Monday, 6 November 2017

Printed Sheath Dresses and Jersey Blazer With Balenciaga Day Bag: Spring Office Wear

Like everyone, my wardrobe has fluctuated over the years. In the past 10 or so years I've gone from being a uni student to working full time, changing careers, having two beautiful babies, over 2 years of maternity leave and now a part time working mum of two toddlers.

While it's been fun unboxing my office clothes after maternity leave, it's eye opening to see that I'm wearing the last of the office dresses now, over 3 months since I started back at work.

It's an interesting place to be at wardrobe-wise. Having more office wear than I need but not really wanting to let any of it go. It's not that I don't use office wear, just that I have much more than a part time worker needs. Not entirely sure if I should downsize more or just enjoy having lots of choice for workwear! Despite not being worn often, I love both of these sheath dresses.

What I wore:

orange sheath dress spring office wear with yellow statement necklace brown bag cream blazer | awayFromBlue

Balenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag | AWayFromTheBlue

awayfromblue instagram cream blazer jersey knit linen orange printed sheath dress office wear
JacketZara cream jersey blazer
NecklaceStarfish Project Veronica short yellow multi strand necklace
DressFrench Connection 'Woodblock wonder' panache dress in white/geranium rose
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs logo plaque flats in camel
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag

Why I wore it:

This dress is it, the final as yet unworn office dress, 3 months after returning to work. It's a beautiful dress and always gets compliments, perfect for the office and light enough for summer but not so light that it can't work for spring layered with a jersey blazer. The only reason it was the last office dress I had left to wear is that I prefer to wear it without tights. Now that spring has arrived it's the ideal weather for it.

I wasn't sure if the bright yellow necklace would be too much with the orange print on the dress, but I really liked the bold combination. With all of the colour going on in my outfit, I picked a neutral cream blazer and a brown Balenciaga bag with camel flats, they look so nice together and were perfect to pair with the print and colour.

Last worn: cream jersey blazer, orange printed sheath dress, camel flats, Truffle Balenciaga Day bag.

Other ways to wearcream jersey blazer and skinny jeans, sheath dress with layered knit, camel flats and wrap dress, Truffle Balenciaga Day bag and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancy: blazer and belly band with an early baby bump, dress hiding an early second trimester bump, camel flats in third trimester, Balenciaga day bag for second trimester travel.

Jersey Blazers Under $50:

What I wore:

cream jersey blazer, brown hobo bag, blue paisley print sheath dress for the office gold mouse flats | away from Blue

Blue paisley print dress with Balenciaga autumne truffle brown classic day bag  | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram french connection blue paisley print sheath dress, jersey blazer

pregnancy and motherhood outfits: 1 dress second trimester and post baby return to work awayfromblue
JacketZara cream jersey blazer
NecklaceUniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
DressFrench Connection blue Paisley print dress
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats (on sale in black!)
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag

Why I wore it:

Another printed sheath dress, sticking with the same cream jersey blazer I wore above and the same Balenciaga day bag. As the blue necklace matched the blue print of the dress, I added a little more interest to my outfit with the gold mouse flats. I love these shoes so much, they are so cute but so wearable to the office too, a nice way to add a little personality to a corporate outfit.

I've already worn this dress once since my return to work from maternity leave, but it was good to wear it again as it will always be one of my favourites! When I had my wardrobe detox session this was one of those 'hmmm' pieces in my wardrobe that the personal stylist stopped for a moment to consider - so of course I explained that I really wanted it to stay, and it moved into the 'keep' pile! It's actually one of the dresses I bought when starting out with my current company about 8 and a half years ago, it's definitely got staying power in my wardrobe! I've worn it 15 times since I started blogging, and many more times before then, one of those pieces I think I've already hit 30 wears on although sadly don't have a photo of every wear.

It's worked for two pregnancies too - it's quite roomy, although with the zip up the back I've never worn it past the second trimester!

Last worncream jersey blazer (above), Paisley print sheath dress, mouse flats, Truffle Balenciaga Day bag (above).

Other ways to wearcream jersey blazer and a-line skirt, Paisley print sheath dress and pink accessories, mouse flats and printed jeans, Truffle Balenciaga Day bag and shorts.

Perfect for pregnancy: blazer and hidden second trimester baby bump, paisley print dress in the second trimester, mouse flats in the second trimester, Balenciaga day bag in first trimester.

