I Just Tried on Everything New in M&S—These Are My Top Picks for Summer

Here at Who What Wear UK, we're all about delivering the latest and greatest shopping edits, as approved by our team. That's why we've created a new shopping column, The Joy of Shopping, which will see me, Joy Montgomery, heading to all your favourite stores to test out new-in pieces IRL. From summer dresses to the brands you might've forgotten about, prepare for changing room selfies aplenty. Is there something you'd like me to cover? Make sure to tweet or Instagram me your requests!

Like the words "obsessed" and "viral," the term "household name" is one that is bandied around way too often these days. What can I say? Gen Z loves speaking in hyperbole. However, it's hard to think of another store that can be considered more of a household name than good 'ol Marks and Spencers, an establishment which has presided over the Great British high street for over a century (yup, that's a whole lotta tights).

While it may still have the most comprehensive menu of knickers you'll find anywhere, it has historically not had a reputation for being the coolest fashion brand on the block. But it has since proven its fashion credentials thanks to various shake-ups in the design teams and the creation of trend-led lines such as Autograph.

I've not ventured up the escalators in a Marks and Sparks for a while—apart from when I need the aforementioned underwear—but there's something about it that feels like returning to your parents' house after a tiring term at uni. The Oxford Circus store is a spacious utopia of neatly stacked tees and comforting rails of cashmere. But don't be fooled by its homeliness, because once you get to the good stuff, you'll be wondering why you haven't been shopping there more. 

It might be the old faithful of the high street, but trust me when I tell you that there's nothing boring about M&S's spring/summer 2019 collection. From pastel-coloured blazers and printed midis to luxe trousers and knitted co-ords, there's plenty of goodness to be found in-store right now. I've done all the hard work for you and found the 18 pieces that you need to see this season. Happy shopping.