16 April 2017

3 Wardrobe Staples + A Discount Code + WIWT

Baukjen Westbury Blazer

Westbury Blazer - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217

Morning ladies I think one thing we all would like to get down to a fine art is capsule dressing/wardrobes.  You know the sort of thing where you just own a beautifully edited wardrobe that mixes & matches & whilst not extensive you can always stand in front of & find something to wear.  Yup, I believe these do exist!  Just picture it now - a streamlined wardrobe where everything has it's place, isn't crammed onto a rail that if you place one more hanger onto it, it will break & that contains clothes that don't come out creased due to the sheer volume of clothes hanging up.

I strongly  believe that as we improve with age (much like a fine wine ;-) ) so does our taste in clothes - we know what suits us, what style we want to portray & parts of our bodies we want to hide.  As well as generally having that little bit more disposable income to invest in tailored classics that will not only stand the test of time but have a better cut & are made for a better quality/heavier fabric that won't crease & will fall & drape beautifully.  

I'm definitely in the process of reducing the amount of clothing hanging in my wardrobe & now have a strict one in & at least one out policy when buying something new.  Plus I'm really trying to buy less & spend a little more on pieces I know are my go to staples with less on disposable, trend set clothing, which of course still has it place in every wardrobe but is generally only going to be worn one or two seasons.

So when Baukjen asked me if I'd be interested in picking 3 pieces from their current season to style I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to show just how my picks could form the basis of a capsule wardrobe.

So let's start with the 3 pieces.  Well firstly as you can see from above I went for a blazer - no surprise there considering my love & huge weakness for a tailored jacket.  As you'll know from my daily outfit posts blazers are along with a biker jacket my 'go to' in terms of daily wear.  Whether that's dressing it up with cigarette pants, a cami & heels for a night out or teaming with a simple tailored shirt & jeans & some form of flat shoewear for the day I pretty much live in them.

Now I'd never tried any of Baukjen's blazers before I received this one & yes whilst they are more expensive than some high street brands I have to say as soon as I put the jacket on I can honestly say you get what you pay for.  The tailoring, fit & cut of this blazer are spot on.  In fact on the evening  of the day it arrived, when I was showing hubby his first comment when he saw the blazer on me was what a great fit & cut it was & that's when I was just throwing it on quickly.  

In terms of weight of the blazer I'd say it's something you could probably wear all year round.  Not too heavy for Spring/Summer but equally I'm planning on layering with cashmere & thermals & a big scarf come the colder months.  Plus it has a very flattering longline length & I would say true to size.

Baukjen Thompson Striped Shirt

Thompson Striped Shirt - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217

My second pick is this fitted striped shirt, because as much as we all love a breton or two, I don't think you can beat a fitted striped shirt, especially when it comes in this stunning shade of blue, which I always get drawn to as I think it always looks so fresh.  Perfect for wearing to work with cigarette pants as much as it is with jeans & trainers not to mention if longer in length as a coverup on holiday, or teamed with denim cut offs & a panama for a timeless summertime look.

This shirt is slightly longer in length so perfect for layering over leather leggings or as I've already mentioned denim cuts offs, with the fabric having a slight stretch & is a tailored fit.  So whilst it gives the impression of a boyfriend shirt it has more shape & definition than a lot of the normal oversized shirts that can end up looking like they're wearing you as opposed to the other way round.  

In terms of sizing I would say this comes up slighly large as I ended up sizing down.

Baukjen The Boyfriend Jean

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And for my third item it had to be a pair of jeans as I think most of us probably spend more time wearing denim than we do anything else.  I picked their boyfriend jean because their description of them having 'a tapered leg.......so you don't look like you've borrowed his' really appealed to me, as I think half the battle with finding a good boyfriend jean is finding a pair that are still relatively fitted in the leg to give style & an element of tailoring.

Now I don't think the above picture off Baukjen's website does these jeans any justice.  The denim is actually a lighter & softer blue & they just look a lot nicer & better in real life.  In terms of whether the description met with the fit I would say it does.  There's a good amount of stretch but not too much that you're worried they're going to loose their shape & the jeans have a lovely tailored fit to them without being skinny.  If you imagine a cross between a boyfriend & straight legged jean you'd be on the right tracks.  Although like with the shirt I ended up going down a size in these as I just felt they might start to feel too big after a couple of wears & as I've already mentioned I preferred a little bit more of a straighter fit on the leg.  I've gone for the regular length, which fall just above my ankle bone but if you're taller than me (5'7") I would recommend going for the longer length.

So those are my 3 picks for the start of a capsule wardrobe but how could you style them to ensure that they earn their keep?  

Well that's simples.  Firstly all 3 pieces make a great outfit when worn together.  Secondly each item can easily be dressed up or down making them extremely versatile.  Thirdly if you're anything like me & find most your wardrobe contains clothing that's either grey, black, blue, white or cream with the odd splash of khaki & colour then they're also going to go with pretty much everything hanging in  it.

