Showing posts with label Balenciaga work. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Balenciaga work. Show all posts

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

30 Ways To Wear: Purple Balenciaga Work Bag

Returning to the 30 wears series! I skipped it last month as I wasn't organised enough to plan it in advance with our Europe trip! In this usually monthly series, I pick a piece from my wardrobe I've worn over 30 times and go back through my blog archives to show you some of the ways I've worn it. There are a lot of different clothing choices and colour choices when you're wearing a purple bag.


30 Ways To Wear Purple Balenciaga Work Bag

30 ways to wear purple Balenciaga Work Bag | away from the blue blog


Cost Per Wear

I bought this bag at the end of my 6 month no shop challenge (that turned into an 7 months noshop in the end). While it was a bag from my bestie's wardrobe she no longer wanted, and so massively reduced off the retail price, it's still a Balenciaga so was a big splurge at $1,200. After 37 wears I'm still nowhere near the $1 a wear figure most people aim for. But as this bag is something I expect to be treasuring and loving for decades to come I'm sure I'll be reducing the cost per wear down nearer that figure over time!


30 Ways To Wear Purple Balenciaga Work Bag: Video Style



Balenciaga Purple Work Bag With Black and White


outfit ideas with purple balenciaga work bag : black and white style ideas | awayfromblue

The simplest of all the ways to wear a bright bag - pick a neutral outfit and then use the bright bag as a pop of colour. I love how much the purple Balenciaga work bag stands out against black and white, it's such a fun way to accessorise.


Balenciaga Work Bag With Pencil Skirts


5 ways to wear a purple Balenciaga work bag in the office | awayfromtheblue

My work bag goes to work with me a lot! The big oversized Balenciaga work bag is perfect if you need to carry a lot of things to the office, and as you can see in these pics it works so well with a pencil skirt. Just add a blazer for extra formality if you're worried a big purple bag is a big too casual for your workplace.


Purple Balenciaga Work Bag with Blue


4 outfit ideas blue and purple combination with balenciaga work bag | awayfromtheblue

There are a lot of different colour combinations you can try with a purple bag! I like wearing blue and purple together, so it's nice to wear a blue outfit and add a touch of colour with the purple bag. From deep navy to lighter and brighter blues, this raising purple Balenciaga work bag is great with so many different shades.


Balenciaga Work Bag With More Purple


5 ways to wear a purple balenciaga work bag with other purple pieces in your outfit | away from blue

If you have followed along with my blog for a while, you will know I like a little bit of matchy-matchy! If I'm wearing a bold bag like this purple Balenciaga bag, I like to match it with a little bit of purple in my outfit. From the print of a dress, a big blanket scarf, a purple cami or tee, or even a subtle match with a purple necklace, it's a good way to make your outfit look more cohesive. And as you can see, the shades don't need to match exactly!


Purple Balenciaga Work Bag with Pink


3 different ways to wear pink and purple with Balenciaga purple work bag | away from the blue blog

Another colour combo I love is purple and pink! These three outfits showcase beautifully how the purple Balenciaga work bag goes so nicely with pink - no matter the shade! I really like it with the pastel pink pencil skirt, but the hot pink necklace and pink printed tank are great combinations too.


Balenciaga Work Bag with Pink and Blue


colourful outfit ideas with Balenciaga raisin work bag pink purple and blue | awayfromblue

These outfits put the points above together! While it's nice to add two colours to an outfit, I've grouped my favourite colour combos above to create pink, blue and purple outfits of 3 colours. Again with different shades and different levels of colour - with the big blush blazer and blue printed dress, to more subtle with the pink fern print on the black dress and cobalt scarf and purple bag. Nice and colourful - even in the middle of winter!


Purple Balenciaga Work Bag With Prints


4 ways to wear a purple Balenciaga work bag with printed outfits | away from the blue

A plain, block colour bag is an easy outfit option with a print. You don't need to worry about the prints clashing, you can pick a bold bright bag to compliment any print you're wearing (although as you can see I'm partial to wearing it with a blue print!).




