Friday, 26 January 2018

Navy Printed Dresses and Red Saddle Bag

Blogging does influences my outfits. I try to plan my outfits the night before, but sometimes I'll think ahead and plan them out a little more in advance. I wasn't sure at first how I'd wear this new dress I got from Shein, but an evening out seemed like the perfect time. As we were going out for dinner again a few days later, I thought I'd wear my navy Zara dress, and create an easy post with navy dinner dresses. Simple.

I changed my mind last minute and wore something else to dinner instead of my Zara dress. Still wore it a few days later so I could still group both dress outfits together in this post though!

What I wore:

Shein navy flower print flowy dress with Rebecca Minkoff accessories red saddle bag | away from blue

navy swing dress, Rebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram rebecca minkoff sandals saddle bag, Shein navy flower print flowy dress
Necklace: Lovisa gold filigree heart pendant
Dress: Shein navy flower print flowy dress (C/O)
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush
BagRebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red (on sale in blue!)

Why I wore it:

When I ordered this dress from Shein, I wasn't sure about the sizing. Most people said it ran true to size, with a few saying it was on the larger size. As it was a relaxed fit, I decided to order my usual small size instead of a medium. I'm so glad I ordered a small as this swing dress is so perfectly loose and floaty, the medium would have been much too big. It was actually tricky trying to get a good photo of the dress with the evening breeze blowing it around, but I managed in the end!

Since there was red in the print of the dress, I thought my red Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag would pair nicely. I was going to wear a new red necklace I got for Christmas too, but it didn't work with the neckline of the dress, so I went for my rose gold filigree heart pendant instead.

As I got this dress C/O, my thoughts on it: unlike the crochet trim kimono I got in the same order, there were no stray threads on this dress at all. The material is thin and light as expected, but not see-through. It's ideal for summer, even with the slightly longer sleeves. While bigger than I expected, it makes the dress a nice length on my petite self and based on all the compliments this dress got I'm not the only one that likes it. Not bad for a dress that's less than $22!


Last worn: studded sandals, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag. First time I've worn the dress as it's a recent addition to my wardrobe.

Other ways to wearstudded sandals worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag and jeans.




Rebecca Minkoff Saddle Bags:









What I wore:

Zara navy printed bib front tunic dress summer studded sandals saddle bag | awayfromblue

mixed metal bracelet stack, navy dress, Red Rebecca Minkoff studded saddle bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram navy printed shift dress Zara with red Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag
Necklace: gifted ZuriCollections blue polymer clay necklace
Dress: Zara printed bib front tunic dress
ShoesWittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals
Bracelets: the usual plus Lovisa rose gold beaded bracelet stack
BagRebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red (on sale in blue!)

Why I wore it:

While I'd had this in mind to wear to a new year's dinner, I changed my mind at the last moment and went with another outfit. I'd really liked the navy dress with red bag combo above though, so wanted to wear it again. It's not the first time I've worn this Zara dress with a red bag (see here and here) but it's the first time I've worn this saddle bag with the dress. Just like the outfit above, I really liked this combination.

Wore this for a busy day with hubby. We both had the day off and the boys were in daycare so we ran around running a few errands and getting things done. While this dress isn't that short, it feels that way when I'm rushing around with the kids and bending down every few minutes, so I try wear it on days I'm not spending all my time with the boys. Just as nice for going out for dinner as it is for a kid-free day of errands.


Last wornnavy printed shift dress, studded sandals, red saddle bag (above).

Other ways to wear: navy printed shift dress and denim jacket, studded sandals and embroidered shortsred saddle bag and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancynavy printed shift dress in third trimester, studded sandals and maternity shorts.



Navy Printed Dresses Under $50:







How You Can Wear It:

Navy printed dresses are so easy to accessorise. If you're unsure what colour of bag to chose, you could pick a colour from the print like I did in the first outfit. Or you could just pick a bright pop of colour that doesn't match with the print like I did in the second outfit. Red and blue are such a nice colour combination, you can't go wrong with a red bag and navy dress.



Linking up with Friday Faves, Lizzie In Lace, Shoe & Tell, Modest Monday.



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70 comments:

  1. Always with nice combos.. i like most the first dress from shein... the bag give it a pop of color that i like... have a wonderful weekend..
    Xoxo from Portugal

    marisascloset.blogspot.com

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  2. SheIn's sizes are true to our size, I placed an order last summer and I ordered a couple of dresses and I ordered my size and it was perfect, especially for this kind of relaxed and comfy type. Love the first dress, I can see myself wearing it in summer!! Happy Friday Mica :)

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. Yep, the relaxed fit ones seem to fit me better, otherwise I have to size up.

