Monday, 16 October 2017

A-Line Skirts, Blazers and Balenciaga Part Time Bag for the Office

One of the best things about returning to work after maternity leave is feeling like you have a whole new wardrobe and a reason to get dressed up. Sure it can be daunting and confusing at first as it's a big adjustment returning to work, and post-baby things might not fit the same, but you can focus on the positives and enjoy rewearing those pretty but impractical for life as a stay at home mum pieces!

What I wore: 

jersey blazer, black henley, printed pleated yellow black aline skirt spring office outfit with Bal Part Time | AwayFromBlue

printed pleated yellow skirt, Balenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH | AwayFromTheBlue

awayfromblue mirror selfie office outfit spring printed a-line skirt black top
Jacket: Zara cream jersey blazer
NecklaceStarfish Project Hannah turquoise bead necklace
TopJeanswest 'Tilda' black shirt
Skirt: Garfunkle Australia pleated print skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH

Why I wore it:

This was one of those mornings where I was counting my blessings! After a really tough night with lots of wakeups, I was so exhausted I don't even remember my alarms going off. When I woke up and looked at the time panic set in - I had woken up 10 minutes after I usually leave the house.

Thankfully I usually lay out my outfits the evening before for work so that I'm not disorganised in the mornings. It saved me precious time as I hurriedly washed up, applied makeup and pulled clothes on while googling my public transport options. Getting ready super fast left me with just a minute for photos before literally running out the door. In yet another blessing, it was school holidays so there was next to no traffic on the road and I was just 30 minutes late for work.

Craziness of the morning aside, I loved this outfit. I quickly peeled the blazer off to stop me overheating as I ran but in the cooler afternoon commute home it was really appreciated. This skirt is one I always get compliments on. It's beautiful and while I have worn it on maternity leave, and even to playgroup, it feels a bit dressed up and so more suitable for workwear. I wasn't entirely sure about the turquoise necklace with the yellow at first, but had no time to change my mind. Liked it a little more as the day went on.

Last worn: cream blazer, black henley, pleated printed skirt, black ballet flats, Balenciaga part time.

Other ways to wearcream blazer and flares, black henley and printed jeans, printed skirt and ruffle cami, black ballet flats and skinny jeans, Balenciaga part time and purple jeans.

Perfect for pregnancy: cream blazer and hidden second trimester bump, black henley in third trimester, printed skirt in early second trimester, ballet flats and maternity office wear, Balenciaga part time in third trimester.

Jersey Blazers Under $50:

What I wore:

jersey blazer, teal henley and silk a-line leaf print skirt with Balenciaga Part time office outfit business casual | Away From Blue

printed skirt with Balenciaga giant g21 silver hardware 2010 black part time bag on arm | Away From The Blue

awayfromblue instagram teal henley, jersey blazer, printed silk skirt outfit
Jacketthrifted Zara black blazer
NecklaceStarfish Project Veronica short yellow multi strand necklace
TopJeanswest 'Aubrey' pintuck yoke henley in deep teal
Skirt: French Connection silk leaf print skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs black logo plaque ballet flats
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH

Why I wore it:

Since I liked the outfit above so much, it made sense to replicate the formula exactly for my next day in the office. This skirt is silk and not machine washable, so it has sat in my wardrobe unworn for years as it's impractical for life with a toddler or two. I adore it though, and won't be getting rid of it any time soon. I thought the teal henley would look lovely with the greenery in the skirt, especially with the yellow statement necklace. I was worried the top would be a little too casual but again as in the outfit above the blazer was the perfect topper for the office. It's strange that the blazer hasn't been worn in well over a year, as it's a favourite piece.

The only thing I didn't like about this outfit was how the henley looked partially tucked in. It creased and crumpled up a bit, especially with the waist tie on the skirt. I think either taking the waist tie off (it's a removable belt) or fully tucking the top in would have looked better. Did feel happy and colourful in this outfit all day though, even if I tugged at the top a lot through the day.

Last worn: black jersey blazer, teal henley, printed silk skirt, Marc Jacobs ballet flats, Balenciaga part time (above).

Other ways to wearblack jersey blazer and skinny jeans, teal henley and chambray maxi, printed silk skirt and brown tee, Marc Jacobs ballet flats and wrap dress, Balenciaga part time and little black dress.

Perfect for pregnancy: jersey blazer and maternity pencil skirt, silk skirt and hidden first trimester bumpBalenciaga part time in second trimester.

A-Line Printed Skirts Under $50:

How You Can Wear It

Printed skirts are perfect for the office. If you're unsure about them looking to casual, you can always add a blazer on top.