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More Posts in The #30 Wears Handbag Series:

If you're looking for more outfit inspiration with this bag, you can see all 30+ ways I've worn it in my blog archives. I've included some links to other handbag related 30 wears posts below too. You can find the full post series by clicking here.


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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Belted Blue Dresses With Purple Bags

Belting some of my favourite blue dresses with cardigans for two very different outfits - one I wore to work and one I wore casually.

What I wore:

monochrome navy belted cardigan paisley print dress office autumn outfit with purple Balenciaga work bag | awayfromblue

blue outfit with Balenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram | monochrome blue belted cardigan dress outfit with purple balenciaga work bag autumn office wear
JacketJeanswest waterfall drape cardigan in navy night sky marle
NecklaceZuriCollections blue polymer clay necklace
DressFrench Connection blue Paisley print dress
BeltRebecca Minkoff Liv double wrap velvet belt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats
BagBalenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag

Why I wore it:

Wore this for a very busy day! I had to pop into the office for an important meeting in the morning and then I worked from home in the afternoon so I could be there for a tradie arriving and pick my son up from daycare early to take him to an appointment. Lots of travelling around!

As it was a cooler morning and our meeting rooms are always terribly cold I decided to belt this cardigan as I knew I'd have it on most of the day. It's not the first time I've worn this velvet belt with this dress, it's a combination I really like! I thought the black belt and ballet flats were good accessories with the monochromatic blue outfit or cardigan and dress together. The big purple Balenciaga work bag was needed to cart everything around and I really like the touch of colour it adds to the blue too.


Last worn: navy waterfall cardigan, beaded necklace, velvet double wrap belt, Paisley print sheath dress, black ballet flats, Balenciaga purple work bag.

Other ways to wearnavy waterfall cardigan worn two ways, velvet double wrap belt over a blazer, Paisley print sheath dress and blazer, black ballet flats and a-line skirt, Balenciaga purple work bag and wrap dress.

Perfect for pregnancyPaisley print sheath dress in second trimester, black ballet flats in third trimester.


Balenciaga Bags vs Rebecca Minkoff Bags







What I wore:

grey belted cardigan over summer tiered sundress converse purple bag mum style | away from blue
Jacket: Paper Scissors grey wrap cardigan
Necklace: Kmart rose gold and pink beaded necklace
Dress: Kmart strappy tiered sundress in watercolour blue and blush print
ShoesPurple high top Converse look-a-likes
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

I didn't like this outfit as much as the one above, although it follows a similar outfit formula with the belted cardigan, blue dress and purple bag. I had the day off, spending some time with my mum and so I'd planned this outfit out in my head thinking it would work nicely. The belt on the cardigan sat a little lower than the point I wanted to belt the dress though, which made me think it looked a little off. With no time to change I decided to wear it anyway, but I did think a few times during the day that I should have picked a different cardigan or tried the cardigan untied!

While the shades of purple on the mini MAB tote bag and the high top shoes don't match exactly I thought they were good compliments with the blush and blue printed dress. The mini MAB tote bag is one I've worn with the dress in the past, I really like the combination.


Last worn: grey belted cardigan, beaded necklacetiered sundress, purple high-tops, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag.

Other ways to weargrey belted cardigan and jeans, tiered sundress and blush bag, purple high-tops and skinnies, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag in third trimester.



Cardigans Under $50 Perfect For Belting:





How You Can Wear It:

It's simple to add a cardigan to a dress to make it a little warmer for cooler temperatures. You can change up your look slightly by belting the cardigan over the dress too, for a different way to wear it. You can add a belt over your favourite cardigan or you can pick a cardigan that has an in-built tie.


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Monday, 13 May 2019

Weekday Wear Linkup! Blue Blouses, Black Pencil Skirts and Purple Balenciaga Work Bag

Wearing a simple colour scheme in two different ways for this week's #WeekdayWearLinkup! Navy blouses, black pencil skirts and my fun purple Balenciaga work bag.