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  3. Great bag! I love it's size - not too bit but big enough to carry everything you need x

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    1. Yes, as you can see in the video it holds just the right amount :)

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  4. That's a pretty dress from Shein, the print is unique. I agree, the red saddle bag is perfect for it. It's nice you enjoy going out on summer evenings, I think it's better than during hot afternoons. I've been going out to outlet shopping these days because there's still massive sale going on :)

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    1. I didn't buy anything in the January sales surprisingly!

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  5. I love your first ootd. I love the combination of the bag and dress from Shein :)

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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  6. Happy Friday Mica! You look absolutely stunning! The dash of red compliments both dresses beautifully. I pray that you and your family have a great weekend!

    Tiff
    http://www.dashoffashandfinance.com

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  7. Dear Mica, I love both looks - I'm generally a huge fan of navy and together with red this is simply the perfect combination. And it happens to me as well as I change an outfit I had already planned :) Thanks for the inspirations, I'm not surprised you got that many compliments for the first dress!
    With love from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  8. Navy and red bag makes such a great combo! Have a lovely weekend.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  9. These are both really pretty on you, but the first one is my favourite. I'm glad you kept the accessories minimal, as the dress is a stunner on its own...as are you!

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    1. Thanks Sheila! It's such a nice dress, I'm already thinking of another time to wear it!

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  10. Happy Friday Mica!You look very gorgeous and both the outfit are stunning.
    http://www.rakhshanda-chamberofbeauty.com/

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  11. Love the boho chic you're working with both these dresses and that is such an eye catching bag in both color and detail! Happy weekend Mica!

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  12. So pretty, and loving the fun pop of color with your bag <3
    Green Fashionista

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  13. Your new dress looks great on you Mica. I love that style dress and the print is very pretty! You know I love the second one as well. Glad it all worked out.
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  14. absolutely stunning. your first outfit is just gorgeous.

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  15. I love the print of your new Shein dress. Both of these look so great with your red bag!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  16. Both dresses are gorgeous, Mica! This year I will start to wear more dresses too or at least try to break away from my usual tee and shorts.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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    1. It is nice to mix it up a little now and then! :)

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  17. I am not a huge fan of navy, but I do love red. And yes, a dress is always too short when you are running after the kids!

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

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    1. Unless it's a maxi dress of course, haha!

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  18. Navy and red work so well together! Hope you have a great weekend :)

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  19. Oh I LOVE that bag Mica!! The color is so fun, and I especially love how it pops with that first dress. You can never go wrong with a printed dress with a pop of color. Have a great weekend!

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    1. One of my favourites too - such a nice shade of red! :)

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  20. The print on both of these dresses is gorgeous, but the first one is my favourite!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

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  21. Dresses are really my fave because they are so easy!! These are both wonderful but I'm in love with that navy flower print one!! AND that bag!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  22. That first dress is just stunning. I am so in love with that print. Plus the RM bag. Sooo cute. Navy and red are divine together. You can never go wrong!

    Hope you all are feeling much better and are having a fabulous weekend
    Sxx
    daringcoco.com

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    1. Thank you, it was a bad start to the year with us being unwell!

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  23. I'm loving the print and color on that dress. It's no wonder you got so many compliments on it!

    www.jeannieinabottleblog.com

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  24. I like the first dress with the floral embroidery. I love the pop of color from your red RM bag. You look lovely. I also don't wear short dresses when I am with my son. It's just not ideal for all the bending, running and screaming that is necessary! Lol 😂

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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    1. Yep, not the easiest choice when you're with little ones!

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  25. Oh I love that navy dress from SheIn! I typically order a size larger, but I think you are right, this one is perfect in your typical size. It's just relaxed enough but doesn't add any bulk. I love the design of it too! Hope you had a good week and have a nice weekend!

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    1. Yeah I've had to order larger sizes before, I'm glad this one worked out :)

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  26. You look so good in blue Mica. The first dress looks amazing and that red bag is just gorgeous.

