I've Found My Perfect Party Dress (and It's From Marks & Spencer)

If you're anything like me, you'll have started out the season with good intentions, promising to buy (and wrap) all of your presents in good time, to have your tree up (and decorated) by the 1st and to not scramble in a last-minute panic to find something to wear to all the festive celebrations that inevitably ensure. As I type this, while most of my presents are, in all fairness, bought, they currently lie spread across the floor in my spare room, as if I'm waiting for some passerby to wrap them for me. My tree, albeit down from the loft, remains in its box, its baubles still nestled in their newspaper. As for my party outfit? That might be the one thing I'm actually organised with. 

This week coming alone, I have three nights out planned (pray for me), including work party during the week and two get-togethers come the weekend. What do I intend on wearing to all of these events? Why, the two M&S dresses I've wanted to tell you about for weeks.



I ordered it at the end of October; a beautiful emerald green satin dress with a refined scoop neckline, pretty fluted sleeves, and a material with a pretty crinkle in it. I slipped it on—how flattering! I added bow-adorned shoes—how glam! Admittedly, I was smug. I'd found the perfect party dress at Marks & Spencer, and knowing how much you all love an M&S find, I was beyond excited to share it with you. By the time I'd taken my obligatory outfit snaps, however, it had all but sold out, save for incredibly low stock levels in a couple of sizes. 

Fast-forward to December, and the dress has been almost untraceable since. Now, it's back in stock, just in time for our social calendars to ramp up.

With a busy few weeks ahead, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't tempted to invest in another M&S party-dress hit; the brand's offering really is that good. Given the fact that trending M&S items usually sell out at lightning speed, I had to make my decision quickly, so I snapped up this fun, silver-sequinned mini as a chic point of difference. 



Isn't she fabulous?

Scroll below to see and shop both dresses before they go. Then continue on to browse my edit of other excellent M&S party dresses just in time for the festive spell. 

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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 InStyle.co.uk’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.