The Marks and Spencer White Top and Denim Challenge.

This is not just a white top. 

This, (insert sultry voice), is an M&S soft white, pure cotton, broderie anglaise blouse, cut, for a relaxed fit…

And isn’t it pretty? I love all things broderie and this caught my eye while wandering through Marks and Spencer several months ago. There were only a few sizes left and I was in a rush, so I made a mental note to order it online. But could I find it? No, I could not. In common with the store layout, the website is not the best to navigate in terms of using the filters (I’m not convinced they actually work properly) or the keyword search. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen something in a magazine or on a fellow blogger that looks like a designer piece, to discover it is in fact from M&S. Desirable, well-made and well-priced, I’ve wanted several such items, but they have proven nigh on impossible to find. On this occasion though, my tenacity paid off and eventually I managed to find the top again when in-store. 

Some weeks later, my blogging friends from the The Over 40 Collective and I were discussing Marks and Spencer and in general concluded that it’s a favourite for food and lingerie and is a popular “go-to” store for basics. With this in mind, we decided to challenge ourselves to each choose a white top to style with denim to demonstrate how basics from a retailer targeting our age-group, (35+), look on women like us, who are actually in that demographic.

So here is my white Marks and Spencer top with cropped, flared jeans and spotty sandals. I love the cropped, boxy shape and the pretty elbow-length sleeves, which hide a multitude should you need them to. The soft white is very flattering to paler skin-tones such as my own and I can imagine wearing it with denim shorts and a flared midi skirt as well as any other shape or colour of denim jeans.

White Marksand Spencer broderie top, cropped flared jeans, back and white spotted sandals

White Marks and Spencer broderie top, cropped flared jeans, back and white spotted sandals

White Marks and Spencer broderie top, cropped flared jeans, back and white spotted sandals

White Marks and Spencer broderie top, cropped flared jeans, back and white spotted sandals

White Marks and Spencer broderie top, cropped flared jeans, back and white spotted sandals

White broderie top, cropped flared jeans, back and white spotted sandals

White Marks and Spencer broderie top, cropped flared jeans, back and white spotted sandals

And now for the rest of The Over 40 Collective. The girls will be publishing their posts throughout the week so please do keep checking back. I will add their links and photographs as they do, so you can see how they too styled a white Marks and Spencer white top, shirt or jacket with denim.

The M&S white top and denim challenge
Michelle, The Barefaced Chic
Michelle, RetroChicMama
Michelle, RetroChicMama
Nikki, Midlife Chic, Marks and Spencer white top and denim challenge
Nikki, Midlife Chic
Marks and Spencer white top challenge
Lisa, The Sequinist
The Marks and Spencer white top challange
Annette, Lady of Style
The Marks and Spencer White top challenge
Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb

And just so you know, this isn’t a sponsored post. We bought our tops ourselves and were not paid for writing the posts. It was something we felt would be an interesting experiment.

And my conclusion to this experiment? 

I love, really love a lot of the clothes as well as the food, lingerie, tights and home accessories. I have it on good authority that the upcoming AW16 collections are strong so I’ll be watching with great interest. I am also impressed with environmental concern Marks and Spencer have shown with their Plan A.

I would like to see a slicker website with better photography and I would like the stores to be completely re-merchandised so it is easier to see the wood for the trees, but I think this challenge has proved that Marks and Spencer basics are excellent and I think we as a collective, with our individual styles, tastes and builds attest to that. 

Good old M&S. 

Love Liz x

Outfit details:
Pure cotton broderie top, Indigo at Marks and Spencer, now out of stock (!) but these are similar.
Available at Marks and Spencer

Cropped flared jeans, Next
Leopard print wrap bracelet, £12.50, Lizzy O
*Red soft leather clutch, Kaleidoscope
*Amali Ava white and black spotted sandals, £55, Clarks

Linking with:
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*Disclosure: These items were gifted. All opinions are 100% honest and all content is my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support What Lizzy Loves. 



  1. Michelle Lyndon-Dykes
    July 19, 2016 / 10:42 am

    Such a fresh and pretty look Liz, perfect for the hot weather that we're having – at last!
    Michelle xxx

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 19, 2016 / 11:52 am

      Thank you Michelle. Yes, it'd be better with denim shorts today! xxx

  2. July 19, 2016 / 10:51 am

    You have picked such a beautiful top, Liz – this is so your style and you look gorgeous!
    Love the trendy approach with your cropped jeans and gorgeous sandals!!

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 19, 2016 / 12:02 pm

      Thank you Annette. I'm always drawn to pretty romantic styles, so this was a very easy choice for me. I think I'll be able to wear it with so many more things too xxx

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 22, 2016 / 3:16 pm

      Thank you Mary. yes, I'm so pleased I got it in the end! xxx

  3. The Sequinist
    July 20, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    This is a really lovely top on you, Liz. Broderie just suits you so well! I love how you've styled it with the spotty shoes and flared cropped jeans. Gorgeous! xx

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 22, 2016 / 3:17 pm

      Thank you Lisa. I think broderie suits my romantic nature! xxx

  4. Abigail Castro
    July 22, 2016 / 12:50 am

    You look gorgeous in this top! Love the eyelet details!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 22, 2016 / 3:18 pm

      Thank you Abby. Yes, I love eyelets and anything lacy really! xxx

    July 22, 2016 / 2:16 am

    Love the denim looks..all of them are lovely! Your shoes are fantastic, middle age style rocks! I wish you all the best!

    Valerie xo
    Fashion and Trave;

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 22, 2016 / 3:19 pm

      Thank you so much Valerie. I certainly feel the best I have ever felt! I love the shoes- fun and comfortable! xxx

  6. Midlife Chic
    July 22, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    As everyone has said Liz, that top is just so 'you.' I love the way you managed to complete the challenge so in keeping with your own style.

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