M&S is to launch a new range of summer wear for women not wanting to be caught out at social functions wearing the same outfit as another guest or worse wearing the same outfit as the bride's mother at a wedding.

The occasionwear department will be launched at selected M&S stores across the UK and will feature summer styled jackets, skirts, trousers and coats in a range of colours and fabrics including silk and stretch satin.

To keep the designs fresh and new, stores will be changing the range on offer every six to eight weeks, and, as an added bonus, the designs will only be made in-house in small batches, offering a degree of exclusivity.