Happy Wednesday from Alaska, friends! We woke early, early this morning to view the Misty Fjord National Park from the ship, and now it’s on to Juneau. We booked a hiking excursion to Mendenhall Glacier, which they labeled as ‘strenuous,’ so we’ll see how that goes! Are you following the adventure on my Instagram?
Last night was Formal Night on the ship, and my go-to for fancier occasions is always a lace dress. Especially one that isn’t too delicate. There’s just something about lace that makes a dress instantly, well, dressier.
We did a little shopping on our British Isles trip, and one store seemed to be everywhere…Marks & Spencer. I was smitten just by the window displays, and couldn’t wait to have more time to explore this popular London brand.
And as luck would have it, they reached out for a collaboration! (Sidenote: Things never happen that easily in blogging!) But obviously the stars were aligned, because my initial impression was correct…this shop is a treasure trove of amazing, chic finds (especially for work wear)…and even better, at affordable prices!
With holidays around the corner, I selected two dresses perfect for the occasion, and both around $100! This first is a figure-hugging lace sheath dress that flatters all the right places.
It’s a gorgeous deep green and black combo, but the other three colorways are stunning, as well. The lace is thick and substantial with a little bit of give to form to your body, but not cling. It’s fully-lined from the chest down, with a pretty cap sleeve. (I wear a strapless bra to keep the straps from showing through the open lace.)
I love the longer length, but petite sizing is available if you prefer it shorter.
Fit Tip: UK sizing typically runs a size smaller than traditional US sizing, so I always size up one. I’m wearing a UK8 regular (long available, too!), which is the equivalent of a US4. I typically wear a 2 in US dresses.
This patent clutch is a steal for $25 (also comes with a chain for easier carrying), and the pumps are as comfortable as shoes that are five times the price!! Seriously, I have no idea how they’re only $32 and look and feel this good!
If you prefer something a little more demure, this lovely fit-and-flare is for you! The lace is a little more delicate, but not so much that it snags and pulls. Like the first dress, it’s fully-lined from the chest down, with an exposed shoulder and cap sleeve. (I’m wearing a stick-on bra for this one since the back is lower.)
The darts and pleats make the dress look expensive, and the cranberry shade is spot on! Find tons more colors here.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a UK8, but would have preferred the smaller fit of a UK6. So unless you’re full-chested, I’d stick with your usual size (in US conversion).
These heels though!! Tall enough to be sassy for parties, but comfy enough for every day workwear. Several colors and patterns available, and they’re true to size.
So which dress is more your style….sassy or demure? Or maybe like me, and you’re a little of both!? Are you familiar with Marks & Spencer? I know I have some UK readers out there…spill the beans on this new-to-me shop!
*Photos by the darling Audrie Dollins. This post created in collaboration with Marks & Spencer, but all styles, opinions and brilliant holiday spirit are my own. Thanks for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*