Monday, 8 June 2015

First Birthday Party Outfits: Maxi Dresses - Layered Up For Winter

The other week, we had a busy weekend with a couple of first birthday parties to attend for baby T's friends, so I went with my trusty maxi dresses. They always seem to fit any dress-code. And they are easy to wash after the inevitable food-covered baby hands start grabbing at them. Maxi dresses are perfect first birthday party wear!

As it's winter here in Brisbane (and late autumn when I took these pictures) I had to layer up a little. It is possible to wear maxi skirts and dresses year round (and I've shown a few times when I've worn maxi dresses in winter), you just need to wear a little more than you would in summer. It helps if you have snow-free winters like we do here.

What I wore:

Maxi Dress in Autumn - belted purple cosy cardigan black ballet flats RM Love bag

Away From Blue Blog: Rebecca Minkoff Grey Love Bag
CardiganJeanswest Dana drape knit cardi in Boysenberry
NecklaceTai gold alphabet necklace
Dress: Jeanswest 'Sierra' embellished black maxi dress (on sale!)
Belt: Kmart thin black glitter belt
Shoes: Wittner 'Bolla' black bow detail flats
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey

Why I wore it:

I wore this to a little girl's first birthday party. I shared a picture of the party decor on instagram, as it was done so well, got me thinking about baby T's upcoming party! Her mum had spent a long time planning and had some of her friends help out to create a beautiful party, it was really fun.

Thought the glittery belt and the embroidered neckline of this black maxi dress made it a little dressed up for the occasion, and as well as meeting the 'sparkle' style challenge for the day, it was good for both playing on the floor with baby and standing around chatting to the adults. As much as I wanted to wear sandals, it was a little chilly so closed in ballet flats were the best option.

I've worn the belted cardigan over a maxi dress combination before, here with the same cardi and here and here over a baby bump. I really like it!


Last worn: purple cardigan, Jeanswest black maxi dress, glitter belt, black ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag.

Other ways to wear: purple cardigan with leopard print skinny jeans, black maxi dress with studded accessories, glitter belt over a baby bump, black ballet flats with printed skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag with printed shorts.









What I wore:

First Birthday party Guest Outfit denim jacket pink pashmina teal printed maxi dress

Rebecca Minkoff Love quilted cross body bag in grey
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Scarf: Cotton On fuchsia pashmina
Dress: Thrifted JayJays teal paisley print maxi dress (new purchase)
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs studded mouse flats in grey
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey

Why I wore it:

I shared a little bit about this maxi dress in my monthly purchases video. I got it from the local op-shop (thrift store) in the 'fill a bag for $2' sale. It looked familiar and it also looked like it was my size and in great condition, so into the bag it went. It was when I got it home and tried it and everything else on for the first time that I realised...I used to have a very similar dress when I was younger! Still haven't found a photo of me in the black version though.

I wore a denim jacket with this as I always used to think it was the coolest item of clothing ever when I was younger, to meet the 'hello cool' style challenge for the day. I needed a little more than just the denim jacket with this though as the first birthday party we were attending was outdoors. In the end I settled on the pink scarf, after trying on a few. I thought it looked nice with the teal and it matches the pink in the print well.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, denim jacketpink pashmina, studded mouse flats, Rebecca Minkoff love cross body bag (above). First time I've worn the dress as it is a new purchase.

Other ways to wear: denim jacket in summer, pink pashmina with a brown outfit, studded mouse flats with skinny pants, another blue printed maxi dress in summer, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag with denim.




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44 comments:

  1. I'm totally in love with your maxidresses!
    xoxo Lynda
    http://fashion-petite.blogspot.com/

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  2. You looked so pretty in both outfits! Love that purple and black together. The draping is gorgeous Mica. Gorgeous mix of blues in the second outfit and I love that pop of pink with it.
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    1. I love the silhouette of your first look, Mica! The draping with a tiny black belt is gorgeous for real!!! Totally love your layering work here!
      Beautiful color combo of your 2nd look, I wouldn't even think to style those this way! Awesome bag and denim jacket! ;)

      Ira / JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

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    2. Thanks Kim and Ira! This cardi just drapes so beautifully! :) Perfect for belting

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  3. I really love that drapey cardigan! It's such a pretty color!

    Fizz and Frosting

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  4. I love that black maxi dress with the detailed neckline! And the teal is a gorgeous color too! Both great choices, and love the curled hairstyle here...very pretty!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

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    1. Thanks Gina! I'm pleased you like it - I'm just waiting for it to grow back again haha!

