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M&S Autumn Collection- The Sequinist Spin

autumn olive M&S outfit

Marks and Spencer recently asked me to choose £200 of items from their Autumn/Winter 2016 lookbook to feature on my blog.  It took me all of 20 seconds to decide on the olive peacoat and the olive suede boots.  I don’t wear this olive green often, but both the coat and boots are really useful additions to my wardrobe and can be styled so many ways.

Now, most UK residents know that M&S is known for doing brilliant underwear and wardrobe staples. There have been several changes in management and even more changes of direction on fashion (which was fairly non-existent at some stages.  A pastel waterfall cardigan is hardly Instagram material).  After a few years in the fashion wilderness, they seem to finally be nailing it.  REALLY nailing it.  They are loathe to part with their core customer who buys the sturdy basics, but in order to attract a younger and more stylish client, they’ve invested more in fashion (yay!).  They’ve enlisted the likes of Alexa Chung and Rosie Huntington Whiteley to curate collections and infuse M&S with some solid fashion credentials.  Every season there are a handful of must-have instant-sell-out items, and every season I personally find more and more pieces that I genuinely love.  If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll remember the jacquard metallic bomber jacket that I went crazy for a few months back.  I’ve learned the hard way to be quick, because their must-have items sell out FAST.   I’m already sharpening my elbows to push my way in when the dusty pink velvet trouser suit hits the stores in a few more weeks; it is absolutely gorgeous.

So, when deciding how to style this particular post, I wanted to turn the usual perceptions about M&S upside down… and why not, they’ve been shaking up their own image lately, so I figured I’d do my part.  This is definitely not your grandmother’s M&S!

M&S coat, boots

M&S olive green coat and boots

Olive green M&SThat time I almost balanced a pot on my head!

M&S autumn

To be honest, I thought the coat was going to be a few inches longer because that is how it appears in the look book on a model (who I’d assume is taller than I am).  The M&S website shows its true proportions.  Still,  it is a gorgeous, dense, heavy wool coat, beautifully lined in thick satin.  I love the slightly variegated green tones in the fabric.  It is a superb quality, especially at this price.  I am certain this will get a lot of use.

M&S autumn coat detail

I don’t wear this olive green colour very much, and I didn’t want to wear basic black with it, so out came the iridescent sequins!  This is a vaguely zebra print olive slip dress I’ve had for about ten years.  I like the contrast of shiny sequins with a military style coat (and am thinking how gorgeous this coat would be over a bronze sequin winter maxi dress…).

back M&S coat

M&S olive feature

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M&S photobomb

Now, we have to talk about these boots.  For the past two years, I’ve been feeling very much like Goldilocks in looking for the perfect over the knee boot.  There was something wrong with every pair I looked at.  Either the heel was too high and the toe was too pointy, which veers into Pretty Woman territory.  Or the heel was too flat and the top part was too loose, which veers into Three Musketeers territory.  Stuart Weitzman’s Highland boots came close, but I just didn’t love them £665 or $798 worth, and the skinny heel is limiting.  I was thrilled to receive these olive suede ones from M&S.  They are perfect (and only £125 or $185).  The rounded toe means it isn’t too tarty, and gives it a slightly retro feel.  The heel is very modern and chunky, not too high, not too low.  I understand the practical reasons for using elastic on boots, but in general, I don’t like the way it looks.  On these, it is dyed so perfectly that you almost don’t notice it at all.  Have a look.

olive M&S boot detail

more detail M&S otk boot

(That’s my slip dress sticking out, not the coat lining by the way).  Also, I usually don’t like leather or suede covered heels, because they just get ruined by sinking between the cracks of the pavement, but these are so chunky I don’t think that will be a problem.  I’m just a LITTLE bit thrilled with these boots, if you can’t tell!  My two year search is over.  Oh,  I almost forgot to mention, the boots have ‘Insolia’, a patented podiatrist-approved built-in support that distributes weight away from the ball of your foot and on to your heel, so they are extremely comfortable.   I can see I’m going to be buying these in black as well.

The suede boots (in olive green or black) can be found here for UK readers, and here for US readers.   The pea coat (in olive green or navy) is here for UK readers, and here for US readers.

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Let me know what you think in the comments; I always love reading your opinions.  Also, check out some of my fabulous blogger friends who also participated in this Marks and Spencer style challenge.  See what they chose and how they wore it on their blogs!

