Showing posts with label Office wear. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Office wear. Show all posts

Monday, 20 August 2018

Striped Tops, Alexander McQueen Skull Scarves and Black Pencil Skirts

Stripes are my favourite print, and my go-to whenever I'm print mixing. Stripes just go with so many other prints, like these Alexander McQueen skull scarves. Keeping things simple for winter workwear by pairing the striped tops with black pencil skirts.

What I wore:


burgundy stripe tee with beige skull scarf pencil skirt camel trench coat bal part time bag | awayfromblue

burgundy stripe tee with black Balenciaga SGH part time bag 2010 leather | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram burgundy stripe tee pencil skirt camel trench coat business casual office outfit winter
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
ScarfAlexander McQueen modal and cashmere skull scarf
TopAtmos&Here 3/4 sleeve stripe tee in berry white
SkirtJeanswest zip detail ponte pencil skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs logo plaque flats in camel
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH

Why I wore it:

This burgundy striped top is such a classic and a firm favourite of mine. I enjoy it every time I wear it. I'd been looking at it in my wardrobe for a while thinking 'I need to wear that soon' but always picking something else instead. Feeling uninspired about what to wear for work, I saw this top and again and decided to give it the wear it needed. It had been a while since the last wear!

Pairing the red stripes with lots of neutrals (black pencil skirt, black flats, camel trench and black Balenciaga bag) made an outfit come together really easily. I decided to stick with a neutral scarf too, and this taupe Alexander McQueen skull scarf was perfect.


Last worn: camel trench, taupe Alexander McQueen skull scarf, burgundy stripe tee, black pencil skirt, MbMJ ballet flats, Balenciaga part time bag.

Other ways to wearcamel trench and sheath dress, Alexander McQueen skull scarf and shirt dress, burgundy stripe tee and maxi skirt, black pencil skirt over a dress, ballet flats and wrap dress, Balenciaga part time bag and chambray.

Perfect for pregnancycamel trench in first trimester, Alexander McQueen skull scarf in first trimester, burgundy stripe tee in third trimester, black pencil skirt in second trimester, ballet flats in second trimester, Balenciaga part time bag in third trimester.



What's In My Bag: Balenciaga Part Time










What I wore:

pink alexander mcqueen skull scarf with navy mac stripe henley and pencil skirt | away from blue

Balenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH g21 | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram stripe henley black pencil skirt navy coat and pink skull scarf bal part time bag
JacketJeanswest Monica Mac coat in Indigo
ScarfAlexander McQueen pink pashmina in skull and floral print
TopJeanswest 'Marina' stripe henley
SkirtJeanswest black ponte pencil skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH

Why I wore it:

Followed the same outfit formula as the outfit above, but this time I picked a neutral striped henley and used the pink scarf as a pop of colour. The neon pink really pops against the navy coat! I do wish I'd arranged the scarf better so you couldn't see the fabric tag, but I didn't notice until after I'd taken photos!

This navy stripe henley is such a comfortable top, but it does seem less formal than a standard top I'd wear to work. I have a business casual office, more on the casual side (and you see jeans mid-week often). I had a quiet day planned working on a different projects with a smaller group of colleagues, so I figured a slightly more casual outfit worked.

Unfortunately despite the comfortable outfit, I wasn't feeling well and I ended up going home sick a few hours early - picked up another winter bug that's been going around the office!


Last worn: navy macintosh, neon pink skull scarf, navy stripe henley, pencil skirt, ballet flats, Balenciaga part time bag (above).

Other ways to wearnavy macintosh and printed dress, neon pink skull scarf and skinny jeans, navy stripe henley and tartan scarf, pencil skirt over a dress, ballet flats and a dress, Balenciaga part time bag and printed jeans.

Perfect for pregnancyneon pink skull scarf in third trimester, navy stripe henley in third trimester, pencil skirt in second trimester, ballet flats in third trimester, Balenciaga part time bag in second trimester.


Striped Tops Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

Stripes are a go with anything print and an easy option when you're not sure what to wear. If your office dress code isn't as casual, you can always through a blazer over the top to make a striped tee seem more formal.

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Monday, 13 August 2018

Printed Shirts, Colourful Pants and Ankle Boots With Rebecca Minkoff MAB

Do you ever hit that point in a season where you're just over it, uninspired and dreaming of other weather? I hit that point in winter recently. I was cold and uninspired so I defaulted to my go-to outfit of jeans! The beauty of working in a business casual office environment is the ability to wear jeans through the week. Well, burgundy pants and a pair of grey jeans. Add some ankle boots, cosy scarves, and printed shirts and it's easy office style for winter.

