wearing: Spotted long sleeve swing dress, round buckle waist belt and leather stiletto pointed court heels – all Marks and Spencer
Have you ever experienced a personal styling session before? I’m going to be honest with you and say I’ve never been particularly fussed about booking one in the past. I’d assumed they had a strict minimum spend amount and were designed for people with unlimited money to splash. Another assumption of mine was that I’d feel pressured to buy things that I didn’t particularly like, out of fear of wasting the stylist’s time.
I can safely say I was proven wrong last week, when I was very kindly invited to book a session at the brand new M&S Fit & Style studio at Westfield White City. I’m now a personal styling convert!
Prior to attending the session, I was asked to complete a small questionnaire which took only a couple of minutes. The aim of the questionnaire was to get a sense of what I was looking to gain from the session, what I feel is missing from my wardrobe, my hair, skin and eye colours and obviously, what sizes I take in both clothes and shoes.
As soon as I arrived at the studio, I was welcomed by my lovely stylist Katie who showed me to my fitting room and ran me through the looks she’d pulled for me. My rail of clothes included some staple, classic items in neutral colours in between a gorgeous blend of pastel hues, which came as a nice surprise as I always find myself steering away from anything colourful and choosing the black option every.single.time!
Katie closed the curtain and left me to try on my first outfit. I flicked through the items and pulled out the cornflower blue swing dress (the one I’m wearing in this post!) and immediately thought “hmmm I don’t know if this will suit me, & I’ve never worn this colour before…” Katie explained she’d pulled it for me to try on with a black waist belt – something I would never have thought of doing – to pinch my waist in and add some shape to the dress. Trusting Katie’s advice, I tried the outfit on and as I slipped on the black pointed heels and spun around to look in the mirror, I instantly fell in love with the look and I knew I had to take it home with me!
Isn’t that mad? I would have definitely walked straight past this dress if I had been walking through M&S, yet with the help of a few styling tips it looked completely different off hanger.
I continued trying on each piece Katie had pulled for me and found myself wanting to take home every single outfit! I vlogged some behind the scenes footage and had a little chat more about each outfit in a video that will be live on my YouTube channel this weekend, so keep an eye out for that!
In the meantime, I’ve linked some of the items Katie pulled for me below in case you fancied a browse..
Not only is this outfit a reminder that Spring is on it’s way (Winter feels like it’s lasted a lifetime), it ticks off a number of trends that puts me ahead of the game before the season has even arrived.
Pastels for Spring? Groundbreaking. – sorry, I couldn’t resist! But it’s true, pastel shades are back again for Spring/Summer 2018. The more the better, so if you’re feeling extra daring you could even pair this dress with a contrasting pastel coloured heel. Why not?!
Alongside pretty pastel hues, textures are also big news for 2018. This dress also ticks off that trend in a classy way with the subtle polka dot details, pinched in ruffle cuffs and neck. Can you tell how obsessed I am yet?!
If you’re also looking to update your work wardrobe, need an outfit for a special occasion occasion or just want some friendly styling advice, head over to the M&S website here to get yourself booked in for a completely complimentary personal styling session at the Fit & Style Studio. You’ll thank me afterwards, I promise! Happy shopping!