Monday, 21 December 2015

Corporate Style: Maternity Pencil Skirts and Grey Tees in Summer, Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Bag

I will always love a grey tee! Even after my wardrobe detox session and finding out that grey wasn't the best colour for me, I still wear it and still have a bunch of grey tees in my wardrobe. They are just so easy to wear. And thankfully, my very relaxed 'business casual' office dress code makes a tee and a pencil skirt an easy outfit for a day without a lot of face-to-face meetings.

What I wore:

Away From Blue | Second Trimester Office Wear Grey tee Asos maternity pencil skirt

AwayFromTheBlue | Rebecca Minkoff MAM Hermes Kelly double tour bracelet rubis
Necklace: Diva red stone necklace
TeeAtmos&Here charcoal grey v neck tee
SkirtAsos maternity graphic print pencil skirt (non-maternity version here)
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs studded mouse flats in grey (on sale in black)
Bracelets: the usual plus Hermes Kelly double tour bracelet in rubis
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey


Why I wore it:

This was the first outfit for the Fox in Flats style challenge, the theme was 'stripes' so I thought the graphic stripe print on this pencil skirt worked well, especially when worn with my favourite grey tee.

I added the red necklace for a bit of colour with the otherwise fairly monochrome outfit - and also as that was one of the tips the stylist gave me. If I insisted on keeping my grey tees (I did keep most of them...) then I should try to wear colourful accessories with them.


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, grey tee, graphic print pencil skirt, studded mouse flats, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB.

Other ways to weargrey tee for casual Friday, graphic print pencil skirt and a black tank, studded mouse flats and denim shorts, casual SAHM outfits with Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB.


Great pencil skirt options under $50:





Maternity pencil skirts under $50:







What I wore:

Away From Blue | Pregnancy Office Wear Asos maternity tartan pencil skirt monochrome outfit

AwayFromTheBlue | Rebecca Minkoff MAM Hermes Kelly En Caleche twilly bracelet
Necklace: pink beaded disc necklace (maybe Diva? Really old!)
TeeAsos new forever grey tee (on sale!)
SkirtAsos maternity panelled pencil skirt in tartan check (non-maternity version here)
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs two tone flats in blush and black
Bracelets: the usual plus Hermes twilly Kelly en Cal├Ęche tied as bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey


Why I wore it:

Again, going with the easy option of a grey tee and a printed pencil skirt. The style challenge for the day was 'new do' and as I'd got my hair cut the day before I just fell back on this simple outfit as the summer heat usually gets me feeling pretty uninspired and looking for easy options. That's why the DAREcember style challenge is so great, at a time I want to do nothing other than sit in the pool in a bikini, I'm encouraged to explore my wardrobe, try different things and have some fun with my clothes. I've shared more before about why I love instagram style challenges.

I just wouldn't go do anything as permanent as actually get a new haircut for a challenge next time, I regretted the cut pretty quickly! Thankfully I still have some unshared pics with my longer hair as I figure out how to style the new length.


Last worn: grey tee, tartan pencil skirt, Hermes twilly, cap toe flats, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB (above).

Other ways to wear: grey tee layered up for winter, tartan pencil skirt and a ruffled cami, two tone flats and tights, Hermes twilly bow on a bagRebecca Minkoff MAM and a printed dress.






Asos is a great place to pick up some bargain pencil skirts that really last - I have skirts over 5 years old that are still going strong, and this is the second pregnancy for these maternity skirts! Plus you can get up to 70% off in their outlet.







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74 comments:

  1. I love both of your outfits; pencil skirts look great on you! I wish I could wear them, but I'm too short for them to look really nice haha. I love the bag too, it's so casual and cute! :)

    Sam | http://mybeautycloud.com

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    1. I'm a shortie too! :) I find some are too long on me but these asos ones are perfect :)

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  2. Your hair looks lovely - I love the new length!

    I'm not one for t-shirts (too casual for my taste), but I do love both of these pencil skirts, particularly the top one. Such a fab pattern! And I agree, pops of colour really help break up all that grey! Looking great, Mica!

