M&S AW17

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M&S is a brand generally reserved for your parents & grandparents, stocking a wide selection of elasticated waistbands, cardigans & slip on loafers. But over recent seasons, the once forgotten store has brought out some interesting & alternative pieces across their in store & online collections. Alex Stedman from The Frugality can often be seen sporting pieces from M&S, styling them on her affordable, minimalist blog. The best pieces are usually hard to come by in store, but there is a much wider selection of all collections online, perfect for a quick browse. These are a few key knitwear pieces that I’ve picked out for this season…

GREY

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, it’s likely that you’ll have seen this jumper featured across many-an-instagram in recent weeks. Also available in dusky pink, this statement jumper is wearable & versatile between seasons. The sleeves add a not so subtle detail, whilst the cropped hem keeps the piece current & flattering.
LIGHT BLUE
BABY BLUE
Although this isn’t a colour that I would generally gravitate towards, the navy trims along the hems adds a dark contrast to tone down the blue. Again, this is slightly cropped, with the loose peplum sitting just above the waist. The 3/4 sleeves mimic the cut of the body, giving a relax yet considered aesthetic. The image online doesn’t do this piece justice, so I would recommend going in store to try it on.
PINK
POWDER PEPLUM
Powder pink is still dominating the high street this season with M&S being no exception; stocking a range of pastel knitwear in a variety of styles & cuts. Incorporating the peplum & fluted sleeve trends, the ribbed knit continues throughout the jumper. The lightweight knit allows it to be a key transitional piece into the warmer months whilst the pink & grey options define it as staple or statement.
NAVY
RUFFLE TRIM
This A-line knit subtly incorporates the shoulder ruffle, walking the line between staple & statement. The heavy weight knit manages to appear delicate, whilst making the piece comfortable & warm. The sleeves & body follow the same cut, perfect paired with tailored trousers or classic black skinnies.
By Beth Bowman
BA Fashion Communication & Promotion 
Fashion Editor