‘Received lots of compliments’: Meet the dress of the season that's under £50

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The one dress we want this autumn. (Marks & Spencer)
The one dress we want this autumn. (Marks & Spencer)

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Still searching for a great new midi dress to add to your autumn wardrobe? Well, we think we've found it. 

You see, we first spotted it a few weeks ago when Holly Willoughby, who is an ambassador for M&S, wore the eye-catching red Floral Waisted Midi Dress from a Marks & Spencer event.

The shop uploaded a photo of our favourite morning TV presenter wearing the brand new autumnal piece, paired with a slick pair of black boots and fans were quick to share their praise. 

"She is the queen of dresses," wrote one follower, while another added: "M&S have amazing things in at the moment get looking in store people!"

But alas, we didn't add it to or basket. After all, as much as we want to we can't buy every single thing Willoughby wears. 

A few weeks later, however, and the new-in dress has now not only garnered rave reviews, one customer saying she's "had lots of compliments" while another called it "the dress of the season". 

It also popped up on our Instagram feed quite a few times. 

The social media inspo proving it's the perfect dress to just throw on with a pair of boots to a fuss-free chic look, as well as it being a flattering fit for many shapes and sizes as it comes in dress sizes 6-24, as well as petite, regular and long lengths.

Why we rate it:

We love a floral print in the autumn, and the colour palette on this midi dress make it the perfect transitional piece. 

Plus, the floaty skirt and the tie-front elasticated waist make this a flattering, yet comfortable, piece - and do you see that delicate pleating on the neckline?

It looks much more expensive and sophisticated than the £45 price tag. Plus, can be styled for a casual day with a pair of boots or trainers, or dressed up for a special occasion. 

Did we mention it's under £50? (Marks & Spencer)
Did we mention it's under £50? (Marks & Spencer)

Not to mention, size-wise, it's available in both short, regular and long, from size six through to 24, meaning there's a fit and a length for everyone. 

Plus, we know it's only October, but one woman put also suggested it "will be lovely for Christmas too!".

What the reviews say:

  • "Bought for special occasion. At 5ft 2 inches the short length was absolutely perfect. Had many compliments."

  • "I have loved wearing this as much as possible since buying it and gave received lots of compliments. It is striking and a great choice for day or night!"

  • "I saw Holly Willoughby in this on the Sparks video thingy! I liked it straight away, I don’t usually go for a £45 dress, but I’m glad I did fits lovely, goes with straps sandals and ankle boots, it will be a great, lunch out with ladies’ dress as well as afternoon teas and meals out in an evening. I love it, it fits beautifully and is comfortable I’m normally 18-20 and I got an 18."

  • "This is the dress of the season for me. Sophisticated dark colour with red. High neck and tier on longer skirt at so elegant. I'll have this dress on at work, but you could wear it anywhere. I'm sure it'll last me several years, very pleased with this purchase."

  • "I purchased this midi dress for my 'winter wardrobe'. It is excellent in every way. I like the pattern and colour, the length of the sleeves and the length of the dress. I am 5'2" tall and I bought the size 12 short and this was just right for me."

  • "Needed a dress for a winter wedding, the dress is lovely & comfortable to wear & the red on the dress perfectly matched my red coat. Sorted!"

Buy it: The Floral Waisted Midi Dress | £45 from M&S

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