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    1. You manage to find the most stylish alternatives to tees! They are definitely a frequent fall-back for me :)

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  3. I think grey is versatile, and I don't believe in sticking to colors only that I know "flatter" me, I want to wear others as well sometimes.
    The new length will take some time getting accustomed to, but the way you did your hair here looks pretty, and tbh, I wouldn't have been able to tell you cut it if you hadn't mentioned it in the text.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Thanks Linda! I think it's just that it feels so short rather than actually being short, if that make sense! Just had regret cutting it off after it was growing so nicely.

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  4. I love the casual look, grey is such a versatile colour! I think the handbag and jewellery you picked really adds more style and vibrancy to the outfit, great job as always! :) <3

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. Love the pencil skirt. Congratulations for your pregnancy.Thanks so much linking up to Classy Monday Blog Link Up.

    Debs x

    Elegantly Fashionable

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  6. Love this skirt on you.

    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

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  7. You look chic as always. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

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  8. Very nice!!!

    Have a great day!
    Angela Donava
    http://www.lookbooks.fr/

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  9. You look great in these pencil skirts and I love your mini MAB bag, such a chic piece!! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
    Marta
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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  10. both of your skirts are amazing, The Prints are lovely

    http://dreaminloud.com/fair-isle-and-pom-pom-hats/

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  11. Such lovely outfits! I like both your pencil skirts and the idea of wearing them with a tee shirt.

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  12. I think gray is a great color. And these monochromatic looks are awesome :D
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  13. The graphic print on that skirt is super cute and perfect for the style challenge!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  14. Neutrals for the win! Always a good idea!

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  15. I think grey looks great on you! I too have multiple grey tees and yet I cannot seem to part with any of them. They are all different. ;)

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. haha yes, I tell myself they are all different too, they really are! :)

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  16. I totally dig the whole outfit, but definitely am drawn to the skirt as my favorite piece! This is actually an outfit style I sort of wish was easier to pull off for me, I guess I've never found enough tops that look appropriately fitted enough...? All of my solid tops seem to be baggy here or there and result in the outfit not looking put-together enough without a cardigan or something, which isn't the point in the heat, Australian summer or no!

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    1. I think it's hard to find the perfect tops sometimes! These two are usually rally baggy, I prefer them that way, but in pregnancy they are a lot more fitted over the bump, haha!

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  17. You look so wonderful dear :) I really like these printed skirts, so lovely :)

    ARedLip&Love

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  18. You look so adorable! The grey and blue with just that little pop of red is lovely. I'm sorry that you are not liking your new hair cut, but cannot wait to see how you decide to style it. ;-) Merry Christmas!

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  19. Great prints they look so nice on you :) You look amazing x

    Florals&Smiles

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  20. I love your hair, I think it's cute shorter! I have to disagree with the stylist here--I don't think you can go wrong with gray! But I do love how the bright necklaces pop against it. Also, I know I've said this before, but your maternity pencil skirts are so cute!

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    1. Thanks Shea! I really like grey so I'm determined to 'make it work' haha! It was good to get some tips for how to do so :)

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  21. I do agree with you. Grey tops are very practical...Grey is often an underestimated colour. I personally find it to me very elegant, but I'm not sure it matches my skin tone. Maybe I need to find 'my shade'. They say everyone has a shade of every colour that is right for them.

    You look divine in both looks. I'm a big fan of pencil skirts and you wear them so well.

    http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.ba/

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    1. Yes that's very true! I had my 'colours' done briefly and we could find a few pieces in my wardrobe that were perfect for my skintone.

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  22. Grey tops are a staple for me as well. Great outfits!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

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  23. The new do looks great on you and both the skirts look lovely! I forgot to ask you, where are your clothes now that you have a new wardrobe?

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. All the clothes the baby bump has outgrown are stuffed into the wardrobe in the study, haha! I add more to it every day it seems....

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  24. I'm always regretting new haircuts afterwards as well, Mica! That's why I avoid my hairdresser, haha! I'm totally with you on grey tees, I'm the same. I have lots of white t-shirts but choose grey most of the time. Your first look is amazing, beautiful printed skirt. And look at your huge belly on #2. Are you getting a boy, dear? (If not a secret.) :) Take care!

    xoxo Ira
    JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

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    1. haha yes I try not to go to the hairdresser too often as what seems like a good idea in the salon never seems right at home! :)

      Will find out in March if it's a boy or a girl :)

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  25. I love the diagonal stripes on your first skirt and the splash of red. I like how you're showing off your figure! You look fantastic!

