How to Crack Festive Plus Size Style with Marks and Spencers

It was love at first sight when I first spotted this gold velvet fit & flare dress. A few years ago I would have been horrified at the thought of spending evenings browsing the M&S website but it’s quickly becoming my go-to place for affordable, well-made, & timeless pieces.

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One of the main things that attracted me to it (other than the gold fabric which looks like a festive seal pup) was how versatile it was. Yes, it screams celebration but it didn’t take much imagination to see that it could easily be dressed down too, making it perfect for the Christmas season when lots of us will be travelling & need pieces that can be worn multiple ways.

Before I show you the two looks, just a couple of notes on sizing. Although this is definitely a midi dress, I’m around 5ft so on most people it would be closer to knee length. Also, while this dress only goes up to a 22, the style and stretchy fabric mean it could easily fit a 24 & maybe even a 26 depending on your body shape. I’m wearing a 20 (my usual size) here & found it plenty roomy, even over a sweater.

Outfit #1: Festive Date Night

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This year, my partner & I are spending Christmas just the two of us at home which means there’ll be plenty of opportunities for festive date nights & maybe even a couple of day trips depending on how our time off works out. This look is perfect for that, or even family get-togethers during the holiday season as it feels special without being too OTT.

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The black turtleneck sweater (which is actually also from M&S – I really rate their knitwear collection) & chunky boots make this look really practical & you could even throw on a pair of woolly tights to keep you warm if you’ll be spending time outside. I also grabbed my Cambridge Satchel Company Cloud Bag in Oxblood for a pop of colour, but you could easily switch out the black sweater for something brighter – the gold velvet would look great against jewel tones.

Outfit #2: Festive Party

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With black accessories and just a pashmina to keep you warm the dress quickly becomes a killer party number. The gold fabric is so stunning & will look incredible with twinkly fairy lights & a glass of prosecco on a Winter evening. It also has a kind of a War & Peace, Russian aristocrat fleeing the war vibe which is – I think – why it looks so great with this Monki scarf. Obviously if you were spending time outside you’d want a coat but the scarf is definitely enough to get you between the indoors & a taxi.

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I’m kind of reluctant to ever take this dress off & I can’t help but gently stroke it every time I pass my wardrobe. M&S have really killed it & there’s a few other pieces on their website which I’ve got my eye on (hello, black velvet pleated skirt).

What will you be wearing this festive season? Let me know in the comments below.

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