Styling this £15 Marks and Spencer dress for summer

Ever put on a piece of clothing and it fits like it was made for you? That’s how I felt when I put on this Marks and Spencer dress. The cut is absolutely beautiful – from the subtly cinched waist to the floaty angel sleeves.

I first saw this dress on the awesome alt-fashion blogger Alice Tulip. She looked amazing, styling it with Dr Martens and a chunky belt. Within moments of seeing it, it was in my basket and en route to me nearest M&S for click and collect. The best part? It was in the sale for less than half price! It was just £15, reduced from £39.50.

The floral pattern features muted shades of pink and teal, with black, cream and a purple hue. The pink and teal combination is stunning, and makes it fun to accessorise to. The Marks and Spencer dress skims the waist, falling into a swishy skirt. It buttons all the way up and has a little collar, offering a smart/casual look that can be dressed up, dressed down, or dressed for work. The angel sleeves are similar to those on my Oliver Bonas ginny dress, which are both comfortable and feminine, providing a gorgeous silhouette.

To accessorise, I wore my go-to white boots from Primark. These were only £3 from Primark, and I can wear them with pretty much anything. I find white accessories can really lighten an outfit for summer, and makes the pink and teal in the floral pattern pop. Speaking of teal, these statement earrings were also in the sale, this time in New Look. The tissue-paper style frill adds texture, with the gold hardwear tying in with the gold detailing on the handbag.

The straw bag was again, in the sale. Whilst beautiful, this Topshop bag is a little impractical as it doesn’t fit a lot in. The internal card holder should have been fitted an inch lower to allow better access, too. The colour is gorgeous and the muted mint green pairs well with several other items in my wardrobe – such as my olive cardigan and the Ginny dress. The sea shell clasp is so cute for summer, and matches my sea shell manicure – ideal for a beach holiday! To match the bag, I picked up this cute floppy straw hat from Primark for £3. It’s got a bit of a raw hem for a rugged look, and is fairly structured and can be somewhat moulded to sit where you’d like it to.

It can often be difficult to style bold prints to suit different styles due to them speaking for themselves. But This Marks and Spencer dress does a wonderful job of suiting people of all ages, sizes and styles. It’s beautifully made – M&S is a brand I can always guarantee quality with, seeing as I have so many of their vintage St Michael pieces in my wardrobe. As Alice demonstrated, it can certainly be punked up or go dainty and delicate. Either way it looks gorgeous and feels amazing.

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