I Buy My Basics from M&S—These 24 Look So Expensive

Marks & Spencer Summer Basics


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Marks & Spencer Pure Linen Long-Sleeve Shirt (£30)

When I was a child, I hated it when my mum would take me to our local M&S store, mainly because I knew we’d be in there for the long haul. Now, however, as an adult, I completely understand the appeal. I’ve spent hours upon hours in Marks & Spencer, and that’s this year alone without taking into account the time I’ve spent browsing its website. I love nothing more than a rake around its rails, as I almost always find something to enhance my wardrobe with. And, more often than not, that “something” is an affordable wardrobe basic.

M&S has mastered the art of creating timeless basics—premium-looking ones at that—and its latest drop of summer staples is no exception. From breezy, throw-on dresses that take all of two seconds to style to shoes you can wear with anything, from the aforementioned dresses to jeans and wide-leg trousers, suffice to say, plenty of chic things have found their way onto my wish list. If you too appreciate M&S, scroll on to see 24 Marks & Spencer summer basics that look more expensive than they actually are.

1. Linen Separates

Pair this jumpsuit with trainers for day and strappy sandals for night. 

I recommend buying this shirt one size up for an oversize fit. 

These shorts come in so many versatile colours. 

2. Throw-On Dresses

Bandana prints are trending right now but make no mistake, they never date. 

This will work beautifully as a beach cover up as it's slightly sheer. For more coverage, layer over a slip dress. 

You’ll get so much wear out of this relaxed and comfortable little black dress. 

I never met a white broderie dress I didn’t like; this silhouette feels so modern, too. 

3. Flat Sandals 

Gladiator sandals are one of 2022’s biggest footwear trends—the padded straps and soles on this pair will make them a dream to wear.

Who needs Chanel when you can have these velcro-straps? 

4. Classic Jeans

Even M&S has embraced slouchy-fit denim. 

This pair went straight into my basket. Chic, chic, chic. 

Black jeans look great with powdery colours, such as sage and cornflower. 

Look for strategically-placed tears on your denim for that lived-in look. 

5. Versatile Tops

If you buy one thing this summer, it should be the racer vest. 

I’d layer this shirt unbuttoned over a bra top and pair with a slip skirt for a low-key evening look. 

Just add a pair of linen trousers from above. 

This blouse will make your outfits feel more French. 

5. Go-With-Anything Bags

If I didn’t know better, I’d have guessed this cost upwards of £500. 

Canvas totes are taking over the designer handbag circuit, but I think thus frugal option looks just as good. 

Sling-style bags are an influencer must-have right now, and you get so much for your money with this real leather number. 

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