Monday, 29 June 2020

Layering Knits With Maxi Dresses & Weekday Wear Link Up

It might be winter but I still love wearing my maxi dresses! Helped along by Brisbane's mostly dry and definitely snow free winters, with the kind of temperatures that mean all I need to do is add an extra layer with a cosy knit jumper. 

What I wore:

cobalt blue knit cropped jumper worn over coral floral print maxi dress winter birthday party layered outfit | awayfromblue

awayfromblue Instagram | winter birthday party outfit blue knit over floral maxi dress
Earrings: Piper gold heart earrings
Necklace: thrifted pearl and heart charm long necklace
Knit: thrifted blue Mossman knit jumper
Dress: Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress
Shoesslim navy and pink Havaianas

Why I wore it:

For my son's birthday party I wanted something simple but warm for the cooler morning, although I did find the knit a bit warm over the afternoon when it warmed up. Last time I wore this knit I mentioned how it was a bit of a pain being cropped as I wore it with low rise jeans. It works so much better over dresses and I liked the blue colour with the coral dress.

Wearing my new heart stud earrings I felt this layered heart charm necklace was a good matchy-matchy choice! I didn't actually wear the Havaianas though, as I spent all day inside with the party I didn't need to wear any shoes and I just put these on to go outside for the photo.

It was a good day even if we only had a few family members over to celebrate to stick to the COVID safety rules.

Last worn: blue cropped jumper, layered heart charm necklace, tropical print maxi dress, Havaianas. First time I've worn the earrings as they were a recent gift.

Other ways to wearblue cropped jumper and purple jeans, tropical print maxi dress for Christmas.

Perfect for pregnancyblue cropped jumper and hidden baby bump.

Rebecca Minkoff Micro Bedford: What's In My Bag

What I wore:

maxi dress layered in winter with micro bedford bag slouchy knit blue dress | away from blue

print mixing outfit with Rebecca Minkoff Micro Bedford zip satchel in twilight | away from the blue

Necklace: Jeanswest Taryn turquoise tassel bead necklace
Knit: thrifted Spirit grey marle jumper
Dress: Jeanswest 'Chantelle' crochet detail blue printed maxi dress
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff Micro Bedford zip satchel in twilight

Why I wore it:

Since I liked the jumper over the maxi dress outfit above I decided to try it again another week with this grey asymmetrical knit over the blue maxi dress. I wasn't too sure at first about the prints together but I think they really worked, the space dye effect on the knit looks almost like stripes and I wear stripes with everything!

My plan was to knot this knit over my dress, the asymmetrical hem is perfect for that. When I put the jumper on though I realised it looked quite nice over the top without being knotted. I was hoping for flowy rather than sloppy, and I'm not 100% convinced I nailed it looking at the pics, but I loved the relaxed vibe of this outfit and it was so comfortable to wear. I was really happy with it!

Added the little Rebecca Minkoff micro Bedford cross body bag to keep my hands free while out shopping with my sister. I had a voucher to spend and she was on a mission to buy some new clothes. I did try on a couple things but decided to spend my voucher on more clothes for the kids instead. 😂

How You Can Wear It:

You don't need to pack your maxi dresses away when summer ends! You can make even a spaghetti strap maxi dress work for a cooler day by layering a knit over the top. You can go with a cropped style or keep it loose and flowy with an asymmetrical hem.

Weekday Wear Linkup #77

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  1. I always have a wait, what? moment when I see posts like this because we are in the middle of summer in the UK (with a heatwave last week!). But I love your outfit pairings, that red skirt is gorgeous :) Lisa

  2. What a great idea of utilising the summer dress for cooler months. Love your wavy hair style, it suits you. Have a great week

  3. I bet your son enjoyed being celebrated even though parties look different this year. I like your hair like that and I love that shade of blue on you!
    Thanks for the link up!

  4. That is a fun way to still be able to enjoy comfortable maxi dresses in cooler weather!


  5. These are both very smart ideas to use summer dresses even when the temperatures drop!
    Guess that this year many parties gonna be different but not necessarily less fun, isn't it?

  6. I really love the first outfit and color combo! Your hair looks so pretty styled like that! Hope your son had a wonderful birthday!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  7. This is such a good idea! I never thought of layering a sweater on top! This is even great for those cooler summer nights!

    Eileen |

  8. The top photos are so gorgeous, I love the blue and your hair is stunning, so cute!! x

  9. You taught me to do sweaters over dresses! I really like the second one and I think you did nailed the flowy effect: I looks really cute!

