Monday, 5 November 2018

Printed Tops, Black Pencil Skirts and Balenciaga Day Bags

With the warmer spring weather, I had some lovely spring weather outfits planned to wear my new shoes. Unfortunately we were in for a wet week, and I didn't want to ruin my new shoes in the rain. So I went back to basics for workwear, with black pencil skirts and printed tops.

What I wore:

alexander mcqueen roses skull scarf and magenta balenciaga day bag dog print top and pencil skirt | awayfromblue

Balenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta with black dog print top matching skull scarf | awayfromtheblue
Earrings: Ana Luisa 'Olivia' tassel earrings in pink (giveaway prize)
ScarfAlexander McQueen magenta skull scarf in roses print
Top: Target ruffle sleeve dog print blouse
SkirtJeanswest black ponte pencil skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta

Why I wore it:

You know I love a bit of matchy-matchy! This magenta Alexander McQueen skull scarf and Balenciaga day bag are frequently worn together. With the purple outlines on the dashounds on my top, it felt like a great matchy-matchy outfit for the office. Kept the rest of my outfit simple with the black pencil skirt and the black ballet flats.

Did end up regretting this outfit in the afternoon though! Around lunch time the rains arrived and I was very cold and wet by the time I got home after work that evening. Probably should have picked tights or a cosier jacket (I just had a blazer in case any meetings came up).

Despite the less than perfect weather conditions, I did like this outfit. I even had a rare opportunity before the rain started to pop out for lunch and have a browse at the Jeanswest store in the city.

Last worn: Ana Luisa earrings, roses print skull scarf, dachshund print top, black pencil skirt, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats, magenta Balenciaga day bag.

Other ways to wearroses print skull scarf and striped dress, dachshund print top and burgundy pants, black pencil skirt over a dress, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats and olive pants, magenta Balenciaga day bag and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyroses print skull scarf in third trimester, dachshund print top in first trimester, black pencil skirt in second trimester, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats in second trimester, magenta Balenciaga day bag in third trimester.

What's In My Bag: Balenciaga Day Bag

What I wore:

boucle blazer polka dot ruffle top and pencil skirt spring office wear | away from blue

Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete | away from the blue
JacketJeanswest Dixie collarless jacket
EarringsJeanswest Evy dangly earring
TankJeanswest 'Ricky' ruffle front top in midnight
SkirtJeanswest zip detail ponte pencil skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs black logo plaque ballet flats
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

I didn't like this outfit as much as the one above. It was something I'd picked as a second choice because of the forecast rain which meant it was already off to a bad start! I wasn't sure about this boucle blazer and the polka dot print tank, but in the mirror that morning it looked good enough for me to pick the boucle jacket over a plain black blazer. When I reviewed the photos later though I regretted my decision - a plain jacket would have looked better over this.

Bad jacket choice aside, it was an otherwise okay outfit. The Balenciaga day bag doesn't look as nice with it as I thought as the shades of blue are so different, but it's definitely not the worst thing about this outfit! I really don't know why this top is worn so little, I get compliments when I wear it and it is always so fun to wear.

Last worn: boucle jacket, statement earrings, polka dot ruffle tank, black pencil skirt, Marc By Marc Jacobs ballet flats, Balenciaga tempete Day bag.

Other ways to wearboucle jacket and a-line skirt, polka dot ruffle tank and jeans, black pencil skirt for YouTube creator day, Marc By Marc Jacobs ballet flats and striped dress, Balenciaga tempete Day bag and printed shorts.

Perfect for pregnancyboucle jacket in second trimester, polka dot ruffle tank in second trimester, black pencil skirt in first trimester, Balenciaga tempete Day bag in third trimester.

Black Pencil Skirts Under $50:

How You Can Wear It:

A black pencil skirt is a corporate office wardrobe essential! It's so easy to throw on a printed top with a plain black pencil skirt and feel ready for work. As you can see from my lessons above though, it pays to put a little more thought into the weather for the day and your accessories when picking such a straightforward outfit!

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  1. I like both outfits, scarf and top from the first one are really cute. I think that boucle jacket looks really nice in the second outfit and that polka dot tank is so lovely!

    Have a wonderful day:)

  2. I like both outfits as it conveys a different style. The first because you had a scarf says cozy while the second one says chic with the blazer. I do love the pop of magenta on the first outfit and I can see why you pair your scarf and bag together often. It's a beautiful combination and I would do the same. I hope the rain lets up a bit on your end this week and give you a break from the wet and cold. If not, stay dry and warm and have a very happy Monday!

    Maureen |

  3. Oh I love the magenta scarf and bag in the first outfit! Such a pretty color and very flattering on your skintone. And I love the jacket you chose to complete the second look - very sophisticated!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  4. Love the pencil skirts and that pink bag!!

    Hope you're having a wonderful Monday!

  5. I love the scarf and bag as they pull everything together in the first outfit, Mica!
    I'm sure the second outfit is just darker which may be why it's not your fave...but it still looks wonderful!
    I'm happy to report my week should be very long as I get a nap today...ha ha!

  6. Love both the looks but like you my fav is the black and pink. The colours just look amazing together. Have a great week.