What I wore:

navy peasant studded blouse with back pencil skirt for office purple Balenciaga work bag | awayfromblue

slouchy broken in balenciaga raisin purple work bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram navy studded peasant blouse pencil skirt purple Balenciaga bag autumn office outfit
Earrings: Kmart blue fringe crescent statement earrings
BlouseJeanswest chana long sleeve stud top in night sky navy
SkirtJeanswest black ponte pencil skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne Ava white leopard ballet flats
BagBalenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag

Why I wore it:

I love wearing this studded peasant blouse to work. With the tassels at the neckline and the stud detail, I never need to accessorise! It's so easy to wear. Paired it with a lot of black, I think navy and black are always a good combination. I've worn a very similar outfit before here. To make things a little different this time, I switched up the accessories, with the leopard print flats and the purple Balenciaga work bag. Blue and purple is a combo I always love, in any pairing of shades.


Last worn: navy tassel earrings, navy blouse, black ponte pencil skirt, leopard print flats, Balenciaga purple work bag.

Other ways to wearnavy blouse and skinny jeans, black ponte pencil skirt, leopard print flats and sundress, Balenciaga purple work bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancyblack ponte pencil skirt in second trimester.


What Fits Inside Balenciaga Work Bag:







What I wore:

navy printed blouse with black classic pencil skirt autumn office style | away from blue

blue printed blouse accessorised with raisin purple Balenciaga SGH work bag slouchy | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | printed blouse black pencil skirt autumn office style
Necklace: Target silver Alisha trinity pendant necklace
Blouse: Target blue abstract floral print shirt
SkirtJeanswest zip detail ponte pencil skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag

Why I wore it:

The next time I was in the office, I went with the same outfit formula. Black pencil skirt, navy top and purple Balenciaga work bag. I didn't like the photo outfit as much as the one above though - I was in a bit of a rush taking photos so that's probably why. I felt great in this outfit all day, one of those outfits that just didn't photograph as good as I felt! Being my last day at work before taking my long service leave might have helped.

I picked a silver necklace to match the silver hardware on the Balenciaga work bag but it does blend in a little bit with the abstract floral print. Could have picked a bolder necklace.


Last worn: printed blouse, silver necklace, zip detail pencil skirt, black ballet flats, Balenciaga work bag (above).

Other ways to wearprinted blouse and purple jeans, zip detail pencil skirt in monochrome outfit, black ballet flats and wrap dress, Balenciaga work bag and jeans.

Perfect for pregnancyprinted blouse and hidden baby bump, zip detail pencil skirt in first trimester, black ballet flats in second trimester.


Navy Blouses For The Office Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Navy and black is a classic colour combo, and you can't go wrong with a navy blouse and black pencil skirt for the office.




Weekday Wear Linkup #18


Welcome to the Weekday Wear linkup! A linkup for you to share your weekday outfits - whether that is office wear or stay at home mum wear - if you wore it on a weekday, you can link it up!

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Friday, 8 February 2019

Striped Tee Dresses and Purple Balenciaga Work Bag

Continuing the theme of blog posts this week and wearing some more new things, two new-to-me striped tee dresses.

My sister had a wardrobe clear out just before Christmas, and hers was a much more successful one than mine. I shared a video of some of the things I scored. I was thrilled to get two striped tee dresses, something I've wanted for a while. I've worn the black one before, but it was the first wearing for the white one. With the dresses from my sister's wardrobe and the bag from my bestie's wardrobe, it's easy to see you don't need to head to the stores when you want something different! Look through things friends or family are discarding from their wardrobes 😂


What I wore:

