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STYLE CHALLENGE

A NEW TAKE ON LINEN

Style Challenge

A NEW TAKE
ON LINEN

We challenged M&S’s Harriet Overton, from our womenswear and kidswear team, to show us how to wear linen as part of a super-sharp wardrobe. Here are her top looks

 

THE SUIT

“Ask anyone in work and they’ll say I’m always wearing a suit. I do love a good suit! This shorts version is definitely on my to-buy list, perfect for wearing at the weekend or to work when the weather heats up.”

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Get in line for this linen suit
£79
The perfect city-slicking shorts
£35
Made from eco-friendly Tencel
£19.50
Sandals keep it chic and simple
£25

THE BLAZER

“I work in the strategic function of the M&S marketing department, which means there’s no such thing as a typical day at work. It could be anything from briefing a big campaign, to working on a specific in-store offer. In terms of workwear, blazers are so versatile. The M&S ones are great quality and wear really well.”

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A statement-making pure linen blazer
£79
Give our straight-fit cotton tee a try
£4.50
Grab this hard-wearing leather belt
£19.50
Supremely comfy linen-blend trousers
£39.50

THE TROUSERS

“Outside of work, my favourite hobby is eating and drinking! I enjoy trying new restaurants with my husband in east London, where we live, or spending the afternoon in the pub with friends and family. I love this look for casual days – dressed down but still chic.”

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A cashmere wardrobe staple
£79
Feel all-white in a linen shirt
£27.50
Lightweight linen and a mid-rise waist
£55
A tan bag for all your essentials
£29.50

THE SHIRT

“One of the most exciting things about my job is seeing the fresh direction M&S is taking. Our new T-shirt collection, launching for summer, has amazing fits and feels modern. The denim is also incredible and works well with this crease-free linen shirt. We’ve also got some beautiful printed dresses that will be my key pieces for this season.”

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Button up in a linen Autograph shirt
£59
Keep it cool in relaxed fit jeans
£25
Belt up in the animal-print trend
Coming soon
You won’t feel blue with these beauties
£25

THE DRESS

“I think M&S has taken linen in a more stylish direction recently. It’s all really high quality and it doesn’t crease as much as you find on the rest of the high street. I love this terracotta linen dress; it feels quite minimalist and fits perfectly.”

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Choose on-trend tortoiseshell buttons
£49.50
Your wear-with-everything blazer
£79
Choose from four colours
£29.50
A directional bag finishes the look
£39.50

THE JUMPSUIT

“Our jumpsuits and one-pieces are really cool and great for holidays. This black, belted jumpsuit is so versatile. My other holiday staples would be a good slip dress, shorts and a great pair of earrings. I like a pair of chunky sandals too.”

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A figure-flattering linen jumpsuit
£49.50
Wear with simple gold hoops
£8
Check out this awesome jacket
£79
Slip on a statement sandal
£19.50

Interview: Sophie Hines / Images: Stephanie Sian Smith / Styling: Karen Preston / Hair: Ben Cooke / Make-up: Lindsey Poole

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