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Dress of the day: The £45 ‘all rounder’ to add to your autumn wardrobe

autumn midi dress
The M&S midi dress worth adding to your autumn wardrobe. (Marks & Spencer / Yahoo Life UK)

Autumn is a tricky time of year when it comes to clothes. Not only is it hard to get your head around covering up again, but there can be a risk of looking a bit too funereal in darker winter colours. (Which, as you get older, can also be quite draining on the complexion).

And while wearing vivid colour head-to-toe feels more of a summer vibe, nobody wants to look like the last goth in town, right?

We've found the perfect solution. A black dress with a beautiful, unusual mix of feminine prints over which you can layer brighter coloured jumpers, cardigans, jackets. Plus it's affordable and supremely flattering on most body shapes.

You've probably already guessed that this autumnal gem - which, if you buy it, is bound to result in loads of people stopping you to ask where you got it from - is from Marks & Spencer (M&S)

And here are some more reasons it's a well-deserved Dress of the Day.

Why we rate it

It's the mixed print and other lovely, stylish flourishes that give this £45 autumn midi real standout and make it look way more expensive than it is.

For starters, we love its modern boho vibe. It's got a 70s feel, without looking like fancy dress.

And the delicate floral print - that has touches of red, white, yellow, blue and green - softens the black background and makes it less harsh against your face. Which also means you can team it with so many different coloured jumpers, cardigans and jackets.

The contrast print on the hem of this M&S autumn midi gives it a more expensive feel. (M&S)
The contrast print on the hem of this M&S autumn midi gives it a more expensive feel. (Marks & Spencer)
With a gently elasticated waist, the dress has a flattering silhouette. (M&S)
With a gently elasticated waist, the dress has a flattering silhouette. (Marks & Spencer)
The gorgeous print goes with so many different jumpers and accessories.(Marks & Spencer)
The gorgeous print goes with so many different jumpers and accessories.(Marks & Spencer)

£45 at Marks & Spencer

As for footwear - there's very little you couldn't wear with this. From chunky ankle boots to clogs, black, brown or burgundy knee-high boots, high tops or trainers, platform sandals, ballet pumps...

Another huge selling point? The contrasting ditzy print on the tiered hem gives this covetable midi dress an expensive, designer look.

Other cute details we love are the ruffles on the shoulders and front, the blouson sleeves with elastic cuffs, the fact that has a softly elasticated waist for a more flattering silhouette, and that the neckline is modest without being too high (which can feel really uncomfortable and restrictive).

The unlined 100% viscose dress is also machine washable at 40°C (delicate setting) and comes in sizes 8-20 in short and long lengths, while the regular length is available in sizes 6-24.

And, bonus, it also comes in a blouse version, too, £29, which looks amazing with this season's 70s-inspired wide-legged jeans.

What the reviews say

The Floral Round Neck Ruffle Midi Waisted Dress, £45 has resoundingly positive reviews, with many shoppers commenting on its versatility, fit and the lovely, flowy fabric.

  • "Lovely fit and soft material so flows well. Love it in long length."

  • "Fits nicely very pretty. Can be used for many occasions on its own or with a cardigan."

  • "I went for regular length but at 5'3" needed short as that's perfectly midi for my height, lovely dress, great shape and the waist sits at the right place so it's very flattering."

  • "Fantastic dress a good all rounder, can be worn day or night."

  • "Lovely, stylish dress. Just what I was looking for. So the elasticated ‘waist’ sits above my waist, but that makes the dress hang nicely and hides my muffin tummy! Very happy with it and friends have complimented it."

Shop now: Floral Round Neck Ruffle Midi Waisted Dress | £45

£45 at Marks & Spencer

Shop now: Printed High Neck Long Sleeve Blouse | £29.50 from M&S

£29.50 at Marks & Spencer

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