If you live in the UK, you'll know there are few high-street brands as reliable as Marks and Spencer—and not just for clothing. Even a food hall pit-stop to pick up a four-pack of cookies inevitably leads to an overflowing basket, brimming with cotton underwear, fresh bedding and the latest meal deal. It's impossible to overlook the tantalising prices and quality. Can you tell I'm a fan?
These characteristics extend to the fashion line, too, which is why influencers and editors alike swear by M&S for timeless, easy-to-style pieces that don't break the bank. The Who What Wear team is no exception. We often highlight notable buys from the high-street hero—most recently its relaxed bomber jacket—but today, we're casting the net slightly wider.
Earlier this week, I asked our editors which section of their local Marks and Spencer they've been most impressed by recently, keeping in mind the upcoming seasonal shift. Scroll on to see the chic M&S items they have their eye on, from the perfect trench coat to trending cargo trousers.
Hannah Almassi, Editor-in-Chief: Outerwear
“I've been looking for a decent trench coat to replace a very old and battered one that has seen better days, and this chic iteration could well be it! My simple list of requirements include a more oversized fit (this could even look better in a size up), and the perfect shade of not-too-light, not-too-dark beige—this style from M&S's elevated Autograph line fits the bill.”
Joy Ejaria, Social Media Editor: Trousers
Emily Dawes, Affiliate Editor: Knitwear
“No matter how much I spend on fancy knitwear, every autumn I end up coming back to my trusty M&S cashmere pieces. They’ve lasted for years without pilling and most importantly without dating, because they’re just so classic. So I’ll be wisely updating my collection with one or two new additions this season.”
Rebecca Rhys-Evans, Branded Content Editor: Denim
“Although I'd never actually owned a pair of M&S jeans, I recently tried on, and fell in love with, a pair from there a few weeks ago. I couldn't believe how good the selection was—each pair looked much more expensive than they were. The Eva Bootcut stood out most as they are, in my opinion, the perfect length of jeans. Finishing just below the ankle, they're slightly cropped and show off your shoes, but feel long enough to elongate your leg. The slim fit with a slight flare at the bottom feels elevated, unlike a lot of my other baggier boyfriend-style jeans, so styled with a blazer and some loafers I feel polished enough to wear them to the office and beyond.”
Maxine Eggenberger, Deputy Editor: Handbags
"If there's one thing you need to know about me, it's that I love bags. Shoes are nice and all but I personally feel that it's a well-chosen handbag that holds all the outfit-elevating power. The thing is, I don't like to spend a lot on them, so I've become something of an expert at finding affordable but expensive-looking arm candy. And right now, M&S has the best of the best."