Showing posts with label Summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Summer. Show all posts

Friday, 14 December 2018

Printed Maxi Dresses and Louis Vuitton Neverfull Damier Azur Tote

I love a maxi dress. They are perfect for staying covered up but cool in the summer heat. I wore both these printed maxi dresses for two different days, but kept the accessories identical to show you that you don't need to add much to a maxi dress - even with the same accessories these are such different outfits due to the different prints.  Take a maxi dress, add a pretty necklace, big tote bag, studded sandals and you have an easy summer outfit - no matter the print or style of your maxi dress!

What I wore:

Annual family christmas santa photo outfit  Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress and louis vuitton neverfull tote | awayfromblue

tropical print maxi dress, Louis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress and louis vuitton neverfull tote
NecklaceJeanswest Taryn turquoise tassel bead necklace
Dress: Kmart Tropicana sleeveless tiered maxi dress
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush
BagLouis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull

Why I wore it:

Wore this to go take our annual family Santa photo. We have done it at a few different places over the years, but this year we did the same as last year and headed to the local RSPCA shelter to get the photo. I'd thought about what everyone was wearing, planned it all out so we subtly coordinated. The boys were in blue and green shirts and I picked this tropical print maxi dress because of the blue and green in the print.

Turns out that all that time I spent curling my hair in the morning and thinking about the perfect outfits didn't really matter as one of my sons decided he was not in the mood for photos and that the camera and Santa were the scariest things in the world. Your time slot is really short, just 5 minutes, so I felt horrible as I was going through my bag for things for the staff to use to distract him and make him look over at the camera. At the time of writing this I haven't got the final photo back yet, but I'm not expecting it to be a good one. Will certainly be a funny one to look back on in later years though.

I really did like this outfit - the bag and dress and the studded sandals and maxi dress are all frequently worn together. I just wished the morning was a little less stressful! 😂

Last worn: tropical print maxi dress, tassel necklace, studded gladiator sandals, Louis Vuitton Neverfull.

Other ways to weartropical print maxi dress in winter, studded gladiator sandals and printed shorts, Louis Vuitton Neverfull worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancyLouis Vuitton Neverfull at 38 weeks.

30 Ways To Wear: Louis Vuitton Neverfull

What I wore:

summer SAHM style blue printed maxi dress louis vuitton neverfull tote bag damier azur | away from blue

blue printed maxi dress and Louis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull | away from the blue

summer SAHM style outfit maxi dress and Louis Vuitton neverfull damier azur MM tote
NecklaceJeanswest Taryn turquoise tassel bead necklace
DressJeanswest 'Chantelle' crochet detail blue printed maxi dress
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush
BagLouis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull

Why I wore it:

Same outfit formula, although a much more productive day! I picked this jersey maxi dress to wear as it seemed like a nice option for the crazy heat and humidity while still being modest enough for an appointment I had with my son. I had the day off for it, and got to spend some rare one on one time with him before the late morning appointment. I think the biggest struggle of having two kids is finding enough time one on one with each of them equally.

After the appointment I dropped him off late at daycare, and headed to the shops to finish grabbing a few more Christmas gifts. Of course I stopped at Kmart, to discover that my local store has the super clearance markdowns on Wednesdays, when I'm usually working! I stocked up and bought a bunch of clothes for the boys, and a $2 dress for me! 18 items for $37 was a pretty good deal!

This maxi dress is a firm favourite, being my favourite colour, and was perfect for the day. I even filmed a few videos for YouTube too and really made the most of my day off!

Last worn: blue printed maxi dress, tassel necklace (above), studded gladiator sandals (above), Louis Vuitton damier neverfull (above).

Other ways to wearblue printed maxi dress under a teestudded gladiator sandals and denim shorts, Louis Vuitton damier neverfull at the beach.

Perfect for pregnancyblue printed maxi dress at 39 weeks, Louis Vuitton damier neverfull in third trimester.

