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Dress of the day: The 'versatile' M&S midi worth adding to your autumn wardrobe ASAP

The flattering silhouette comes in four different prints.

Flattering and affordable, this M&S midi is an autumn staple you'll wear year-on-year. (Marks & Spencer / Yahoo Life UK)
Flattering and affordable, this M&S midi is an autumn staple you'll wear year-on-year. (Marks & Spencer / Yahoo Life UK)

Autumn can be a tricky time as far as dressing for the season goes. Put on the wrong outfit and you run the risk of regretting it, as you end up being either way too hot or cold five minutes after leaving the house.

A long-sleeved midi dress is a great base for autumnal outfits, as you can add tights and additional layers, depending on the weather.

One of the best picks we've come across recently is Marks & Spencer's Printed V-Neck Midi Tiered Dress. Featuring a subtle floral print, tiered skirt, button-up detail and a flattering neckline, it's a great classic number that will see you through the many colder months to come.

Available in four prints and costing £39.50, it's already a popular pick on M&S's website and has sold out in numerous sizes. Here's why we think it's worth a spot in your shopping basket ASAP.

The affordable autumn midi you need on your radar — complete with a tiered bottom skirt, cuff sleeves, loose fit and classic v-neckline. A round of applause for M&S.

£40 at Marks & Spencer

Why we rate it

Firstly, the dress comes in two classic monochrome prints: a timeless polka dot and floral motif. Plus, two more statement versions: a patterned bottle green number and a autumnal burnt orange, which features a mosaic-style print.

Universally flattering, the dress has a floaty and forgiving shape, with the relaxed fit also providing additional comfort. One shopper described it as having "plenty of room without being swamped."

The tiered skirt is a lovely design touch, giving the illusion of layers. While the long sleeves are gathered into slim cuffs for a airy feel. It's little details like this that make the dress look a lot more expensive than it actually is.

Dresses that tend to be on the longer, floatier side can often look shapeless, but here the v-shaped neckline helps to balance out the overall proportions of the dress.

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The floaty silhouette makes it look a lot more expensive than it actually is. (Marks & Spencer)
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It features a feminine v-neckline and a three-button detail on the bodice. (Marks & Spencer)
The simple design makes it very easy to style. (Marks & Spencer)
The simple design makes it very easy to style. (Marks & Spencer)
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It comes in four prints and we think the classic polka dot is going to sell out extremely fast. (Marks & Spencer)
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The orange colourway features a more standout autumnal print. (Marks & Spencer)

£45 at Marks & Spencer

Numerous shoppers have noted how versatile the dress is to style, one shopper even said it can be "worn of any occasion". For a casual day look throw it on with some trainers and a cardigan, or to take the midi to new sophisticated heights pair with heeled boots and long overcoat.

In terms of care, the unlined 100% viscose dress is machine washable at 40C (delicate setting) and comes in sizes 8-20 in petite, 8-22 in long and 6-24 in regular length.

What the reviews say

Over 90% of shoppers have given this dress a four or five star rating. One shopper even said it's "good for any occasion", while another commented, "every thing about this dress is perfect".

  • "This is a beautiful dress. The look and feel of the fabric makes the dress look a lot more expensive than it is. Based on my experience I’d recommend sizing down for the most flattering fit."

  • "Lovely dress slimming effect despite being a loose fit. Crease free material."

  • "This dress is just perfect for me. Perfect fit and a lovely shape. I am 5’3” and it is slightly long but I will wear it will high heeled boots so it will be fine. Very wearable. I don’t actually need another black and white dress but couldn’t miss it for the price."

  • "This is a lovely autumn dress, it is a good weight material for this time of year and looks lovely with black suede boots and a short jacket. Sizes are true and a perfect length."

  • "Lovely dress, so comfortable, great size and fit. Love the material and pattern."

Shop now: Printed V-Neck Midi Tiered Dress, Black Mix | £39.50 from Marks & Spencer

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