Does practical style mean boring? Meet my 5 piece go to wardrobe

“I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans; the most spectacular,

the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant.

They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes”

Yves Saint Laurent

When it comes to my personal style, I favour shopping for statement pieces, over everyday basics. I love to fill my life with styles that excite me, clothing that promises to tell a story or evoke a conversation. The complete opposite to the philosophy around having a capsule wardrobe of must-have essentials.

However, since becoming a Mum for the third time, I’m finding that my ‘dress up collection’ is slowly being replaced by simpler and more practical styles. The kind of functional clothes you can depend upon as a parent on the go without having to think about what to wear every day. I’m constantly reaching for a bare minimum of basics that all match back together to create an everyday ease that my current life is lacking. The complete opposite to my treasure trove of fanciful dresses and separates currently housed in my attic. So does this mean my style has become boring?

With this question in mind, I tasked myself with editing my wardrobe down to the 5 styles I’m currently wearing on repeat. I was surprised to see a clear simplicity within the items I was pulling out. For someone who craves structure, in a life of unpredictability with kids, I now have an almost paint by numbers approach to dressing. The colour palette of blues, the fluidity of the fabrics and the comfort levels are all apparent. But is this boring or representative of my current style story? Let us look at the items individually…

The Breton Stripe Tee

I mean… If you have been following me for a while, then you know, I love a striped tee. It’s iconic, whilst being humble, it’s practical, whilst remaining chic and it’s the building block to my wardrobe. I wear it with jeans, I style it with leggings, I love clashing it with prints and I’m obsessed with wearing them with floral trousers. Each season I always gravitate to Boden for their newest print and this autumn coming, they haven’t disappointed. They’ve taken the classic navy and white stripe and added a genius touch of blue on navy leopard. It’s refreshing, it is new and yet still a classic. The length hides my tummy and the fit is perfection.

Everyday Jersey Tee

When it comes to jersey tops, they do what they promise to do, dress your upper half. They’re not masquerading as anything other than what they are, something to complete your look and hopefully flatter your figure. If we are to look at minimalism dressing, to completely achieve it, you need to up-spec your materials.  This Ella Top by Baukjen is super soft and beautifully fluid with its batwing design.  The v neck front is flattering and the colour the most perfect cornflower for uplifting my day.


The elevated Legging

I have a confession, I love my leggings and I wear them at least twice a week. They are the item I have previously only worn during my pregnancy and yet third time around, I’ve not been able to give them up. But I have upped my game and I’m obsessed with this premium jersey style by Baukjen. They have an athleisure feel with their contrast side stripe and the high waist pulls me in and smooths my unpredicable tummy.  My favourite look is to add my breton stripe tee, as if to say, hey I’ve made an effort, however a simple jersey top is my ultimate comfort zone.  I love the idea of adding a blazer come autumn, to add another essential item to my look.

The most perfect jeans

There is nothing boring about a pair of jeans. They are the most versatile piece in my wardrobe and they never fail to give me instant style. This unassuming item of clothing is both relaxed and practical and yet can transform my shape and evoke inner confidence. These Topshop Leigh Jeans have been my go-to after each of my babies and I greet them weekly like an old friend. They understand my body like no other and they compliment my most basic styles and also my not-so basic summer blouses.



The midi but fits me as a maxi dress

I’m still a dress girl at heart, so it seems natural that no.5 would pay homage to my love of a great dress.  Zara will forever be my go to for a great midi dress, which at 5’1″ will always hover at maxi length on my petite frame.  At the moment I favour loose fitting styles that skim my curves and hide any self confidence issues I maybe having that day with my body.  It’s also my opportunty to inject some print into my life, which to me will always represent a turn of a season or highlight a new trend.  Plus it keeps me on the right side of boring.

The Baukjen items within this post were kindly gifted by Baukjen, all.other items were purchased by me x



  1. August 10, 2019 / 8:56 am

    Ooh, I do love a Breton stripe, and you know I love animal print, so that top is on my wishlist now!

    • mummystyleuk
      August 17, 2019 / 9:34 pm

      Don’t forget to google Boden discount codes. Never pay full price x

    • mummystyleuk
      August 17, 2019 / 9:33 pm

      A capsule wardrobe is just all the clothes you love, that compliment your figure, whilst serving your lifestyle. Your capsule is what you make of it x

  2. Jemma
    August 10, 2019 / 8:22 pm

    I’m a sucker for a floral, my wardrobe is lacking in a lot and I’m in need of an overhaul.

    • mummystyleuk
      August 17, 2019 / 9:31 pm

      There are some beautiful winter florals out there right now. Just add boots and before we know it, black tights x

  3. August 10, 2019 / 8:57 pm

    I love a batwing sleeve! And that striped top is lush – love that it has two totally different patterns too!

    • mummystyleuk
      August 17, 2019 / 9:28 pm

      Yes the two prints is great on the top and they wash so well too x

  4. Cherry Newby
    August 10, 2019 / 10:04 pm

    I love the dresses!!! I hadn’t thought about it like a midi being a maxi on me – genius mind set change!

    • mummystyleuk
      August 17, 2019 / 9:27 pm

      One persons midi is another persons maxi ? x

  5. August 10, 2019 / 10:17 pm

    I literally live in my jeans! Struggling to find a decent fit that I like at the moment though which is really annoying. I don’t always want to be in skinny jeans all the time but there don’t seem to be many other options out there at the moment.

    • mummystyleuk
      August 17, 2019 / 9:26 pm

      Topshop do a great straight leg jean. It’s a great jean shape to move away from the skinny. As is Next’s boyfriend jean. X

  6. Rachel in Real Life
    August 11, 2019 / 1:50 am

    I have known you for your whole online existence as Mummystyle and I never realised we have identical wardrobe and style ideas and are an identical shape and size (I think!). As a fellow petite the maxi dress has always eluded me.

    • mummystyleuk
      August 17, 2019 / 9:25 pm

      Maybe we were separated at birth like the movie Big Business with Bette Midler. I’ve never been a fan of maxi dresses, but obsessed with midi ones x

  7. August 11, 2019 / 2:39 am

    Love the dress, it looks lovely on you. I am not a dress person but that dress could change my mind

    • mummystyleuk
      August 17, 2019 / 9:23 pm

      Ooo I love a challenge, haha x

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