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    1. Thanks, I do tend to wear clingier styles when pregnant - because all my loose things become fitted over the bump, haha!

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  26. Absolutely stunning skirts!
    Have a great Christmas!

    Alena & http://garmentsspeech.blogspot.com/

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  27. Aw look at that bump! I also love grey. I don't know what it is but it really is a great color, it can be dressed up or down. Would love to see you at my linkup on Wednesday!

    www.jerseygirltexanheart.com

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  28. I haven’t worn a grey tshirt in awhile but this reminds me of a few I have and how much I used to love them. Need to again wear one! I love the monochrome with touches of colour here.

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    1. You should definitely wear your grey tees! You have such pretty skirts to pair them with! :)

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  29. aw you look so lovely, such a cute bump

    Filipa x

    http://www.playingwithapparel.com
    http://www.instagram.com/filipajackson

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  30. You look lovely Mica! I'm still trying to figure out how to wear pencil skirts. For some reason they just aren't the most comfortable for me (well, skirts in general), but I love the way they look so I'm always on the search for the perfect pencil skirt.

    Z · HELLOZAUNI.COM
    Happy Holidays!

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    1. I love them for the office but I never find them comfortable or practical to wear outside of work! If you do find the perfect pencil skirt let me know!

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  31. Love both of your outfits, they're perfect for a chic on-duty look!
    Fashion Soup

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  32. Grey is like black - it looks good on everyone, and is the perfect soft neutral to reach for. I'd be lost without my grey!
    Chic on the Cheap

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    1. I'd be lost without my grey tees too haha!

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  33. I think grey is such a perfect neutral color that is also quite underrated. Love both looks! Your skirt in the second look is my favorite!

    Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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    1. It is my favourite neutral :) I spill less on it than I do white things haha!

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  34. I really like how you added some punch to these outfits with your bold print skirts and bright necklaces! Perfect for the office!

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  35. I think you could probably wear these same outfits, layered with a white button down shirt.. if you want to skip on the grey shade. I wonder what colors I would have to stay away from if I had a colour session like yours...

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    1. The colour session was definitely interesting! I recommend it if you get a chance! :) I don't do white shirts, too clumsy, haha!

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  36. Mica, I think you look awesome in grey! Especially DARKER shades of grey. Love how you paired it with black and prints.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Thanks Kim. Darker greys are my friend, colour-wise! :)

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  37. Love the patterns of both skirts and you've paired them with such pretty necklaces too.

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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  38. Grey is such a versatile colour and also it is one of the colours that I wear frequently. I like both outfits, you look so pretty as always :) Also your hair looks beautiful.

    www.elabellaworld.com

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  39. i love that skirt!! such a great print.

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  40. I actually having a couple more grey tees in my wardrobe than white... there's just something so cool and chic about a heather grey that can be dressed up or down with the right accessories. You're looking great!

    Stay fab,
    Lisa Favre
    fabuloushabits.com

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    1. Yes my grey tees outnumber any other colour in my wardrobe haha!

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  41. Your outfit is lovely, the pencil skirt is awesome (:
    Have an amazing day,
    Madalena

    www.maadalenaaa.blogspot.com

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  42. I love the look!! Especially the skirt!

    Adi xx
    www.fancycorrectitude.com

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  43. What are you talking about! I am loving the shorter too, especially how you've styled it with some soft waves. Plus I'm guessing the shorter length would be nice during the heat too! BTW I would die if I was told grey is not my colour. I love grey, I can't live without it plus it breaks up my usual plain white or black pieces ;o)

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. Yep I love grey too much to give it up either! :)

      The shorter length is nicer in the heat, but I'm definitely missing my longer hair. Hopefully it won't take long to grow back.

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  44. I love these kind of skirt.
    I'm happy to see you really pulling it off even your preggy.
    You look indeed great!

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

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    1. They are great maternity skirts! :)

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  45. love your skirt

    new post:
    www.miharujulie.com

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  46. Love both the skirts. Great patterns. A bit jealous of your awesome bracelet collection. And I actually like the new length on you. Have a great Christmas Mica!

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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  47. I'm with you I love grey tee's I think they are such a great basic a lovely change from the usual black or white

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  48. Lovely post, I'll have to bookmark this for future ;) xx, adaatude.com

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  49. Thank you all for your kind words - especially on my new haircut, which took some getting used to!

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