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WIWT - Mixing & Matching With Stylish Separates

Morning ladies, today I wanted to show you a couple of new pieces I've been lucky enough to have been sent by Monks On Vacation.  

Now you may recall that I reviewed a few of their pieces a few months ago (see here) & since then I can honestly say that their Popper Jacket & Rushy Pants are now my go to in terms of lounge wear.  I think we can all agree that whilst most of us will love the excuse of dressing up there is nothing nicer than shutting that door & slipping into something comfy & these pieces are not only incredibly comfortable they have the added benefit of being stylish to, not to mention they hold their shape well.

So having fallen head over in heels in love with the pieces I'd previously reviewed I was intrigued to see if other items would live up to my high expectations.

As you will no doubt know by now I love a monochrome outfit or two so with the idea that I could intermix the pieces I'd previously received I decided to pick their long sleeve slouch top & their Madeleine skirt, which has the added advantage that it can be worn at various lengths turning it from a  maxi skirt, to a midi skirt to above the knee.

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As you'll see from the above photo the cut & fit of the garments is exquisite & they really don't need many accessories to finish the outfit.  I've kept the above look extremely simple & just added a leather wrap around belt for a little more definition on my waist.

Like the previously pieces their quality is amazing & of the highest quality & as you'll see from the below image the slouch top drapes beautifully.  It's a gorgeous light weight fabric consisting of 50% cotton & 50% polyester that is loosely fitting on the body with fitted sleeves & raw seams to give it a modern feel.  For anyone that likes to cover up in the sun this would make the perfect beach cover - stylish & would keep you covered & protected but lightweight enough not to leave you sweltering in the heat.

As for the skirt it has just the right amount of lycra to ensure the skirt fits your body shape perfectly without being skintight & too clingy.  Changing the length couldn't be easier either & is just a matter of folding over the waistband to your desired length.  I'm wearing a S in both items & would say these are perfect for a UK 8-10.  

Not only do these items make a stylish outfit when teamed together they're also perfect for mixing with other items too.

In the below picture I've teamed the slouch top with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans, statement flats & a classic straw panama.

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Panama - H&M, similar here
Jeans - Zara, similar here
Shoes - Zara, similar here

Then for today's outfit I've folded the waistband of the skirt slightly to turn it from a maxi to a midi & styled it with my leather biker jacket & a simple patterned top with trainers to dress the look down.

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Biker Jacket - Zara
Top - Zara
Trainers - Golden Goose

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Biker Jacket - John Lewis £199
Blouse - John Lewis £49
Trainers - Hush £115

So ladies what do you think?  In my view both pieces are perfect wardrobe multi-taskers that are not only stylish & timeless but comfortable & practical too.  You can see Monks on Vacations full range of clothing, including their latest release here.  I'd love to hear what you think.

Right time to get on & get the day started.  Hope everyone has a great Saturday - a normal one for us with the usual Saturday chores & karate run but counting the hours until it's time to chill & watch a film or two.

See you in the morning & don't forget Boden's latest offer see here for details.

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  1. Hi Jane, does the skirt have a slit up the back? Just wondering how easy it is to walk in. Love your blog and read it every day - so inspiring! Debs x

    1. Hi Debs this skirt doesn't but they do do another maxi skirt that has a split (black rib split skirt). Although I haven't found this skirt to be restrictive at all & I know I take quite long strides when I walk. In fact until you mentioned it, it hadn't crossed my mind!
      Hope this helps & thank you for the lovely comment & following me.
      Enjoy your weekend.
      Jane xx

  2. I love skirts with leather jackets! Great look the last one!

    1. You can't beat the two teamed together can you Nancy.
      Hope you've had a great weekend.
      Jane xx


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