When it comes to styling and dressing for special occasions such as weddings and engagement parties, the cold wintery weather can sometimes leave you feeling quite uninspired. Often a lot of occasion wear is not actually practical for colder weather and just the thought of slipping into a little party dress on a ten degree day gives me shivers! Thanks to a little help from Marks & Spencer, I managed to find my inspiration and have put together two outfits that I will be wearing at my next functions this winter (without breaking the budget). They even have a wedding and special occasion edit to make finding an outfit easier, which you can find here.   Dressing for special occasions doesn’t mean that you have to wear a dress. We are seeing more and more pants and jumpsuits on the red carpet and I love how the standard fashion rules are being broken. I fell in love with these striped wide leg trousers and matching jacket from Marks & Spencer. I’m a little obsessed with matching sets, specially when they are in a gorgeous print. This vertical stripe is extremely flattering and helps to make you look taller, and the colours are very on trend and practical for winter. Plus, when it comes to beating the cold, a jacket and pants are the perfect solution because no one will ever know how many layers you have underneath, hehe!  

MARKS & SPENCER matching wide leg trousers and jacket

Style tip: a vertical stripe is always flattering

The second look I fell in love with is this cute red skater dress. Every girl should own a LRD (little red dress)! This dress has beautiful detailing, from the gold buttons on the shoulder to the black pining on the pockets. The cut is also very flattering and the thicker fabric and mid length sleeve means that is actually quite warm and practical. There’s nothing worse than having to worry about bra straps showing or wearing the right underwear, so this dress makes life a lot easier! And how stunning is that colour? Red is hot hot hot this season!  

Red hot in this MARKS & SPENCER dress

It’s in the details – gold buttons and black piping

Accessories are always a key element to any outfit, and really can change the whole look. I’ve teamed both of my looks with a very on-trend metallic heel and embellished clutch to add some extra glam. I love how these fun accessories help to make my outfits more feminine and dressy.  

Accessories are key: MARKS & SPENCER gold heels and embellished clutch

I struggled to choose just two outfits from Marks & Spencer because they have so many amazing options. It really is easy, plus they are well priced and shipping is very quick. I hope this blog post has helped you find your inspiration, and happy shopping!  

This collaboration was supported by Marks & Spencer and Shopping Links.



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