Maxi Dresses Under $50:

How You Can Wear It:

A maxi dress is an effortless summer option. If you pick a fun printed one to wear, add some simple accessories like nude sandals, a big tote and a statement necklace: it's a quick and easy outfit. Perfect for both the summer heat and mum life when you might not have a lot of time to get ready in the morning!

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Print Mixing: Striped Tanks, Shorts and Floral Kimonos With Cross Body Bags

Just like last summer, I'm finding kimonos and shorts are a frequent go-to option in the heat. To mix things up a little, I tried some print mixing, adding floral print kimonos on top of the striped tanks. I always love print mixing with stripes, they just go with everything.

What I wore:

print mixing summer striped tank kimono denim short outfit with rebecca minkoff saddle bag | away from blue

navy floral kimono and Rebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram print mixing stripe tank floral kimono denim shorts outfit
Jacket: thrifted Edited floral and bird print kimono
Necklace: Diva long red heart necklace
TankAtmos & Here Oregon stripe tank
Shortsthrifted Jeanswest distressed denim shorts
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red (on sale in blue!)

Why I wore it:

Wore this for a very hot and humid day! We took the boys to the Bayside steam railway again. It's a huge set of miniature train tracks and you get to sit on the carriages of mini steam trains and zip around the tracks. One of the safety requirements is closed in shoes, so I wore my Converse despite the humidity.

The striped tank looked great worn just with the shorts alone, but I wanted to cover up my shoulders a little as it was such a sunny day. Like last time we went to the steam railway, I added a kimono on top. This one was a lucky thrift find. I always look in opshops for kimonos but over the years this is the only one I've found! With the red birds in the print, the red Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag seemed like the perfect accessory. Despite the small size, it comfortably held the essentials and the boys water bottles so I had them handy as we went for rides on the train. Turns out that sitting on the back of a tiny train as it steams through the trees creates a lovely cooling breeze too, it was such an enjoyable morning.

After riding on the trains, we walked over to the nearby park to let the boys run around a bit more, but the heat quickly sent us back home to cool off in the air conditioning!

Last worn: floral and bird print kimono, red heart necklaceblack striped tank, distressed denim shorts, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag.

Other ways to wearfloral and bird print kimono and maxi dress, black striped tank and maxi dress postpartum, distressed denim shorts and grey knit, Converse and pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancyConverse for second trimester travel.

Brisbane Bayside Steam Railway Vlog

Taken the last time we visited!

What I wore:

navy floral cocoon kimono stripe tank pastel pink shorts Rebecca Minkoff Darren | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue print mixing striped tank floral kimono outfit pastel pink shorts
JacketCotton On 'Gemma' cocoon kimono in Laos blossom navy print
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
TankJeanswest 'Josie' striped back strap tank
Shorts: thrifted pastel pink cotton shorts
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony

Why I wore it:

Despite having the same outfit formula as what I wore above, I didn't like this outfit as much. I love all of the pieces on their own, this is one of my frequently worn kimonos and you can't beat a classic white striped tank! I just felt it all looked a little off together. I did like how comfortable this was for a morning out with the boys though. We went to the local library and they played a bit in the playground before lunch.

I didn't hate this outfit - there were some things about it I really liked, like how well the pastel pink shorts went with the Rebecca Minkoff peony Darren messenger bag! I will definitely be wearing those two pieces together again!

Last worn: floral cocoon kimono, striped tank, beaded necklace, pastel pink shorts, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren bag.

Other ways to wearfloral cocoon kimono and flares, striped tank and maxi skirt, pastel pink shorts and leaf print tank, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren bag with a dress.

Perfect for pregnancyfloral cocoon kimono in third trimester, striped tank in second trimester.

Striped Tanks Under $50:

How You Can Wear It:

Stripes and florals are so fun to wear together! A colourful floral kimono is such an easy piece to add to a summer shorts and striped tank outfit too. It doesn't overheat you but allows you to add more colour and interest to what you're wearing. A basic striped tank is a must have piece you can wear so many different ways.