Cotton On 'Tina' white striped tee dress with studded Balenciaga accessories bag and sandals casual summer | awayfromblue

wite striped tee dress with raisin purple balenciaga work bag silver g21 hardware | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | black and white striepd tee dress summer casual style with balenciaga studded sandals and work bag
Earrings: gifted Kmart silver tassel earrings
Necklace: gifted Target silver Alisha trinity pendant necklace
Dress: Cotton On 'Tina' white striped tee dress in Lissy black / Gardenia (from my sister's wardrobe)
ShoesBalenciaga studded sandals in sorbet RGGH
BagBalenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag

Why I wore it:

I wore this for a rare kid-free couple of hours to shop! I popped out to browse the Kmart new year clearance sale. They had all their Christmas stock marked down, and I walked away with quite a lot for next Christmas! I got a trolley full of goodies for $15, and just one of the things in the trolley was a $15 tree. As well as Christmas things, they had a lot of clothes and some toys marked down so I enjoyed getting to wander through the store and even try things on at my own pace without kids in tow! I've already shared the shorts I got, and I picked up a peplum top and some new PJs for myself too.

Kept things simple with my outfit. Just the tee dress, silver pendant necklace and earrings (both Christmas gifts) and then Balenciaga accessories. This tee dress was one of the new with tags pieces my sister never got around to wearing. Worked out nicely for me! I did mull over the pink studded sandals with the purple studded bag, as the bag has silver hardware and the sandals are rose gold. I think they are far enough apart that it worked though.

While I think this dress might be a little too short for days with the kids, it worked out perfectly for a morning shopping by myself, and was nice on a hot and humid day!


Last worn: purple Balenciaga work bag, Balenciaga studded sandals. First time I've worn the necklace as it was a Christmas gift, and first time I've worn this dress from my sister's wardrobe.

Other ways to wearpurple Balenciaga work bag and jeans, Balenciaga studded sandals and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancyBalenciaga studded sandals in second trimester.


What's In My Bag: Balenciaga Work









What I wore:

all about eve black striped tee dress contrast sleeves purple balenciaga bag | away from the blue

stripe tee dress, Balenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag | away from blue

awayfromblue instagram | balenciaga purple work bag and all about eve black white striped tee dress

DressAll About Eve striped black tee dress
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush
BagBalenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag

Why I wore it:

Unlike the striped tee dress above, I wore this on a day out with the kids. This dress is just slightly longer and has a longer hem in the back that made me feel more comfortable wearing it out for a morning of running errands.

Usually when I'm with the kids I'll take a small cross body bag as I'll be carrying the bulky baby bag too. On this day, we weren't planning to be out long and I didn't feel like carrying the baby bag all morning, so I decided to put the wipes, water bottles and a changing kit in my Balenciaga work bag. I was feeling quite happy with my decision until we got to music time at the library - with an entire room full of kids dancing and stomping and running around my poor bag was trampled on a few times (mostly by my boys though!). I think I'll stick with the small cross body bag that fits inside the baby bag if needed for a while longer!

Handbag stomping aside, I liked the way this outfit looked! I love the pop of colour with the purple against the black and white stripes. This dress was so nice on an overcast but humid day too. I kept the accessories simple, no necklace and just my trusty Rebecca Minkoff studded sandals, as it really was too hot to contemplate wearing anything more.

Last worn: black striped tee dress, studded gladiator sandals, Balenciaga purple work bag (above).

Other ways to wearblack striped tee dress with gold shoesstudded sandals worn 30 wayspurple Balenciaga work bag in the office,



Striped Tee Dresses Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

A tee dress is a lovely easy outfit option for a hot summer day. With lots of choice for designs, you could pick one in your favourite print (mine is stripes!). If you have young kids, best to consider the length of the dresses to avoid any unfortunate moments in the playground! Definitely something you want to try on at home or compare measurements with a dress you already have and know is kid-friendly.


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Monday, 21 January 2019

Wrap Dresses For The Office With Balenciaga Bags | Weekday Wear Linkup

A wrap dress is such a classic piece and it's an office staple for me. When I'm not sure what to wear, a printed wrap dress solves that problem really easily! (Plus, scroll down for the Weekday Wear link up!)