What I wore:

burgundy and mint winter business casual office trench coat scarf outfit | awayfromblue

rebecca minkoff soft grey MAB bag worn on crook of arm | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram camel trench burgundy pants ankle boots and mint stripe shirt outfit
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
ScarfForever New skye foil feather scarf in berry / gold (on sale!)
Shirt: Target mint stripe shirt
Pants:  Jeanswest 'Fiona' skinny leg pant in shiraz
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

I usually plan my outfits the evening before I wear them. I'm not always organised enough to plan much further in advance! The night before I was cold, tired and wanted something easy. These burgundy pants are warm, and I've worn a very similar outfit before. The tan boots, camel trench and burgundy pants just work perfectly together, especially with the burgundy scarf and the neutral Rebecca Minkoff MAB. I've worn all these pieces together previously here, but this time for something different I picked another top. Again, mint and burgundy is a colour combination I've tried before, although it's the first time I've worn this shirt with the pants.

I really liked this outfit - being a combination of colours and pieces I've tried before, I knew I would, and it was just what I needed for an otherwise uninspired day. You know an outfit's good when your boss stops you in passing to comment on how much they love it!

I did manage to somehow spill multiple meals on myself so my outfit got progressively worse through the day, but otherwise it was a great outfit and a good day. Realising I'd spilled my drink over both my top and my pants after presenting a meeting wasn't a highlight (I missed my sleeve in the clean up and just noticed the pants!) but thankfully no-one said anything, if they did notice.


Last worn: camel trench, burgundy feather foil scarf, mint stripe shirt, burgundy pants, Chelsea boots, Rebecca Minkoff MAB.

Other ways to wearcamel trench and fit and flare dress, burgundy feather foil scarf and little black dress, mint stripe shirt and denim shorts, burgundy pants worn 2 ways, Chelsea boots and floral dress, Rebecca Minkoff MAB and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancycamel trench in first trimester, mint stripe shirt in second trimester, burgundy pants in second trimester, Chelsea boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAB in third trimester.


Wear And Tear: Rebecca Minkoff MAB




What my MAB looks like now, after 5 years of wear!




What I wore:

navy macintosh, purple skinny jeans, mixed print shirt and skull scarf, RM MAM bag | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram magenta scarf purple jeans mixed print shirt and navy mac coat colourful winter office outfit
JacketJeanswest Monica Mac coat in Indigo
ScarfAlexander McQueen magenta skull scarf in roses print
ShirtJeanswest 'Ruby' mixed print shirt
PantsJeanswest 'shale' super skinny jeans
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

Another outfit following the same outfit formula - printed shirt, cosy coat and colourful pants. I like that these jeans are a muted purple-y grey colour, they don't look as obvious as blue denim but are still just as comfortable. While jeans are definitely not frowned on during the week (and you see a lot of blue denim around mid-week in the office) I only pick these jeans to wear on quiet days where I won't be presenting much.

We had a busy day, I was working on another initiative outside of my usual work with a smaller group, so the casual jeans were perfect. Comfortable too.

With the mixed print on this shirt I wasn't completely sure what scarf to go with, went with this magenta one in the morning at the last moment as I liked the colour it added with the navy macintosh. It was actually a warmer start to the morning - a sign winter is coming to an end! - and I debated leaving the scarf behind. I was able to leave my macintosh at my desk when we all went out for lunch, such a warm afternoon. The little exposed ankles I had from rolling up my jeans didn't make me as cold as when I did the same thing in the first outfit above!


Last worn: navy macintosh, purple skull scarf, mixed print shirt, shale skinny jeans, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff MAB (above).

Other ways to wearnavy macintosh and fit and flare dress, purple skull scarf and polka dots, mixed print shirt and metallic jeans, shale skinny jeans and blazer, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff MAB worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancypurple skull scarf in third trimester, shale skinny jeans in second trimester, black ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAB in second trimester.



Colourful Pants Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

In a business casual office, you have a lot more options when it comes to workwear. You don't have to stick to classic black pants, and can experiment more with cuts like wide legs, culottes or skinnies. You might even be able to wear a pair of jeans like I have in the second outfit. Colourful pants are a nice way to stay warm in winter while keeping cosy at the same time, especially when paired with ankle boots and scarves.


