Marks & Spencer, M&S or Marks & Sparks - whatever you call this much-loved high street store, it's a treasure trove of hidden gems.
And while we’re fond of many things found in store (Percy Pig, anyone? Scented candle? Martini in a can?) it’s Marks and Spencer’s dress offering that has really flourished in recent years.
We’re not the only ones to fall for M&S’s charms, with celebrities like Ruth Langsford, Christine Lampard, and, naturally, brand ambassador Holly Willoughby often pictured sporting a stunning Marks and Spencer dress.
Marks and Spencer’s dress selection is varied too, meaning that there’s something for everyone, whether you prefer spots or stripes, midi or maxi. If you’re heading to a wedding, look no further than their extensive selection, perfect for more formal events. Or, if you’re just looking for a pretty summer dress for outdoor parties and BBQs in the park – they’ve got want you need.
The price point of their dresses also ensures we go back to the high street hero time and time again. When we’re prepared to spend that little bit more for something special; their higher-end selection is great browsing material. But if the budget is a little tighter, M&S’s more affordable dresses – with prices typically starting at around £15 – are there to satiate our shopping sweet-tooth, too.
Our edit of the best Marks and Spencer dresses online and in store
Printed mini shirt dress
Perfectly appropriate for winter, but still a fun addition to any wardrobe, this super on trend shirt dress is great for work and plan. Its chic monochrome colouring makes it ultra classy, so would be idea for that 9am meeting, or for post work drinks!
We love the mini-length, which isn’t just for the youth – simply pair with tights and heels or heeled boots for a brilliantly put together look.
Checked tweed dress
Channel the Duchess of Cambridge in this gorgeously regal tweed dress that’s ideal for your next big occasion.
The outfit is tailored so should fit like a glove, while the button detail make it look far more expensive than it really is. We reckon Kate would wear this to a royal engagement, so make like the Duchess and pair with some block heels and black tights for the winter months.
However, don’t discount it for summer time – this would look gorgeous with bare legs, if you dare!
Utility shirt dress
A neutral utility shirt dress is always in style, and this camel option from M&S is going straight to the top of our list. It’s totally laid-back, but also smart, so don’t hesitate to wear it to any professional do’s.
But best of all, the dress has pockets, perfect for hiding away your hands on chilly winter days! Layer up with some boots and a cosy leather jacket and you’re good to go.
Floral Midi midi dress:
We recently reported that this floral Marks and Spencer’s midi dress in ivory will be this season’s sell-out item, according to our fashion director Paula Moore. So you better bag yourself one now!
Of course florals are back again, and this is classic bohemian-inspired dress is definitely one to add to your wardrobe. It’s a perfect addition to your winter wardrobe adding a hint of vibrancy with an autumnal blend of blue and ochre. Pair with knee-high boots or trainers for a chic daytime look, and you could even dress it up with elegant court shoes.
You’ll be pleased to know this fabulous high neck midi dress comes in both an ivory mix and black. If you want it in this gorgeous ivory colour, you’ll need to be quick, because it’s selling out fast. Or, you could try the black mix which at the time of writing is still available in all sizes.
This printed midi will soon become a staple in your wardrobe, and given it’s vintage and timeless feel you can whip it out each year.
Off-the-shoulder bodycon midi dress
We recently reported that Meghan Markle’s sell-out Marks and Spencer dress was back in stock, and now the high street giant is offering another version of the dress with long sleeves!
Ideal for work and play, the off the shoulder bodycon dress can look glamorous or subtle, depending on your choice of accessories. Pair with black courts for a chic day look, or go for gold with glitzy jewellery and a strong red lip for after-work drinks.
And it’s even had an exciting new colour update recently too! M&S have brought the dress out in a chic camel colour too, which would brilliantly compliment all skin tones and hair colours.
But if you want it in this colour, you’ll need to be quick, because it’s selling out very quickly already. At the time of writing, the camel version was only available online in sizes 16, 18, 22 and 24.
Ribbed knitted dress
Make like the Duchess of Sussex with this knitted dress. This Marks & Spencer dress is super similar to a gown Meghan wore on hers and Harry’s Australia tour last year, and there’s a reason the style icon chose it.
With a soft, short sleeve top, the fabric divides at the skirt – a striped maxi that’ll be cool and comfortable in summer.
The downward stripes while skim your figure to create a slimmer silhouette, while the monochromatic colours mean the dress will never go out of style.
Dress it up for work with a pair of heels, but remember that it’ll be just as fitting on holiday or for a casual weekend jaunt with sandals and trainers!
Bodycon knee-length dress
We all need a go-to dress for the working week, and this Marks & Spencer dress could become your new favourite. A simple, bodycon dress, it’s the stunning pink colour that really stands out with this item.
It’s knee-length, so it’s perfectly appropriate for office-wear teamed with some heels, but the fun colour of the dress means it could also work for more formal occasions outside of work too.
We love the flared sleeves and gathered-in waist, which give a bit of a twist to this body-con number – and the added stretch, which will ensure a comfortable fit no matter what the time of day!
We want them all! Which of the Marks and Spencer dresses will you be treating yourself to?