Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Corporate Style: Colourful With French Connection Printed Dresses and Scarves

After I finished doing the two instagram style challenges at once, I was looking forward to not dressing for a theme. I wanted to wear some of my office wear that I hadn't worn in a long time, my printed French Connection dresses. The weather was a little cooler, so I layered up and added some scarves.

What I wore:

turquoise pashmina printed FCUK sheath dress tweed blazer ankle boots

Rebecca Minkoff soft grey MAM MAB mini Bag with orange and turqouise
Scarf: Cotton On turquoise pashmina
DressFrench Connection 'Fast Rhonda' dress in black/caramel
ShoesAcne pistol boots in "skin"
Bracelets: the usual plus JORD black Fieldcrest wood watch (C/O)
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

I had decided in advance I wanted to wear this dress again, but as it's gotten a little cooler since then I had to add some layers. I thought that the print mixing with the dress and the blazer was a bit different, but looked okay, so I laid this out to wear the next day. As I woke up a little under the weather and I wanted to be cosy, at the last minute I added a scarf. Went with this plain one as I thought it was a nice colour with the orange in the dress, and I didn't want to add a third print to the mix.

I have three of these Cotton On pashminas. (Cotton On had them for $5 with any purchase for a while). I have a white one, a fuchsia pink one and this turquoise one. I can find the last time I wore the white one and the pink one, but not the last time I wore this one. I wonder if I really haven't worn it in the 3 years I've been blogging, or if I just tagged it incorrectly so I can't find it in my archives! No real reason why I haven't worn it more often, it's a great colour and being a nice basic scarf it will work with a lot of prints. I re-discovered it during my wardrobe detox, expect to see it again!

I've had this dress for years, even before the blog. It's been a year and a half since I last wore it though! It's definitely one of those office-only pieces in my wardrobe, and with it being so slim fitting I didn't get a chance to wear it during my pregnancy. I worried it showed off the developing baby bump in the first trimester, and by the second trimester, when I had stopped hiding the pregnancy at work, I couldn't even zip it up. It's good to be back wearing it again now, even if it does fit a little snugger around my belly than it did pre-baby ;)


Last worn: tweed blazer, French Connection sheath dress, orange wool jumperAcne Pistol boots, Rebecca Minkoff grey MAM bag. First time I've worn this scarf on the blog.

Other ways to wear: tweed blazer with printed top for travel, dark floral print dress in summerpistol boots with denim shorts, Rebecca Minkoff grey MAM with wrap dresses and a baby bump.









What I wore:

Orange Monochrome Outfit: Pashmina, wool jumper, printed dress nude heels

Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini MAM in soft grey
Jumper: vintage David Jones orange wool knit jumper from AWLQ vintage sale
DressFrench Connection 'Woodblock wonder' panache dress in white/geranium rose
Shoes: Wittner 'Lumen' heel in patent leather
Bracelets: the usual plus JORD black Fieldcrest wood watch (C/O)
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

This printed dress isn't as snug a fit as the one above, so I did get away with wearing it to the office in the first trimester, using the print to distract from the tiny little baby bump. I didn't wear this dress on my maternity leave either, I like this dress and it's definitely more forgiving than the one above, I could have fit into it earlier, but I'm happy to have it as an office-only piece as well.

Again, I had made up my mind that I wanted to wear this dress before I got sick. I was determined to still make it work though! I've worn this dress with a jumper over the top before, so thought that was the best way to go to keep my chest warm, instead of adding a coat and having to fiddle with lots of buttons. I added the scarf as yet another layer as I was beginning to lose my voice and wanted to keep my neck warm.

Beth pointed out on instagram that it was a very Queensland look - layered up on top but bare legs! I didn't think it was that cold in the morning to need to cover up my legs, but by the end of the day I was wishing I'd worn tights or pants. It was really chilly in the evening on the way home from work, as the stormy and wet weather started to set in.


Last worn: feather print pashmina, orange wool jumper, French Connection orange print dress, nude patent heels, Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag (above).

Other ways to wear: feather print pashmina with polka dot dress, wool jumper with skinny jeansorange print dress in summer, nude heels with a monochrome blue outfitgrey handbag with a neutral outfit in the third trimester.






Linking up with Whatcha Wearing, What I Wore, WIW, Style Me Weekly, Get Your Pretty On, Oh Hey Girl, Trendy Wednesday, The Wednesday Pants, Thursday Fashion Files, Throwback Thursday, Look What I Got, What I Wore to Work, Fun Fashion Friday today.




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54 comments:

  1. I love the colour of the scarf you wore in the first look! Very colourful and I love it :)

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  2. Both dresses have a lovely print, but I think I slightly prefer the lighter colored, the orange one. Keep in mind we are heading into summer "up here", so being drawn to lighter colors comes with the territory ;-) And you really should wear the turquoise scarf more often :)

    Have a nice week!

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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  3. Both outfits look chic! you're inspiring me to wear more scarves! That jumper was such a good find! OMG I can't believe baby T is almost one! :O insane. I love the progress photos around the house idea. I'd love to see how it all turned out - will you be doing a blog post on his birthday? xx

    Thrive on Novelty

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    1. I might send you a private pic on insta of it once I get the decorations sorted - I won't be doing a blog post on it, although I enjoyed yours! :)

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  4. Both looks are perfect for the office and love the addition of the scarves, they make great accessories for the outfits!

