rosie, yes the first bag is stunning and the red dress looks good I think it is one of those ones you have to try on and it would probably look gorgeous on you xx

  7. Great M&S picks here. I spy your' rather fantastic boots from Clarks, how cool are they!! Looking lovely as ever. xx

    1. And they are soo comfy H, can never underestimate a Clarks boot for comfiness! xx

  8. M&S are really upping their game aren't they!! Love the blush Victoriana blouse......I will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for that! xx

  9. Ooohhh I love the clutch and the khaki shoes. Just gorgeous! May have to investigate further! Lynne xx

  10. Nice to be dreaming of spring/summer as the weather gets properly chilly now!

    I love the grey scarf - so nice and snuggly, I am a sucker for shades of grey in winter. The leather skirt and suede shoes are really lovely too.

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