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M&S: womenswear

Autumn 10

The look

Strong vintage looks add an element of surprise to Marks & Spencer’s womenswear offer, with an abundance of shaggy brushed shearling or faux fur on outerwear, gilets and knitwear, vintage-look lace and unusual prints on silk and chiffon. Leather and velvet are key.

A world traveller theme sees oversized ponchos and cardigans in intarsia knits, and long printed silk and jersey dresses.

Frock coats, lace trims and sheer blouses with upright collars add a romantic feel, while there is a strong military theme on outerwear.

Structured shoulders feature on dresses, while waterfall fronts and vertical ruffles are used on outerwear. However, simple shapes dominate, with shift and tunic dresses, A-line skirts and long-line knitwear.

Key pieces

  • Flight jacket with oversized collar
  • Vintage-print dress featuring velvet piping
  • Black military jacket with white pocket detail

Right for the market?

While there are more off-the-wall trends than we’re used to seeing from M&S, they’re tempered with pared-down shapes and a sophisticated colour palette.

The middle-market shopper can buy into wearable trends through a military coat or a simple leather shift dress. Even younger pieces such as leather shorts are long enough to cover problem areas.

Standout pieces such as a vintage lace tunic can be layered with a faux-fur gilet for a high-impact look, or dressed down with leggings.

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