    Prudence
    www.prudencepetitestyle.com

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  5. Love these dresses! Love the way you styled them with the scarfs! so chic!
    xoxo,Victoria
    www.coffeeanablonde.blogspot.com

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  6. Both of these are great, but I LOVE that second one! Such a great color!
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  7. Such cute outfits! I am loving the earth tones
    Carly from Dresses & Denim

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  8. I love the second outfit. Orange and shades of it are my favorite color in autumn and with the neutral scarf, its perfect! How cold does it get for you guys if its wet and chilly? We are starting to warm up for good here..and I cannot wait for summer to be here in full swing!

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    1. It doesn't get too cold in autumn but we are heading into winter and it is going to get much cooler! :)

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  9. Love that first pretty colored scarf!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  10. Great outfits and I just love your RM bag!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  11. Mica I love, love, love the second look.. you made me remember how amazing grey and orange look paired together.

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  12. Both stunning looks! I am loving the textures of the second look, love the same colored cardi with that dress too :)

    Florals&Smiles
    Twitter

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  13. That first cardi is BEAUTIFUL! I would love to own it, looks very cozy. The second look is bright and very nice. It is crazy to think your summer is over and ours is just starting. Though fall is my fave season :)

    RedLip&Love

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  14. Cute outfits :)
    xoxo Lynda
    http://fashion-petite.blogspot.com/

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  15. I love the outfits. They are beautiful and would be great for work for me too!

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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  16. Love both of the outfits! You look professional and comfy at the same time! The turquoise scarf is such a eye stunner :)

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  17. Love the mix of prints in the first one and the beautiful burst of orange in the second outfit. Very pretty.
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  18. You look amazing! Although you didn't purposefully dress for a theme, I love how you colour-coordinated both looks :)

    Jasmin xx
    http://www.whatdefinesus.com

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  19. love both colorful looks! love the fisrt dress!
    Irene
    www.thedailylace.com

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  20. Love the print on both of your dresses! The second look is fabulous! Love the orange on you! Thanks for linking up with Thursday Fashion Files!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  21. you layered that dress perfectly! Here it is getting warmer, but there it is getting cooler:) you look very stylish in whatever weather.

    I really like both outfits.

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  22. I love it when you wear bright colours like these, Mica! xoxo

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  23. Cute dresses.. I love them both. Are those pistol booties comfortable? Are you wearing them with a sock or barefoot?

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    1. They are so comfortable! I wear mine with ankle socks, only because I tend to wear socks with all my boots :)

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  24. The orange outfit is fab, really jumped off the screen at me. Looks super with the neutrals :)

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  25. I've always been really intrigued by your style challenges! I really need to find one and start shopping my own wardrobe. I think it really shows what you have and forces you to experiment. One of the reasons I LOVE your blog so much.

    We don't have a cotton on anywhere near here. Though I hear such great things about their staple basics! Next time I visit my aunt, in the big city of Columbus, I'll have to check them out. (:

    I'm loving Spring/summer, but you make me really excited to try boots with dresses this fall. (;

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    1. I have been looking for a June style challenge to suggest to you but I haven't found one! I think I need a bit of a break for June after doing this may challenge, haha. It's been tricky some days!

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  26. Isn't it funny how a scarf makes you feel cozy! Hope you are feeling better now. I am always amazed at your ability to wear such a variety of styles and colors. You always look so great!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. haha yes it is a good trick to feel cosy and warm, I wear them a lot! :)

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  27. I really like the two outfits! The second dress looks really cute :)

    Sarah | sarahanne14.blogspot.com

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  28. Such a pretty pop of color from your scarf!

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

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  29. That teal color scarf is so pretty. I've never seen that color before in a scarf, and I love it!!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  30. Simply in love with the orange look - so polished and pretty! I have thought about doing some style challenges, but can never commit because I like wearing whatever I feel at the moment. Just started following you on IG. :)

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    1. thanks! It is tricky sometimes when you don't have a lot of options for a particular challenge, but it's good too as some days I have no idea what to wear and feel very uninspired - it gives me some ideas! :)

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  31. Hiya babe, u look stunning love ur shoes and bag x
    thanks for sharing this with us.

    NEW DIY post on my blog.
    www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk

    Have a lovely week!
    Stay in touch.
    Kisses!

    Dominica S.

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  32. I love the color of that blue scarf - one of my faves! That orange printed dress is cute too.

    - Audrey
    http://audreyallure.blogspot.com

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  33. Looks nice & rainy over there. I love those Acne boots. Such a great color. You look lovely. :]

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  34. Great corporate attire! Looks comfy and still reserved!

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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  35. Adorable and oh-so-chic! Love the scarves + sweaters paired with these lovely dresses! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  36. That scarf is beyond beautiful! The color is just perfect for spring!

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Bloglovin’

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  37. I love your scarves, they are so beautiful! I love wearing scarves, they are so comfy and so cozy! <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

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  38. I seriously love seeing your corporate outfits. It always gives me ideas on what to wear to work! I seriously love the print of your first dress - so sophisticated and pretty!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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    1. Thanks Deborah! I'm so glad I could inspire you! :)

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  39. Love your watch, your bag, and both outfits! Thanks for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday & have a fab weekend!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  40. Great dresses! I do participate in style challenges too on IG which are fun but sometimes you do miss out wearing things in your closet because of them.

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Yes it's hard when there are things I want to wear and I feel they don't meet the theme for the day - but it's good when I'm feeling uninspired :)

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  41. Thank you all for your comments!

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  42. Great outfits, love your style!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day, Im now following you so we can keep in touch.

    Cori
    www.mildlymoody.wordpress.com

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  43. The MAB Mini is literally one of my fave bags! I wear it with everything!

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  44. 2 great work looks. Love both skirts and scarves.

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