THE FIGURE-SCULPTING DRESS
Cut to figure-flattering perfection, this sleek little number is guaranteed to become a timeless favourite for every wardrobe, says M&S.com womenswear editor, Charlene Barton.
It’s no mean feat to find a dress that has all the elements of classic sophistication (feminine silhouette, timeless colour palette, 24-hour appeal), while also mastering some of the season’s key trends in one. However this per una design, as seen on singer-songwriter and M&S Leading Lady, Rita Ora, ticks every box with aplomb. Consider it an edgy alternative to the LBD: chic and elegant, but offering a little more personality by way of an exotic print and trompe l’oeil panelling to sculpt and cinch the waist. It’s smart enough for the office without feeling too formal, though it could just as easily be styled with statement heels and a clutch once cocktail hour strikes.