This post today is part of my paid partnership with Marks & Spencer - it’s a Frieda Kahlo-inspired print moment! Now, I love this outfit, but M&S didn’t make it easy to find - and I’m going to explain why. Because I’m in a long-term relationship with this most British of brands. And sometimes, ...
This post today is part of my paid partnership with Marks & Spencer - it’s a Frieda Kahlo-inspired print moment! Now, I love this outfit, but M&S didn’t make it easy to find - and I’m going to explain why. Because I’m in a long-term relationship with this most British of brands. And sometimes, as with any relationship, you just need an honest chat! I started with them young, dealt with them daily as a fashion editor and now I’m working with them by editing my favourite pieces each month and showing them here. It’s no secret that as a brand, they have been through ups and downs - but I have to say, they’re always open to criticism and want to improve. So, here goes. There are some AMAZING pieces in M&S. Brilliant. But quite often they’re impossible to find. Store layouts are difficult, often items will be arranged in ‘styles.’ Fine if you’re looking for a white t-shirt, but not if you want a LOOK! Case in point, this top - which I spotted while in the queue to pay. It was tucked away in a corner, next to some rather uninspiring cotton knits. But I knew, with the square neckline, the fab print and the slightly puffed sleeves, that it could look amazing with a statement clashing skirt. It had all the ingredients - a predominance of black and cream, but with additional colours that would make accessorising easy. But I had to walk across half the store to the skirts section, where I finally found one that was perfect - in the same colours and with the same print motif as the top. Rather than ‘here’s a patterned top, go and find a pair of black trousers to go with it,’ it seems to me that M&S layouts need to help people out with EXCITING outfit inspiration. Grouping mix n’ match items together would help, with mannequins or images showing inspired styling ideas. Top tip: always research the pieces online before you go, then ask staff to help while you’re there. They’ve got all the ingredients - I think it’s just about empowering customers to have confidence in their own styling ability, rather than lose faith in themselves as they wander aimlessly around. (Oh! And for more print clash ideas, there’s a mega styling video series on stories) Tap for brand details ✨ #AD