 

 

M&S slip dress Funky 90’s chic with Michelle of Retro Chic Mama

Midlifechic-MS-13-1 Classic with a side of sexy from Nikki of Midlife Chic

ms-romantic-lace-blouse-and-flared-trousers-1-2-min-1Lacy and Romantic Victoriana from What Lizzy Loves

This week linking to: notdeadyetstyle, notdressedaslamb, honest mum, fashionshouldbefun, highlatitudestyle, style nudge

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44 Comments

  • Reply
    Michelle
    September 16, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    As usual you have knocked it out of the park woman!
    Sequins + Olive = Divine!!!
    Smokin’ hot Lisa, that’s all.

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      Lisa
      September 16, 2016 at 2:43 PM

      Haha, thank you so much, Miss Michelle! Glad you liked it. xx

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    Jaymie Ashcraft
    September 16, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Love these boots!!!
    Jaymie
    http://www.jaymieashcraft.com
    Fridays Fashions link up

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      Lisa
      September 16, 2016 at 2:42 PM

      Thanks, me too Jaymie! xx

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    Abby
    September 16, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Those over the knee boots – OMG! While personally I don’t dare (yet) to get a pair, just looking at you Lisa in those, makes me think – what are you waiting for? Hot as usual and beautiful! xx Abby

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      Lisa
      September 16, 2016 at 3:39 PM

      Thanks so much Abby! Definitely get some, after two years, I’m so thrilled to find the perfect ones! xx

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    Nancy
    September 16, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    I love olive green! The boots are just perfection! The heels are not to High and the color is just fabulous! I also love coats like that! You choose some wonderfull pieces!

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      Lisa
      September 16, 2016 at 6:01 PM

      Thanks so much, Nancy! I’m glad you like them. xx

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    Annette
    September 16, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    The coat is certainly great for the autumn (i.e. next week… temperatures are going to drop here in Southern Germany) but for those boots I imagine you don’t even want to wait for the next season! They are fantastic and as you said, the heel is just perfect. Really love them, Lisa.

    xx
    Annette | Lady of Style

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      Lisa
      September 16, 2016 at 6:01 PM

      Thanks so much, Annette. They’re CRAZY comfortable as well. I’m sure I’ll end up getting them in the black too. xx

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    Mithra Ballesteros
    September 16, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    What a sexy Sloan ranger you are! The olive color gets quite complex against your blonde hair and sequin dress. Bravo!

    • Reply
      Lisa
      September 16, 2016 at 5:36 PM

      LOL! Thanks Mithra. I couldn’t just wear it with a sweater like a normal person 😀 xx

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    jess jannenga
    September 16, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Beautiful setting and outfit! I love olive! I am a fan of most greens lets say. A peacoat is classic, and those boots fantastic! I love an OTS style as I have several fall boots waiting to come out that are this style. I would have chosen quickly too! Olive is such a rich color and very on trend for fall. I want to check out M&S, do they ship to the States?
    Lovely Lisa!
    Have a great weekend
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Reply
      Lisa
      September 17, 2016 at 8:35 AM

      Thanks Jess! I’m so pleased you like it. You DO wear greens so well. M&S has a US website, so you can buy locally… you don’t even have to hassle with international shipping, luckily! xx

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    Cynthia
    September 16, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    I love a tonally coordinated short coat and a mini dress! The boots are divine and you look amazing.

    • Reply
      Lisa
      September 17, 2016 at 8:34 AM

      Thank you so much, sweetness. xx

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    School Gate Style
    September 18, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Hi Lisa, just coming your way via Nikki’s blog. I also did the M&S project with the same coat but wow, it looks like a different coat on you! AMAZING to see it worn with a dress and the boots are fabulous. So lovely to find your blog, Avril x

    • Reply
      Lisa
      September 18, 2016 at 11:37 AM

      Hi Avril, thanks so much! I’m off to explore yours now! xx

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes
    September 18, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Fabulous coat + fabulous boots (LOVE THEM!!!!) + fabulous styling = fabulous look! I am sure you’ll get a lot of wear out of both pieces!

