Marks & Spencer finally releases its 'dress of the summer', but there's a catch

Not everyone can buy it...

Jessica Bateman

Back in March we told you about the M&S dress everyone will be loving - hailed the "dress of the summer" after the high street chain debuted it on its Instagram account.  And now, it's out! FINALLY. The dress features a midi-length skirt and three-quarter sleeves, and is printed in thick horizontal white and mid-blue stripes. The flattering design features a wrap-over top and nipped-in waist, which is sure to accentuate curves while elongating the overall frame.

The dress was declared perfect for summer months

The @marksandspencer account has posted a photo of a model wearing the dress, accessorised with a basket-style bag, chunky orange espadrille wedges and statement earrings, alongside the caption "The dress everyone's been talking about is now available online. At £39.50 the Pure Cotton, Striped Midi Dress is perfect for summer, but won't be around for long." Followers quickly went into overdrive, leaving likes and comments on the image. One user said: "Need this in my life!!" and another added: "Want!!!! It has pockets too!!!" 

Holly Willougby has also liked the photo, which makes us wonder - will we be seeing the TV star wearing it on This Morning? 

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Fashion fans will be sad to hear that the dress, at the time of going to press, has sold out in sizes 6, 8, and 10. If you're a 12 or above, get in there quick! You can shop the dress on Marks and Spencer's website

The British retailer has been having something of a moment recently, with a whole roster of celebrities causing sartorial storms after being spotted in its pieces. Meghan Markle sent fashion fans into a frenzy in January when she stepped out wearing a black batwing Marks & Spencer jumper – prompting thousands to rush out to buy the chic sweater and cause a sell-out on the fashion retailer's website. It soon appeared on eBay for up to £149, with plenty of shoppers eager to get hold of it.

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Holly Willoughby also regularly wears the brand's skirts and dresses for her TV appearances – and in fact, her influence is just as significant, always causing a storm with her style choices. And fashion icon Alexa Chung has long had a relationship with the British retailer – as she teamed up with them to launch her Archive collection, which brought back classic pieces from the brand's history.

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