  10. Love how you paired these dresses with the knits:) A great way to wear the maxi for winter! And the second outfit totally worked without the top being knotted:) It definitely has a boho-chic vibe.
    Happy Monday:)

  11. Happy birthday to your son! That is a clever layering of pieces for cooler weather, the sweater is a beautiful color on you! Hope you have a good week.

  12. You look so cute with your sweaters and maxis. I like the bright colors you chose for your son's birthday.

  13. That bag is so beautiful as well as how you layered knit with maxi dress. Thank you for inspiration.

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  14. I used to layer jumpers with maxi dresses a lot when I was in high school. It was so convenient yet quite stylish.
    You look amazing especially with your beautiful smile!
    Wishing you the best!

  15. I always love wearing knits with maxis too!

  16. Happy Monday Mica. LOve these looks, especially the first one. xx

  17. So great that you get to wear your maxi dresses in winter too! Mild winters do sound like a dream!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  18. I wish I could layer sweaters over dresses in the winter here - it's just a nice look. And it sounds like you managed to have a nice birthday party, COVID prevention measures and all. That's really great - we did a Zoom party for Eleanor but it would have been really great to have even just a few people over for an in-person celebration.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  19. I absolutely love the idea of layering a sweater over a summertime dress. That is genius! And both looks are so stunning. I especially love the top you wore in the second outfit. It looks so incredible on you!
    the creation of beauty is art.

  20. What a great idea to layer knits with maxi dresses. I like the boho chic feel of these combos. The red and blue combo of the first look is very fun and I also like the grey and blue colour combo with the second look. You look great in both of these outfits.

  21. What a gorgeous color on you! It brings out your eyes and enhances your hair color so beautifully. What a great way to wear your cropped sweater. I love when I discover different ways to wear pieces I love that may have not looked or felt good when worn one way. You don't feel as though you have to get rid of them and can make for a really interesting look. Happy Birthday to your boys!


  22. I love how breezy and comfortable maxi dresses are! Your hair looks so cute curled like that! It suits you really well!

  23. Hello
    Congratulations to your son on his birthday.
    And, congratulations to you for your styling ideas. I loved this combination of sweaters with maxi dresses.
    I hope you have a great week.

  24. What a great idea to layer knits with maxi dresses, I never thought of doing that. I love your first outfit in particular. So colourful and cheerful. That knit is such a gorgeous shade of blue! xxx

  25. Everything looks very beautiful.

  26. I love that red skirt, it could be combined with so many things! And I love reading posts about an Australian winter wardrobe because you could probably get away with wearing most of the looks in the average British summer x


  27. I'm so bad about layering with my summer dresses to wear them in fall/winter

  28. Oh yes layering knits over maxi dresses is a great way to get more use out of your summer threads and also look like you got something new. Your hair is getting long, and I like it curly.

    Allie of

  29. Such a bright and pretty two pieces, I hope you are safe and well. Jacqui x

  30. So happy to hear your son had a good birthday.

  31. Ooh I love the print of that second sweater, and I do think you pulled off the flowy look! And the first look is great too--those colors go perfectly together!

  32. Especially loving the bright colors of the first outfit.

  33. I always am so impressed how you wear maxis in the winter Mica. I like them both.

  34. Both of these work so well! I think the second outfit works perfectly because space dye is almost more of a color or texture than a print. The bright colors in your first outfit are so pretty on you!

  35. Super cute! I love that bright blue sweater on you. I have a maxi skirt that I love but now it's too big, so I'm hoping to tighten the waist so I can wear it again!
    Also, welcome to the Magnificent 8, Mica! I'm so excited to have you join the collaboration!

    Miles of smiles,

  36. I love your outfits with knit wears and maxi skirts!
    Your color combinations are always great!
    Happy birthday to your son!!


  37. love the cobalt blue sweater! how cold does it get in Australia?? it's 100F here in Northern California right now! xo eva

  38. Cute outfits , perfect for your Brisbane Winter , you would freeze down here. I hope your son had a great birthday.
    Many thanks for hosting Mica , enjoy your week.

  39. Love both outfits - 2nd one is my favorite, especially the sweater. I'm wearing more soft, comfortable skirts during this stay at home time. As I'm working on the computer more I find they are more comfortable for sitting.
    Grace & Peace,Iris

  40. I love the colors in the first outfit! I actually wear my maxi dresses/skirts all year 'round too...

  41. happy Birthday to your son!
    and the first outfit is way too cute! I love it head to toes so much that I would totally steal it from you if I could

  42. Happy birthday to your son, Mica! I hope he had an amazing day. I love both outfits especially since I am a lover of cooler weather. Your outfits has me dreaming of Fall already! Btw, your hair looks beautiful! Perfect curls. I hope your week is off to a great start and happy Tuesday!

