My Secret to Finding the Most Expensive-Looking M&S Pieces

When I was a toddler, I screamed every time my mum would turn my pram in the direction of our local M&S. In hindsight, I now understand that this is because she spent inordinate amounts of time browsing the rails while I became increasingly restless. But my, how times have changed, and I totally get how my mum could quite happily spend what felt like an eternity in M&S, mainly because that's something I like to do now that I'm a grown-up (gulp). Honestly, I can come up with just about any excuse to hit up Marks & Spencer: "I need new bras," or, "I'm all out of milk," or, "I've reached the end of the wick in my last Apothecary candle." Truly, there's no place I'd rather spend an hour or two working my way through fashion and homeware pieces, inevitably ending up with armfuls of edible treats in the food hall.

But let's turn our attention back to fashion, shall we? As we've established, I know my way around an M&S, and during the hours I've spent there, I've deduced that all of my favourite M&S fashion items have one thing in common: They all come from the Autograph collection.


(Image credit: COURTESY OF M&S)

M&S's core fashion department is broken down into the following departments: M&S Collection (which focuses on wardrobe basics), Per Una (a more feminine diffusion), and Autograph, M&S's premium collection that boasts luxury staples with an on-trend twist. In my opinion, the pieces that look the most expensive on the shop floor and online always sit under the Autograph umbrella.

You can feel the quality in Marks & Spencer's Autograph edit, which is made of premium fabrications including leather, cashmere and Irish linen. Silhouette is a key focus within the collection, with details like exaggerated cuffs, billowing skirts and perfectly cut trousers setting the capsule apart from other lines. Although it does feel decidedly more minimalistic than M&S's other collections, Autograph also explores statement prints and bold hues—but always with elevated flair. My mum (who remains a loyal M&S customer 30 years on from my tantrums) and I swear by our Autograph finds. Below, I've assembled an edit of the best Marks & Spencer Autograph items you can buy now, should you be in the market for a wardrobe update for spring. Enjoy!


This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.