I'm a Shopping Expert—25 M&S Pieces That Make Up the Perfect Workwear Capsule

It’s the first week of January, which means many of us are mentally and sartorially preparing to head back into the office. That’s right, in addition to pulling ourselves out of the Christmas switch-off, we also have to start the transition from wearing festive PJs and super-soft loungewear 24/7 to donning office-appropriate attire.

The new year is all about fresh starts, so you might find yourself wading through your tired workwear wardrobe and feeling the urge to add some newness into the mix. Luckily, you don’t have to splurge to change things up, or update your workwear capsule wardrobe, because I’ve identified an affordable brand that’s covered all the bases.


(Image credit: @marksandspencer_sam)

M&S insider Sam Briones wears a double-breasted blazer, white tapered trousers and black loafers from the high-street brand.

I won't lie—I largely overlooked Marks and Spencer until quite recently. It took a few nudges from friends (who mainly recommended its denim offering) for me to finally realise the value in M&S’ fuss-free, timeless and well-made clothing. And these qualities are especially crucial if you're seeking smart pieces and quality tailoring without an intimidating price tag attached.

For work, you want your outfit to be smart, practical and professional, and M&S ticks all of these boxes. Plus, the high street hero isn’t afraid to back the trends, so if you’re someone who likes bringing their fashion sense into the office, you’ll be well taken care of. 

But don't take my word for it; keep scrolling to see and shop our edit of versatile workwear pieces you can start wearing tomorrow.


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Freelance Fashion Editor

Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer and editor. She started her first blog at age 14 and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine.

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor to Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and fresh takes on classic design.

In her spare time, Bébhinn enjoys perusing Edinburgh’s best vintage shops, working through her out-of-control book collection and watching dog reels on Instagram.