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Monday, 6 August 2018

Printed Sheath Dresses With Mulberry Bayswater Bag and Winter Layers

Layering up some some dresses for winter office wear. Something I do frequently (I love extending the opportunities in the year I can wear pies in my wardrobe), but something that perhaps was a little poorly thought through this time, considering it was the coldest winter week we'd had for a while. The weekend before it had been the coldest day in 4 years, so very chilly temperatures. Being stubborn and having nothing else planned to wear though, I persisted with wearing my dresses!

What I wore:

paisley print sheath dress layered up for winter navy trench louis vuitton shawl business casual | awayfromblue

Mulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather with blue printed dress | awayfromtheblue

business casual office outfit paisley print dress blue louis vuitton monogram shawl | awayfromblue

awayfromtheblue instagram mulberry bayswater with blue paisley print sheath dress layered for winter
JacketJeanswest Monica Mac coat in Indigo
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
Cardigan: Paper Scissors grey wrap cardigan
DressFrench Connection blue Paisley print dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagMulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather

Why I wore it:

Could not resist going a bit monochrome here with the blue macintosh, blue sheath dress and blue Louis Vuitton shawl. Do I look cold though? I was freezing! I thought the scarf, ankle boots, and cardigan I wore under my coat would keep me warm, but I was shivering on the way to work. Such a chilly day. I ended up needing my coat when we went out for lunch too. I did regret not picking something warmer to wear.

Cold weather aside, I did like this outfit. I loved all the blue together, and this Mulberry Bayswater bag holds everything I need for the office. While this sheath dress is definitely worn the most in the warmer weather, it's nice to do something different and layer it up a little for winter. Just maybe will pick a less chilly day next time I try!


Last worn: navy macintosh, grey cardigan, Louis Vuitton shawl, Paisley print sheath dress, RMK ankle boots, Mulberry Bayswater.

Other ways to wearnavy macintosh and pencil skirt, grey cardigan and maxi dress, Louis Vuitton shawl and floral dress, Paisley print sheath dress and heels, 30 ways to wear black ankle boots, Mulberry Bayswater.


Perfect for pregnancy: Paisley print sheath dress in second trimester, RMK ankle boots in second trimester, Mulberry Bayswater in second trimester.



Wear and Tear: Mulberry Bayswater




What my Mulberry bayswater bag looks like up close after 7 years of wear





What I wore:

colourful winter printed sheath dress, trench coat, scarf and mulberry bayswater outfit | away from blue

Mulberry Heritage Bayswater in Oak NVT leather | away from the blue

office winter business casual outfit orange sheath dress yellow love quotes linen scarf

awayfromblue instagram mulberry bayswater bag winter office outfit with orange sheath dress trench coat
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
ScarfLove Quotes knotted tassel linen scarf in sunshine yellow
Cardigan: Paper Scissors grey wrap cardigan
DressFrench Connection 'Woodblock wonder' panache dress in white/geranium rose
BeltRebecca Minkoff Liv double wrap velvet belt
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagMulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather

Why I wore it:

Following exactly the same outfit formula as the one above, with a pretty printed sheath dress, the same ankle boots, cardigan, and Mulberry Bayswater bag. I did make a change and instead of wearing the blue macintosh I wore this cosy trench coat - it's warm and lined and I didn't feel the cold as much in this outfit. I was also able to leave my coat behind when I went out for lunch, it was a warmer day overall.

I've always found this sheath dress tricky to wear outside of summer. Fleecy tights is my default winter wear with dresses and skirts, but black and orange? Makes me think of Halloween. I added the black belt to try tie in the black tights with the dress, and I did consider swapping out the grey cardigan for a black one. But my black cardigan is a lot thicker than this and I wasn't sure it would fit under the coat! I still quite liked this outfit, even with the grey cardigan.

While the bold orange dress is enough of a statement on its own, I felt like adding more colour and wearing this yellow scarf. It's such a big scarf, perfect for wrapping around a few times and keeping me cosy. Thought it would be a good colour to wear with this dress after I loved my yellow statement necklace with the orange print when I wore it previously. I really liked this outfit!


Last worn: camel trench, grey cardigan (above), yellow Love Quotes scarf, orange sheath dress, velvet belt, RMK ankle boots (above), Mulberry Bayswater (above).

Other ways to wearcamel trench and burgundy pants, grey cardigan and jeans, yellow Love Quotes scarf and grey maxi dress, orange sheath dress and blazer, velvet belt over a blazer, ankle boots and shorts, Mulberry Bayswater and chambray dress.

