wardrobe essentials for spring 2022

One essential item I didn’t have in my wardrobe was a black blazer. I don’t often wear black, but I do think that a black jacket or blazer works well over lighter or coloured items. I can get away with that. When I spotted the Alanis jacket I knew this was the one that I would get most wear out of.


Let’s start off with a smart look. And I’d like to add that one of the things I like about the Alanis blazer is that it’s not too structured. This is why I think I will get more wear out of this blazer. But to add more structure for a smarter look I’ve added a belt. My daily wear, the reversible belt, also from Baukjen. I feature it here on the blog in literally every post.

Two other reasons that this is the perfect, easy to style with anything blazer is one, the larger pockets that aren’t overly tailored. I must add that I rate Baukjen’s tailoring highly. The Pink blazer that comes out year after year is also from Baukjen. Flick through the fashion posts and you will see that nearly every tailored blazer is from Baukjen.

And two, a single-breasted is best I think for an all-rounder that’s going to work with literally everything you pair with a blazer. I love double-breasted blazers but for versatility single-breasted is best.

Adding a burst of colour to my wardrobe

Now, as you know I love my neutrals, but I also love a good print too. It was love at first sight of this Astrid dress. Made of Baukjen’s highly rated Lenzing Ecovero Jersey material. It’s weighty and doesn’t crease at all. I love it. It’s comfortable. stretchy and very versatile. This could be dressed up easily with heels and other accessories.

Also available in a plain material of navy or this years trend colour green that I nearly went for. But I do love a paisley print and I really like the colours in this one.

There’s a lot of subtle detailing to the Astrid dress. The deep waistband that’s very slimming, the gathered hem and a lovely frill on the three-quarter sleeves. I did wear a minimizer bra with this dress I might add. It makes your bust look way fuller than it actually is.


I paired the outfit simple with my black Reiss boots and a black tote that I’ve had for years. There are some similar on sale and I have to say that yes, they are expensive but worth their money all day long. As I said I think the belt elevates the outfit into looking more smarter.

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New to my wardrobe. The updated denim shirt

I decided to style the blazer with a double denim look next. But first, let’s talk about the new updated denim shirt in my wardrobe. I’ve already worn this loads prior to featuring here on the blog. The Cadie Organic Chambrey blouse that’s on sale. This design has just been launched in a crisp cotton white shirt too.

Actually chambray, not denim but I would call this a double denim look. A very easy, casual style to wear. Chambray is preferable because it’s not so bulky.

A slight puff sleeve and frilled collar updates this classic style of shirt perfectly. It’s not at all fitted, but a straight cut is comfortable and will pair with anything in my wardrobe. And it was lovely to get a few minutes of sun! The weather has been dire here in the UK. I’ve also listed below in the shop section the Miriam blouse that I lived in during the last part of summer 21. It really is a lovely blouse and it’s reduced from £99 to £29!


You can see here how the Alanis blazer has taken on a more casual look. without the belt, unbuttoned it pairs perfectly with denim. And I think a warm jumper and black trousers will look good too.

The jeans are Baukjen’s Girlfriend Jeans. I’ve struggled with this style of jean. Higher waist and a baggier leg but these are the best that I’ve tried. And trust me I’ve tried many! I did size down on these though, for a more fitted look.

I’ve paired the double denim look with Black. My Marc Jacobs Snapshot bag, the daily worn Black reversible Baukjen belt and these boots that are so comfortable from Pavers. They have a side zip, so no need to keep doing all those laces!

Updating accessories is how I like to keep my looks a little more on-trend. I talked about this in my latest YouTube film. I’m a classic dresser all the way but I like to update my looks this way. The bangle is from Opus Robur and I like the bulky bar and unusual shape.

I still have a discount code for Baukjen for you!

Use the discount code VANITY15 for a 15% discount off any full-priced item at Baukjen

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  1. February 7, 2022 / 6:47 am

    I love a belted black blazer. Your black boots look great with the jeans. I’ve been wearing colourful boots for so long I forgot how versatile black boots are ! Thanks for linking x

  2. February 6, 2022 / 11:43 pm

    As much as I love colour, you can’t go wrong with a classic black blazer. It looks fab belted over the dress. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

  3. February 6, 2022 / 5:11 am

    Such a pretty dress! And the the blazer looks great with it and with the more casual jeans. Lovely!


    • laurie
      February 6, 2022 / 9:17 am

      Thanks, Michelle. It’s very easy to wear. So comfortable too xx

  4. February 5, 2022 / 3:14 am

    That dress is beautiful on you and I really like the blazer in both outfits 🙂 Such a fun way to do double denim!