    Gemma x

  7. I love these black pencil skirt outfits! So cute and chic! The dog print top is my favorite. So so adorable!


  8. You look wonderful in both outfit Mica. Hope you found a great dress for Christmas. Have a blessed week. :-)

  9. This look is so cute! I love that magenta color! It looks great on you, hun! YOU look amazing!

  10. Both workwear outfits look great, Mica! I especially like the first outfit. I love that cute dog print and the colour of your scarf and bag. So pretty! Love the tassel earrings too! Hope you're having a great start to the week, Mica! XXX

  11. Mica you look gorgeous in that first outfit! That color in the Alexander McQueen scarf looks beautiful on you, I like it as much as blue! :o
    And yes, you should definitely wear that secoond top more often, it's classy, fun and work-appropriate. That jacket is beautiful too!

  12. I love that your magenta scarf and bag matches! It's a bummer that the weather turned around. At least you got home safely! Love that you have similar Balenciaga bags!

    Nancy ♥

  13. Both outfits are great. Also you can never go wrong with basic piece. I hope you have an awesome week.

    We just spend the weekend at home.

  14. Sorry you are having a rainy week - we've been having a lot of rain too, and it's just no fun! I love the cute dog print on your blouse!
    Chic on the Cheap

  15. The Alexander McQueen Skull Scarf is perfect!! I love it! It adds a bit of edginess to your outfit, which I love! And the Balenciaga bag is very pretty. It looks very roomy, lots of space. It has been raining a lot here in Florida, every day, so I am ready for some sunshine!

  16. That bag is so gorgeous! I love it and I love how you styled it!

  17. I love the first outfit - you look great in that magenta colour. With the second outfit, I am not a fan of that top. What do they say, if someone compliments the item, it's not doing anything for you; if they compliment YOU, then it's a great item. Something like that? The first top fits you really well, and accentuates your shape; I feel like the second one is taking over the whole outfit. You deserve a less bossy top!

  18. Both outfits are so cute! I absolutely love your top with the little dachshunds on it. That scarf goes so well with that top too!

    I hope you're having a wonderful week! :)


  19. I really love the color of the first bag and I don't think it looks matchy-matchy! Sorry about the weather, but you still look fab! Have a wonderful week!

    -PerlaGiselle |

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  20. I like how you showed different aspects of your personality in both looks.The first look was fun and playful with the pop of pink and skull scarf and the second look is classic and timeless.

  21. At least you liked the first outfit although it became so cold and started raining! I like it, too, but honestly understand why you would have preferred a plain blazer together with the second look but as the top is so beautiful your blazer choice definitely doesn't matter!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  22. I've always loved how you make the most of black pencil skirts in your wardrobe, Mica! I don't actually own any decent pencil skirts right now and so this post has served as a great reminder for me to pick up one asap! :) x

  23. I liked both looks, but the first was my favorite with that splash of magenta. Love both of the purses! Your Spring sounds like our Fall here so far. It's's's's wet and cold....back to warm :/

  24. Pencil skirts are so awesome because you can match them with anything and it still looks wonderful. Also, I love the way that you've matched the pinks in the first outfit - it's so perfect for so many occasions.

    Have a great week :)
    Amy x Wandering Everywhere

  25. Your first look is my favorite too--I just LOVE that pretty fuchsia pink! The patterns work really well together too. I like the second look too, I'm just partial to pink :)

  26. I admit I don't own a black pencil skirt, sen though it has been on my to buy list for office for a long time. I agree with you, it is such a classic and easy to dress up or down.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

  27. A black pencil skirt is really such a great staple, Mica:) Although I do like the first outfit more, I think the second one works as well! I love that jacket:) And yeah...we've been getting a lot of rain here annoying!
    Hope you're having a lovely day/night:)

  28. I love the way that scarf and bag in the first outfit look together! That is a great outfit! I can understand when weather gets in your way a bit, it has been incredibly windy and wet here lately. Hopefully you have dry weather next week!

  29. You have such a great collection of handbags! I love both of these, especially the magenta one!


  30. Wonderful spring outfits. I'm a big fan of pencils skirt and I would say that a black pencil skirt is an item we should all have in our closet. Pencils skirts look great paired with printed tops. It's a lovely outfit formula and you wear it so well. You look beautiful in both looks. I can't exactly pin point why, but I prefer the first look. Maybe because of the adorable scarf and earrings? Both outfits are beautiful, though.

  31. I'm sorry you got so wet! I have definitely had those days! I love the pops of magenta with the black outfit! Such a cheerful addition to the outfit!

    Virginia | More to Mrs. E

  32. I secretly love the rain - because I get so happy it’s not snow! Love that tweed jacket

    Angela |

  33. I think that both looks are great. It's too bad that you got so cold in your first outfit though. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  34. Great outfits! They're very similar to ones I sometimes wear to work, when I put on my pencil skirts. (The bags are great too, of course!)

  35. I really love your scarf and bag in that first look! It's always fun bringing in color to an outfit. Glad you got some fun shopping in!

  36. I love both looks. The magenta colour really pops and looks so amazing together! Good to hear you had fun shopping xx

  37. I especially love the outfit with the pink bag, the colour really pops!

  38. I am absolutely LOVING the magenta shade in the scarf, SO gorgeous, Mica!
    Raindrops of Sapphire


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