Discover fashion buyer Caley’s top picks of the latest arrivals at M&S, from vibrant midi dresses to a fresh spin on the go-to Breton jumper. Consider your spring wish-list sorted
Think pink with a smock dress
Brighten up grey mornings with a splash of pink. This smock dress is cut to a flattering midi length, with a delicately frilled high neckline and shirred yoke for a romantic look. Caley styles the dress with black boots, but it would look just as great with trainers for weekends exploring the city or teamed with sandals for picnics later in the season.
“This FLOATY smock dress brightens up grey days for me”
Read between the lines with a Breton sweater
Breton stripes are a timeless addition to any wardrobe, and this Autograph striped jumper ticks all the trend boxes with its on-point zipped collar and contrasting ribbed panels at the neckline and sleeves. Made with a touch of wool and sustainably sourced Tencel™ lyocell, it’s a hard-working investment that you’ll wear for years to come. Caley styles hers with black jeans and suede boots – just right for chilly early-spring days.
“STRIPED knits are having a moment”
Puff up the volume with statement sleeves
Caley’s checked midi dress has a button-down front, flattering side splits and a detachable belt to draw in the waist, however, the real stars of the show are the voluminous puff sleeves. Humble checks are an easy alternative to go-to florals on sunny days, whether you choose sweet gingham or a traditional plaid. Trainers and a leather tote bag are the only accessories you’ll need.
“Checks are a KEY print to take you through spring/summer 2022”
Floral prints, remixed
Florals for spring might be a sartorial cliché but there’s a reason they work. After seasons of muted hues and androgynous silhouettes, this spring it’s all about hyper-femininity. Try remixing a floral dress with smart touches, like three-quarter-length sleeves and tie belts, and keeping the midi length that you know and love. Maximise the look with a bold necklace to complement the V-neckline.
“Thinking about the PERFECT spring dress? I think I’ve found The One”
Words: Michelle Chai