The Model and Me: Blue Bungalow

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 53 Comments

I’m having so much fun with my cooler weather wardrobe.

The layers were definitely out and happening across the weekend. (You can catch up with my outfits here, here, here and here).

My favourite winter uniform is starting with good basics – a basic knit or long-sleeve top and a basic pant – and then layering a jacket, cardi or cape for colour, texture and overall outfit interest.

When you break it down, the concept is simple as it’s relying on basics (something everyone should have nailed in their wardrobe) plus one interest piece.

One of my favourite interest pieces this winter and last has been the knit cape.

Think of it as the winter wardrobe answer to cotton capes and kimonos … except with the added bonus they essentially feel like you’re stepping out with a soft blanket around your shoulders.

And no-one stops you to ask for their throw-rug back. Well, except for Mr SY … but he also doesn’t get my need to wear tassels/faux fur/wedges/any current fashion trend … so that doesn’t count.

Today, I’m featuring a fabulous checked cape and basics outfit from Blue Bungalow that is definitely going to be on high rotation on my shoulders this winter.

Here it is on the model …

The model

Blue Bungalow cape, top, pants and necklace

Blue Bungalow cape $69, top $59.95, pants $69.95 and necklace $49

and me

Blue Bungalow cape, top and pants | Frankie4 Footwear boots | Louenhide bag

Blue Bungalow cape (I’m wearing size M/L)*, top (I’m wearing size M)* and pants (I’m wearing size M)* | Frankie4 Footwear boots | Louenhide bag

I’m going to talk about the basics first because if I’m not banging on about always having a well-edited wardrobe, then I’m very vocal about the need for your wardrobe to be grounded on solid wardrobe basics.

I recently tackled the polarising subject of leggings, jeggings and ponte pants. Polarising because leggings are not pants. Many push this wardrobe essential into the “don’t go there” basket when, in fact, you really should go there. It’s about what you wear with said essential that makes them a valid outfit choice.

This particular pair combines the sucker-in and smooth qualities of a ponte pant with a zip and waistband. It’s a jegging/ponte pant hybrid that just works. Do buy down a size or two though as they are super stretchy. You don’t want the saggy and baggies happening … and you don’t want to be hitching them up every five minutes either.

The top is an ideal one for wearing over any kind of legging – hybrid or not. It is longer at the back than the front but still long enough at the front to cover the essentials.

As for the cape … ahh, so much monochrome goodness to love. It sits well on the shoulders. It won’t slide off as the buttons create a semi-sleeve.

It’s a mid-weight, acrylic knit, which is perfect for a cool Queensland autumn-winter morning or to have at hand when the sun disappears.

So tell me, do you love to wear a blanket out? Please tell me, I’m not alone.

The Model and Me: Blue Bungalow AW15

* These pieces were gifted to me for editorial consideration. Full disclosure policy here.

Comments 53

  1. You are not alone, I love a blanket cape! Great outfit Nikki. I wore mine out on Saturday night and am tempted to do something to make a “sleeve” because I did get a bit sick of adjusting it by the end of the night.

  2. Definite fan of the cape and anything layered for interest this winter. I may have been gutted when I went to purchase a fur vest last week in your post and it sold out before I could put my credit card details in. 🙁

      1. No it was from Birdsnest. Both sold out because Birdsnest released a Mayhem sale and so those vests were reduced again the morning your post went live. They are all sold out now as a result. I’m putting together a post for other fur vests that I found on the next and have sizes available. They seem to be a popular item this year. 🙂

  3. Love this! I am so a basic conservative girl at heart. Love a show pony piecd too though. The curls suit you!

  4. Oh I love this! I live a little further south than you Nicky – do you think you can pop an extra layer of some sort under the cape to ward off a Melbourne winter’s day?

  5. This hairdo is the BOMB. You always look great Nikki but this change is fresh, funky and fabulous. Love it.

  6. I like a poncho or cape that has something to button up, some stitching to hold it together or some shaping in the shoulders. All of these mean less slippage and less having to pick up my fallen item from the floor of the bus (true story).

  7. Love it all! From the blanket to your curls. Personally, I can’t wear a blanket as being tall it makes me look like the back of a bus on stilts.

    Thought of you and your post & so Wished I could have instantly printed out your polarizing post on jeggings, leggings and ponte pants and handed it to an otherwise immaculately & beautifully dressed mum except for the see through leggings that did not hide the “Bridgette jones nana style undies” on sidelines of kids’ sports on weekend. Her top did not cover her bottom and I’m sure she didn’t realize how transparent her leggings were. I didn’t know what to do except wish that someone had told her but when you’re up at the crack of dawn for kids’ sports, she might not have realized how see through pants were.

    I get how hard it can be, as I’be worn 2 different colored shoes but identical style shoes in the rush to get kids to sport on Saturday morning & when a friend pointed it out, nearly wet myself I was laughing so much. Den xxx

  8. you look super nikki!
    yes I love them styled just like that! … or with my long flat boots!
    it’s a very European thing too, as they love their capes and drapes always!
    chill factor having a baring on things!
    love your new hairdo hun!
    enjoy your day! you always seem to have such a sunny disposition!
    delightful! … love m:)X

  9. No your not alone Nikki I am afraid I have a little bit of a obsession with capes ponchos and blanket capes as the weather here is freezing in winter especially in the mornings and nights and we have a south facing cold house I love them I think I have 5 or 6 and I’m never throwing them out,they beat walking around with a dressing gown on!
    You look amazing in this one Nikki,so chic and can I just say again how much I love your hair with a bit of a curl,stunning Xx

  10. Capes and ponchos are everywhere this year aren’t they. I guess it’s the winter equivalent of swanning about in a kaftan. I had a browse online yesterday – but there are just so many to choose from. Soft cashmere is probably my preference, but will have to save up for one of those. You look lovely, as usual. Echo everyone else re the hair.- looks fab.

  11. I absolutely love your hair like this! Perfect length and the waves. Beautiful outfit, I would wear it for sure. And I prefer the boots you are wearing to the models, but that’s just me, hers are great as well. Kathryn 🙂

    1. Thanks Amanda, I had the hair and makeup done for an event on Friday night that I was speaking at so made the most of it and photographed some Model and Me posts while I was at my best 😉

    2. Thanks Amanda, I had the hair and makeup done for an event on Friday night that I was speaking at so made the most of it and photographed some Model and Me posts while I was at my best 😉

      1. I only just saw your reply now and the S/M is out of stock again! Too popular. Any chance you that could email me if more stock comes in?

        1. Hi Judith, I’m just a shopper too. I’d email the store, I’m sure they would email you when more stock arrives. 🙂

        2. Hi Judith, Katie from Blue Bungalow here. We have just restocked the cape (for the second time haha) and only have limited sizes this time round! Hope that helps! 🙂

    1. Thank you for the reply Sandra – she is correct! We have restocked the cape, top and pants. However, the top is on pre-order and will be shipped out wednesday! Katie from Blue Bungalow 🙂

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