Last week we had a new Marks and Spencer store open in the next town. We had a small branch here in Wokingham with a food hall and minimal clothing but as both Wokingham and Bracknell have regeneration schemes, the larger and more impressive of which is Bracknell, Marks and Spencer decided to close down our branch and open bigger and better one in Bracknell.
As you would expect, I went over there to check it out. I was really impressed with the women’s clothing, in fact I think M&S have done brilliantly this year. I have used a lot of their pieces both in the seasonal capsules and client’s individual capsules. The new, large and bright changing rooms were a pleasure to use and were pretty quiet despite it being only their second day open.
I tried on mainly tops and dresses as I wanted a few light weight items for my upcoming week away. Rather than struggling to find anything I liked, I actually had to narrow it down to items I knew I would get plenty of cost per wear from.
Starting with T-shirts. I rarely buy T-shirts from M&S, or in fact from anywhere else because I don’t like a tight fit and if they are a looser style they tend to make me look bigger. However, I found some brilliant items. A cobalt blue and a red T-shirt which had a lovely silky feel to it and a relaxed but not voluminous fit and an absolute bargain at £7.50 each!
Red works well in my summer capsule with pieces I already have, as does the cobalt blue, so these were both great additions to my wardrobe to expand the number of outfits I can create. They will work very casually with my shorts on holiday but look good with smart casual pieces too.
I also wanted a pair of very lightweight cotton trousers as we are expecting extreme heat on our week away. After trying on several pairs I spied the pair above but not in the trouser section, they are actually pyjama bottoms! But they are a lovely fine cotton and they will work perfectly as trousers on very hot days, and at £16 they are cheaper than any of the other trousers I saw. (So I may be one of those women who go to the supermarket in their nightwear!)
I also found another casual top made a bit more interesting with lace panels on the sleeve and round the hem, this time in Navy and though more expensive than the other too, still very good value at £15.
It works perfectly with my teal trousers from the Spring Capsule and my two new accessories from CapsuleAccessories, the scarf and bag.
This colour combination is a favourite and I had picked up the earrings below in Dallas, but you can buy them online here.
Finally one more item I couldn’t resist which unfortunately has now sold out. This gorgeous bright print which they did in a blouse and a dress. I thought the blouse would be more useful because I could wear it with a pair of trousers or more casually with jeans.
It has such lovely detailing on the sleeves and will go into Autumn too. But there are plenty more fabulous tops so I have included some more I liked below 🙂