What I wore:

jeanswest floral black white wrap dress for office with purple balenciaga work bag summer style | awayfromblue

Balenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram | jeanswest floral black white wrap dress with purple Balenciaga work bag
EarringsA Little Bit of North blue mandala earrings (giveaway prize, close up photo)
Necklace: custom Cooper charm by Silhoupette
DressJeanswest floral wrap dress (with Cotton On 'eternity' tank in charcoal marle underneath)
ShoesWalnut Melbourne Ava White leopard ballet flats
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs black leather Swarovski beaded wrap bracelet
BagBalenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag

Why I wore it:

This wrap dress is an old classic and I refuse to let it go - it predates me even meeting my husband and we've been together almost 13 years. Of course, as I mentioned on Instagram, things are a little different now after breastfeeding two babies compared to my pre-kids uni days, so I like to add a singlet underneath for a little extra coverage!

I've worn this purple Balenciaga work bag and this floral printed wrap dress together before, I really like the combination. First time I've tired the leopard print flats with this dress though. I wouldn't normally try florals and leopard together, but I thought the black and white in both prints made these shoes an easy choice. I liked the combo.


Last worn: floral print wrap dress, statement earrings, grey tank, silhoupette necklace, leopard print flats, Balenciaga work bag.

Other ways to wearfloral print wrap dress and trench coat, grey tank and pink vest, leopard print flats and jeans, Balenciaga work bag and layered outfit.

Perfect for pregnancyfloral print wrap dress in second trimester, grey tank in third trimester.


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What I wore:

Atmos&Here Betsy jersey tulip hem wrap dress in watercolour print with Balenciaga tempete day bag | away from blue

printed wrap dress with Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete | away from the blue

Awayfromtheblue Instagram | Atmos&Here Betsy jersey wrap dress in watercolour print summer office outfit with Balenciaga bag
Earrings: Kmart blue fringe crescent statement earrings
NecklaceSilhoupette gold plated Shih Tzu necklace
DressAtmos&Here Betsy jersey wrap dress in watercolour print
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
Bracelets: the usual plus Edenborough Evans 'Ivy' silver cuff
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

Unlike the first outfit, this tempete Balenciaga day bag and watercolour printed wrap dress have not been worn together often before. I really like the combination of the shades of blue together. For another shade of blue, I added in my navy tassel earrings, they are always a fun addition to a work outfit. I can't wear them at home around the boys as they can be a little grabby and I'd rather have my earlobes intact while they are still learning what gentle means! I continued the gold accessories matching the necklace to the earrings, even though the hardware on the bag was silver. I feel they are far enough apart that it worked.

I kept things simple with the shoes too. These silver flats go with everything, and have been frequently worn with the wrap dress in the past.


Last worn: tassel earrings, gold silhoupette necklace, watercolour wrap dress, silver bow flats, Balenciaga tempete day bag.

Other ways to wearwatercolour wrap dress in winter, silver bow flats and skinny jeans, Balenciaga tempete day bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancywatercolour wrap dress in third trimester, silver bow flats in third trimester, Balenciaga tempete day bag in second trimester.


Wrap Dresses Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

A wrap dress is a classic style that never goes out of date. A true wraparound and not a faux one is a great option to have in your wardrobe for years as it easily adjusts to body changes over time just by tying it a little tighter or looser as needed. It makes such an easy office outfit, just pull on and go.




Weekday Wear Linkup #03


Welcome to the Weekday Wear linkup! A linkup for you to share your weekday outfits - whether that is office wear or stay at home mum wear - if you wore it on a weekday, you can link it up!

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Monday, 22 October 2018

Printed Dresses For The Office With Colourful Scarves and Balenciaga Bags

When I'm feeling uninspired picking workwear I make things easy on myself and pull on a printed dress! While both of these dresses are different styles and prints, they solved my 'no idea what to wear' dilema by becoming instant, easy outfits. I added some bright scarves and Balenciaga bags and I was ready for the office!

