Monday, 5 August 2019

Weekday Wear Linkup! Coordinating Scarves and Bags: Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga with Cosy Knits and Pencil Skirts

If you've read my blog a while you'll know I love a bit of matchy-matchyness in my outfits! I've posted recently about matching shoes and bags together, but for something a little different for today's Weekday Wear Link Up I'm coordinating my bags and scarves together, with two of my Alexander McQueen skull scarves.

What I wore:

pink skull scarf, cobalt knit and jacquard pencil skirt for office winter style with balenciaga alexander mcqueen | awayfromblue

Balenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta pink with cobalt knit | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram | monochrome blue outfit jacquard pencil skirt cobalt knit with pink accessories skull scarf Balenciaga day bag
Earrings: Kmart blue fringe crescent statement earrings
ScarfAlexander McQueen modal skull scarf in white/pink
Top: blue Mossman knit jumper
SkirtWarehouse navy jacquard pencil skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats
BagBalenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta

Why I wore it:

When I thrifted this bright blue knit a while back I didn't anticipate I'd wear it with this magenta Balenciaga day bag quite so much! I really love the way the bag pops against the blue, particularly in a monochrome outfit like this with the navy skirt as well as the blue jumper. Black ballet flats were the best choice with the bright top and accessories!

It was a warmer morning so I went without a jacket - the jumper is a thick knit and this cream and pink Alexander McQueen skull scarf is quite cosy being modal. It's more of a neon pink than the magenta pink of the Balenciaga bag, so the colours don't match exactly, but they are so complimentary they look great worn together.

Last worn: tassel earringspink skull scarf, blue knit, jacquard pencil skirt, black ballet flats, Balenciaga magenta day bag.

Other ways to wearpink skull scarf with stripes, blue knit and maxi skirt, jacquard pencil skirt in summer, black ballet flats and printed dress, Balenciaga magenta day bag for travel.

Perfect for pregnancypink skull scarf in second trimester, jacquard pencil skirt in first trimester, black ballet flats in second trimester, Balenciaga magenta day bag in third trimester.

My Scarf Collection Video:

What I wore:

foil polka dot knit with navy coat pastel skull scarf and tempte Balenciaga bag winter office wear | away from blue

Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempetewith navy coat | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | Alexander mcqueen skull scarf navy mac foil polka dot knit winter office outfit with balenciaga tempete day bag
Earrings: Kmart navy tassel earrings
JacketJeanswest Monica Mac coat in Indigo
ScarfAlexander McQueen skull scarf in light blue
JumperJeanswest Kara foil pullover in smoke marl and silver
SkirtJeanswest zip detail ponte pencil skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

What a day! I had the dentist after work, so I was planning to get in a little earlier than usual and leave earlier. It was a cold morning so bundled up in my cosy grey polka dot foil knit, fleece lined tights and navy mac coat. With my Balenciaga tempete day bag, I wanted to pick a similarly coloured scarf and went with this baby blue Alexander McQueen skull scarf.  While they are different shades of blue I think they compliment each other nicely! The silver ballet flats matched the hardware on the bag and the foil polka dots on my jumper, but I didn't do much walking!

There was a police incident and traffic quickly came to a standstill. After being on the bus for an hour and not even reached the half way mark on my trip I realised we weren't going to make it into the city in time for my morning meeting (then an hour away) so I called my boss, got permission to work from home and asked the bus driver to drop me off at the next bus stop, which we could see just 100 meters away. 15 minutes later we pulled up to the bus stop! The traffic was that slow! Eventually I made it home, only 10 minutes late for my 9am meeting ... after a terribly flustered meeting without my usual hour of early morning prep before it I had the rest of the day to try catch up on everything, before heading to the dentist. Not the best of days!

Last worn: tassel earrings, navy mac, blue skull scarf, polka dot knit, black pencil skirt, silver ballet flats, Balenciaga tempete day bag.

Other ways to wearnavy mac and printed shirt, blue skull scarf and maxi skirt, polka dot knit and shorts, black pencil skirt and printed tank, silver ballet flats and wrap dressBalenciaga tempete day bag and floral dress.

Perfect for pregnancyzip detail pencil skirt in first trimester, silver ballet flats in third trimester, Balenciaga tempete day bag in second trimester.

Skull Scarves Under $50:

How You Can Wear It:

For something a little different, try matching your scarf and bag together!

Weekday Wear Linkup #30

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  1. Ohhh you've got so many fun scarves Hun!! Lovely post x

    Grace Louise ||

  2. Oh my goodness - I can only imagine how frustrated everyone on that bus was! Glad you were only 10 minutes late but boy, talk about a day where things didn't turn out as planned.
    Your scarf collection is amazing Mica!

  3. It is so hot here all my scarves are firmly in my drawers! It won't be long before you are in your summer outfits and we are shivering though - ha!ha!