Perfect for pregnancycamel trench coat in second trimester, yellow Love Quotes scarf in second trimester, orange sheath dress in second trimester, ankle boots in second trimester, Mulberry Bayswater in third trimester.


Sheath Dresses Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Printed sheath dresses, or any summer workwear staple, can easily be layered up for cooler weather. A business casual office environment like mine makes ankle boots a practical and suitable choice. You can also add extra layers for your commute like a cardigan under a thicker coat, and a warm and cosy scarf. The cardigan comes in helpful when you reach your desk if your office aircon is too cold as well!


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Monday, 30 July 2018

Colourful Winter Office Wear: Blue and Yellow Pencil Skirt Outfits

Sharing some colourful but still very cosy winter outfits, with my favourite blue pencil skirts and a big Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag. When our winter temperatures dipped again, I wanted warm knits, and picked some of my bright ones to inject a little colour.

Plus, an update on how I did with my No Buy July challenge, #noBuyJuly18!

What I wore:

blue and mustard yellow knit winter office pencil skirt outfit | awayfromblue

rebecca minkoff moon navy medium MAB tote bag for work with macintosh jacket | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram office outfit winter colourful mustard and blue pencil skirt business casual
JacketJeanswest Monica Mac coat in Indigo
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
Jumper: thrifted SES fashions mustard marle knit jumper
SkirtWarehouse navy jacquard pencil skirt
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

Trying blue and yellow with a mustard marle knit, blue scarf and blue pencil skirt. Decided to wear the Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote as I love wearing blue bags with this pencil skirt, it's a frequent go-to combination.

While I do normally like blue and yellow together, I wasn't sure if this skirt and knit would look as good as I hoped together. I ended up really liking this outfit, I think the scarf really made it perfect for me. This was such a comfortable outfit too, very much appreciated for a crazy day at work where nothing went according to plan at all!


Last worn: navy macintosh, Louis Vuitton scarf, mustard marle knit, jacquard pencil skirt, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag.

Other ways to wearnavy macintosh and wrap dress, Louis Vuitton scarf and embroidered top, mustard marle knit and a-line skirt, jacquard pencil skirt in summer, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag and grey pencil skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyjacquard pencil skirt in first trimester, ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag in third trimester.



What's In My Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB Tote Edition!









What I wore:


Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy in winter office bag | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram blue and yellow bright cheerful winter office outfit love quotes scarf medium MAB tote bag
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
ScarfLove Quotes knotted tassel linen scarf in sunshine yellow
Knit: thrifted Valleygirl blue knit jumper
SkirtAsos blue textured lace pencil skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

Again continuing the blue and yellow theme! I really do like the colours together.  I felt like all of the blue together wasn't quite colourful enough, so I added this cosy and bright yellow scarf. This knit and pencil skirt is a combination I've worn before in the warmer weather, it was good to be able to layer it up for winter.

Unlike the previous week at work, I had to wear my trench coat when I ventured out for coffee with my boss in the morning and lunch in the afternoon. It was a much cooler winter day. While the bright yellow scarf is a fun summery shade, the big size makes it very warm and very cosy to wrap myself up in during winter! I like blue and yellow together so it seemed like a fun choice for a cold morning to repeat the colour combo again.

Usually when it's cold I'll add ankle boots to my outfit, but I felt ballet flats were better for all the running around I had to do in the morning. It was one of those days where you come into work with an idea of what task you're going to do, then the afternoon rolls around and you realise you've been pulled in so many directions you hadn't started your task!


Last worn: camel trench, yellow scarf, blue marl knit, blue lace pencil skirt, Walnut Melbourne flats, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag (above).

Other ways to wearcamel trench and burgundy pants, yellow scarf and maxi dress, blue marl knit and skinny jeans, blue lace pencil skirt and grey tee, Walnut Melbourne flats and skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote Bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancycamel trench in second trimester, yellow scarf in second trimester, blue marl knit in first trimesterblue lace pencil skirt in third trimester, Walnut Melbourne flats in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag in second trimester.



No Buy July Results!


It might not come as a surprise, after I mastered 7 months without shopping last year, but I made it through #noBuyJuly18 sticking to my goal and not spending anything on fashion. July is such a busy time with all of the sales, but I'm pretty content with my winter wardrobe now (even after halving my winter pieces from two storage boxes to one), and that makes it easier to avoid the sales. Some of the sales were extremely tempting, but even with the $5 sale at Jeanswest (!) I didn't buy anything. For full disclosure, I did add a few things to carts but decided not to buy at the last minute.


