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I've found the ultimate black summer dress (with pockets) that's selling out as I write this

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Searching for a black dress to see you through the warmer months? I've found the perfect option. (Yahoo Life UK)

You know, on those rare occasions when you try on a piece of clothing that you weren't expecting much from, only for it to exceed your expectations, giving you a dopamine rush that makes you feel like you're on cloud nine? Well, that's exactly how I felt when I found this dress.

The humble black midi dress is a well-worn staple in many women's wardrobes, including mine. While it may appear to be a rather simple sartorial choice, not all of them are created equal.

On the hanger, this bargain £35 dress from Marks & Spencer may not have looked like much, but once you put it on the fit and functionality shines through, making you not only feel great, but look pretty chic too.

🛍️ Product reviewed: Cotton Rich Ribbed Midi Waisted Dress
Rating: 5/5
💸 Reasons to buy: This super flattering dress has a flowy feel with a self-cinching waist and pockets
Reasons to avoid: While I can find no faults, some shoppers have said they don't like the cotton skirt fabric

This fit and flare dress is an absolute wardrobe staple.

£35 at Marks & Spencer
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This is hands down the best black midi dress I've found. (Yahoo Life UK)

For starters, this dress is the best of both worlds. The top half, complete with three-quarter length sleeves, is made from a cotton-rich ribbed fabric that is super soft and comfortable. The contrasting pure cotton A-line skirt helps to give the dress movement, and trust me, I tested it by twirling around. It’s also very lightweight and breathable, ideal for the warmer summer months.

Not stopping there, the gathered waistline features a drawstring fastening, allowing you to cinch your figure in as much or as little as you want. Not only does this mean you can tailor the dress to create the most flattering fit for you, but I also appreciate the practicality so I can loosen the waist after an overindulgent dinner out.

Just when I thought this dress couldn’t get any better, I found out it has pockets. Now, who doesn’t love pockets? Especially on a rather simple and timeless dress like this.

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This is without a doubt the best black summer dress I've ever found. (Yahoo Life UK)
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It features a self-cinching waist for a flattering fit. (Yahoo Life UK)
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You can easily style it down with trainers, or pair with heels for a striking evening ensemble. (Yahoo Life UK)

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The classic number can also easily be dressed up or down. While I styled it casually with a pair of trainers and a trendy £35 canvas bag, which is also from M&S. You could throw it on with a pair of heels, some statement earrings and red lippy for a striking evening look.

All in all, it’s these details that not only make the dress incredibly versatile, but also makes it look and feel a whole lot more luxury than the very affordable £35 price tag.

In fact, I had been eyeing up a similar style on COS that is £85, meanwhile similar designer options available right now are around £580.

While the black is literally selling out as I write this, the M&S number does also come in a fuchsia pink if you would prefer a pop of colour.

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The dress is available in sizes 6 to 24. (Marks & Spencer)
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If you would prefer to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe the dress also comes in pink. (Marks & Spencer)

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And if you want the black but it’s sold out in your size, don’t fret I will absolutely update this article when it comes back in stock.

While I have no criticism about the dress, some shoppers have given it a lower star rating for because they didn't like how stiff the cotton skirt was. So, the contrast-style dress may not be for everyone, but to me, the contrasting materials are part of the dress's charm.

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