Just to show you how versatile I've put together a few different outfits for each item, which as you'll see from the below example not only do any of the tops go with the Westbury Blazer you could also mix & match any of the bottoms or shoes with any of the tops too to create quite a few different looks.

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Westbury Blazer - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Bette Top - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Coco Shirt - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Hanna Striped Top - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Ella Top - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Thompson Striped Shirt - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Spenser Top - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217

Westbury Cigarette Pants - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Brook Relaxed Pants - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Monmouth Leather Mini Skirt - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Boyfriend Jean - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Lexden Pencil Skirt - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Rowland Leather Trouser - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Boyfriend Jean - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217

Veja Esplar Trainer - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Sol Sana Porter Heel - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Elia B Suede Court Shoe - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217

Likewise with the shirt.

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Thompson Striped Shirt - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217

Lexden Blazer - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Everyday Biker Jacket - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Brook Trench Coat - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Westbury Blazer - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Alya Leather Jacket - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217

Marion V Neck Jumper - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Alana Wrap Top - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Tana Roll Neck Knit - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217

Monmouth Leather Mini Skirt - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Westbury Cigarette Pants - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Lexden Pencil Skirt - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Brook Relaxed Pants - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Boyfriend Jean - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
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Rowland Leather Trouser - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217

Elia B Suede Court Shoe - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Veja Esplar Trainer - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Sol Sana Porter Heel - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217

And of course with the jeans.

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Mei V Neck Jumper - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Eva Top - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
V Neck Tee - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
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Ella Top - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Thompson Striped Shirt - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Hanna Striped Top - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Coco Shirt - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Bette Top - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217

Lexden Blazer - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Alya Leather Jacket - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Brook Trench Coat - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Everyday Biker Jacket - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Westbury Blazer - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217

Boyfriend Jean - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217

Veja Esplar Trainer - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Elia B Suede Court Shoe - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217

Sol Sana Imogen Clutch - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217

Naturally I've also had a quick trying on session & styled the clothing with existing pieces from my wardrobe.

My Midlife fashion, Baukjen Westbury blazer, village england sway cross body bag, j crew vintage v neck t shirt, j crew cropped kick flare trousers, french sole india leopard print ballet shoes

Blazer - Baukjen - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
T-Shirt - J Crew, similar J Crew
Trousers - J Crew, similar here
Ballet Pumps - French Sole

My Midlife Fashion, Baukjen thompson striped shirt, j crew cropped kick flare trousers, chloe marcel bag, quilted ballet pumps

Shirt - Baukjen - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Bag - Chloe
Trousers - J Crew, similar here
Ballet Pumps - Bought in Majorca, similar here

My Midlife Fashion, massimo dutti trench coat, golden goose superstar leopard print trainers, j crew vintage v neck t shirt, baukjen the boyfriend jeans, j crew leopard print across body bag

Trench - Massimo Dutti, similar here
T-Shirt - J Crew, similar here
Bag - J Crew, similar here
Jeans - Baukjen - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Trainers - Golden Goose, similar here

And today I thought I'd keep my look nice & simple & team the 3 pieces with a splash of 'Bet'.

My Midlife fashion, baukjen westbury blazer, baukjen thompson striped shirt, baukjen the boyfriend jeans, next leopard print court shoes, village england Thurlaston leopard print clutch bag, massimo dutti slim leather tan belt

Blazer - Baukjen - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Shirt - Baukjen - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Belt - Massimo Dutti
Jeans - Baukjen - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Shoes - Next

All The Classics, My Midlife Fashion, Shop My Style, Baukjen Westbury Blazer, Baukjen the boyfriend jeans, baukjen thompson striped shirt, dune abbigail pointed toe mid heel court shoe, village england thurlaston leopard print clutch, marks and spencer faux leather casual style jeans hip belt

Blazer - Baukjen - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Shirt - Baukjen - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Jeans - Baukjen - get 15% off with code MIDLIFEFASHION217
Shoes - Dune

So ladies what are your thoughts on Baukjen as a brand?  Are you a fan of or is it somewhere you've never tended to shop? I have to say I'm very impressed with the quality of cut of their clothing & as I've demonstrated above you could so easily create a full capsule wardrobe just by shopping the brand.  Add a few splashes of colour in your accessories & you'd be good to go.  Plus until the 31st of May 2017 you can get 15% off all full priced items with code MIDLIFEFASHION21, just click here to get shopping!

Right I'm off to consume an Easter egg or two :-0  Well it's the law on Easter Sunday surely ;-)  Enjoy your day with your families ladies & I'll see you tomorrow.  In the meantime  I'd love to hear your thoughts on capsule wardrobes & trying to buy less but better pieces that are going to stand the test of time.

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