Friday, 22 May 2015

Bare Legs in Autumn - Colours, Prints and Neutral Bags

After the crazy stormy weather, it actually turned into a nice couple of days, warm enough to go bare-legged even though it's nearing the end of autumn. I took the chance to wear some lighter outfits, guided again by what the theme of the day was for each day for the Fox in Flats May style challenge.

What I wore:

Monochrome blue outfit printed shirts plain tank white drape jacket pistol boots

Avalina Leather Audrey clutch in cognac tassels
Jacket: no label white drape jacket
NecklaceHouse of Harlow sunburst necklace in silver and grey
Tank:  Jeanswest 'Jenni' singlet in indigo blue (on sale here!)
ShortsJeanswest 'Scarlette' printed shorts (on sale!)
ShoesAcne pistol boots in "skin"
BagAudrey leather clutch in cognac C/O Avalina Leather

Why I wore it:

I had been looking at these shorts in my wardrobe recently, thinking it was a shame I didn't wear them as much as I had hoped to over summer. So when the challenge for the day was 'slick legs - leather, pleather, coated denim or dare to bare' I knew wearing these shorts again would be perfect. It worked out well as I was able to take advantage of the warm weather and go bare-legged, without needing to layer too much on top. I only needed the jacket in the morning and evening.

I chose the blue tank to wear with the shorts as it was an outfit idea the personal stylist suggested to me during my wardrobe detox - I quite liked the monochrome look, but I think a tank that matched the shorts a little closer would have been better. This was the closet match I had from my blue tanks though.

This bag hasn't been worn in a while! I wasn't sure what bag would look best with this, and I've been wearing my Rebecca Minkoff bags a lot lately so wanted to change it up a little. I just needed my wallet and phone as I was working from home and only popping out to day care with baby. I went looking for a nice bag and rediscovered this cute tan clutch, perfect and fit exactly what I needed.


Last worn: waterfall drape jacket, blue tank, printed shorts, Acne Pistol boots, Avalina leather clutch.

Other ways to wear: draped jacket with stripes, blue tank over a third trimester baby bumpprinted shorts outfit for a day at a theme parkpistol boots with a little red dresstan leather clutch with an Aztec print dress.









What I wore:

Casual SAHM Autumn Dress Outfit red shift dress converse chucks leopard print scarf

Rebecca Minkoff soft grey mini MAB MAM satchel with leopard print scarf
ScarfAsos crinkle oversized leopard print scarf
DressZalora Basics faux leather placket red shift dress (new purchaseon sale!)
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

I loved this outfit, but it was a struggle to come up with it, despite how simple it looks! The challenge for the day was 'vamp vixen', and I wouldn't say I'd have anything especially vampish in my wardrobe. It was also a quiet day with baby - a few errands to run but nothing that would need me to put a lot of effort into my outfit.

Had been wanting to wear this red dress again for its second wear of the month, and thought a scarf would look good. Red and leopard print sounds kind of vampish right? Even if I was balancing it out with a loose fit red dress, just a little bit of leopard in the scarf and extremely practical flat shoes. While I'm not entirely sure it met the challenge for the day, I really loved this outfit. This scarf is another one I rediscovered during my wardrobe detox, it hasn't been worn in almost 3 years! far too long between wears.


This is the second time I've worn this dress since I bought it (you can see the previous time here). I'm trying to wear everything I buy twice in a month after I buy it so I can see if it really works in my wardrobe, to make myself think more about what I'm buying and to try and stop buying things I just don't wear.

My purchase review:
I wasn't 100% sold on this dress when I saw it online but bought it because the price was good and it was a similar style to the dress I had been wanting to buy for a while. I am so glad I made this impulse purchase, it's a great dress! The colour is a little different from what I would usually go for, but so wearable. The length is good for being at home with baby too - just above the knees and it doesn't creep up too far when belt the ergo carrier around my waist while babywearing. Plus, it has pockets! The sleeves hit me at an odd point - probably as I'm petite - so I've just rolled the sleeves up a little more, but they stay there all day and that's easy enough to do each time I wear it.

This is one of those impulse purchases I'm glad I made - I knew that since I ordered from the Iconic I could return it if it didn't work out anyway. Even if I am trying to curb my impulse buys, this one was a worthwhile one!



Last worn: leopard print scarf, red dress, white Converse, RM MAM bag.

Other ways to wear: leopard print scarf with Aztec print dress, red shift dress with blue scarf and ankle boots, polka dot shirt dress and Converse, print mixing outfit with a neutral grey bag.





Linking up with Fab Favourites, Casual Friday, Passion for Fashion, Fashion Friday, Mix It Up Friday, The Ultimate Rabbit Hole, Thursday Threads today.




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52 comments:

  1. The first one is one of my favorite looks of yours, if not my favorite one!

    XO Naomi in Wonderland

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  2. I love the boho inspired outfit on top. It looks like you just returned from Coachella :) Btw, you should definitely wear those shorts more often. They look so cute paired with the casual blouse.

    Jasmin xx
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  3. such a great look

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  4. love the red dress!
    Irene
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  5. Leopard rules! Love that scarf and works well with the red dress.

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  6. Yayy for warmer weather! We're going backward here, the past few days it has been cold again! GAH! Make up your mind Spring/Summer! :p
    I wish we had jeanswest here, you have so many cute pieces from there
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    1. haha I guess it's better for us when the weather goes backwards, means we get a little bit of heat again ;)

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  7. Great outfits for the season, dear! Love your bags too, Mica! xoxo

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  8. Inspirational outfit..I like the bag from the first look ;)

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  9. I think that both looks are fab and the stylist chose right with that hue of blue.
    Do you think your style has evolved after the stylist session?

