We’re going to let you in on a little secret – good fashion isn’t just about finding something that looks great on you. Aesthetics only play half a role in determining whether you decide to throw a piece into storage after a season, or keep it in your wardrobe as a wear-it-to-death classic. The other, is comfort.
When your sartorial choices look good but leave you feeling constantly uncomfortable, then that’s going to affect your entire day. For example, you can buy the chicest dress you’ve ever seen, but if the material itches, if it’s too restricting or it doesn’t allow your body to breathe, it turns from a piece that makes you feel strong and beautiful, to something that frankly, you can’t wait to tear off at the end of the day.
One of the biggest battles we face in fashion here, is the ability to stay cool whilst looking good, and that’s exactly why the new Marks & Spencer (M&S) linen collection has caught our fashion-looking, comfort-seeking eye.
The M&S linen collection is available in store from May 2018.
Fresh for Summer 2018, the collection is comprised of multi-purpose work to play pieces, which include long-sleeved shirts, trousers and shorts, through to day-to-night dresses and skirts. They’re all made from linen and feature their unique, newly developed Cool Comfort technology that promises to keep you covered but ventilated; a much-welcome solution when passing through the heat of outside to an air-conditioned office. There’s even a lingerie range with the Cool Comfort technology too.
So how does it all work? It may seem baffling that your clothes could keep you both cool and warm, but that’s the beauty of the technology. The material draws unwanted moisture away from the skin and allows it to easily pass through the fibres in the material, evaporating as moisture vapour and creating a cooling effect. This means you’ll be able to enjoy featherweight linen without any potentially embarrassing sweat patches or discomfort. It’s a win all round.
Another thing that we love about the pieces are the huge range of colours that they come in. With up to eight different shades available for a long-sleeved linen shirt, there’s no restriction or compromise on finding a favourite hue. There’s also a beautiful variety of striped and floral patterns – something that isn’t always associated with simple linens, which you’ll find on shirts, skirts and dresses, for those who don’t want to venture down the plain route.
Best of all, besides keeping you light and airy, the M&S linen collection is also easy to iron, meaning that’s one chore you can skip in favour of a sneaky sit down with a glass of wine. Sizes cater for everyone with a huge range from a 6 to 20, making it one of the most inclusive for the high street items. Starting from S$39.90, the collection is a savvy, high quality buy that’ll give you a lot of bang for your buck.
On the next few slides, we’ve picked out our favourite key pieces to get your hands on ASAP.
We especially love this denim shade, which can be half tucked into light shorts for a casual weekend with a touch of chic, or paired with white straight-legged trousers for the office.
Super soft to the touch and with gentle pleating, keep things casual with a cami or t-shirt or, add pointed heels and a relaxed shirt for a sleek work-perfect ensemble. And if you want to go super smart, throw on a white blazer to make a chic co-ord.
The linen rich ankle grazer straight trousers is only available at Marks & Spencer at Wheelock Place #01-01 and at Paragon #03-33 to #03-40.
Does anything say summer more than a tropical print maxi skirt? We think this skirt does everything a summer-friendly maxi skirt should do – airy linen to keep your legs cool, a drawstring waist band to slip on with ease (and off if you’re headed to the pool) and its graphic stripes are flattering because of their leg-lengthening design. If you didn’t think it can get any better, its ivory colour and tropical colours are flattering on asian skin tones.
Consider this the linen mini-skirt that takes you places other than the beach. With a slouchy blouse and sandals, it’s great for the weekends and, with a smart crisp top and sneakers, it’s great for office environments if you’re the creative sort. For anywhere else, two front and back pockets ensures you’re able to carry your everyday essentials anywhere and everywhere you go.
A skater dress accentuates the waist, is flared from the waist down for ease of movement and best of all, pairs well with every shoe you already own. We like ours in breathable linen with a tropical print that looks as good at brunch as it does at work. Bonus – a detachable belt allows you to switch out its look with ease.
Summer trends come and go but the chic coolness of boho style forever remains the favoured choice of the fashion elite. Cascading carefree fabrics combined with nature-inspired prints: there’s just something special about this kind of slouchy oh-I-just-threw-this-on elegance that makes us want to don a straw hat, wicker bag and blissfully meander the streets barefoot.
Whilst shoes are probably still advisable on the commute to work, the laid-back vibe of the haute bohemian style is available for us all and, what better time to embrace your inner hippie than these dusky summer evenings and hot, bright days?
So imagine our glee upon hearing that Marks & Spencer are due to release an entire bohemian-inspired collection, just in time for our scheduled ‘wardrobe refresh’, which, if we’re honest, is about once a month right after payday.
The collection is split into three delightfully demure categories; Art Haus, Spice Road and Matisse, each with their own distinct personalities to give us a new spin on the typical ‘beachy whites’, which are already aplenty on the high street.
We’ve been lucky enough to take a sneaky first look into the M&S collection to give you the low-down on what’s just about to drop.
The M&S bohemian collection will be available in store from May 2018.
Uber-cool prints in bold, expressive florals and slick pinstripes. A bright, optimistic, but not over the top colour palette in blue, green and yellow makes it a great solution for all you girls who want to wear a bit of colour, but are scared to take the plunge.
Crisp cottons and seersucker cut into modern, preppy styles give the pieces a happy, carefree boho vibe. Think bardot and asymmetric sleeved dresses, relaxed shirts and fabric tie-up belts offset against crisp whites.
Style with: Black cat-eye shades, fabric sandals and a structured straw bag.
Full-length dresses can often create a lot of ‘drama’ but these strike the perfect balance between both head-turning and authentically casual.
Dreamy voile and crepe cotton fabrics create movement for that coveted floaty summer look. Maxi dresses, skirts and relaxed denim in sunbaked hues give off a ‘golden goddess’ air, and pops of bolder colour lift the more muted tones.
We love the Moroccan-inspired prints, which give the pieces a certain understated earthiness. Combine that with feminine V-necklines and handcrafted embroidery and you’re pretty much in boho heaven.
Style with: Strappy, tie-up sandals and long, layered necklaces and messy beach-wave hair.
We love seeing a fresh print and, with designs that look like they could have easily been created with the swoosh of a brush, they’re a more than welcome addition to our summer wardrobes, which if you’re anything like us, probably needs a break from polka dots.
With fluid colours and abstract shapes, it’s easy to see the artistic influence behind the Matisse styles and, even better, the multi-spectrumed designs make our lives a whole lot easier when it comes to finding matching-coloured accessories.
Linens and lightweight sheen textures make them all super comfortable, and the gently-waisted shapes make them a great option for all those smart-casual days. Featuring printed or plain midi skirts, relaxed khaki and stone coloured trousers, feminine shoulders, the pieces are versatile and universally flattering.
Style with: Bright, block-heeled sandals and big angular earrings for an easy, laid-back statement look.
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