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  27. I absolutely love your first dress, Mica! It's so pretty on you! Your red bag looks gorgeous with both dresses too. Hope you're having a great weekend, Mica! :) XXX

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  28. These dresses are so cute, I love that heart necklace
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  29. That she in dress is so lovely! I love how you styled it! You're right, medium would be too big because of the loose fit of the dress. Small looks perfect on you. I always the oversized chic and this dress has that flowly movement to it.

    The Zara dress is also very pretty. You look beautiful in both.

    I feel like dresses are the perfect way for us to look dressed up, feminine and cute!

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  30. Both the navy dresses look so awesome on you, Mica, but man....that Shein dress...love love love:) And that saddle bag is such a great everyday purse:)

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  31. Oh my! What pretty dresses. I really love the first one! The print is gorgeous!

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  32. Ooh, I like both outfits a lot on you and especially because of the navy blue and red colour combination - so flattering! This red saddle bag is so lovely and has totally changed my mind on bold, red accessories. You look great in both looks! Have a wonderful weekend :)

    aglassofice.com
    x

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you changed your mind, I love red accessories! :)

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  33. Love your first dress and the red bag, it looks great :)

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  34. This is so cute! I'm loving the pop of red from your bag!

    Annessa
    www.seekingsunshine.com

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  35. I really love your Shein dress! The print is so perfect and it creams summer. It also looks great with the red Rebecca Minkoff bag!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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  36. what a beautiful dress! I love Zara fashion. you look so cute darling xx

    http://www.elegantduchess.com/2018/01/26/white-accessories-thatll-stand-sea-black-ones/

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  37. That dress is so pretty! And I love your bag!

    District of Chic

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  38. Omg your dress is absolutely gorgeous! This is probably my favorite outfit of yours so far on the blog - and there's lots of good outfits to pick from ;)

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  39. I love the heart pendant! How fun! Those are two pretty dresses!

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  40. The first dress is beautiful and I love the red bag x

    Laura
    https://pinkfrenzymissl.blogspot.fr/

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  41. I like the first tunic dress, very pretty and effortlessly chic! You look gorgeous!

    Marie
    The Flower Duet

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  42. That dress really fits you, dear!

    xx, Myrra www.myrrazenkate.com

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  43. I really love that SheIn dress and I am glad you went with the small size, I love the length and the looser fit. It's so hard when some of the reviewers say it fits true to size and others say it is too big. But, you made the right choice! That red bag is beautiful, I need to get my red bag out more!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Yes it definitely had mixed reviews, I'm glad I didn't order the larger size as it would have been much too big!

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  44. have a great Sunday! You just made me remember a red bag of mine I totally forgot about:)

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    1. Oh hope I can inspire you to give it a wear! :)

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  45. Ok so I think the Shein navy flower print flowy dress is one my most favourite outfits of yours Mica! Dresses that are a bit baggy can be so unflattering but this one is perfect - and great for swishing about it! Gah, I can't wait till it's Summer in the UK and to not be wrapped up in jeans!

    Musings & More

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  46. Blogging definitely affects my choice of clothing too. I adore that navy blue Shein dress and the red bag is an absolute eye candy!


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  47. I love both dresses! The printed dress always look stand out by itself! However, I also love the bag, which is very pretty :)


    http://www.thequinoxfashion.com

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  48. Beautiful bag hon x
    https://zunera-serena.com/how-i-keep-my-skin-moisturized-with-olay-whips-regenerist/

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  49. Both dresses a win for me because they are shift dresses, one can never go wrong with shift dresses. I however love the first dress more because of the color and the print. That Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag is everything and it matches both looks to perfection. Greetings from Nairobi!
    www.fashionstylemogul.com

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  50. Love seeing how you styled the red bag with different prints! I'm looking for a crossbody, and was debating between a statement red bag, or those with a ton of embroidery on them, so I like seeing how people pair up their purse with their outfit (that isn't all black, lol).

    Sam / My Beauty Cloud

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    1. Glad I could give you some ideas about what bag to buy! :)

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  51. Love both of these looks! That red bag is gorgeous and the print on both dresses are so pretty!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

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  52. Visiting from Modest Mom Link Up... Your rose gold necklace is very pretty. It goes so well with navy, doesn't it? I recently ordered a rose gold necklace and earrings, and they are my new favorites!

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  53. Such a good color combo with the navy and the red!! And so glad that you and hubby had a day together without the boys even if it was running errands - that's so important and really deserved! :)

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    1. Yes, it's definitely rare but welcome!

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  54. Thanks all for your lovely comments - and compliments on the first dress, it's easy to see it's the favourite :)

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