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    1. I think I've definitely got more confidence - there's nothing quite like being told that some of your favourite outfits just aren't doing you any justice, and hearing lots of praise for those things that you were on the fence about. it's been eye opening, and it is definitely making me try more combinations inside my wardrobe.

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  10. Shorts in fall?! I'm jealous. That's near unheard of here. Regardless, it looks lovely, and I really like that bag. It's different, more simple and understated which is a nice mix. I'm so basic with my handbags. I have one of each style (except bucket, I just don't get it).

    I would totally fail at any vampy challenge thrown my way. I'm the farthest from sexy, vampy, you could get. But I LOVE that you made vampy wearable. You didn't try to be someone else. You said this is red, animal print, and I'm comfy yet stylish. I'm seriously so excited to start planning my style challenge outfits! Thank you so much for including me! (:

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    1. hehe yes I took advantage of that hot spell to wear those shorts! they are packed away for warmer months now!

      I was actually going to sit out the vampy challenge, I agree with you, I feel many things but vampy isn't one - maybe it's a mum thing? But after thinking about the suggested 'vampy' things I realised I could do my own, practical and comfortable take on them and feel much happier :)

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  11. You need to hand over that cognac bag Mica! It is too sharp! I love you in blue. The print of your shorts are pretty and I love that crisp white shirt with it. Sometimes you just have to go with impulse purchases. It worked for you.
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  12. I was just thinking I hadn't seen that first bag before reading that you hadn't worn it in awhile. You need to do a post about how you store them all! You have such a good collection.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. I have a video on youtube of how I used to store them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_mqsKFWV1E I have so many! They are all in boxes under the bed now, my wardrobe room became baby's nursery.

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  13. You know sometimes impulse buys can become something that stays in your wardrobe forever :) I have this happened to me (the outremer Balenciaga and my bal moto jacket). Anyway I was gonna tell you that you have really nice legs but then it may sound kind of creepy (but I already said it so oh well lol).

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    1. haha thank you! I know you don't mean it in a creepy way! :) I think I have more regrets over impulse purchases, but sometimes, like this, I buy a great one! :)

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  14. I love how drapey and easy, but still very much put together both of these outfits are! So effortless! Carylee | more pieces of me

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  15. The first look, amazing! I mean you are lucky to be able to still wear that during fall months (which I miss) But that second look is so me!! I just love wearing things like that very comfy but still very chic!

    RedLip&Love

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  16. I love seeing you wearing print because I love wearing it myself too :)

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  17. I think the first one is my favourite! You look gorgeous! I love the drapey effect, I just love jackets like those! <3

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  18. I love your clothing. This first look so nice, I mean your legs look amazing (jealous) & the second look looks so comfy but also very fashionable :)

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  19. Beautiful outfits; you have the coolest handbags.
    Have a great weekend.

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  20. I love both looks :) They look very comfy, it´ so me :D
    LifeAsIva

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  21. Gorgeous outfits!!! I've never been much into scarves but I must give them more chances!!!

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  22. I think you nailed it with the red dress and leopard print scarf! I love it when an impulse purchase pays off!

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    1. It was for real worth the money, Mica! Great catch! I love the "vamp meets streetstyle girl" vibe! So in love with your leopard scarf! Awesome combo! Jelly of your long legs, dear! ;-) They look even longer with your "skin" colored Pistols! Antother look which reminds me kinda of Isabel Marant! Beautiful and very inspring! Happy Monday, Mica!

      xxx Ira
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  23. I love the first outfit. I’m jealous you can still bear your legs at this time of the year. It’s freezing here! I love really like the boots with those shorts. Perfect.

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    1. It's really cooled off here the past few days! I'm glad I took advantage of the warmer weather when I could! :)

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  24. Really love the first outfit! The shorts look great on you!

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  25. You look so chic in the 1st outfit.
    Love it
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  26. Love the first look, that purse and necklace are beautiful. Great styles!

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  27. Love the leopard print scarf with the red dress. Perfect combo! Great idea to dress it down with converse too... Loving this look! xx

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  28. I am completely in-love with this post! Happy Monday dear! :)


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  29. I love that leather clutch- it gives such a nice warm vibe to any outfit... brown is a go to for me :)
    xoxo
    Brooke|LookBrooke

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  30. These photos are so captivating, you always look so pretty and attractive. Have I ever said that I love your curly hair a lot:)? This hair style suits you perfectly well, indeed.
    Both of those outfits are so womanly and effortless, which is so nice.

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    1. Thank Alexandra! I do miss my long hair, but I don't mind this shorter cut too much when I wear it curly :)

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  31. you look so stunning!
    Emma xx
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  32. I am loving that dress in the second look. It seems so effortless!

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  33. Adorable as ever! I love the leo print scarf. As always, you look amazing, Mica! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  34. I really love that first look, so fresh and it has a boho vibe which I love!! I've been wanting that House of Harlow necklace it's the perfect touch to the look. Hope you enjoyed your weekend:)
    Marta
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    1. It is a great necklace, I wear it with so much and recommend it! :)

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  35. I love the first look, your shorts are gorgeous!! I also love the second look, love pairing leopard with red :)

    PS - followed you on Instagram :)

    xo,
    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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  36. I'm so jealous of your bare legs! Both of these outfits are adorable! That little white shirt/jacket is such a statement piece. It really pops against the blues! And I'm a sucker for red+ leopard print.

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  37. Thank you all for your kind comments (especially about my legs!).

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