Friday, 28 January 2022

30 Ways To Wear: Asos Grey Skater Dress

It's been a while since I've shared a dress for a 30 ways to wear post! Last dress I hit 30 wears with was a colourful floral maxi dress. This month's post features a much more neutral piece, a cute two tone grey skater dress I picked up on sale at Asos.

30 Ways To Wear: Asos Grey Skater Dress

30 ways to style grey skater dress 30 wears challenge | awayfromblue

It won't come as a surprise that this neutral grey block colour skater dress is a really versatile piece to have in my wardrobe!  It has taken a little while to hit 30 wears with it though. I always seemed to pass it over for more "exciting" dresses in my wardrobe. The crew neck and the light grey are things I know don't work for me that well so it's not something I'd rebuy now. But I certainly made it work over the years and I'm glad I hit 30 wears with it!

Cost Per Wear

I picked up this dress on sale for $23.53 at Asos back in July 2014. After just over 7 years I've finally hit 30 wears on it. It is a really versatile dress you can easily dress up or dress down, and the neutral grey goes with everything, but I think the length of time it's taken it to hit 30 wears shows it hasn't really been a staple for my wardrobe. At 78 cents a wear though I've definitely gotten good value for money from this dress, and it's a piece I can easily pass on as it's still in perfect condition!

Skater Dress In The Office

3 ways to add a blazer to a casual skater dress for the office awayfromtheblue

Working in a business casual office environment (that's even more casual post-Covid) means I can easily take a knee length dress like this in a casual tee fabric and just add a blazer or tweed jacket on top to make it instantly office appropriate! I find adding a statement necklace and bold bag works well too, to easy layer up for a day at my desk.

Skater Dress and Boots

grey skater dress and boots 4 outfit ideas awayfromblue

This is a dress that's light enough to wear on its own in summer, but also layers so beautifully for cooler weather. It's fantastic with ankle boots and bare legs in autumn, and with leggings and tights for winter. The grey lets you add a pop of colour with cosy winter scarves too as it goes with so many colours!

Grey Dress and Pink Accessories

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Grey and pink is a colour combination I wear a lot! I like carrying pink bags with this grey dress, they really pop. A pink scarf works just as well though, as you can see in the middle there. Any amount of pink works well with a grey dress.

Skater Dress and Statement Pieces

adding a statement piece to a neutral grye skater dress outfit 5 ideas awayfromblue

While there is a bit of colour blocking with this dress with the light grey top and darker grey skirt, it's still such a good neutral block grey piece. It means you can wear it with other statement pieces without worrying about it making your outfit "too much". I love a nice statement accessory like a bright printed scarf, necklace, or bag, of you could keep it really simple like I have there in the bottom left and just add a bright belt for a bit of a statement touch against the dress.

Grey Dress and Red Accessories

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As with the grey and pink above, grey and red is another combo I enjoy! Red scarves are a firm favourite with this dress, as you can see, but a red bag or red statement necklace work just as well! It's a great way to add colour to a neutral piece and make it work a bit better for me, as the pale grey isn't the best against my face on its own.

Grey Skater Dress And Winter Layers

5 ways to layer a grey skater dress for winter weather awayfromblue

I like getting wear from my dresses year round, and the great thing about this little grey skater dress is how easy it is to layer for cooler weather! The neutral grey goes with everything, allowing for bright scarves or even bright scarves and jackets to be layered on top. It works well with tights and leggings too.

Skater Dress and Kimonos

grey skater dress layered with kimonos 5 outfit ideas awayfromtheblue

A pretty printed kimono is my favourite cover up for an outfit, and just with the winter layers above, again the neutral colours of this dress come in really helpful here to allow you to try any combo of prints or colours on top! It works equally well with the neutral striped duster in the bottom right, or the more colourful floral duster in the middle there. Adding a kimono like this over a neutral skater dress is a great way to brighten up your outfit.

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Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Ways To Wear Brooches: Magnificent 8

Just like last quarter's Magnificent 8 post, this one had me a little stumped! Our chosen theme is styling brooches different ways. I do have a couple brooches I have been kindly gifted over the years but they are not an everyday wear for me. And so when I came across the few brooches I do have in my pre-Christmas wardrobe clear out I put them away in a safe spot, since I don't reach for them everyday but still wanted to hang onto them. And I put them away so safely I haven't been able to find them for this post! 😂

So instead of thrilling you with all of the different ways I've worn brooches this month I thought I'd delve into my 10+ years of daily blog photos and share with you a previous way I've worn a brooch, as well as an alternative styling idea for brooches.

What I wore:

Why I wore it:

All of the way back in 2014, I wore this for a "pinned" style challenge and pinned on this pretty floral brooch to my plain black tank. This is the simplest way to wear a brooch, just pin it on to a plain top! If you're thinking of wearing a brooch I'm sure this is the first way you'd try.

While I still have the Havaianas, tank and brooch (even if it's misplaced right now) I no longer have the skirt or sunnies in my wardrobe. Still mad I dropped the sunnies and they shattered!

Last worn: entire outfit last worn here.

I tried but failed to find early 2000s photos of me carrying my little denim baguette bag that I'd covered in pins I'd collected. I wore it for years but can't find a photo. But thinking of that little pin covered bag made me remember this embellished bag strap I have.

What I wore:

monochromatic blue tee navy printed culottes sneakers and magenta MbMJ bag outfit with embellished bag strap | awayfromblue

Marc by Marc Jacobs Dr Q Convertible clutch in electric violet with navy printed culottes

Necklace: Kmart silver long circle pendant necklace
TeeCotton On The One fitted v tee in washed poolside blue
Shorts: Kmart culotte short in navy lemon print
ShoesNew Balance Coast women's running shoe in black 
Bag: thrifted Marc by Marc Jacobs Dr Q Convertible clutch in electric violet with Rebecca Minkoff Crystal Star Shoulder Guitar strap

Why I wore it:

Not a single brooch or pin in this outfit, but look at that embellished bag strap! While I don't have that little pin covered denim baguette bag any more, or any photographic evidence of it sadly, this embellished bag strap is a similar look. You could easily try recreate this embellished look by pinning some brooches onto a plain bag strap you have. It's a fun way to add a little more interest to your outfit. Gotta add more flair!

The crystal embellishments on this strap are a repeated pattern but you could recreate this with similar sparkly brooches or just go all out and make your own pattern with whatever pins you have.

I wore this for a quiet day back in the school holidays with nothing much on the agenda other than a few errands and spending time at the bike track. I like the way this magenta Marc by Marc Jacob bag works with blues, and this blue tee and navy printed culottes were a nice combination together.

Last worn: blue tee, silver circle necklace, navy printed culottes, New Balance sneakers, Marc by Marc Jacobs magenta clutch.

Other ways to wearblue tee and maxi skirt, navy printed culottes and cardigan, Marc by Marc Jacobs magenta clutch and midi dress.

The Magnificent 8

The Magnificent 8 is a collaboration of 8 stylish women, ranging in age from early 20’s to early 80’s. The mission of this collaboration is to showcase how ageless style is. There are no age restrictions on style. So wear what you want, when you want, add a smile, and strut your style with confidence. And be sure to check out all 7 of these other amazing ladies!

Every quarter, the group chooses a theme and each create an outfit that suits our own personal tastes and fashion choices. We post them on the last Wednesday of every third month. Check out everyone’s posts with the links above for style inspiration at any age as they show you their best brooch style.

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