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Monday, 10 December 2018

Black Dresses For The Office With Pink Scarves and Rebecca Minkoff Darren Messenger Bag

You can add scarves to warm weather outfits by thinking a little differently about how you wear them. While these two scarves are very different, they are both pretty shades of pink and work so nicely with these little black dresses for the office. I continued the pink theme with my peony Rebecca Minkoff Darren messenger bag.

What I wore: 

Hermes twilly scarf worn in hair as headband hairbow with black lace dress and pastel pink bag | awayfromblue

black lace dress, silver bracelet stack and Rebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue isntagram black lace dress with hermes twilly in hair and peony pastel oink darren messenger bag
ScarfHermes twilly worn as a headband (Confettis D'ex-Libris from 2009)
NecklaceHouse of Harlow 5 station necklace in black and silver
DressJeanswest 'Gisele' contrast lace dress
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony

Why I wore it:

It was Melbourne Cup day so once again I broke out my Hermes twilly to tie around my hair like a headband. I did the same thing last year! This year we weren't having a big lunch like we usually do, just a few snacks to watch the race. I was stuck working on an urgent issue and missed the race and the snacks.

I wanted to feel a little more dressed up than usual for the occasion - you see so many people wearing the prettiest dresses around the office and in Brisbane on race day. This little black lace dress which sometimes seems too dressy for work was the perfect piece to wear. I really liked the way the peony pink Darren bag worked with the lace on the dress too. Was good to give this dress another wear, it's one of the little worn pieces in my wardrobe, last worn a year ago!

Last worn: black lace dress, Hermes twilly, House of Harlow necklace, Walnut Melbourne flats, Rebecca Minkoff Darren bag.

Other ways to wearblack lace dress for a night out, Hermes twilly worn two ways, Walnut Melbourne flats and pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff Darren bag with stripes.

Perfect for pregnancyblack lace dress in third trimester, Hermes twilly in second trimester, Walnut Melbourne flats in third trimester.

What's In My Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Darren Messenger

What I wore:

black fit and flare sleeveless dress with pink accessories statement necklace scarf as belt peony darren bag | away from blue

black dress, Rebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram black fit and flare dress pastel pink rebecca minkoff darren bag scarf as a belt
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl leaf print scarf (c/o) (worn as belt)
NecklaceEye Candy LA 'Sasha' statement necklace
DressJeanswest tucked ponte black dress
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagRebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony

Why I wore it:

Unlike the lace dress above, this classic fit and flare dress is frequently worn to the office. It's the perfect style and length and always looks good! Sometimes I like to wear a belt with it. I decided to try something a little different with my leaf print scarf and tied it as a belt around my waist. I folded the scarf over a few times, wrapped it around, and then tucked the ends back into the scarf at the back. As the dress is a thick ribbed ponte fabric, it held in place perfectly through the day.

While I think the scarf and the small Darren bag added a great touch of colour with the dress, I couldn't resist adding just a little more with this statement necklace. The colours really popped against the black, and I was feeling very confident and happy with my outfit when I stepped out of the house. Only to quickly realise on my way to work that a braided hairstyle and this crystal necklace don't work so well together. The necklace kept getting caught rather painfully in my braid through the day! Will definitely be wearing this necklace and dress together again in future, but maybe not with my hair tied so close to it 😂

Last worn: black fit and flare dress, leaf print scarf, statement crystal necklace, silver ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff Darren bag (above).

Other ways to wearblack fit and flare dress in winter, leaf print scarf and skinny jeans, silver ballet flats and purple jeans, Rebecca Minkoff Darren bag with peplum tank.

Perfect for pregnancyblack fit and flare dress in second trimester, silver ballet flats in third trimester.

Black Dresses Under $50:

How You Can Wear It:

A little black dress is a frequently recommended style staple. It is a classic piece to have for work. It's easy to change it up a little each time you wear it with different accessories, and to add a touch of colour. You can stick with a colourful bag like I have here, or try something a little different and add a scarf as well. You can drape a scarf over your neck or try an alternative way to wear it, like as a headband or wrapped around your waist like a belt.

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Monday, 2 April 2018

30 Ways To Wear: Bermuda Denim Shorts: #30wears Challenge Outfits

It's a little odd sharing ways to wear denim shorts in autumn, but in Brisbane the weather usually takes a while to realise it's autumn and start cooling down, so even in March these shorts were still on frequent rotation!

My goal for this past summer was to reach 30 wears with at least one pair of shorts. After buying a lot of new pairs at the start of summer, it proved harder than I thought, as I wanted to wear all my new ones. I mention this every now and then, but 30 wears doesn't sound like a lot until you actually try do it it. You need to wear something every other week for 14 months to hit 30 wears for example. I've had these shorts for 16 months so I'm feeling pleased I managed to reach 30 wears with them.

#30wears: Jeanswest Bermuda Denim Shorts

30 Ways To Wear Bermuda Denim Shorts #30wears Away From The Blue Blog

I bought these bermuda denim shorts in the Jeanswest sale back in November 2016. They have been a summer staple for me since! They were a part cash part gift card purchase. If you don't include gift cards in cost per wear, they were $6.98 so that's 23 cents a wear! If you want to count the gift card, they were $27.99 in the sale so that's 93 cents a wear. Both under the $1 per wear that most people seem to aim for. I'm pleased I got these. They are the 'Trinity' bermuda denim shorts.

When I stopped wearing my blue jeans (haven't worn a pair since June 2017!) I did wonder if I should stop wearing these for a bit too. They are just a shorter version of blue jeans after all! I have so many summer clothes though that I didn't feel these denim shorts were worn so often that I was in a rut with them. It's been interesting staying away from my blue jeans for a while, but I have lots of other colourful denim options so I'm not missing them too much yet. I'll be interested to see how long it is before I reach for them again!

Bermuda Shorts and Tee

4 Ways To Wear Bermuda Denim Shorts With Tees | awayfromblue

A simple and classic summer outfit, a pair of denim shorts and a tee. I think this is a universal summer outfit for most of the world, and definitely a go-to for me. You can also see my love for studded sandals in this set of photos, ha! To change things up a little, sometimes I'll add an extra layer and throw a kimono on top.

See more: 30 ways to wear studded gladiator sandals.

Denim Shorts and Kimonos

5 Outfit Ideas With Bermuda Denim Shorts and Kimonos | away from the blue

As mentioned above, I love my kimonos, and denim shorts and kimonos are an easy summer option! I love the simplicity of a colourful tee or tank and shorts with a fun printed kimono, it adds an extra layer to your outfit, a little more interest, and is a good way to change things up slightly. All of these 5 kimono outfits look different, but follow exactly the same formula.

See more: 30 ways to wear a floral kimono.

Bermuda Shorts and Printed Tanks

3 Ways to Wear: Printed tanks and kimono outfits | away from the blue blog

With plain blue denim shorts, it's a good opportunity to wear some printed pieces. I have a lot of printed tanks and it's good to wear them with these shorts as you don't have to worry about matching, they are a blank base to whatever you wear.

Denim Shorts and Print Mixing

How To Print Mix With Stripes: kimonos and bermuda denim shorts | away from blue

Just like the set of outfit ideas above, this is another way to wear printed tanks. The denim shorts mean you can be more adventurous on top, and they are a good base to try some print mixing with. These photos combine the printed tanks and kimonos ways to wear together in one outfit, and were a lot of fun to wear.

Bermuda Shorts and Pink Vest

3 outfit ideas with pink vest and bermuda denim shorts | awayfromblue

I like to layer a little in summer, but every now and then I want something different from kimonos. This is where this dusty pink vest comes in. It's a nice light summer layering option as it adds a splash of colour to an outfit without adding any extra warmth, perfect for making a plain tanks and shorts outfit a little more interesting.

Denim Shorts and Green Tanks

Green tanks and bermuda denim shorts, 4 different ways to wear | awayfromtheblue

It's easy to see what my most-worn top is with these denim shorts! 3 out of the 4 outfit ideas above are the same tank, just with different kimonos! I've really embraced wearing green and blue together, and so wearing a green tank with these blue denim shorts has been a frequent outfit. Khaki green looks just as good as this bright emerald green.

Monochromatic Outfits with Bermuda Shorts

5 monochromatic outfit ideas: navy tops and blue bermuda denim shorts | away from the blue

With blue shorts, a blue top is a no-brainer for a quick monochrome outfit. Just like the green tops above, again you can see some repeats here. The navy wrap top has been worn twice with the shorts, just swapping out the accessories to make it look a little different. If something works and you love it, I'm a big fan of repeating the combination again! As someone who loves blue, monochromatic outfits with navy tops and blue shorts make me happy.

Bermuda Shorts and Long Sleeves

Wearing bermuda denim shorts in autumn spring with long sleeve tops | away from the blue

Of course shorts aren't just for summer. You can easily wear them in spring and autumn too. In Brisbane it's not that cold for most of the year, so it's easy to wear shorts frequently! A simple way to wear shorts for slightly cooler weather is to add a long sleeved top (even though the first long sleeve outfit pictured is with a dress). If a long sleeve top on it's own isn't enough even with the longer length of the bermuda shorts, you could add some closed in shoes too to make yourself a little warmer. Converse are my usual go-to!

While I'm not a shorts in winter person, I do try and wear my shorts as much as I can through the year - the mild Brisbane weather makes that achievable!

30 ways to wear Bermuda Denim Shorts In Video Format

This month I did a little something different and modeled a few of the outfits so you can see what they look like on.

Bermuda Denim Shorts Under $50

Want More Ways to Wear?

Browse the archives to see all of the 30 + ways I've worn these shorts.

While denim shorts are a wardrobe staple and you're likely to have a pair you love already, I hope this post gave you some different outfit ideas or inspiration and some different ways to wear your shorts.

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Friday, 9 March 2018

Floral Swing Dresses For Summer and Balenciaga Tempete Day Bag

It's officially autumn now in Australia, but I'm calling this post 'swing dresses for summer' as I wore these dresses in the summer heat just a few weeks ago to work from home. The mustard dress and the navy dress both look great with my blue Balenciaga day bag too.

I'm a fan of splurging on accessories and saving on clothes - as you can see from both of these bargain dresses, which are less than 2% of the cost of the bag as they are both under $30!

What I wore:

Zaful floral print ruffle hem dress in ginger mustard swing with Balenciaga tempete day bag | awayfromblue

Balenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete with mustard dress | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram mustard floral ruffle hem swing dress balenciaga tempete day bag
Necklace: silver heart long pendant necklace
DressZaful floral print ruffle hem dress in ginger
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

With the statement bell sleeves, this dress isn't a practical choice for being around the boys all day, with all the spills you have to clean up and food you have to prepare! It did feel a little over-dressed to work from home, but hubby and I had an appointment in the evening so I took advantage of the babysitting offered by the grandparents had the chance to dress up a little.

This was one of those days where it started out so promisingly. I won't go into it, but I was so upset after the appointment and it just added more stress to an already stressful week. I was glad when the day was over, even though the week didn't improve after that.

At least I felt good in this outfit - the mustard yellow of this dress is such a lovely shade and the blue Balenciaga day bag looks great against it. This was also the first photo I took with my new tripod! I upgraded the tripod I was using for blog photos to something a little lighter and more portable than the one I'd borrowed from my Dad.

Last worn: floral ruffle hem dress, black Havaianas, Balenciaga tempete day bag.

Other ways to wearfloral ruffle hem dress and mint bag, Balenciaga tempete day bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancy: balenciaga tempete bag in third trimester.

Balenciaga Day Bag Review:

Where to Buy the Balenciaga Day Bag:

What I wore:

Shein navy flower print flowy swing dress with red necklace and Balenciaga day hobo bag | away from blue

balenciaga 2009 giant g21 hardware tempete storm day hobo bag | away from the blue

Awayfromblue instagram | Shein navy flower print flowy swing dress with Balenciaga tempete day bag
Necklace: Diva long red heart necklace
DressShein navy flower print flowy dress (C/O)
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagBalenciaga giant hardware Day bag in 2009 tempete

Why I wore it:

Another easy swing dress for another work from home day! Also had to take baby boy to a specialist appointment in the afternoon. Luckily I had my mum helping to entertain the eldest while we were in the appointment. As I'd been carrying my Balenciaga day bag a lot, I kept it on this day too. I like the two blues together, the navy blue of the dress looks so nice with the tempete (blue/grey) colour of the bag.

As rain was forecast, I went with the closed in shoes just in case. It didn't rain and turned out to be another hot and humid day. Did majorly storm that evening though. Luckily, this long sleeve dress is quite light. It's viscose, so despite the long sleeves and length, it was wonderfully cool to wear.

Last worn: navy floral print dress, silver ballet flats, Balenciaga tempete day bag (above).

Other ways to wearnavy floral print dress and little red bag, silver ballet flats and wrap dress, Balenciaga tempete day bag and embroidered blouse.

Perfect for pregnancysilver ballet flats and maternity pencil skirt, Balenciaga tempete day bag in second trimester.

Swing Dresses For Summer Under $50:

How You Can Wear It:

Swing dresses are perfect for a hot day. The loose, relaxed shape helps counteract the hot sticky feeling you get when the humidity is high, and the swing hem can catch the breeze quite nicely and help keep you cool.

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Monday, 5 March 2018

Chloe Paddington & Wearing Loose Printed Tanks To The Office With Pencil Skirts

The Chloe Paddington was my first ever designer handbag purchase. It might not be worn often (the heavy padlock really isn't kid friendly) but I do still love it. Of course I loved both times I wore it below. Not sure if it was the cooler weather after our heatwaves, or getting my first bag splurge out again to enjoy, but I was so happy in both of these outfits. Printed tank and black pencil skirts, such simple office style.

What I wore:

Jeanswest Elissa leaf print tank black pencil skirt, Chloe Paddington brun Summer office outfit | awayfromblue

2007 Chloe paddington in brun chocolate brown | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram boho leaf print tank in office black pencil skirt chloe paddington bag
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
TankJeanswest Elissa leaf print tank
SkirtJeanswest black ponte pencil skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs black logo plaque ballet flats
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagChloe Paddington in 2007 Brun

Why I wore it:

This tank was a gift from my mum and it was such a good one, it's looked great with everything I've worn it with so far. See two more ways to wear it here.

I debated a little in the morning which necklace I should wear with the top. The leaf print has so many different colours, it's easy to pick a colour out of the print and wear a matching accessory. In the end I went with blue, of course.

Someone on Instagram contacted me to ask about my experiences with Chloe Paddington bags, and I was happy to chat a little about my first bag obsession. I'm not good with small talk, and meeting new people often leaves me at a loss for words, but if anyone talks handbags they will find it hard to shut me up, haha! After talking about the bag I couldn't resist getting it out again for a wear.

I did add a cardigan to this outfit to cover up in the cold office air con, but it wasn't needed for my commute, the weather was just right.

Last worn: leaf print tank, black pencil skirt with elastic panel, Marc by Marc Jacobs ballet flats, Chloe Paddington bag.

Other ways to wearleaf print tank and pink shorts, black pencil skirt in winter, Marc by Marc Jacobs ballet flats and shorts, Chloe Paddington bag and burgundy pants.

Perfect for pregnancy: pencil skirt and hidden second trimester bump, Chloe Paddy at a few weeks pregnant.

Chloe Paddington Review and Contents:

(yes, it really is that heavy!)

Where To Buy a Chloe Paddington:

What I wore:

crochet print tank, black pencil skirt cream jersey blazer and chloe paddington summer office wear | away from the blue

Jord Cora wood watch with Chloe Paddington padlock bag in 07 brun | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram black jersey blazer red printed tank chloe paddington bag
JacketZara cream jersey blazer
Necklace: Happiness Boutique turquoise and coral pendant necklace (C/O)
Tank: Emerson crochet lace bib print top
SkirtJeanswest zip detail ponte pencil skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagChloe Paddington in 2007 Brun

Why I wore it:

Since I liked the printed tank and black pencil skirt combination above, I wore it again for my next day in the office. Funnily, this tank was also a gift from my mum, back when I was pregnant. Didn't realise the coincidence in wearing the tanks so close to each other until I put this post together!

As it was a little cooler with some rain forecast, I added the blazer over the top and kept it on pretty much all day. It was a little tricky taking photos - while the rain held off until later in the day, my neighbour (who you can see in the back there) kept walking past as I was trying to take photos. I don't spend long taking photos, just setup the tripod, align the camera then shoot. Still she managed to walk past twice! It was so awkward. I find it weird taking blog photos in front of people, as I'd have no idea what to say if they asked. "I take photos for the internet" sounds normal to another style blogger, but is kinda crazy when you think of it!

The only issue with a Chloe Paddington is the weight - while it was fun carrying it, it was back in its dust bag after these two wears. Twice in a week is enough for me, I have frequent back pain with my diastasis recti so a heavy bag just adds to it unfortunately! I think I'll always love my Paddy though, even if I don't wear it as much as I used to.

Last worn: cream blazer, red crochet detail tank, black pencil skirt, ballet flats, Chloe Paddington (above).

Other ways to wearcream blazer and sheath dress, red crochet detail tank and shorts, black pencil skirt worn over a dress, ballet flats and fit and flare dress, Chloe Paddington and jeans.

Perfect for pregnancy: cream blazer in first trimester, red crochet detail tank in third trimester, black pencil skirt in first trimester, ballet flats in third trimesterChloe Paddy at a few weeks pregnant.

Printed Tanks Under $50:

How You Can Wear It:

A black pencil skirt is an office staple, and it's so easy to pair with a printed piece like these fun printed tanks. Depending on the dress code for your office, you may need to cover up bare shoulders with a blazer. A cardigan is another option if the office aircon is particularly frosty and your dress code isn't as formal.

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Friday, 2 March 2018

30 Ways to Wear a Grey Maxi Skirt: #30Wears Challenge Outfits

A 30 wears post with this classic grey marle jersey maxi skirt is so overdue. It's been worn nearly 50 times (48 exactly!) since I bought it in my third trimester four years ago.

The #30wears challenge is committing to wearing things you buy at least 30 times. As I take daily outfit photos, I have over 6 years of outfits to look back on and see all the different times I've worn things. Blog labels and searches in the archives come in helpful for pulling these posts together, and it's fun to see how many things I've hit 30 wears on.

#30Wears: Grey Marle Jersey Maxi Skirt

30 ways to wear a grey jersey maxi skirt | away from the blue blog #30wears

It's no secret that I love maxi skirts, and I've posted a few #30 wears posts featuring some of my maxi skirt collection (see them at the end of the post).

Maxi skirts are for petites too! I got lucky with this Target one, the perfect petite friendly length with no hemming required. It was $25, so that's 52 cents a wear so far on it. It's got a lot of life left in it still, and it's not going anywhere from my wardrobe. Not bad for an impulsive pregnancy buy four years ago!

Maxi Skirt and Graphic Tees (and a Tank)

outfit ideas grey jersey maxi skirt and graphic tees | away from the blue

A plain grey maxi skirt makes it easy to wear fun printed graphic tees, as it's a great neutral base. Even though one of these is a graphic tank instead of a tee, you can see it's still just as simple to wear. A nice easy outfit to pull together, the graphic top adds interest that the plain skirt lacks.

Maxi Skirt and Long Sleeve Tops

3 ways to wear grey maxi skirt and long sleeve tops | awayfromtheblue

Maxi skirts work well in cooler weather with long sleeve tops. The long skirt protects your legs from the cold and keeps you cosy, and a longer sleeved top is an extra layer for a cooler day. If it's really cold, a scarf makes you even warmer. Again, you can see in these three outfits that the plain maxi skirt base means you can add fun printed scarves, bright colours, or even a top with embroidery detail, without your outfit feeling too overpowering.

Maxi Skirt and Layers

6 different ways to layer a maxi skirt for cooler weather | awayfromblue

Sometimes you need a little more than a long sleeve top with a maxi skirt. As I wear my maxi skirts year-round, I've worn them with all kinds of layers. You can see the variety in these outfits, with a denim jacket, cardigans, a blazer, and a kimono. I've also worn this skirt in the middle of winter with a leather jacket when it's been really cold. These layering options are great pieces to add in spring or autumn when it's too cool to wear a skirt and top on it's own.

Grey Maxi Skirt And Summer Outfits

3 easy ways to wear a grey maxi skirt in summer | away from blue

A maxi skirt is really made for summer though, it makes summer dressing easy. And if you have babies or toddlers, the long maxi length means you can run around with them and not worry about things being too short or showing more than you intended when you bend over to pickup the kids, or something they've dropped for the tenth time that day, ha!

Grey Maxi Skirt and Monochromatic Outfits

3 monochromatic outfit ideas with grey jersey maxi skirt | awayfromtheblue

Lots of colourful outfits so far, but you can go completely neutral with a grey skirt and create a monochrome or monochromatic outfit. I like the two shades of grey together on the end there, but with the black v-neck tee is my favourite. I'm still sad that tee didn't survive through too many incorrect wash cycles on the washing machine and had to leave my wardrobe.

Jersey Maxi Skirt In Pregnancy

jersey maxi skirt in third trimester | away from the blue blog

third trimester outfits with jersey stretchy maxi skirt | away from the blue

Since I bought this maxi skirt while I was pregnant, it makes sense that the most frequent way to wear it has been with a baby bump. It's been so nice having this piece that I could wear through my third trimesters with both my boys - and still be wearing and loving it afterwards. I'm impressed the elastic has held up too, they were pretty big baby bumps near the end!

Jersey Maxi Skirt Postpartum

postpartum outfit ideas with a grey maxi skirt | away from the blue blog

Forgiving jersey material, a soft stretchy elastic waistband, all the things I loved about this skirt in pregnancy make it a great postpartum choice too. Much nicer pulling this on in the newborn days than attempting to squeeze into something with buttons, a zipper, or zero stretch! Having something you know will still fit and make you feel great makes getting dressed easy after being up all night with a newborn, and anything to make parenting easier is a winner!

Grey Maxi Skirt for Travel

travel style with a grey jersey maxi skirt: outfit ideas | awayfromtheblue

I've gone on about how great this jersey maxi skirt is to wear, but the material is perfect to travel with too! It's comfortable for a long day of sightseeing, it can be crumpled up in a carry on bag and doesn't need ironing at your destination. For pregnancy travel (the middle pic) it was wonderful, and for running around Sydney with two toddlers (the left and right photos) it works just as well.

It makes me happy to have a piece in my wardrobe that's wrapped around my baby bump for both boys that's still going strong. It's nice to put together a post like this and see the bumps at different stages. So many fun memories attached to the times I've worn this skirt. I'm enjoying continuing the 30 wears challenge this year as it's great putting these posts together.

Grey Jersey Maxi Skirts Under $50:

This Target skirt is no longer available, but above are some great alternatives, all under $50!

30 Ways to Wear a Grey Maxi Skirt (In Video Format):

More Posts in the #30Wears Series:

Perfect if you're looking for more ways to wear outfit inspiration! Alternative, see all the 48+ ways I've worn this skirt in my blog archives.

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