    Thanks for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! Hope that you are having a lovely weekend 🙂

  5. February 3, 2022 / 10:24 pm

    Great outfits – bring on spring! Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

    • laurie
      February 5, 2022 / 9:36 am

      Thanks, Stephanie xx

  6. February 2, 2022 / 7:54 am

    That’s a beautiful blazer and you rock both these styles. Love that dress!

    • laurie
      February 5, 2022 / 9:37 am

      Thanks, Lovely xx

  7. February 1, 2022 / 12:29 pm

    I love seeing you in double denim, Laurie. It’s quite a change but it really suits you! Those boots are fabulous, and the shirt is cute with the detail on the shoulders. I’m going to have a look, I think!
    Suzy xx

    • laurie
      February 5, 2022 / 9:38 am

      Thanks Suzy. Certainly worth looking at xx

  8. February 1, 2022 / 12:12 pm

    What a great blazer! Both of these outfits are gorgeous! Love your styling!


    • laurie
      February 5, 2022 / 9:39 am

      Thanks so much Jill xx

  9. January 31, 2022 / 6:44 pm

    Oh very fashion style darling

  10. January 31, 2022 / 2:30 pm

    Oh, my goodness! I am so happy to have found your wonderful blog via Linda’s link-up! I love your style and ideas and just subscribed here and also to your YouTube channel. What a blessing to find you! I am so looking forward to reading and watching more. May God bless you!

    • laurie
      January 31, 2022 / 7:20 pm

      Hi Cheryl. Music to my ears! I’m so glad that you like my content. That’s so lovely of you to say xx

  11. January 30, 2022 / 7:26 pm

    Love the belted blazer and the dress is my kind of dress. x

    • laurie
      January 31, 2022 / 7:22 pm

      Thanks, Hilda. I can’t wait for it to be blazer weather every day xx

  12. January 28, 2022 / 2:24 pm

    The belted blazer really cinches in your waist. Great silhouette!

    • laurie
      January 31, 2022 / 7:29 pm

      Thanks Michelle. I like that you can wear both smart and casual. It’s turning out to be a very versatile blazer xx

  13. January 28, 2022 / 11:58 am

    Even if black is not your best there are times when only black will do! I love a blazer at any time, they will sit happily with virtually any and every outfit.

    • laurie
      January 31, 2022 / 7:30 pm

      Thanks Pamela. Yes. Black is my least worn colour. But there have been a couple of times where I’ve rummaged in the wardrobe wishing that I had one! xx

  14. January 27, 2022 / 5:41 am

    One blazer, two totally different but equally lovely outfits Laurie. The belt seems like a great idea, I might try that style myself. Your Reiss boots are stunning, I know their garments are not cheep but they are worth it. Have a great weekend

    • laurie
      January 27, 2022 / 7:48 am

      I love the boots Anna. Yes, excellent quality. They’re into their third year now. I wish the heel was slightly lower though! xx

  15. January 26, 2022 / 2:15 pm

    I love the waistband and print of the dress. I am in search of a couple dresses this year and that is where I struggle: the waist of dresses here are really weird and not flattering.

    • laurie
      January 27, 2022 / 7:50 am

      I know what you mean Mireille. I find using my own belts best. I rarely use the self-tie that comes with dresses too. If it’s an elasticated wait, just make sure you have a belt slightly wider to cover it. I find this makes a huge difference xx

  16. January 26, 2022 / 7:12 am

    What a lovely dress! And with a belted blazer it is very pretty. You remind me that I need a denim blouse again! Always love those.

    • laurie
      January 27, 2022 / 7:51 am

      Thanks Nancy. I like the sleeves on this one. It just updates the classic a little xx

  17. January 25, 2022 / 3:58 pm

    Love the shots Laurie, and the items are super cute – I’ve pick that dress too. Hope you are well Hun. Jacqui x

    • laurie
      January 27, 2022 / 7:51 am

      Thanks Jacqui

  18. January 25, 2022 / 3:48 pm

    Hi Laurie!
    Thats a great blazer! You know I am a big fan of blazers, but have but one black one as well. I love that it isnt too formal, but still structured. It looks wonderful witht the belt. And the dress I love! I am a print girl, so I love the color and pasiley here. Looks so sharp!
    Have a great week!
    jess xx

    • laurie
      January 27, 2022 / 7:53 am

      Thanks Jess. I’m always so pleased with anything I receive from Baukjen. Their new collections pull me in every time! xx