Printed Sheath Dresses for the Office Under $50:

How You Can Wear It:

Printed sheath dresses are quick and easy office outfits. With a printed statement dress you don't have to try to had with accessories as the dress makes a bold enough statement on its own. If you're unsure what to wear them with, stick with neutral accessories like tan bags and shoes that go with everything. A blazer helps add to the professional look and keeps you warm in the office aircon.


Jeanswest have 40% off at the moment, perfect time to pick up some spring/summer pieces! New pieces as well as sale items are all reduced.

I've already had a blast spending my saved gift cards there, stocked up on shorts!

Couldn't resist this embroidered pair, a printed pair and this distressed pair to replace my other black ones. All 40% off means I still have 2 gift cards left to spend!

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  1. I love both of these outfits, Mica! The yellow necklace looks great with the orange print in the first dress. I really love the blue paisley dress because paisley is my fave ever print! The beads match really well and I love your mouse flats! So cute!:) Hope you have a great week, Mica! XXX

  2. You wore both dresses beautifully. We can call them an all-season outfit. I mean, you can wear these dresses whether pregnant or not. Working or not. Shopping or not. Their versatility is endless. It's a good thing that you kept them.

    Heart Rays

  3. Keep them and enjoy the variety you have. Things will leave your wardrobe over time anyway, at least this is my experience.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

  4. Hi Mica! Happy New week! I love both dresses especially the print. They are definitely versatile dresses and transition perfectly season to season. I really love the fact that you have worn the dress 15 times which means it has received a lot of love...and still looks awesome!
    Well I pray you have a beautiful week ahead!


  5. Dear Mica, yes, sometimes it is a dilemma with office clothes ... the question is really how much we need! Both of the dress you show today are beautiful and I'm not surprised that you always get so many compliments for the first dress - but I like the second dress, too!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  6. These are both such pretty dresses, and I love them with your blazers and that bag. I am in a similar place having had a full-time office wardrobe and now just working part-time. It is hard to know what to do.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  7. Love both of these! That blazer is such a great piece, goes with anything! And yay for the mouse flats! I wore mine in today's post too, hehe

  8. You can never go wrong with a cute knee length dress and a blazer for work. You want to think about keeping the clothes as you may go back to work full time at some point. Maybe just eliminate the stuff that you never where or find you don't reach for b/c you don't like it.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  9. I really love that first look - I think the bold color palette works to break up the monotony of an office look!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  10. I love the bright yellow necklace with that orange-print dress (it would also look good with the blue print one!). Great dresses, and good basics for you.

    There's no need to get rid of stuff you love - IF you love it!

  11. That French Connection dress is so classic and looks beautiful on you! No wonder it's one of your favorites. I don't even work in an office anymore but I still find myself hanging onto some of my old wardrobe because it works well for events and appointments.

  12. I'm glad you kept the second sheath dress, it's really gorgeous and I can see why you get so many wear out of it. I wasn't sure about the combination of yellow and the first sheath dress but it turned out really well.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  13. I loved reading this Mica because I am in such a similar situation. I have more office-wear than what I need too, but I hate to get rid of it! There are occasions when I do have to dress up more, so it's nice to have options for those days. I love both of these dresses and how the blazer makes them totally work for the office.

  14. It's been years since I had to wear office wear (I started working from home after I was made redundant) thank goodness. But even when I was working in an office, I don't think I ever looked as pretty as you in these two dresses! I particularly love the print of the blue one - I think both could be dressed up or down though, which is always a great thing!
    Suzy x

  15. Love this bag! I haven't seen this one many times before but it's such a great colour! Love your dresses too. Hope you are having a great week so far! Gemma x

  16. Both of these dresses are so pretty! I love the patterns and colors. Your bold yellow necklace works perfectly with your orange dress!

    xx, Elise

  17. Even though you don't need as much workwear, I don't think you should get rid of it for that reason alone. Having super pretty dresses and blazers in your closet is always a good thing, in my mind. Even if I hardly wear my blazers now I still love them.

  18. Those dresses are beautiful! I love the yellow necklace you paired with the first dress! I know what you mean about having too many work clothes since going part time, but there are honestly none I want to get rid of. Especially since I may end up going back full time at some point in the future. And it's nice to have the variety!

  19. The blue dress is lovely! I'm glad it stayed on the 'keep' pile.

    Corinne x

  20. Such a cute dress. I love the blue one! Having so many workwear options does seem silly sometimes, but I love having the variety and always have a hard time purging my wardrobe!


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