Trend Watch: That Voluminous Pink M&S Dress

Post by CM

There’s a dress that according to the Mail Online is dividing the nation, and that Mumsnet voices refer to as “that awful pink M&S dress” . It’s voluminous, it’s pink (well, fuschia), it’s €60 from M&S and I bought it a few weeks ago, largely because Vogue UK said it was a standout piece, “a simple fluted sleeve sheath that has something of Roksanda or Delpozo about it.” So The Mail hates it and Vogue loves it; result!


Well, kinda. It’s not an easy dress to wear, deceptive in its loose style. It’s too long for me for one thing, and without a very tight pair of Spanx gives the impression that I may be attempting to conceal a bun in the oven. Not ideal when the event I want to wear it to is my boyfriend’s nephew’s christening. But I really like the back and the elegant way that it falls, and the flute sleeves are a subtle little nod to one of summer’s trends. But still, I’m on the fence.


Even on this model it’s not totally flattering (although she has been put in the wrong shoes; am I the only one who agrees that black shoes with bright dresses are terrible, unless, I suppose, there’s another bit of black in the outfit to pick it up?) And yet I’m drawn to it and want to make it work. Higher, brighter shoes and a pair of tassle earrings should do the trick, no?


I was watching Okja last night, Netflix’s latest offering that was both booed and cheered when it was screened at Cannes (it too is dividing audiences, I smell a trend!) In it one of my all time favourites Tilda Swinton brilliantly plays an image-obsessed CEO of an evil multi-national corporation, and in her attempt to swing the public’s perception in her favour in its feelings towards a giant pig reared in Korea by a plucky little girl and her grandfather, she dons a hanbok as a PR stunt, purportedly designed all by herself. It is actually a modified piece from Chanel’s 2016 Resort collection, which was staged in Seoul and inspired by traditional Korean dress.

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Chanel Resort 2016

Hanbok specifically refers to the dress worn in the Joson era that consists of a neat empire line top-half that descends into a very full, full length skirt and is typically worn in bright colours. Perhaps obviously they’re no longer worn as everyday dress, but you will see them on brides for their traditional wedding ceremony before changing into a slinky white number for the reception. I think they’re lovely, vibrant and striking; and not a million miles away from the aesthetic of the pink dress, which is possibly why I’m veering towards it and its dramatic presence more and more.

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Tilda Swinton in Okja

Ole pinky is languishing there in my wardrobe, from where I take it out from time to time and size it up. It’s a very attention seeking piece, and there are few ways to tone it down bar wearing hair very simply and keeping accessories to a bare minimum. Internet detractors sneer that the fashion set will probably love it (they do!) but that mere civilians will be baffled and horrified by it (they are!), so it will take a few glasses of champagne prior wearing to be confident enough to go out into the world in it. Tell you what; next time I try it on, complete with hair done and all the trimmings, I’ll stick a pic up on Instagram. Maybe you’ll be able to help me – the event is only three weeks away so it’s almost decision time; I’ll keep you posted.


  1. Marina

    I love the dress! Can you have it hemmed to be a bit shorter? Can’t wait to see what it looks like in real life!

    I watched Okja the other night too. I loved it so much. Not only did it make me nostalgic for Korea (beautiful!), it was just one of the best films I’ve seen in awhile. Maybe I’m not paying attention to what good films are out there, but it seems like there aren’t that many good ones lately. I was just saying the other day that there are more good TV shows than films right now, so it makes sense that Okja was made by Netflix. Do you have any other film recommendations?

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