  4. Looks great you have a great scarf collection. Love the blue and pink together.

    Gemma x

  5. What a fun combo! I love matchy matchy things too. It's just so eye catching! Traffic jams are the worst. I don't commute to work but when I need to get out of the city, it's a hit or a miss. But I have been stuck in traffic like this and I can attest it's no fun! I am so glad you were able to work from home and get things done! Happy Monday Mica!

    Maureen |

  6. I love the idea of matching scarves and bags, Mica! You know how much I love matchy-matchy! ;) I love your skull scarves and they complement your bags so well. Hope you're feeling better soon and that you have a great week, Mica! XXX

  7. Love these color combinations with this chic fall looks! Thanks for the link up Mica!

  8. That really sounds like a hectic day - if the traffic doesn´t work in your favor, the whole schedule can get messed up. I am very lucky that I can go by bike now, so I need to rely less on public transport.

  9. Mica, your skull scarves are so great! I am so ready for scarf weather around here! I have an immense scarf collection myself. They are so much fun and the perfect accessory for any outfit! You look fantastic as always, my friend!


  10. I like the bag scarf coordination. Hope you had a good weekend.

  11. What a stressful morning! I'm sure it was so frustrating being on that bus! Glad you got to work from home the remainder of the day! Love both of your scarfs! The print is so fun!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  12. That's awful when the traffic is that crazy. It affects your whole day, that's for sure.
    I love the idea of coordinating the scarf to the purse, Mica. You always have such good ideas.

  13. The first scarf is so fun! Have a great week!
    xx- Nina

  14. I'm with you- I do love a little matchy-matchy with outfits. It just makes the outfit look cohesive in my opinion! I don't always do it, but I don't avoid it, either. Hope your week is off to a good start!

  15. My, what a stressful way to begin the day! At least you could work from home at the end.
    I also really like the neutrals in the second outfit and coordinating pops of color in the first one!

  16. Gosh, you have so many awesome scarves!

    You look great, Mica!
    Enjoy your day.

  17. I like a bit of match-i-ness, too! I agree I like the pink bag against the blue sweater. And, what a day you had! I'm glad you got off that bus! Also, enjoyed seeing your scarf stash and how you store them. I tried doing the hanger thing, but they ate up too much closet real estate, so now I store them in baskets.

  18. The blue and magenta definitely go together! I love the neutral look too! Enjoy your week Mica!

  19. So cute! You are definitely the queen of scarves!

  20. The second outfit is really beautiful in my opinion. Combining different shades of blue is always a great idea!
    Kisses ❤️
    Mona Bednarska

  21. Ack! Traffic woes! I feel yah, Mica:) We have that everyday:P And love the matching scarf and bag. Subtle but it works for sure. I love the scarves. You can't really go wrong with Alexander McQueen IMO:)

  22. You've got so many cool bags, hun!
    And I love the idea to pair the bag with the scarf, the result looks very stylish!

  23. Love the coordinating scarves and bags! The McQueen and Balenciaga are super cute together

  24. Back in the day it was all about being matchy matchy. People matched everything together it was kind of crazy. But of course that has changed quite a bit but a little matchy matchy is good! Love both of these looks and the blue knit looks great with the magenta. Oooo I hear you about public transit. It can be frustrating at times.

    Allie of

  25. Your outfits are very stylish, lovely to see the scarfs - won't be long and I'll be wearing mine again. Thanks for hosting today. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  26. Love your silver jumper with this light blue scarf, so pretty colors _ perfect on you.

  27. Its a beautiful knit! I love to wear monochrome! Thanks for the linkup and have a great Day!

  28. Your scarf collection is fab hun, you look beautiful here in both your outfits. Hope you have a wonderful week.


  29. Love your pencil slim skirt with a loose fitting top!
    Hugs, Mary x.

  30. What an amazing scarf collection you have, Mica! My favourite outfit is the first one, as I love the contrast of the blue of your jumper with the magenta of your bag. And oh my, what a day you've had! Hope your week goes well, without any hickups! xxx

  31. Ah! I loathe traffic. I’m sure no one loves it, unless you have your self plenty of time and need the the time to do makeup in the car, lol, that’s the ONLY away I can imagine someone be happy about it. Anyway, I’m glad it worked out for you. Both outfits are so cute. I love matching pieces to my look too, it creates a nice neat sense of cohesiveness. Happy Monday!



  32. That scull scarf is such a great pairing with the pink bag. The pink sculls match the bag perfectly. I also really like your skirt and the top. Great outfit! The second styling is just as lovely. I really like the blue tones of it.

  33. What a cool color combo! I love how the pink contrasts with the blue of your sweater!

    xx Avalon from Simply Avalon

  34. I really like Alexander McQueen scarfs and how you match them with bags. You have amazing collection of bags and every time make such a beautiful outfits. Thank you for sharing.