    Maureen |

  43. The first look is so me, love it :-D

  44. I'm enraptured with your beautiful blue jumper over your maxi - what a gorgeous outfit! Ha, I just looked at the temps in Brisbane (13 degrees) and compared to here today (16!). We are only 3 degrees warmer and it's summer. You better bring a ton of jumpers if you ever visit me! ;)

    I'll be joining up with your linky-party shortly. Thank you for hosting!

  45. Loving the bright blue & vibrancy in your first outfit. I need to find a knit like yours! :]

  46. That blue sweater looks so cute and cozy. I love knits on autumn and winter x


  47. Oh the light blue sweater is so beautiful!! I love that blue tone at the moment as well :)

    have a great day,


  48. Oh, I really see that the winters in your area are not too cold. During the winter in Bavaria it is impossible to wear flip flops :) But I love how you combined the dresses with the sweaters - really a cool idea!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  49. I love your hair curled! Hope your son had a lovely birthday and that you all enjoyed his party!
    Amy x

  50. hahaha, thank you so much Mica!! Friends is the best tv serial ever! ;) I'm so glad that you liked me new ins! Happy week! Kss

    ♥ ★ ♥ GINGER COLLAGE ♥ ★ ♥

  51. Such a great idea to use a summer dress... totally obsessed with the first one!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  52. You look so pretty in both outfits Mica. I hope you are enjoying the week. :)

  53. Hey cutie pie!! What a great way to get more wear and mileage from a maxi. I just cannot think outside the box. So glad to have others do the hard work for me. Will try to remember this when our temps start to dive. That vibrant blue is so lovely on you and that print is happy for your baby's b'day.

  54. You have layered these so nicely! I also like how you mix colors and patters together, Mica. Well done xx


  55. Love this layering trick! I adore the color and print mix in the first look especially.

  56. Dearest Mica,
    Especially the first ensemble you show looks very nice as the sweater picks up on the blue in the skirt!

  57. Blue is so your color compliment your skin. Have a lovely weekend doll.

  58. Happy Belated birthday to your son , hope he had a wonderful day ,I am totally loving the foofal prints on the skirt . Gorgeous

  59. It's summer here and I am really like whaaat? Then I remember that you are in Australia andit's like yeah ok that is something I should do next winter, I like the idea!
    Don't Call Me Fashion Blogger

  60. Love your colour and your style. Even in winter Brisbane is often too hot for me. I suspect the jumper would get very rare outings.

  61. Creative layering is such a fantastic way of wearing your summer wardrobe pieces during the cooler months. I'm loving the gorgeous print and vibrant colors of that first dress. Hope your son had a lovely birthday!

  62. What a great way to wear a dress and still keep warm at night! You look so cute in both looks!


  63. Love that colour of the bag, no worrying about colour transfer. And your first combo of jumper and floral skirt is really nice, it looks like cotton candy vibe.

  64. I love how you wore both dresses! The colors look so lovely.

    Here, if I do wear a maxi dress in the winter, I have to add a lot of layers underneath as well as on top, but it's still a nice change.

    Ekaterina | Polar Bear Style

  65. This is a trick I learned on your blog years ago - so helpful in winter.

  66. Cute and cozy! Perfect outfits for a warm winter! I love your wavy hair in the first picture too!

  67. Loving both the outfits you wore. I like the first one more. It is so colorful and pretty. Happy belated birthday to your son. Hope you had a great day. :-)

    Via |

  68. I love both of those tops they look so good on you, and they also look so comfortable. I hope that your son had a good party and birthday. :)

    love is zero

  69. I love your wavy hairstyle in the first outfit. OMG! I don't think I've seen you wearing a wavy do and you look fabulous, Mica. The blue sweater goes with the pretty floral maxi and your matchy-matchy earrings and necklace add just the right amount of sparkle. I love it! The second look with the marle sweater is so cozy, I'd wear it when it's cold. Whether you knot it or not (hehehe punny), I like the flowy vibe of the look! Wishing you a lovely weekend :) xoxo

  70. I should think to do this! I love the colorful coral dress with the vibrant blue sweater.
    Happy Birthday to your son!
    jess xx


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