I Buy All My Basics from M&S—These 25 Look So Expensive

I'll be the first to admit that for a long time, my perception of Marks and Spencer was quite rigid. It felt like a favourite rom-com that I knew I could rely on to meet certain needs (ie. comfort and familiarity), but it wouldn't necessarily deliver the excitement of, say, a thrilling true-crime flick. Over the past couple of years, though, the high-street hero has redefined itself as a brand with its finger on the pulse—no longer merely an underwear and premium snack destination. This summer alone has seen M&S back a long list of talked-about trends, from fisherman sandals to elevated cargos.

The whole Who What Wear team has been blown away by the expensive-looking styles on offer, but often, it's the quieter pieces that impress us the most. That's why in the course of Marks & Spencer's evolution, our love of the brand's basics has never wavered.


(Image credit: @monikh)

Monikh wears a white vest top and beige cargo pants from Marks and Spencer.

The most recent collection is no exception, and my personal M&S wish list seems to grow by the day. In addition to striking summer dresses and eye-catching accessories, you can expect everyday essentials such as striped button-downs and leather ballet flats. A keen attention to detail and quality is common across the board, so much so that some of the pieces could probably pass for designer. But fear not, you'll struggle to find an item on the Marks and Spencer site that costs more than £50.

If it sounds too good to be true, just scroll on to see for yourself. Below, you'll find my edit of 25 Marks and Spencer staples that should be on your radar.

1. Tops & T-Shirts

2. Summer Denim

3. Easy Day Dresses

4. Everyday Footwear

5. Shorts & Trousers

Next Up: 6 M&S Linen Pieces That Make Up The Perfect Summer Capsule

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.