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  35. I would not have even seen the pattern in the second scarf if you hadn't mentioned it! It's very hard to see the pale blue. I love the first outfit - the pinks with that bright blue are wonderful!

    Sorry to hear about your messed up bus ride, Mica! Traffic can be a nightmare at the best of times, even when you're not the one driving!

  36. Matching the scarf and bag is a wonderful idea! I love how the blue sweater looks with the pink bag, and the colors in the second outfit are really calming. And being stuck on the bus must have been frustrating, but hopefully the rest of your day went okay. I hope you have a great week!

    x Kara |

  37. Hey Mica! I absolutely adore the way you draped the scarves over you outfits. When it starts to get colder here, I'm gonna try adding more scarves to my looks!

    Natonya |

  38. I love your scarves! It is kind of nice that you are different seasons than us in the US because you are great inspiration for later!

  39. Matching a scarf to a bag is something I've never actually thought to do. I really like how it works though in your outfits and this is something I'll have to try when it cools down and it's scarf weather again.

  40. Love how you paired the blue and pink - such a fun color combo!


  41. You've inspired me to pull out my McQueen scarf—I had forgotten I even had one! ;)
    Cheryl Shops |

  42. I love the way you styled these outfits! The pop of pink in the first one is so fun! Thanks for sharing! I hope you had a great weekend! :)

  43. Love love love both your outfits Mica. That pink bag is such a statement piece. You paired it so well with the scarf. I love the different shades of blue you used for the second one. You are truly inspirational. I need to try. :-)
    Just returned from my vacation. We had gone to US and did a road trip from Seattle to Yellow Stone National park and Glacier National Park and back. It was fun and a lovely travel. :-)

    Via |

  44. I love your scarf and bag paired together with this outfit. Definitely adds a splash of color to this outfit.


  45. I really love the first outfit, especially the skirt. It's beautiful.

  46. It's good to make this all matches, in this way you show us your own unique style dear. The second outfit is my favorite one this time. We have summer here so this time I can believe that is so cold where you are

  47. What a rough start to your day! That would be really hard. I hate being late and changes in plans often leave me flustered! You looked so cute though! Hopefully you have a chance to wear this look to work some other time!

  48. Love that you've coordinated your scarves to your bags, and your morning stuck in traffic sounds just awful! At least your job is flexible and you can work from home when you need to.
    Chic on the Cheap

  49. I really liked this outfit, and I think it's a good idea to match the scarf to the bag, much prefer it on match the items of clothing themselves.

  50. The light blue scarf is my fave, it's just gorgeous! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  51. I can relate to you when you describe the difficulty you had with the traffic jam. I'm so terrified of being late for something, that I sometimes would even avoid public transport and walk everywhere- the problem with doing it in summer is that you are bound to arrive sweaty and tired to your destination, it's not easy to walk in the heat.

  52. Ugh, being late is the worst! I'm sorry this kicked off your way. Hopefully things have turned around!

    And loving that scarf- McQueen elevates everything!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  53. You look amazing in the matchy-matchy OOTD as well as the second outfit which is more neutral but still cozy-looking to my eye. SO sorry to hear about the traffic standstill that made you late for the meeting. It's great that you have a very understanding boss too! Hope you are having a wonderful start to the week there :)

  54. I like matching shoes, handbags and belts but for I don't think it applies when one of these is a statement piece like that fushia Balenciaga handbag. I love the pop of color and the scarf bring the outfit together perfectly. I have a thing for scarf :-)

  55. Oh no, I'm sorry to hear you had such a frustrating morning. That's crazy traffic was at such a standstill. You look fabulous, though! I love both outfits and you always have the best scarves! :)

    Hope you're having a fabulous week!

  56. hello Mica
    The scarves add a touch of color and enhance any outfit !!
    You look fantastic in both looks.
    Traffic incidents are so boring !!


  57. I love the scarfs. It makes the outfits so cozy x


  58. You always have the cutest outfit looks and the most fashionable bags! Love your style dear!

    Cats in the City

  59. That scarf is really cute! I love the bag too, as always! Very pretty!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  60. Sorry that your morning was so stressful! I can imagine the panic! I really like your Monica mac- it is SUCH a nice shape and colour!x

  61. I really love colourful bags like your first one especially - they brighten up any look :) so nice!!

    Hope you are going okay x

  62. I think that a little matchy-matchy is very good for the whole look. It put it together and make it more polish. Thank you for sharing your look with My Red Carpet. have a great weekend.

  63. Sorry to hear about your busy day, but at least you still made it for that meeting. On the plus side, I think you look great in both outfits. Matching your bag to your scarf is such a fun way to match your accessories.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  64. A scarf is such an essential outfit piece! It can be worn many different ways. Love how you styled yours!

    Jessica |

  65. Hi Mica
    I do love the skull scarf! The AM scarf has caught my eye and I love the hot pink with your pretty bag! The bright colors look great to brighten up a darker outfit.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx


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