My Style Evolution in conjunction with Marks and Spencer – and it involves dresses (with sleeves!)

Many of you will already be familiar with Marks and Spencer’s current campaign entitled “Style Evolution”. M&S is celebrating women who have embraced style change at certain milestones and phases in their life. The campaign started back in June,  with six bloggers, including Amanda (the Online Stylist) and Rachel (Lady M Presents) who I consider as blogging friends, being invited to spend a day at M&S Head Office. What they got up to that day can be viewed on the Marks and Spencer website here

For the next stage of the campaign M&S have asked several bloggers, including me, to write about their own “Style Evolution”. In doing so, we were asked to choose some pieces from the M&S collection, to include at least one dress from the current collection.

My Midlife Forties and Fashion Mum of 40 have already written their posts which I so enjoyed reading as, although we aren’t dis-similar in age or stage in life, the outfits that we have chosen are very different – and of course reading about other people’s milestones is always fascinating.

The knitted dress that I am wearing above is from Limited Collection. Now, for some reason, this dress isn’t online. I can’t quite work out whether that’s because it has already sold out, or whether it’s because the site hasn’t quite caught up yet but what I can say is if you do come across one in store, it’s worth giving it a try. Knitted dresses are going to be a huge trend for the upcoming season but more than that it’s a) warm b) incredibly comfortable and c) not the slightest bit scratchy – all of which make it a total winner!

For my second dress I chose the Autograph geometric print dress (£39 down from £59). I love print and colour and this dress could be styled in so many different ways depending on the occasion. A blazer and heels would make it perfect for a meeting, or a pair of block heeled knee high boots would give it a 70’s vibe. Also the olive and coral colours make a refreshing change to navy and black for work.

Wearing it with the Autograph open front cardigan with cashmere (£45) and a Marks and Spencer cross body bag gives the dress a different feel.

Autograph open front cardigan with cashmere (£45)

There was another outfit that I loved but I wasn’t sure that I could pull it off, in the sense that it is very slim fitting and quite possibly a little unforgiving. I’m still going to give it a whirl next time I’m in town though – just in the safety of a changing room!

M&S Autograph funnel neck dress (£55)

Autograph open front line cardigan (£55)

As many of you will know, I turned 45 last month and I consider that to be a little bit of a milestone. Half way between 40 and 50. Hmmm. As to my Style Evolution? The older I get the more confident I get about my style choices. After all, what is there to lose? Women my age no longer have to wear pearls and a pleated skirt and there are plenty of women older than I am who are forging the way – still looking great, modern, fresh and as if they are having fun with their clothes. As long as I’m not treading on any teenage toes along the way or embarrassing my children (or not too much at least, that’s what parents are for after all) then I’m happy. And I hope that you all are too.


  1. Fashionmumof40
    August 21, 2015 / 6:43 am

    `thanks for the shout out `beth, yes it is interesting that we all picked such different things, saying that I nearly picked that grey waist coat cardigan also. I love your outlook to fashion now. x

  2. StyleGuile
    August 22, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    Hi! Not at all – you're very welcome! Loved your post too and v happy to share the cardi! x

  3. Anonymous
    August 25, 2015 / 11:04 am

    If you don't look good in the olive dress what hope for the rest of us. You know you have a fab figure. Sheila J

  4. StyleGuile
    August 27, 2015 / 7:31 pm

    Thank you Sheila, that's very kind of you but bits do still stick out here and there!

  5. Anonymous
    August 31, 2015 / 6:57 am

    Looking good, lady!! I'm a lot older than you and would give this advice – ignore style rules. Especially those people that say you can only wear certain colours or shades. Go for it!!! Xx

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