We’ve scrolled through hundreds of M&S dresses – here are 17 of the best to shop right now

And they start at just £19.50.

Marks & Spencer dresses

by Cigdem Tanrioglu |
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When it comes to shopping for affordable, high-quality pieces, Marks & Spencer is a store we can always rely on. Whether we’re restocking our shapewear supplies or are on the hunt for affordable perfumes they’ve never let us down. However, here at Closer HQ we get most excited when we’re talking about Marks & Spencer's incredible dresses.

Now, when we say Marks & Spencer dresses are our go-to when dress hunting, we mean it. From luxe linen pieces to wedding-worthy gowns, the retailer has just about every occasion covered. And it doesn’t stop with Marks & Spencer’s own brand dresses, as the high-street hero also stocks plenty of great labels, including Nobody’s Child, Ro&Zo and Finery London, all of which are known for their fashionable frocks.

However, with over 40 pages of dresses available on its website, it can be a little difficult to find those key pieces – especially when you’re already juggling so many other daily tasks.

So, if the idea of logging on to trawling through thousands of dresses seems like a little too much effort, you’re in luck. From holiday heroes to city-chic styles, we’ve found the best Marks & Spencer dresses available right now – and trust us when we say there is a dress for everyone.

SHOP: The best Marks & Spencer dresses

Heralded as one of M&S’ key items for the season, this luxe linen dress is perfect for BBQs, picnic dates and even a day in the office. Plus it is made with 55% linen – which will keep you cool even in the highest temperatures. We love that it's available in short, regular and long, so you'll definitely find your perfect length.

Have some fun with print with this sleek shift dress. Team with sandals and a denim jacket for a day out, or swap to heels and a blazer for a night on the town.

You may not consider M&S to be a budget store, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grab yourself a bargain. This simple dress is made with 100% cotton and will be perfect for both home and on holiday. Not too bad for less than £20, huh?

If you don't know about Finery London, then it is time you get to know. Its range features endless office-friendly frocks that look way more expensive than they actually are, like this stunning tea dress.

Puff sleeves have been our style team’s radar for a while now, and this bloat-friendly midi is such an easy way to wear the trend. We’ll be pairing ours with a raffia bag, sandals and oversized sunnies.

If you haven’t noticed, leopard print is THE print to be seen in right now, and this simple dress is the easiest way to wear the trend. Simply add some shoes and a swipe of your favourite lip oil, and you’re good to go.

It is official: we have fallen in love. More specifically, we’re in love with this stunning one-shoulder style. Everything from the puff sleeve to the abstract print and cut-out details is pure perfection.

Add a little zest to your wardrobe with this lime green midi number. Not only will this fabulous frock look great when sipping cocktails at a beach bar, but the bright green shade will seriously enhance that sunkissed glow.

Listen up, plus-sized huns – Live Unlimited specialises in creating clothing for curves, like this gorgeous linen dress which is available in up to size 28. The shirred waistband detail is perfect for showing off your figure and it even has pockets, too. What a dream.

If you’re after a frock that will be on trend for seasons to come, then look no further than the humble denim dress. Wear it with sandals during spring, and swap to ankle boots as we head into autumn.

In need of a little confidence boost? Unlike most wrap dresses, this frock features a scooped neck, which will prevent any gaping in the bust area, while the knot detail skirt will work make you feel like a goddess.

When life gives you lemons, you wear them, right? Ok, so that may not be the exact expression, but honestly, this fruity frock is perfect for sweetening up sunshine-filled days.

A simple, white linen dress is an absolute summer wardrobe must-have. Why? Because it's super versatile and will always look seriously expensive (even if it wasn't).

Upgrade your basic dress to this cool khaki midi style. The ruched detailing along the waist is ideal for showing off your curves, and the modal fabric feels oh-so-soft to touch. We’re obsessed.

This flattering, flirty find is one of FatFace’s best-selling styles, and it's easy to see why. The floaty sleeves and skirt are ideal for a boho-inspired look, while the shirred bust will leave you feeling body confident. Oh, and it has pockets, too – you can thank us later.

We’ll keep things simple – sometimes, you need to invest in a basic yet timeless dress that you can just throw on for the school run during the warmer months. This tangerine dream will quickly become your go-to and will look great when paired with sandals, trainers or even ballet flats.

Wedding season is in full swing, but if you’re struggling to find the perfect dress for the big day, then you’re in luck. Not only will this vibrant gown suit most body shapes, but it will also look incredible in those special occasion photos.

What types of dresses does Marks & Spencer sell?

For spring/summer '24, the British staple brand has kept things simple with an array of sleek, elegant linen pieces mixed in with figure-flattering cuts. From shift style, bloat-friendly A-line dresses to plenty of dresses with sleeves that will have you feeling body confident in seconds.

However, Marks & Spencer dresses won’t just have you feeling great, they’ll keep you looking stylish, too. This season, the brand has focused on the quiet-luxury trend. We’re talking simple cuts in muted tones such as white, black and olive green with the odd flash of tangerine coming through.

How to find the best Marks & Spencer dresses

With so much on offer, it is easy to feel a little overwhelmed with the choice on Marks & Spencer’s website – especially if you just logged on to order a few pairs of new knickers.

Our top tip for finding the best dresses for you is to narrow down the options using the brand’s filter system, just like you would with other brands like ASOS (psst, here's our edit of thebest ASOS dresses, too).

First up, try narrowing down the size range being shown, as this will instantly remove any styles that aren’t available in your size. If you’re not too sure of your size, then select a couple of sizes to make sure you see everything.

Next, adjust the price filter to suit you, as dresses at Marks & Spencer can vary from £15 to almost £400.
Finally, if you’re after a particular colour, like a green dress or brand and style, then you can filter here, too.

What sizes are stocked at Marks & Spencer?

While the available sizes varies between the brands stocked on the site, the core M&S Collection range is available in sizes 6 to 22.

In addition, many styles are available in either short or long, which is great news for anyone looking for a petite or tall fit.

Are Marks & Spencer dresses true to size?

Guessing your size when ordering online can be a little tricky. However, for the most part, Marks & Spencer dresses fit true to size.

If you’re still not convinced, check out the ‘size review’ section on the product page. This will allow you to see if that new frock is marked as ‘runs small’ or ‘runs big’.

Cigdem Tanrioglu is Closer's Deputy Style Editor. As Closer's resistant mid-size expert, she’s usually found scouring the high street for the best feel-good buys, or on a beach obsessing over her horoscope.

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