Friday, 10 March 2017

Maxi Skirts and Stripes

Over the past couple of years, there have been some pieces that have become staples in my wardrobe. Stripes and maxi skirts are two of the things I wear often. It's an easy outfit formula for a busy day, although I don't always love the results.

What I wore:

monochrome outfit blue tank navy strip maxi skirt brown hobo bag colourfulteething necklace | AwayFromBlue

Balenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag | AwayFromTheBlue
SunglassesRay-Ban new Wayfarers
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
TankJeanswest 'Jenni' basic singlet in Hawaii blue
Skirt: Target navy side split maxi skirt
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs pearl, howlite and hematite beaded bracelets
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag (currently 30% off!)

Why I wore it:

This was an outfit I loved. I've worn a very similar outfit before and liked it just as much then. We had a relaxed day, a playdate at a friend's house in the morning. While I don't like breastfeeding in fitted tanks like this, we were back home before baby boy needed another feed.

The pink and purple teething necklace and brown Balenciaga bag were good accessories to stop the outfit looking too monochrome with the blue tank and navy skirt. There isn't anything I'd change about this outfit! It's so simple but also so perfect for a stay at home mum.

You hear a lot about 'shopping your closet' and wearing things you already love, and it's something I'm doing with my #6monthsWithoutShoppingChallenge. It's good to get inspired by your own outfits too, and recreate something you loved in the past.

Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, blue fitted tank, navy stripe maxi skirt, Havaianas, Balenciaga truffle brown day bag.

Other ways to wearblue fitted tank and sheer tee, navy stripe maxi skirt worn two ways, Balenciaga truffle brown day bag for a weekend trip.

Striped Maxi Skirts Under $50:

What I wore:

olive green and red together black drawstring waist maxi skirt cross body bag | Away From Blue

Rebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red | Away From The Blue
SunglassesRay-Ban new Wayfarers
Necklace: Ruby Olive Softies Charlotte teething necklace
Top: Cotton On stripe sailor tank in dusky green / grey marle
SkirtJeanswest Luxe maxi jersey skirt
ShoesWittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals
BagRebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red (on sale in pink, and there's a spend and save sale on now at Rebecca Minkoff!)

Why I wore it:

This was a new outfit idea I wanted to try. It's a similar outfit formula to the one I loved so much above with stripes and a maxi skirt, but I don't think the pieces worked as well together.

Olive green and red is a colour combination I'd seen around on a few blogs (like Carylee's) and got inspired to try. I was worried it would look to Christmasy with the green and red, but I think the olive and poppy red worked nicely without looking like a Christmas tree!

The tank is one I haven't worn for a while - I was pregnant when I last wore it. I thought it would look nice tucked in with the black maxi skirt. At the last minute I decided to pull it out a little and make a blouson effect to see if it looked better, but as you can see from the photos it really didn't help! I didn't have time to change without being late to playgroup, so I just stuck with wearing it how you see here. Not one of my favourite outfits, although I did like the new-to-me colour combination. Just one of those 'okay' outfits.

Last worn:Ray-Ban Wayfarer (above), striped tank, drawstring waist maxi skirt, studded sandals, Rebecca Minkoff red saddle bag.

Other ways to wearstriped tank and printed jeans, drawstring waist maxi skirt worn two ways, studded sandals and denim shorts, Rebecca Minkoff red saddle bag and jeans.

More Maxi Skirts Under $50:

Wardrobe staples like stripes are perfect for those days where you need to get out the door quickly. It's best to check your final outfit in the mirror so you're still wearing something you feel happy in, no matter how much you like each piece separately.

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  1. I like the color combination of the second one as well, but prefer the first one. Tank tops and maci skirts are my preferred uniform in the summer as well.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  2. Dear Mica, no wonderful you love the first outfit that much! It is indeed perfect! I love also the colour combination of the 2nd look but I understand what you mean with the top. Have a happy weekend!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  3. Both great looks! I adore the first one though, that skirt looks amazing on you. I am always scared to wear stripes on my legs because I am scared it will make me look wider then I already am lol! You look stunning!


  4. I think you did a great job breaking up an otherwise monochromatic look with the jewelley/necklace. I love maxi skirts and you wear them well. Happy weekend! <3

  5. I am also a big fan of maxi skirts and dresses. I believe they elongate you in the right places and make you look taller than you actually are. You look great! By the way where did you get the neck piece in the first look?

  6. Hi Mica! I adore both looks! I love how you accessorize with your bags too . I want to incorporate a maxi into my spring wardrobe that won't overpower my petite frame. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy weekend


  7. Oooh that second stripes and maxi skirt outfit is so cute! I love the bright bag as well with it :)

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  8. Hi Mica! You look lovely in both outfits, and stripes and maxi skirts are very becoming on you! I adore the navy skirt and blue tank top combination, with the addition of the colourful necklace! This outfit is ideal for an active day out, but still has a certain playfulness and femininity to it, which I love.

    I hope you're having a fab weekend so far.

    Lots of love Saba xx

  9. I am so biased to talk about stripes or comfortable outfits, because I love comfortable items and stripes galore :) I loved both outfits, the first one with the skirt - really lovely! And the necklace is also great! The second one, I loved the top and the bag - red is my favorite color! You look really sweet and beautiful! Hope you have a very nice weekend!

  10. I'm always afraid to pair red and green, but I love the olive and poppy red combo, I may have to try that! You're also reminding me that I need to wear my striped maxi skirt, I haven't worn it in a while! Have a good weekend Mica!

  11. Mica, you wear stripes well! I can only wear small ones, but all sizes look great on you. The second outfit does not look christmas-y at all. Great job

  12. My clothing all seems to be shrinking before my eyes. (; I've been doing a lot of the shop your closet/ rewear the same under shirt three days a week because it fits. (; haha

  13. Yep, this is a true staple for you Mica. If I may add, bright crossbody bags too !


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