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Baukjen, Phase 8 and H&M

It’s been a wee while since I did a fashion post, so thought I’d pop a few pics up of recent pictures.  I want to do a post about my skinny leg work trousers and the new H&M t-shirts which have fulfilled a long required need, but maybe another day.  Today we talk Baukjen, Phase 8 and H&M cardigans.

I do require quite a strict set of rules when it comes to clothing.  Specifically that they should not be creasable, not require ironing AT ALL and (until recently) be machine washable.  The last rule has been relaxed of late, partly because so many of the lovely Mint Velvet clothes I have bought all require hand washing, but when you’ve got 2 or 3 they can be hand washed together and I now hang them up in my downstairs shower which is never used, so there is less hassle. However, I can’t be doing with ironing.  If it can’t be washed, hung on a hanger, dried and then put straight in the wardrobe then it will be worn once.  Frankly I don’t have that kind of money to burn.

So this first purchase was bought a while back (I know this because when I found the pics I had long hair).  I bought it during the Baukjen sale and liked the entire outfit so bought it all.  The belt had already been purchased, see here, and as I had been initially reluctant to buy such an expensive belt, it came as some relief to create a second outfit that I could wear it with and get some more use out of it.  The top is a polyester material which drapes well.  It’s end of season, but Baukjen do many tops in a similar fabric and I’m sure this will be redesigned again.  The skirt is still available and is called The High waisted Pencil Skirt.  They refer to it as “heavy weight Ponte” which is Viscose, Polymide and Elastic.  It’s basically thick and stretchy, so perfect for winter (and summer as it turned out).  I did think that getting it high-waisted would kill two birds with one stone and flatten my tummy, but I did struggle to get in the damn thing to start with. I bought a Size 10, but often the waists don’t fit (well certainly not from some stores like Miss Selfridge and River Island) and I did panic that I would have to return it for a 12. Baukjen skirt The trouble was that the skirt fitted everywhere else really well and I was worried that going up a size would stop it from being clingy.  As it turned out I just needed to try it on in the morning (after dinner was a bad idea) and if I hoiked it up high enough I could pull the zip up and then readjust.  The look is definitely worth it and it wasn’t uncomfortable at all.  I’ve worn it quite a few times to work, although not on the days I cycle in (obviously).  I wore it on this occasion with a pair of flat black heels, but have also worn with a higher heel as well.

My two second purchases were from Phase 8.  A store that I have sidestepped for years because it just screamed “50 YEAR OLD” to me, but either they have started making more contemporary clothing or I’m just getting to the stage where a 2 piece skirt suit looks appealing, I don’t know (I’m joking by the way.  No 2 piece skirt suit for me, thanks!).  Anyway, again in the sale I picked up two dresses which I would not have purchased online for fear that the hemline was too short, or it made me look dowdy.   The first one is the Luna Print dress (still available) with a flattering empire line flower design in stone and white jersey.  It is very flattering for me, sits just above the knee and doesn’t swamp my small boobs.  The sleeves are also a bonus as they cover that part of the arm nobody is that keen on when they are 40+.

The second dress is the Edith Pleat Front dress (also still available) and is a lovely soft grey jersey, gathered in the centre of the dress. Perfect to dress up or dress down and very flattering.  It does bag a little around the boobage area for me, but not enough for me not to wear it. If you have more up top, then this dress is incredibly flattering.  Here it is …

Phase 8 Edith

I have had these two dresses for a while and then we had the Brugge trip looming and the prospect of only 2 days and a night there, ending up with a meal at the Wolsely in London at the end of it.  I wanted to pack very lightly and these two dresses fitted the bill.  I wore the Grey one out during the day and for the evening at a restaurant and then planned to wear the flowered one the next day, through to the evening meal and changing my comfortable walking shoes for a pair of navy blue strappy sandals.  I just needed to zing both dresses up with a bright cardigan and I took to twitter for suggestions on what colour.

I ended up going for the colour first suggested as I had dreamed of wearing this colour one day and I thought it would look good.  Quite a few others mentioned it, but I was also suggested fuschia and yellow as other options.  This was the colour…


Yep. I went with mustard.  Purchased it for £9.99 from H&M which was a darn sight cheaper than the slightly more greener (and probably wrong) cardigan at Hobbs for £69.

And here it is with the outfits I wore on the two days.  Both with my rather clonky but comfortable white Clarks walking shoes, but I took a photo of me yesterday wearing it for work with some black and white flats from Dune.

Grey and cardigan

flower and cardigan

What do you think?   I’m really glad I took the plunge on the colour.  Will definitely try to step out of my comfort zone again.

Shopping – 41 year old style

Remember that day of shopping I had back in mid February?  The brilliant day organised by my husband that was also supposed to contain an opportunity to sit and read and chill out in a café that didn’t happen because I had to get back home by 4pm for his conference call and nearly had to leave at 2pm because he was held up in a casting call?  Well, I’ve now worn all the clothes that I bought that day, so here they are.

First up is one of the tops from Mint Velvet.  I do love this label and have done ever since I discovered them last year.  I have a beautiful top that I’ve worn on numerous occasions so I was keen to spend an hour browsing and trying on a few others.  As it turned out my moment to visit them happened after the panicked casting call phone call, so I literally legged it over, grabbed a handful of clothes and rushed into the changing room.  I was on my 3rd outfit when he texted to say everything was fine and I didn’t need to rush back……..so I retried some of the clothes again.  This is the first top.

The Mint Velvet top without cardigan

The Mint Velvet top without cardigan

This is the best pic of it without my cardigan on. It’s a lovely combination of greys and beiges and has a drawstring on the left side which can create a lovely asymmetrical line. Continue reading