I shared more tips for how to survive a no shop challenge after completing 6 months without shopping: lessons from a former shopaholic.


Bright Knits Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Winter wear works well in neutral colours, as you can layer without worrying about colours matching. It's a fun idea to add some colourful pieces though, from bright scarves to colourful and cosy knits, you can still be cosy and warm! Sticking with colour combinations you know you love, or adding a contrasting scarf to a monochrome outfit, is a good way to try it out.


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Monday, 23 July 2018

Navy Tops, Grey Pencil Skirts and Purple Scarves With Trench Coats and Rebecca Minkoff Regan

Pencil skirts are a work staple for me, year-round! It's easy to layer them up a little for the colder weather. My trench coat tends to be a winter only piece, and add some tights and a cosy scarf and a pencil skirt works well for even a cold winter morning commute.

Has to be said though, the days I wore these outfits the weather wasn't that cold. I managed to go out for lunch and leave the heavy coats behind at my desk, as it warmed up nicely by lunch time.

What I wore:

winter office wear navy blouse grey pencil skirt purple leopard print scarf trench coat | awayfromblue

purple leopard pritn scarf, Rebecca Minkoff regan satchel in moon navy | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram | pruple leopard print scarf winter office outfit navy blouse grey skirt trench coat

awayfromtheblue winter office outfit jeanswest chana navy peasant studded blouse grey pencil skirt
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
Scarf: Sportsgirl animal scarf in violet
BlouseJeanswest chana long sleeve stud top in night sky navy
SkirtAsos tailored tab front pencil skirt in grey
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs black logo plaque ballet flats
BagRebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel Tote in moon

Why I wore it:

I really like wearing this navy blouse with grey, I've done it before here so I thought I'd repeat it again with a grey pencil skirt. I liked the combination. This fun purple leopard print scarf hadn't been worn yet this winter so it seemed like a great choice to add to my outfit to keep me cosy on my cold commute into the office. I really like purple and blue together.

With the navy blouse, a navy bag seemed like a perfect pairing. Again, this is a combination I've tried before, I like the matchy-matchy-ness of it.

As I'd forgotten to get my lunch out of the fridge in the morning before I left the house, I popped out at lunch time to pick up something. It was warm enough that I was able to leave my trench coat behind, although I did keep my scarf on.


Last worn: camel trench coat, purple leopard print scarf, navy peasant blouse, grey pencil skirt, Marc By Marc Jacobs flats, Rebecca Minkoff Regan satchel.

Other ways to wear: camel trench coat and dresspurple leopard print scarf and jeans, navy peasant blouse worn two ways, grey pencil skirt and heels, Marc By Marc Jacobs flats and striped dress, Rebecca Minkoff Regan satchel and printed skirt.

Perfect for pregnancy: camel trench coat in second trimesterpurple leopard print scarf in third trimester, grey pencil skirt in second trimester.


What's In My Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel









What I wore:

navy macintosh, grey pencil skirt, printed shirt and alexander mcqueen skulls scarf winter business casual outfit | away from blue

Rebecca minkoff regan satchel tote moon navy | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram | alexander mcqueen skull scarf navy printed blouse grey jersey pencil skirt winter outfit

awayfromblue winter office outfit navy printed blouse grey jersey pencil skirt tights
JacketJeanswest Monica Mac coat in Indigo
ScarfAlexander McQueen magenta skull scarf in roses print
Shirt: Target blue abstract floral print shirt
SkirtAtmos&Here grey marle jersey pencil skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel Tote in moon

Why I wore it:

Following the same outfit formula with a blue top, grey pencil skirt and purple(ish) scarf.

It was a bit of a different day at work as I was in a workshop all day - thought this jersey skirt in a more casual fabric would work well. I really liked the printed shirt with it, although they were different fabrics I felt the shirt dressed up the skirt a little.

Despite the busy print on the shirt, I added another printed scarf, this time my purpleish Alexander McQueen Skull scarf. I ended up not needing the scarf for most of the day, and when we broke for lunch I left my scarf and coat behind to go outside and catch up with hubby. He was in the city over lunch again, visiting another office. Just like last time, it was good to catch up without kids.

I decided to keep wearing the Rebecca Minkoff Regan bag - I thought it went nicely with both the top and navy macintosh in this outfit.


Last worn: navy macintosh, magenta skull scarf, printed blouse, grey jersey pencil skirt, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff Regan (above).

