4 M&S Essentials We'll Be Wearing to Work From Now On

So long, summer. It was nice knowing you. Well, perhaps this goodbye is a little hasty, but after a bumpy start and an unforgettable heatwave, we now find ourselves in the transitional in-between—a confusing state of greying skies but muggy weather. Until we're firmly in the throes of winter dressing, it's time to get clever with what we're wearing for the pre-fall season.

As back-to-school looms, we're also back to the office (at least, those of us who managed to get a holiday), and while we're packing away our swimwear for another year, we're also restocking our wardrobes in anticipation of a cosy autumn. But whenever we shop, it's important to think smart about what will serve our wardrobes best, and investing in versatile pieces is always a good idea for the season ahead. Thankfully, Marks and Spencer knows how to nail the kind of seasonal must-haves and quality basics that will work for any occasion, whether it's a rush-hour commute or a weekend toast. So if you've been looking for an outfit that's perfect for the 9-to-5 and your evening plans, look no further. We've just made the job that much easier for you. (And there's no grey trouser suit in sight.)

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We've looked through M&S's new-in section and found four workwear essentials from the edit that deserve your attention whether you're refreshing your seasonal wardrobe or just treating yourself after a well-earned payday. Keep scrolling for an edit of must-haves so good you'll be ready to retire your summer dress.

1. TRANSITIONAL JACKETS

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Update a classic blazer with a faux-leather finish. This tailored take on the biker jacket will look just as good with a T-shirt and jeans as it will over the dress you wore all summer. 

Every wardrobe should have a few timeless pieces: a summer dress, a good pair of jeans, a camel wool coat, and a structured blazer. 

Tweed jackets are known to add refined French-girl polish to any look. 

For a more relaxed take on tweed, opt for a boxier fit and a splash of colour. 

Wear over a polo-neck with flared jeans, over a maxi dress with knee-high boots, or over a sharp shirt and wide-legged trousers. The outfit possibilities are endless.

2. PRINTED DRESSES 

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A bold, printed dress brimming with personality is the ideal instant outfit on days when you don't know what to wear.

Take charge in the office in a vibrant, contemporary floral that demands attention. No ditsy prints here.  

Puff sleeves and a pleated skirt are a match made in heaven. 

The micro polka-dot style is nice, but the cut and shape of the shirred bodice are even better. 

3. MIX-AND-MATCH SEPARATES 

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"The sleeveless knit," "the grandad tank," "the knitted vest"—whatever you want to call it, this is your sign to invest in one. Wear it alone while it's warm, and pop it on over your long-sleeved shirt when it gets cool.

Wear with slouchy, tailored trousers for the office, and change into a leather mini for after-dinner drinks. In fact, just add jeans, and you've got a weekend outfit, too. 

We live by a striped jumper come autumn/winter, and this easy collared version definitely makes the cut. 

Wide-leg trousers are always the easiest answer to the question, "What should I wear today?"

A classic, slim, straight-leg trouser that you'll end up wearing with everything.

This glossy, luxurious skirt looks far more expensive than its high-street price tag. 

4. DESK-TO-DINNER ACCESSORIES 

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An elegant, minimalistic mule comfortable enough to become your next everyday shoe. 

Office appropriate and party ready, these stilettos are a wearable 75mm and have a padded insole. 

Behold the XXL tote, the answer to last year's impossibly small bags. A welcome change, we're sure you'll agree.

We spot a best seller in this chic crossbody bag. 

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