Jumper* M&S / Jeggings* M&S / Necklace Debenhams / Bag* NICA / Sunglasses RayBans / Shoes* Daniel Footwear
M&S recently launched their Leading Ladies campaign to promote their latest collection for Spring/Summer. Featuring Annie Lennox, Emma Thompson, Alek Wek, Baroness Lawrence, Rachel Khoo, Lulu Kennedy, Roma Agrawal, Rita Ora and photographed by Annie Lebovitz, the newest campaign celebrates some of Britain's leading ladies and representing the work that they do within their industry. Personally, I am thrilled to see Emma Thompson as part of this because I think she's absolutely brilliant. Out of this group, Emma Thompson is my favourite! However, as much as I admire her, and she is beautiful (and wonderfully bonkers), I wouldn't want to dress like her. Not at this stage of my life, at least. I'm swaying more towards Rachel Khoo's style, as she is younger and has a petite frame.
I actually spotted some nice things from M&S before Mother's Day, as I popped in to get some food to cook a Sunday dinner! I had a little look around and was immediately (naturally!) draw to the florals, the pleats and a few pastel coloured coats hanging on the railings near the food hall. I tend to admire these pieces from afar, because I already know that the dresses will be too big, the trousers too long and the coats will drown me. This floral pleated midi dress caught my attention and if it was several inches shorter, I'd grab it and make a beeline for the checkout!
M&S set me a style challenge and I cautiously stepped out of my comfort zone as I agreed to this. I like the style of some of their designs, it's just that I often have troubles with the sizing. I had a browse online and spotted the white jumper from the Pretty Pastels collection, one of the four key trend from the Leading Ladies range shot by Annie Lebovitz. The jumper is a cropped fit (but "cropped" never means CROPPED in M&S terms) and I've got a couple of knitwear from Per Una, so I had no worries there, I knew the jumper would be the perfect length on me. I also decided on a pair of jeggings (my very first pair!) and I'm actually really excited at how comfortable they are! They are available in petite, with their smallest size starting from a 6 and you can choose between short or regular leg. I've gone for the short leg, which gives a trendy "ankle grazer" look (or "half mast" if you're old fashioned!) but it looks alright with a pair of black pointed court shoes, I reckon! The bag from NICA makes the outfit complete, giving it a casual and laid-back vibe. I'm happy with the outcome of this challenge, because I came away thinking that what I would usually considered "mumsy" can actually be transformed to a look that I feel comfortable in. If it hasn't been so windy lately, I'd have my hair down and pop my fedora hat on with this outfit! Can't cope with this windy-ness!!
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