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      Lisa
      September 19, 2016 at 9:04 AM

      Thank you, Andrea! I’m so thrilled with the boots, I’ve just ordered them in black as well! I also think I’ll get a lot of use out of both… I’ve already worn the coat quite casually for dog walks with trainers and leggings, and it works well as a practical coat too. xx

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    Patti
    September 18, 2016 at 11:56 PM

    Wow – great look and those OTK boots are awesome! Thanks for linking, xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Reply
      Lisa
      September 19, 2016 at 9:02 AM

      Thanks Patti! xx

  • Reply
    Karen
    September 19, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    The boots are great but the coat is dreadful – it is too short and looks too heavy for the proportions. Sorry M&S – you haven’t quite nailed it for me.

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      Lisa
      September 19, 2016 at 9:07 AM

      I love the boots too; I’ve decided I need them in black. I was really surprised that the coat was so short after seeing the lookbook photos of it being much longer. On someone as tall as I am, longer is better! Thank you for your honesty, Karen, I always appreciate that! xx

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    Terri Gardner
    September 19, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    I love those boots-exactly what I have been looking for in brown and not at the price of $900 which is the price of the Stuart Weitzman I found. But, alas, there is not M&S In Kansas City, Missouri

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      Lisa
      September 19, 2016 at 4:29 PM

      You can order online from M&S in the US and there is free shipping (over $50) if that helps! Still, no brown, just black and olive are available. xx

  • Reply
    Michelle
    September 19, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    What can I say Lisa – WOW!! You’ve taken some nice, sensible pieces and made them look utterly divine – and very sexy!!! This might be one of my favourite looks to date.
    Michelle xx

    • Reply
      Lisa
      September 19, 2016 at 4:29 PM

      Thanks so much, Michelle! I didn’t expect the coat to be so short, but since it was, I just went with it! xx

  • Reply
    jacqui
    September 19, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Gorgeous boots, they look great on you. Will be having a proper look in M & S as I’ve only just been scan shopping recently. Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

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      Lisa
      September 20, 2016 at 6:54 AM

      Thank you, Jacqui! I’m really pleased with these boots.xx

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    No Fear of Fashion
    September 21, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    I love how everybody chose something so their own style. Or styled something to suit their own style.
    Of course you all look beautiful.
    I think you are very sexy in this sequin dress with the high knee boots. I get your appreciation for these boots. They do have all the right requirements.
    Unfortunately I don’t wear any short skirts anymore. They clash with my face haha. So over the knee boots are only for over skinny trousers. Hmm, contemplating.
    Greetje

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      Lisa
      September 21, 2016 at 5:42 PM

      It is always so fun to see what everyone does with the same item of clothing, isn’t it?

      These boots really do hit just the right note (and at a super price). I think I’ll wear the black ones even more than these green ones, but I’ll get a lot of use out of both. I have a (MUCH LONGER!) dress I’m already planning on wearing with the black ones for an upcoming blog post.

      Thank you, Greetje. xx

      You look great in the short-ish skirt in your current blog post.

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    Emma Peach
    September 22, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    I love the coat and boots you picked, great colour. I’ve long been a fan of M&S because despite the frumpy image it’s sometimes associated with I can always something I love in store or online. I must have at least ten pairs of boots and shoes with Insolia – so comfortable! M&S shoes are a little bit wider than most so they suit my bunion feet!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

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      Lisa
      September 22, 2016 at 5:46 PM

      Thanks so much Emma! Like you, I can always find something that I love in M&S. This season is particularly good, I think. I’ve never had Insolia shoes before, so I’m a new convert! xx

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    Tianna
    September 22, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    this outfit is so great! I love the colors and your jacket !!

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      Lisa
      September 22, 2016 at 5:48 PM

      Thanks so much, Tianna! xx

  • Reply
    nicole
    September 23, 2016 at 3:53 AM

    Thanks for linking up to the Top of the World Style party.

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    Mary Murnane
    September 23, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Gorgeous outfit!! Love these pictures.

    Mary
    http://www.marymurnane.com

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      Lisa
      September 24, 2016 at 8:19 AM

      Thank you, Mary! xx

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    Dawn Lucy
    September 25, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Wow! You look amazing and those boots …. I’m drooling on my keyboard right now! 😉

    Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.com

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      Lisa
      September 26, 2016 at 9:49 PM

      Thanks so much, Dawn! 🙂 xx

  • Reply
    Trina
    October 6, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    Over the knee boots for sure! Even over 50!

    • Reply
      Lisa
      October 7, 2016 at 2:38 PM

      Thanks, Trina! I’m pleased you like them too xx

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