Whether you’re shopping for a special occasion or need a wardrobe makeover, the new M&S Fit & Style service is for you. See what happened when the team tried it out at Westfield Shepherd’s Bush in west London
“When it comes to style I’m definitely a skirt person. Trouser-wise, anything beyond blue skinny jeans just feels too much of a styling headache for me to attempt. Determined to change my outlook, my Fit & Style stylist Cila identified the colours that work best on me – specifically cool tones, which was a surprise as I had assumed I should wear warmer colours.
“Cila introduced me to some new ways to bring trousers into my everyday wardrobe. For weekends, there was a pair of bright-pink skinny jeans with a casual blue shirt; or, for ultimate comfort, black joggers and a cosy knit, which look great with leather trainers. She also showed me how to pair a tuxedo jacket with wide-leg trousers for glamorous evening style – a look I would never have thought of on my own.
“It’s great to discover some non-scary ways to incorporate trousers into my outfits – working with personal stylists means you try on outfits you wouldn’t usually pick out. The studio itself is a calm oasis, so shopping there is a very enjoyable experience.”
“My approach to colour is unadventurous to say the least – I exist on a sartorial diet of black polonecks, blue jeans and Breton tops. I like the idea of wearing a more vibrant palette, but I’m unsure which colours really suit.
“The styling team convinced me to take bold steps. They demonstrated how a tonal head-to-toe look could be achieved with an apple-green cashmere crew neck and tapered khaki trousers.
“Vivid prints may seem scary to the uninitiated, but the stylists revealed how to keep the look ultra-wearable – by layering over your failsafe black top and favourite jeans. Pointed red boots add a final pop of colour.
“Pink is uncharted territory for me, so the styling team suggested starting with coral. We balanced the look with a light-grey Prince of Wales check skirt featuring this season’s asymmetric hem.
“I enjoyed being able to experiment in the ‘safe space’ of the Fit & Style studio, with helpful advice on hand whenever needed. It’s made me much more confident about wearing colour.”