Other ways to wearnavy macintosh and wrap dress, magenta skull scarf and monochrome outfit, printed blouse and maxi skirt, grey jersey pencil skirt worn two ways, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats and skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff Regan and printed shorts.

Perfect for pregnancy: magenta skulls carf in third trimesterprinted blouse in first trimester, grey jersey pencil skirt in third trimester, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats in second trimester.


Grey Pencil Skirts Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

Navy and grey is a great neutral combination, perfect for work. A longer sleeved top, with or without a print, and a classic grey pencil skirt makes for an easy winter office outfit. You can add more colour and a little extra warmth with a purple scarf. Purple and navy are lovely together.



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Monday, 16 July 2018

Dresses and Leather Jackets With Scarves and Balenciaga Day Bags

I'm always excited to get my leather jackets out. They are the perfect pieces to keep me warm in our Brisbane winters, and they look great with everything. I wore them recently with dresses to the office. I get to work early so the extra warmth from a leather jacket is appreciated in the cold winter commute. I did swap the jackets for a cosy cardigan when I got to my desk though.

What I wore:

cobalt leather jacket, embroidered feather scarf, ikat print belted dress, winter office outfit | awayfromblue

Balenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram tan hobo bag belted ikat print dress cobalt jacket winter outfit
JacketWittner 'Santa Fe' cobalt blue leather jacket
Scarf: grey and gold embroidered feather scarf
DressJeanswest Aztec print dress
BeltRebecca Minkoff Liv double wrap velvet belt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag

Why I wore it:

While this dress only gets worn to the office, it is one of my favourite dresses. I love the colour and print, and it was definitely overdue a wear. I knew the cobalt of the leather jacket would go so nicely with the navy on the dress, but I was undecided about the scarf. I set aside a few to try in the morning and see which looked best, but as soon as I put this one on I knew I wasn't going to have to try any others - the grey scarf with gold embroidered feathers works so well with this printed dress!

There was nothing I'd change about this outfit - I did think of ankle boots in the morning but the ballet flats were fine. My legs were kept warm with my fleece lined tights, another winter must-have for me!


Last worn: cobalt leather jacket, feather embroidered scarf, velvet double wrap belt, Ikat print dress, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats, Balenciaga Day bag.

Other ways to wearcobalt leather jacket and maxi dress, feather embroidered scarf with black and white, velvet double wrap belt over a vest, Ikat print dress in summer, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats and printed skirt, Balenciaga Day bag and denim shorts.

Perfect for pregnancyIkat print dress in third trimester, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats in second trimester, Balenciaga Day bag for second trimester travel.



What's In My Bag: Balenciaga Day









What I wore:

Louis VUitton shawl worn as snood, printed wrap dress, leather jacket for work | away from blue

Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete | away from the blue

Awayfromtheblue instagram | blue snood, printed wrap dress, Balenciaga day bag and leather jacket winter outfit
JacketAsos Black by Markus Lupfer printed leather jacket
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
Dress: Target Dannii Minogue Petites printed wrap dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

While I liked this outfit, I didn't like it as much as the one above. I thought that the blue bag and scarf would look nice with this faux wrap dress. The dress is such a fun mix of colours, but I do wear blue with it frequently. Even this black moto jacket has a little bit of blue print on the sleeves, as you can see in the close up shot of the bag.

With the dress being such a bold and colourful print, again I was unsure what scarf to go with it. I decided on this blue monogram shawl. While it does have a monogram print on it, like the leather jacket it's so subtle I think it worked really nicely with this dress.

Might not have been my favourite outfit, but it was still nice for a busy meeting filled day at the office. I just loved the first outfit more!


Last worn: printed leather jacket, Louis Vuitton monogram shawl, Dannii Minogue Petite faux wrap dress, black ankle boots, Balenciaga tempete Day bag.

Other ways to wearprinted leather jacket and flares, Louis Vuitton monogram shawl and pencil skirt, Dannii Minogue Petite faux wrap dress and pink bag, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Balenciaga tempete Day bag and pencil skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyDannii Minogue Petite faux wrap dress in second trimester, black ankle boots in second trimester, Balenciaga tempete Day bag in third trimester.


Faux Leather Jackets Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Just because you're heading into the office, it doesn't mean you have to leave your leather jacket behind. A tougher moto jacket works well with a feminine dress and keeps you cosy for the commute. It's so easy to throw your jacket over your chair when you get to your desk, and swap it for a cosy cardigan if the office aircon is a little chilly, or a blazer if you want to look more formal.


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