What I wore:

fern print black dress, jersey blazer, ankle boots and colourful pink purple blue accessories spring office wear | awayfromblue

Balenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag | awayfromblue

instagram awayfromtheblue black dress for the office with blue scarf, purple balenciaga work bag pink earrings
Jacketthrifted Zara black blazer
Earrings: Ana Luisa 'Olivia' tassel earrings in pink (giveaway prize)
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
DressLeona Edmiston Jemima fern print dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagBalenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag

Why I wore it:

I really liked the colours in this outfit, with pink blue and purple together. Not the first time I've worn that combination to the office. The pink statement earrings were won in a giveaway and I thought they worked perfectly with the pink fern print on the dress. Despite the earrings being gold and the hardware on the bag being silver, I think because they are far enough apart from each other the combination still works.

Originally when I'd put this together I had planned to wear my purple scarf, to match my purple bag. A text from my colleague the evening before reminding me we needed to wear blue that day made me pick this Louis Vuitton shawl instead. I adore this scarf so much, it's so cosy! As it's always cold in the office, I kept it on all day and matched the rest of the team wearing blue perfectly.

The ankle boots were a necessity with the cooler morning. Despite thinking the week before it was time to retire my tights, I was happy to have them this morning with the overcast and cooler day with lots of rain forecast.


Last worn: jersey blazer, Louis Vuitton shawl, Leona Edmiston dress, black ankle boots, Balenciaga Work Bag.

Other ways to wearjersey blazer and fit and flare dress, Louis Vuitton shawl with stripes, Leona Edmiston dress and grey accessories, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Balenciaga Work Bag and skinny jeans.


Perfect for pregnancyjersey blazer in third trimester, Leona Edmiston dress in second trimester, black ankle boots in second trimester.




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What I wore:

orange printed sheath dress black jersey blazer matching crinkle scarf balenciaga part time bag | away from the blue

Balenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram orange dress and scarf with black accessories tights spring work outfit
Jacketthrifted Zara black blazer
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl plain crinkle scarf in orange (c/o)
DressFrench Connection 'Woodblock wonder' panache dress in white/geranium rose
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH

Why I wore it:

A completely different look even though this follows the same outfit formula as the one above. I even wore the same blazer. I can't believe it's taken me this long to wear the orange crinkle scarf with this printed orange sheath dress, it's the perfect matchy-matchy layer!

With all of the colour in my scarf and outfit, I decided to go with neutral accessories this time, letting the scarf and dress be the touch of colour against all of the black. I really liked this outfit. You might recall me saying a few times I'm wary of wearing black with the orange dress as it reminds me of Halloween but I think it worked really well. When I was popping out to get lunch one of the sales people standing on the street complimented my outfit as I ran past shaking my head. Was nice of them to do that, but I was too busy to stop to see what they were selling!


Last worn: jersey blazer (above), orange crinkle scarf, orange sheath dress, black ballet flats, Balenciaga Part Time Bag.

Other ways to wearjersey blazer and a-line skirt, orange crinkle scarf and navy dress, orange sheath dress under a knit, black ballet flats and jeans, Balenciaga Part Time bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancyjersey blazer at 39 weeks, orange sheath dress in first trimester, black ballet flats in second trimester, Balenciaga Part Time Bag in second trimester.



Printed Dresses For The Office Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Printed dresses are an easy and quick outfit to put together for the office. You can accessorise them with bright and colourful scarves. You could try using the scarf to introduce another bold colour to your outfit like the first pics, or by matching the scarf to a colour in the print of your dress like the last outfit.


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Monday, 8 October 2018

Ruffle Dresses In The Office: Printed And Plain with Purple Balenciaga Work

Like anyone with a large wardrobe, there are many different factors that come into play when picking what to wear. Mood, planned activities, weather... however the only reason I wore these dresses was because I saw them hanging in my wardrobe and realised I hadn't worn them in a while! They are sleeveless, but it was easy to layer them up for cold mornings.

