Posts tagged leather trousers
AUTUMN OUTFITS

Every time the seasons change I feel a strong urge to go shopping and there always seems to be so many things I need (want) all of a sudden. However I have learnt that successful Autumn shopping/dressing is about adding a few key pieces to your wardrobe, that will see you through to Winter, that can be dressed up and down and that can complement what you already have.

Here are a few never fail Autumn outfit ideas, shopping tips and some pieces that will make perfect additions to your wardrobe: 

A statement coat: One thing I am always drawn to every season is animal print. I love it - animal print (in my opinion) is a neutral meaning it goes with everything, can be worn to anything and always looks fun and cool.  A leopard print coat is so much more fun than a black one and you'll be surprised how versatile it is.  Marks & Spencer have a few different style leopard print coats in at the moment to suit every shape, size and personality.

A new pair of jeans always makes a good addition to your wardrobe and can often bring back to life tops that you haven't worn for ages.  These are great - high enough around the waist to hide the 'mum tum', slightly cropped and work with ankle boots, flats, heels and trainers.

 

Collared Neck Overcoat with Wool £69 / Frayed Hem Slim Leg Jeans £35

A jumper dress: I love this dress, so comfortable, can be worn over jeans, leather trousers, with boots and tights or trainers. It would also look cool with a biker jacket on top or with a big colourful scarf.  If you are pregnant this could be a good dress to invest in (go for a size up). 

A statement bag can be the making of an outfit - this heart shaped bag is amazing and perfect for Christmas parties, events and weddings.

You'll never regret investing in a pair of practical boots these are a perfect mix of a biker and chelsea boot and will look cool with tights, jeans and dresses. 

Jacquard Long Sleeve Printed Dress £35 / Heart Clutch Bag £29.50

Leather (or faux) leather trousers are one of my Autumn/Winter staples, I wear them a lot, to everything with everything. For smarter occasions I usually wear them with a longer shirt and coat, then dress them down with a T-shirt, denim jacket and trainers.

Striped shirts are having their moment and this is a great one - it is super super simple, flattering, soft and a perfect cut with it's long cuffs. 

This cardigan is leopard print and sparkly - I don't think it needs explaining, it's a winner and would possibly become the most useful thing you own.

Photography by @janelookerphotography 

This post is kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencers. All thoughts, clothes choices, ideas and purchases are my own.

BRAND: BAUKJEN

I recently got some amazing leather trousers from a brand called Baukjen. Baukjen has only recently come up on my radar but they have really great basics, leather, shirts and cashmere. (They also have great Sales too).

Baukjen was founded by the same people who launched maternity brand Isabella Oliver - who are renowned for their great quality, simple maternity clothes.

Because i didn't know much about Baukjen the brand (and i like to know about my brands) i thought i'd ask them. This is what they told me:

NAME OF BRAND/COMPANY: Baukjen 

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: 2009

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: Baukjen De Swaan Arons, the creative brains behind maternity line Isabella Oliver

WHY WAS IT CREATED: After realising during her own pregnancy that there was a real lack of quality maternity wear, Baukjen De Swaan Arons founded maternity line Isabella Oliver in 2003 and soon became the darling brand of pregnant A Listers from J Lo to K Middy. In 2009 they added ready-to-wear under the name Isabella Oliver 365, and then in 2012 decided to re-brand the label under the name “Baukjen”. (they could see the potential of Isabella Oliver 365 as there had been a real appetite for the collection, but the name automatically associated it with maternity clothing and we recognised this as a stumbling block in the future).Today, both brands are looked after by one team and Baukjen has carved its own signature style, while staying true to the premium quality associated with the IO maternity line.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: We’re about the basics done well; the wardrobe classics with a contemporary twist. One thing our customers always feedback is that they feel ‘done’ when they wear our clothes. We’re not about faddy fashion but more about being able to throw together an outfit and always feel stylish whether you’re in the office or in the playground.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: Our leather is a big hit - leather is always a real investment buy, and so we make sure ours is of the best quality- it’s 100% buttery soft and last a lifetime. Our jersey dresses are hugely popular due to their double lining (designed to ‘hold you in’ rather than cling) and ease of wear- they work really well for the office or a job interview. We’ve also nailed relaxed weekend vibes; one of our printed shirts works well with super soft joggers or jeans, and can be updated with leather trousers for the evening.

LEATHER & FAKE LEATHER TROUSERS

I've been looking for the perfect pair of real leather trousers for a while now and i've not found them easy to find.

I've never owned a pair of real leather trousers before but have a pair of fake leather ones which i love, i just love my real leather ones more! Saying that there are some really good fake leather trousers out there, that are a fraction of the price and that do exactly the same thing so if you are thinking its a look that you'd like to try but aren't ready/able/want to fork out loads of cash on some then you have options. Here are some fake versions that i've spotted:

My fake leather ones are the Vero Moda one listed above.

Vero Moda £35 / River Island £40 / TOPSHOP £18 / Zara £25.99

Real leather trousers are an investment which is another word for expensive so it's very important to get some you love. I went for leather leggings (which not very long ago i would have thought was the most ridiculous thing ever) but they are great as they mould to your shape, mine are from Baujken.

Here are some real ones:

Reiss £595 /  Tory Burch £342 (was £760) / Baukjen £349 / H&M £199.99