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Me+Em review – Retailer Spotlight

Me+Em review – Retailer Spotlight

While I was in Thailand, Me+Em got in touch to ask if I’d like to pick a few things to feature on Midlifechic and the urge to fly straight home was strong but I had to wait. I’ve been buying and wearing things from them for so long that it felt a bit like the moment when your school crush finally turns round and smiles at you. So let me show you what I picked. I put everything straight into action because the clothes just work for me, whatever I’m doing.

Wednesday pitch presentation

So this was last Wednesday when we had the first new client pitch we’ve done for ages. It was a design project so I needed to look the part and this jumpsuit felt absolutely perfect. As always, I want to command attention by wearing something that holds the eye in what is usually a roomful of black, grey and navy – but isn’t distracting. So here you have me in serious work mode but I’d happily wear this to any event – a wedding, the races, a party or just out for dinner. As always with Me+Em, it’s the sort of chameleon piece that’s striking in any situation without being overblown.

Tulip red jumpsuit (gifted SS24)

The midday sun was very bright in the picture above so this is a better representatation of the actual colour which is a soft red verging on coral. This jumpsuit fits me like a glove – Me+Em always feels as if it’s been made bespoke somehow. You can see how well thought out it is – the front zip enables you to adjust the V-neck to exactly the point that suits you best, the cap sleeves cover the tops of your arms, the fringed edging on the collar makes it a little less formal, the pockets are slanted and placed further forward than most brands so that they don’t add width to your hips, the trousers flare out beautifully at just the right point and the front stitched seam works with the side leg panel to give a lengthening effect.

In my Charlie’s Angels/Lady Penelope hybrid dreamworld I’d wear a jumpsuit like this every day – different colours and a nice washable ponte for the weekends would be the only way I’d ever need to change them up.

Tulip red jumpsuit (gifted SS24)

Friday afternoon meeting & drinks

We were meeting a client at the beautiful Art Deco Midland Hotel with its original Eric Gill and Ravilious features on Friday. We all agreed that a 4pm start would be a good idea so that we could stay on for a glass of wine afterwards. I was determined to wear this dress and was expecting to shiver so I’d taken a (past season Me+Em) cardigan along but suddenly the sun came out. The forecast for last weekend was miserable so there was a real mood of optimism around when the warmth came from nowhere.

Cheesecloth dress (gifted SS24)

As you can see, this is the halterneck version of the dress that I picked out above, there’s a skirt with matching top in the same fabric too. Cheesecloth is so cool and soft to wear, it drapes beautifully and swings as you move – it washes well too so it’s a no brainer for me. The panel at the waist adds structure to this dress so that it doesn’t look too casual – I’d just add that despite it being shirred, there is a seam around the waist at the bottom of your ribs and it’s quite neat so if you’re between sizes, go up on this one. The plunging neckline is a style that works for me but if you prefer to be more covered, there’s a hook and eye further up that you can fasten – a new but thoughtful detail from Me+Em.

Cheesecloth dress (gifted SS24)

Saturday morning shopping and coffee

A trip into town so that I could pick up new contact lenses from the opticians. I’ve realised that I’m wearing my glasses all of the time now so after resisting for as long as I could, I decided to make the transition. One of Lancaster’s best coffee shops is in the grounds of its beautiful old castle so we wandered up there afterwards. I love being there because you can feel the history thrumming around you. It’s the place where the Lancaster witches were tried and you can still go down and be locked in their dungeon if you’re brave enough. Anyway it was gloriously warm again and I was wearing Me+Em. You often see me in their co-ords, especially when we’re travelling. Their stretchy textured palazzos with their elasticated waist are so comfortable for flying in and they look so smart, plus they have the same leg-lengthening properties of the tailored trousers.

Jacquard halterneck top; jacquard palazzos (gifted SS24)

The halterneck top is just the right shade for wearing with jeans and it will look great with cream jeans or skirts too. The trousers will work with ivory, white and blue tops so you’d get a lot of outifts from these two simple pieces. Both are machine washable – note that the relaxed trousers are often generous so you may want to size down, the top in a 12 is quite a neat fit so it may be better to size up on that one.

Jacquard halterneck top; jacquard palazzos (gifted SS24)

Saturday afternoon on the beach

And so on Saturday afternoon we popped over to The Caribbean…

… only joking, this is Morecambe but you wouldn’t think so would you?

We probably wouldn’t have gone down to the beach if I didn’t have this dress to photograph but I’m so glad we did. For once the breeze was warm rather than the usual arctic chill. I forget how lucky we are to have this stunning sandy beach with its view across to the Lake District hills just a thirty minute walk from our front door.

Halterneck beach dress

Now this dress doesn’t look much on the website or even when you unpack it but when you put it on something magic happens. It’s made from the finest cotton viscose blend that hangs and moves like silk, especially when the wind catches it. There are matching swimsuits and bikinis and the whole collection comes in chestnut brown and black as well as this stunning magenta purple.

As you can tell, I had a bikini on underneath. I wouldn’t usually wear something like this locally but while we were taking these photos we bumped into some people we know and ended up going on for a spontaneous drink and something to eat. There is a slight transparency to the fabric but luckily as the light grew dim you couldn’t tell. So many people stopped me to ask about the dress because it’s just so beautiful when you see it in real life.

Halterneck beach dress

And just a word about the sandals. If, like me, you know you’ll never get your eye around the fugly sandal trend however comfy they may be, then these are a great option. They’re strong and sturdy but they don’t ruin the architecture of your foot and thereby the look of your outfit. They have a small heel for support, adjustable straps so that you can get exactly the right fit and yet they still look streamlined.

T-Bar sandals (also available in black, tan or off white)

So it ended up being an unexpectedly lovely weekend – maybe the Met Office need to forecast doom and gloom more often! It’s been good to focus on Me+Em in more detail than usual because it’s a brand that’s become integral to my life. I will only ever feature the retailers that I think deserve your hard earned money and this is one of them. And they will see this post so do take the opportunity to speak to them via the comments, I’m quite sure the petites amongst you will have something to say! I’ll be back on Friday as usual – have a good week.

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