With a colourful printed piece like these skirts, a plain block colour top is a good choice. Both of these tops are the same or similar colours to that in the print to make it easy.

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  1. I love both outfits but especially the second one! I love the teal top with that skirt and the yellow necklace. Gorgeous! Hope you're not getting rained out where you are! XXX

  2. I really like wearing prints to the office, be it in my dress or on my skirt. That way things aren't that boring.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpaging

  3. Yay the black, white, yellow skirt again. I really like that one :)

  4. I hate it when mornings start off in panic like that, but sounds like it all turned out okay! Good thing you set out your outfits! I totally know what you mean about feeling like you have a new wardrobe and enjoying getting dressed up. Love both of these!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  5. Really loving both outfits hun, those skirts are super pretty! The blazers make it look so much more smart and elegant, as well. :) And I love how colourful they both are! I am lucky in the fact that my office has basically no dress code at all, so I can just throw on whatever I like every morning and not worry too much! Thanks for sharing, lovely. <3 xoxo


  6. Mornings like that are the worst!! I feel like the whole day gets off after that. Thank goodness that it didn't end up being too bad. I definitely looked forward to wearing my work wear too after maternity leave--everything felt new again!
    I love both of these looks, especially that skirt in the second look. So pretty!! Have a good day Mica!

  7. Girl more power to you! I don't think I could balance work and home life! I don't know how you do it! I love this print and Balenciaga is always a yes!!

  8. I always prepare my outfit the night before, if I don't I will get really late. I love full skirts too, in fact I am wearing one blue tomorrow!! Love both outfits Mica x


  9. The yellow printed skirt is fab and perfect for fall! I can picture it with a soft grey oversized sweater with some yellow fall leaves in the background. xx Rox-Anne Celebrating This Life

  10. While I do like both looks, my fave is the first one ! OMG I know that feeling of waking up late and having the outfit picked our previously certainly makes a difference. A big one !

  11. Love the skirts, Mica and how you combine them with solid colored tops. You´re looking fab as ever! :)

  12. I love both of these outfits, Mica! The turquoise/yellow combo is one of my favourites, well done! RE: your silk skirt, if the lining is cotton or polyester, you can probably wash the skirt (DO NOT wash it if the lining is acetate!) in cold water on delicate cycle (or handwash). Do not put it in the dryer - lay it flat on a towel to dry, then iron, and it should be good as new. Silk is typically a very strong natural fibre, not nearly as delicate as manufacturers would have us think! However, my caveat: unless you are willing to risk it, DON'T wash it. I am nearly always willing to risk ruining something, heh.

  13. Yes I can imagine that returning to work after maternity leave is an adjustment on many different levels. But yes I bet being able to get dressed up again is refreshing. Both these looks are great and perfect for the workplace.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  14. Mica I'm impressed with how well you look even while running late and having a terrible night of sleep! It really does help to be organised with your outfit the night before.

    Printed skirts are a great option for work! The only printed skirt I have is a polka dot one which I love, in fact I might even wear that tomorrow for work - thanks for the inspo!

    Eileen |

  15. Hi Mica! I love how you layered with your blazers. It adds a chic touch to your cute looks! You look beautiful as always!

    I pray you have a blessed new week!


  16. I am loving the turquoise and yellow combo in both outfits! It's not one I would have thought of before and it's just gorgeous especially grounded with the black. I've been laying out outfits the night before too and it is such a time saver in the mornings!

  17. I'm always looking for and need new outfits for work, this is pretty and I love the colours, the green beads add a nice touch x

    S x

  18. Zara always bring out the best blazers, both casual and smart, right?! I love the size of your handbag - that must really come in handy for carrying many things around in at once! :)

  19. I am used to you wearing maxi skirts and I must say that these a-line skirts are definitely flattering on you

  20. Oh, dear Mica! I never would have thought that the first outfit was put on in such a hurry! You look fantastic and you get also compliments from me for the skirt! Also the 2nd look is very good but I know how challenging shirts can be and how difficult it is sometimes to wear them in the right way :)
    Hope you're having a great week!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  21. I love skirts. Your printed ones are so beautiful Mica. You always look pulled together :)

  22. I have loved seeing the dressier work looks lately, Mica. These colorful skirts with pops of mustard are great and they would be perfect for here now since it is Autumn in the states. A classic black blazer is always a staple and you nailed these looks!

    Welcome by Thursdays every week and linkup with me. Love your style. Thanks, Ada. =)


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