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  5. i love your maxi dresses! the second is my absolute favorite and great layering!

    cute & little

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  6. Yep, snow free winters definitely help. I couldn't wear maxis here in the winter...too much snow everywhere! Ha ha
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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    1. That;s the last thing you want with snow - a long hem that absorbs water! ha!

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  7. i really like that you belted the cardigan on the first outfit!
    beautiful!
    Irene
    www.thedailylace.com

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  8. Love both the outfits Mica!! The aqua blue maxi is so pretty..sometimes thrift store finds are amazing! And I absolutely LOVE the first outfit..purple and black with grey is a fantastic combination..you look darling in purple!!

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    1. I've been getting pretty lucky at the opshops lately, lots of great finds! :)

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  9. I hear all about these "fill a bag for such and such amount" at thrift and "op" shops, but they NEVER do those where I am from. Soooo envious as I love thrift shopping. That's such a lovely dress Mica!

    Isn't it crazy to say you are attending baby T's friends bday parties? Like he's so grown up already. Time is so devious!

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    1. He is getting so grown up! It's so weird realising all his baby friends are toddlers now, wow!
      I hope you find a place that does a 'fill a bag' sale one day! :) I've been known to drive 40 minutes to a place that does it..haha. This store is just 5 minutes away, and not usually open on Saturdays but they made an exception for this sale so it worked out really well for me! :)

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  10. Oh loving that skirt, I love the print and color!! :) Looking great!

    RedLip&Love

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  11. Great Maxi dress looks, I love them both on you.

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  12. I'm in love with that black maxi dress - such pretty details on the neckline. Now if only I could find something similar around here!

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    1. I love the turquoise colour maxi dress mica :) so casual chic and so you! So glad to hear that baby's first bd party was a success :)

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  13. What cute party outfits! I like that you kept both casual & appropriate to be around kids!

    xoo,
    Michelle Paige
    www.michellespaige.com

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  14. I love how you belted the cardigan here! Great look!

    xoxo

    Kaley

    My Closet Life Blog

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  15. Your hair is so pretty in these! I love that maxi dress in the second outfit with your scarf. The colors are so pretty together!

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  16. I love these pretty maxi dress looks--especially the colors in the second look, they're so pretty! You're reminding me that I need to pull my maxi out of the closet!

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    1. Definitely! Glad I could inspire you to get your maxi dress out for another wear :)

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  17. Cute combos. I love maxi dresses. They look so girly. Thanks for posting. Visiting from Modest Mom.

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  18. Your bag game is so strong! Love how you styled it with both outfits! You look amazing in maxi dresses! :)

    be the plebeian

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  19. That RM bag is so delicious! I love it in that shade of grey!
    Carylee | more pieces of me

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    1. It is perfect - goes with everything! :D

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  20. Yup, maxi dresses for the win! You always wear them so beautifully. That second dress is lovely <3

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  21. both outfits look great on you my dear, you're gorgeous!! :D

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  22. You're glowing!! I adore that first look & the loose layers. It's so perfect. :]

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  23. What beautiful maxi dresses! I love how you made them casual/dressed up. The dresses themselves are pretty fancy, but the accessories you added make them perfect for everyday wear!

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  24. Gorgeous, as always! I still have my eye on the Love cross body. It's so cute and chic.

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Bloglovin’

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    1. I highly recommend it, it's a great bag! :)

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  25. Thank you all for your kind comments!

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  26. Love maxi dresses as they are so pretty! You look lovely in them, thanks for sharing!

    Prudence
    www.prudencepetitestyle.com

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  27. Love both looks! I finally invested in a maxi dress! Of course the crossbody by RM is what I am asking for thisyear. Love the grey one. The blue is so pretty, and I love the orchid cardi on the first dress too!

    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  28. That second look is my favorite! The pink scarf and the turquoise are gorgeous on you!

    Thanks for linking up at Whatcha Wearing Wednesday!
    l,
    Vicky
    www.themummychronicles.com

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  29. Love maxi dresses and how great options they are for parties and casual days. I love both of yours. the black one with the embellishments is so glam, and the green so pretty. <3 Your bags are so lovely as usual too. XOXO, Elif

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  30. cute outfits! I love your dog in the background haha ♥

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  31. Both of these are great maxis! The first one is so versatile and the last one has such a great pattern--paired perfectly with that bright scarf!

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  32. You always look so cool in a maxi. And your hair looks great too! Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday. I hope your weekend is wonderful!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  33. Happy belated first birthday to your gorgeous little boy. Love the maxi dresses. You look great!

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