While both of these dresses look different, they are exactly the same style with a ruffled neckline, sheer top layer with opaque lining, and an elasticated waist. Because one is printed and one is plain, they look like two completely different dresses.

What I wore:

camel trench, bleu louis vuitton monogram shawl, balenciaga work bag | away from blue

Balenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag | away from the blue

office selfie leopard print ruffle dress grey cardigan | working mum style | away from blue

awayfromblue instagram cobalt Louis Vuitton scarf with animal print dress trench coat cold weather office outfit
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
EarringJeanswest Evy dangly earring
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
DressJeanswest ruffle neckline animal print dress
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs black logo plaque ballet flats
BagBalenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag

Why I wore it:

While this dress does have a lot going on - it's a busy animal print, with a lot of ruffles on top - it never feels overpowering. The neutral colours make it really easy to accessorise. I went with some bright colours, picking the blue Louis Vuitton scarf and the purple Balenciaga work bag for another touch of colour.

While it is spring, when I wore this a few weeks ago it was still quite cold in the mornings, so my cosy trench coat and some fleece lined tights were much needed additions for my early morning commute.

As I wonder every time I wear this dress, I'm not sure why I don't wear it more often! It's a beautiful piece and got me a few compliments through the work day.


Last worn: camel trench, dangly earrings, Louis Vuitton shawl, animal print ruffle dress, Marc Jacobs ballet flats, Balenciaga purple work bag.

Other ways to wear: camel trench and burgundy pants, Louis Vuitton shawl and black pencil skirt outfit, animal print ruffle dress and blazer, Marc Jacobs ballet flats and sheath dress, Balenciaga purple work bag.

Perfect for pregnancy: camel trench in first trimesterprinted dress hiding 4 month baby bump.


What's In My Bag: Balenciaga Work Edition





What I wore:

berry pink ruffle detail dress with navy macintosh and bird print scarf, purple Balenciaga work | away from blue

slouchy purple Balenciaga work bag | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram navy macintosh coat ruffle dress with purple balenciaga work bag
JacketJeanswest Monica Mac coat in Indigo
Scarf: navy bird print scarf
DressJeanswest deep pink ruffle neckline dress (updated version)
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag

Why I wore it:

This dress is just as bold as the one in the first outfit, although it's due to the colour rather than the print. It's a lovely plain dress, a very berry toned pink so it looks more red here, but it looks more pink in other photos. I wouldn't ordinarily go with a purple bag for a red dress, but felt this reddish pink was pink enough that I could wear the combo. I've worn this dress with another purple bag before too.

The only downside to this outfit was that I realised on the way to work that the 'I think I've forgotten something' feeling I have most mornings I go to work was actually valid. I'd left my cardigan behind at home. Since we moved to 'hot desking' at work, I don't have a permanent desk or a desk drawer to stash a cardigan in and have to take one to work each day. I ended up taking my scarf off and tying it into a kind of kimono as I needed my shoulders covered for a few meetings. I figured a strange cover up was better than no cover up, plus the air con was particularly cold that day. It may also have felt colder because I was coming down with the bug the boys had.

So while I liked this outfit when I put it on in the morning, the lack of a cosy layer to cover up the sleeveless design and feeling a little unwell meant I wasn't too happy with it in the end!


Last worn: navy macintosh, bird print scarf, berry ruffle neckline dress, Walnut Melbourne flats, Balenciaga work bag (above).

Other ways to wearnavy macintosh and colourful pants, bird print scarf and stripes, berry ruffle neckline dress and LV speedy, Walnut Melbourne flats and skinny jeans, Balenciaga work bag.

Perfect for pregnancyWalnut Melbourne flats in second trimester.



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How You Can Wear It:

Ruffle dresses are perfect for a business casual workplace. A bright colour or print makes it a fun change from a classic black pencil skirt. Just make sure to bring something to cover up with in meetings or to battle the office air-con, particularly if your dress is sleeveless like these 😂


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