The M&S Sale Is Here and It’s Full of Understated, Anti-Trend Staples

Marks and Spencer's sale is here, and this editor thinks it might just be its best to date. Let's examine the evidence. If you're looking for wardrobe staples, quality fabrics, and timeless, wearable pieces that won't break the bank, M&S should be high on your list of priorities.

The only thing that can make the high-street titan's offering even better? When your purchases come at discounted prices. M&S's mid-season sale has just started, and there are a few rules you need to know for a successful shopping experience. Regardless of the brand or the ever-enticing discounts, we always advise caution when it comes to buying during markdown season, so here's our guidance for shopping the best of the M&S sale (you can find my picks below). 

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(Image credit: COURTESY OF MARKS & SPENCER)

Firstly, think about what it is that you really need. It doesn't hurt to have a quick look through your wardrobe to spot any gaps that need filling—like a great pair of tailored trousers, a sensible knit for an unseasonably cold summer (here's looking at you, 2023), or a pair of comfortable but stylish shoes that can replace your old heels. And remember, it's always best to think what about what will work with your current pieces.

Then, when scrolling through the site, add pieces to your basket that you really love. If you're deliberating over a purchase, it might be because you know deep down that you're not going to get much wear out of it. Lastly, before you check out, it's worth thinking about where you'll wear each of your picks. Buying a statement evening dress might feel exciting, but without any appropriate plans in the pipeline, it's more than likely just going to gather dust in your wardrobe. But if you find a piece you can wear to the office, gym, to dinner and drinks or just all weekend, it's likely you're shopping as mindfully and sustainably as you can.

With all of that in mind, I've taken a deep dive into the Marks and Spencer sale and pulled together an edit of my favourite pieces that I know will go the distance and won't feel dated by the time autumn (or even 2024) rolls around. Expect excellent trousers, versatile basics and dresses you can style in a multitude of ways. 

So, if you don't have time to trawl through the 4,300 items that have just been reduced, don't worry, I've done the hard work for you. Shop my edit of the best M&S sale pieces below.

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over twelve years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content 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, works closely with influencer talent on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media. Previously, Maxine appeared on TV 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, she was offered a position on the Look magazine fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. She went on to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others. Maxine works remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh.