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Showing posts with label skirt. Show all posts

Friday, 7 December 2018

Plain Tees and Printed Maxi Skirts With Rebecca Minkoff Bags

When the heat hits, I look for simple easy outfits that don't have any unnecessary layers. A plain tee and a printed maxi skirt is simple summer style. And spring style, as I wore these a few weeks ago when it was still spring!

What I wore: 

plain black tee, billabong boho printed red maxi skirt, rebecca minkoff sandals saddle bag SAHM Style | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red | awayfromtheblue

two fashion bloggers printed maxi skirts plain tees colourful spring SAHM style outfit | awayfromtheblue
NecklaceJeanswest Taryn turquoise tassel bead necklace
TeeAtmos & Here black essential v-neck tee
Skirt: thrifted Billabong red printed maxi skirt
ShoesRebecca Minkoff Georgina studded gladiator sandals in blush
BagRebecca Minkoff unlined saddle bag in cherry red (on sale in blue!)

Why I wore it:

I adore this skirt so much and it was the first one that came to mind when picking an outfit to wear to meet Sasha. It's so light in the heat and swishes beautifully when you walk, kind of creating its own breeze. The day was forecast to be extremely hot, so we ended up spending more time indoors than anticipated.

Sasha is another Brisbane blogger and while she lives a little distance away from me, we caught up at a mid point in the city, at the state library. The cafe there was lovely and very quiet until I showed up with the boys! In the end we ducked into the kids play area at the library so the boys could run around a little more and we could continue chatting. Always so nice meeting another blogging friend in person, even more so when they are as interesting as Sasha. We spoke for a couple of hours, which seemed to be over in a few minutes, before I took the boys for lunch in the city and headed home.

Keeping things simple with the outfit, I went with a neutral black tee, a red bag to match the red skirt, and my latest necklace purchase to match the gold hardware on the bag. You can see why I enjoy Sasha's blog so much, we have very similar style! Thanks to Mr 4 who kindly took the photo for us.


Last worn: black tee, tassel necklace, red printed maxi skirt, studded sandals, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag.

Other ways to wearblack tee and olive jeans, red printed maxi skirt and Christmas tee, studded sandals worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag worn 30 ways.


Rebecca Minkoff Handbag Collection







What I wore:

jeanswest red terracotta emma woven trim tee navy stripe maxi skirt rebecca minkoff love bag | awayfromtheblue

Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey | away from the blue blog

awayfromtheblue instagram | red and navy striped maxi skirt outfit SAHM style with Rebecca Minkoff Love bag
Necklace: silk beaded baby-friendly necklace
TeeJeanswest Emma woven trim tee in terracotta
Skirt: Target navy side split maxi skirt
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey

Why I wore it:

Thankfully this day wasn't as hot as the one above. As you can see, there was even a bit of a breeze! I kept to the simple outfit formula I'd liked so much above, going a little more colourful this time with the basic red tee and navy striped maxi skirt. I accessorised with the baby friendly necklace as we spent the morning at our local ABA group, the topic was baby / toddler massage.

The last time I did a baby massage class my now 2 and a half year old was a tiny little 3 week old, so I was really looking forward to it! I went in with two very eager to help little boys, which quickly turned into me chasing kids around the room in between attempting to practice the massage techniques. I definitely don't do the massage techniques as often as I should, but there are so many benefits to it so I'm going to try do it more often. It's a lot more fun to do when the boys are big enough to give feedback on what they like too!

Stuck with this neutral Rebecca Minkoff Love bag as I still had it out after wearing it a few days before and the grey was a good pairing with the brighter red and navy outfit.


Last worn: red tee, silk necklace, navy striped maxi skirt, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag.

Other ways to wearred tee and jeans, navy striped maxi skirt worn two ways, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag worn 30 ways.

Perfect for pregnancyRebecca Minkoff Love bag in second trimester.



Printed Maxi Skirts Under $50:



How You Can Wear It

Printed maxi skirts can be a little daunting as they are such large pieces of print! You can keep things easy and simple by picking a plain tee to wear with them. You can go with a neutral black like I did in the first outfit, or try something different and add a little more colour like in the second outfit. You can't go wrong pairing a plain basic with a fun printed piece!



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Monday, 12 November 2018

Peplum Tanks and Pencil Skirts With Pink Handbags

For something a little different, I paired some peplum tanks and pencil skirts together. It's not the first time I've worn the combo, and I'm wearing it in two different ways below. For a casual work from home day and for a day in the office.

What I wore:


spring rainy day peplum tank pencil skirt pink balenciaga city bag office outfit | awayfromblue

Balenciaga RH classic city in 2010 sorbet pink | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram | navy peplum bird print tank pink balenciaga city bag pencil skirt
Earrings: Kmart blue fringe crescent statement earrings
NecklaceJeanswest Taryn turquoise tassel bead necklace (new purchase)
Tank: gifted Kmart navy bird print peplum frill hem tank
SkirtAsos tailored tab front pencil skirt in grey
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga RH classic city in 2010 sorbet (more affordable preloved)

Why I wore it:

I was excited to give my new tank a wear! My mum kindly picked this up for me in Kmart when we were browsing together. It's perfect for summer, and I could see it working with a pencil skirt and blazer or plain pants as well as with jeans and shorts. Really looking forward to wearing this more! Decided to pair it with my pink Balenciaga city bag to bring out the pink bird print.

The necklace is new too, I picked it up at Jeanswest recently during one of their sales.

The grey pencil skirt was a great neutral to wear it with, although I did wish I'd taken a blazer - the rain set in for most of the day and it was a little chillier than I expected. The black ballet flats were a good choice for the rain with the rubber soles.


Last worn: statement earrings, grey pencil skirt, Walnut Melbourne flats, Balenciaga sorbet city. First time I've worn the tank and necklace as they are recent additions to my wardrobe.

Other ways to weargrey pencil skirt and polka dot tank, Walnut Melbourne flats and green pants, Balenciaga sorbet city with monochrome outfit.

Perfect for pregnancygrey pencil skirt in second trimester, Walnut Melbourne flats in second trimester, Balenciaga sorbet city in third trimester.



My Latest Rebecca Minkoff Purchase Revealed:







What I wore:

monochrome tassel scarf peplum tank pencil skirt converse outfit with pastel pink bag | away from blue

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

awayfromtheblue instagram | monochrome pencil skirt converse peplum tank bird print scarf outfit with pastel pink RM darren bag
Scarf: Fashion Scarf Girl bird and egg print scarf (c/o)
Tank: Zalora basics ruffle hem tank in black
SkirtAtmos&Here grey marle jersey pencil skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff small Darren messenger bag in peony  (new purchase)

Why I wore it:

Similar outfit to the one above, but I wore this pencil skirt and peplum tank combo for a much more casual day so I dressed it down a little with the Converse. The jersey material of this pencil skirt is a great relaxed fit with Converse, and I've worn them together in the past.

Had the daycare drop off in the morning and then working from home before doing the pickup and taking my son to his appointment, so this comfortable outfit was perfectly suited for the day.

I really liked the way this pastel pink Rebecca Minkoff small Darren bag worked with the neutral black and grey too.

The fun chook print scarf was a last minute addition, but I felt it worked well too add an extra bit of interest to my outfit, and a little touch of warmth in the cooler weather. The outfit seemed a bit plain without it!


Last wornblack peplum tank, grey jersey pencil skirt, Converse. First time I've worn the scarf and bag as they are recent additions to my wardrobe.

Other ways to wearblack peplum tank and shorts, grey jersey pencil skirt worn two ways, Converse and skinny jeans

Perfect for pregnancyblack peplum tank in first trimester, grey jersey pencil skirt in third trimester, Converse for second trimester travel



Peplum Tanks Under $50:



How You Can Wear It:

Peplum tanks, like any other kind of tanks, are so easy to wear with pencil skirts. You can dress them up for the office or dress them down for a quieter day at home. If you're in a formal business environment, you might not get away with a peplum tank as you have to wear a button up or collared shirt, but for a business casual environment like my office this outfit formula works perfectly.


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Monday, 5 November 2018

Printed Tops, Black Pencil Skirts and Balenciaga Day Bags

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

What I wore:

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

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

Why I wore it:

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

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

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



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

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

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



What's In My Bag: Balenciaga Day Bag







What I wore:

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

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

Why I wore it:

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

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


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

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

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



Black Pencil Skirts Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

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


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Friday, 26 October 2018

Maxi Skirts and Printed Tanks With Denim Jacket and Rebecca Minkoff Mini Bags

Felt like it had been a while since I'd worn some of my maxi skirts, so it was time to get them out again! Pairing plain maxi skirts with printed tanks and a denim jacket to make the perfect spring outfit.

What I wore:

spring stay at home mum outfit drawstring waist maxi skirt denim jacket purple mini MAB bag | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram spring maxi skirt denim jacket printed tank purple bag outfit
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
NecklaceZuriCollections blue polymer clay necklace
TopSass and Bide "For Easy Reference" tank
SkirtJeanswest Luxe jersey maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote in plum

Why I wore it:

A busy day required a comfortable outfit. After doing the day care drop off, I worked from home before heading back to daycare and picking up the boys for an appointment in the afternoon.

As it was a slightly warmer day, I thought it was the perfect time to wear this maxi skirt. It has slits up both sides, so it was a little chilly last time I wore it in autumn, but was perfect for this warmer day. I really liked the simplicity of this outfit, and how comfortable it was! Every time I wear this printed tank I really like the outfit, I should wear it more often.

WIth all of the neutrals, the little purple Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag was the perfect pop of colour with my outfit.


Last worn: denim jacket, Sass & Bide tank, drawstring waist maxi skirt, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag.

Other ways to weardenim jacket, Sass & Bide tank and metallic jeans, drawstring waist maxi skirt worn two ways, Converse and skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag and blue dress.

Perfect for pregnancydenim jacket in second trimester, Converse for second trimester travel, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote bag in second trimester.


Rebecca Minkoff Handbag Reveal:



(In case you missed it over on YouTube, I bought another Rebecca Minkoff bag!)




What I wore:

double denim jacket and chambray maxi skirt red tank and bag | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram double denim spring outfit chambray skirt jacket stripe tank and red Avery bag
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: Kmart gold and navy beaded necklace
TankJeanswest 'Hannah' print tank in paradise pink multi
SkirtNoisy May long denim maxi skirt
Shoesslim gold Havaianas
BagRebecca Minkoff red micro Avery cross body bag

Why I wore it:

A colourful outfit with some of my favourite pieces for a sad day! We had a service to close the chapter at our regular playgroup building. After our last week there, I felt it would be good to go and say thank you to everyone who helped us over the years, as lots of the people who worked there over the centre's 20 year history came back for the day.

The boys did so well through the service, although when it drew to a close and they mentioned it was time for morning tea, a certain little boy couldn't contain his excitement any longer and screamed 'MORNING TEA!', much to the amusement of the previously sad and reflective crowd. The funniest part was how many people came up to me afterwards and commented that is was just like him to do that - sums up my son so well, he always brings a smile to people's faces. Of course it wasn't long before the cake the boys were eating made its way onto my outfit!

I wasn't sure how formal the service would be so thought the denim jacket would be best to cover up my shoulders in this sleeveless tank, even if it was a bit warm and I ended up taking it off for the rest of the day. The colourful striped tank and bag were my attempt to bring some cheer to the day - it was a lovely way to have some closure after our time there (over three and a half years!) but sad all the same. I shed a few tears.


Last worn: denim jacket (above), brushstroke stripe tank, chambray maxi skirt, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff mini Avery tote.

Other ways to weardenim jacket and shorts, brushstroke stripe tank and pink bag, chambray maxi skirt and foil print tee, Rebecca Minkoff mini Avery tote and jeans.

Perfect for pregnancydenim jacket in third trimester, brushstroke stripe tank in second trimester.


Maxi Skirts Under $50:



How You Can Wear It:

Plain maxi skirts are a nice spring option, especially when paired with a printed tank. it's a simple outfit formula, perfect for a busy mum. If it's a little cooler in the morning or evening, a denim jacket is a great layer.


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Monday, 15 October 2018

Textured Jackets, Grey Pencil Skirts and Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote

When the weather warmed up a little it was good to leave my trench coats behind and wear some lighter jackets better suited to spring. As both of these jackets are textured I kept the rest of my outfit simple, with neutral shoes, a big navy tote and plain tops with grey pencil skirts.

What I wore:

jacquard blazer, navy boho blouse, grey jersey pencil skirt spring business casual outfit | awayfromblue

fashion scarf girl family tree print in blue tied on Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram jacquard blazer grey jersey pencil skirt navy top and bag MAB tote
JacketJeanswest Cassandra jacquard jacket
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl Family tree scarf in blue and navy (c/o)
TopJeanswest chana long sleeve stud top in night sky navy
SkirtAtmos&Here grey marle jersey pencil skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

I knew that this light blue family tree print scarf would work really nicely with the navy blue blouse. I wasn't too happy with how it looked with the busy jacquard jacket though. I knew I'd appreciate the scarf in the cold office air con, so decided at the last minute to accessorise my bag a bit by knotting the scarf on it. I think the blue scarf worked just as nicely with the navy tote as it did with the navy blouse when I wore it to keep warm in the office.

With the metallic thread running through the jacket, the silver ballet flats were an obvious choice, I do like a bit of matchy matchy, with even the top and bag matching too.

This pencil skirt is a comfortable grey jersey I sometimes worry is a little too casual, but for a mostly quiet day with little face to face meetings it was perfect. And it doesn't look out of place when others in the office are wearing jeans!


Last worn: jacquard blazer, family tree scarfnavy studded blouse, grey jersey pencil skirt, silver ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote.

Other ways to wearjacquard blazer and jeans, family tree scarf and stripesnavy studded blouse worn two ways, grey jersey pencil skirt and Converse, silver ballet flats and purple pants, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote and sheath dress.


Perfect for pregnancyjacquard blazer in third trimester, grey jersey pencil skirt in third trimester, silver ballet flats in third trimester, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in first trimester.



More Ways To Accessorise A Bag:


Just like in the outfit above, you can change the look of your bags a little by accessorising them. I share tying a scarf on them and 5 other ways you can accessorise your handbags in this video:






What I wore:

monochrome spring office outfit boucle blazer black blouse grey skirt parrot print scarf | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy bag | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram | adding colour to a monochrome office outfit with navy bag parrot print scarf with boucle jacket
JacketJeanswest Dixie collarless jacket
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl parrot print scarf (c/o)
TopJeanswest 'Tilda' black shirt
SkirtAsos tailored tab front pencil skirt in grey
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

Since I loved the plain top, textured jacket and grey pencil skirt combo, I tried it again the next time I was in the office. This time around, with the black boucle jacket and plain black top, I felt the outfit needed a bit of colour. I decided to wear this colourful parrot print scarf. Despite the busy texture of the jacket, I think the printed scarf worked well as the top of my outfit was all black, unlike the first outfit.

I really enjoyed wearing this - and the more formal fabric of the pencil skirt made me feel suitably attired for a couple of big meetings I had during the day. I was glad when the day was over though, it was such a busy afternoon, I even had to cancel lunch with hubby to get more work done.


Last worn: boucle jacket, parrot print scarf, black blouse, grey pencil skirt, black ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote (above).

Other ways to wearboucle jacket and a-line skirt, parrot print scarf and blue knit, black blouse and leopard print jeans, grey pencil skirt in winter, black ballet flats and jeans, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote and fit and flare dress.

Perfect for pregnancyboucle jacket in second trimester, black blouse in second trimester, grey pencil skirt in first trimester, black ballet flats in third trimester, Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in third trimester.



Textured Jackets Under $50




How You Can Wear It:

Textured jackets are a nice alternative to a plain jacket and add some extra interest to your outfit. To keep things simple, you can wear them with plain, block colour pieces and let the jacket shine and be the statement part of your outfit. They work nicely in the office, fitting in with any dress code.


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Monday, 24 September 2018

Bright Office Wear: Blue, Pink and Purple Outfits With Balenciaga Work Bag

While it is spring here in Brisbane, it's still a bit chilly in the mornings so all layers are still needed! I had some fun with the outfits below, wearing blue pink and purple together. I realised I hadn't worn these pink tanks in a while and it was so easy to layer them up and make them appropriate for a colder than expected spring morning.

What I wore:

pink blue and purple trench coat and pencil skirt outfit spring business casual work wear | awayfromblue

balenciaga raisin purple giant g21 hardware slouchy work bag on arm | awayfromtheblue

office outfit pink purple and navy pencil skirt and cosy cardigan selfie | awayfromblue

awayfromtheblue instagram | camel trench, pink tank, navy skirt and purple balenciaga work bag outfit
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
Earrings: Kmart blue fringe crescent statement earrings
ScarfAlexander McQueen modal skull scarf in white/pink
TankAsos satin singlet in pink
SkirtWarehouse navy jacquard 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:

While this is the first time I've worn all of these pieces together, it's not a completely new outfit. I've worn the skirt with a different pink tank here, and I've worn the jacquard skirt and skull scarf together here. I frequently wear the pencil skirt and purple work bag together too.

If you're feeling unsure about what to wear, pick a piece you love (like this skirt), a piece you've worn with it recently (like the bag), and then look to other past combinations for further outfit inspiration.

Mostly I plan my outfits out the evening before, but it's usually before I go to bed so any opportunity to pull an outfit together faster makes me happy as it means I get to go to bed earlier!


Last worn: statement earrings, camel trench, pink skull scarf, pink satin tank, jacquard pencil skirt, black flats, Balenciaga work bag.

Other ways to wearcamel trench and wrap dresspink skull scarf and maxi skirtpink satin tank and double denim, jacquard pencil skirt and wrap top, black flats and printed dress, Balenciaga work bag for YouTube event.

Perfect for pregnancycamel trench in second trimesterpink skull scarf in third trimesterpink satin tank in second trimester, jacquard pencil skirt in first trimester, black flats in second trimester.


My Balenciaga Handbag Collection:






What I wore:

navy mac, lace pencil skirt and pink tank and purple scarf outfit with balenciaga work bag | away from blue

Balenciaga raisin purple work bag slouchy broken in leather g21 silver hardware | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | blue pink pencil skirt business casual spring office outfit purple accessories
JacketJeanswest Monica Mac coat in Indigo
ScarfMarc by Marc Jacobs mauve square scarf
TankJeanswest Helene sleeveless textured shirt in berry
SkirtAsos blue textured lace pencil skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs black logo plaque ballet flats
BagBalenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag

Why I wore it:

I was actually surprised to see that I hadn't worn this button up tank and blue lace skirt together before when I looked on the blog - I really like pink and blue together and a button up tank is perfect for work. I ended up keeping the big purple blanket scarf on all day, it kept me cosy at my desk. I did cover up the sleeveless tank even more with a cardigan during meetings. Party to keep my shoulders covered and partly because our meeting rooms are always even colder than the rest of the office!

While the pieces are different from the first outfit (except the bag which was a constant), I stuck with the same colour scheme and enjoyed this outfit just as much as the one above. Nice and cheerful for a cooler spring day.


Last worn: navy macintoshpurple scarfpink button up tank, blue lace pencil skirt, black ballet flats, Balenciaga work bag (above).

Other ways to wearnavy macintosh and colourful pantspurple scarf and floralspink button up tank and skinny jeans, blue lace pencil skirt and blazer, black ballet flats and a-line skirt, Balenciaga work bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancypink button up tank in first trimester, blue lace pencil skirt in second trimester.



Pink Tanks Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

You don't have to stick to neutrals when you layer! Bright and colourful accessories can work well with a colourful outfit, if you stick with combinations you love. The blue, pink and purple in these outfits are colours I like on their own and together in different combinations. They look wonderful worn as a colourful trio as well.



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Monday, 10 September 2018

Monochrome Pencil Skirt Outfits With Long Sleeve Tees And Colourful Scarves

Wearing a few of my recent purchases to the office! I managed to pick up a couple of long sleeved tops at the opshop sale last month. While it was nearing the end of winter in Brisbane and getting warmer, it's still quite chilly when I have my commute to work so I knew the long sleeves would be perfect to wear to the office. I'm lucky my dress code is on the casual side of business casual too so a tee is perfectly acceptable, especially when paired with a pencil skirt as I have here.

Keeping things simple, I stuck with monochrome outfits and added a pop of colour with my scarves, topping off my outfits with the fun tassel statement earrings I also bought last month.

What I wore:


monochrome black winter pencil skirt outfit with cobalt louis vuitton shawl mulberry bays | away from blue

Mulberry oak NVT bayswater heritage bag | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram | cobalt blue louis vuitton monogram shawl scarf with black pencil skirt trench coat

monochrome black tee pencil skirt ankle boots office outfit with cobalt scarf pop of colour | away from blue
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
Earrings: Kmart blue fringe crescent statement earrings (new purchase)
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
Tee: thrifted Maison Scotch black paint splatter print long sleeved tee
SkirtJeanswest zip detail ponte pencil skirt
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagMulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather

Why I wore it:

Keeping things really simple and going completely monochrome with the black long sleeve tee and black pencil skirt. I usually plan my outfits the night before, and figured the print on the top would stop the outfit looking too boring. When I put it all on in the morning though, I realised the print on the top wasn't doing enough to add a bit of lightness, especially paired with the black pencil skirt, black tights and ankle boots. Even the navy earrings weren't lifting this enough, it looked a bit drab.

The bright blue Louis Vuitton shawl was the perfect solution - a great pop of colour against the black. It also kept me nice and cosy in the morning. I like that spring like weather is arriving again here in Brisbane, but it's still extremely wintery in the early hours!


Last worn: camel trench, Louis Vuitton shawl, black pencil skirt, black ankle boots, Mulberry Bayswater tote bag. It's the first time I've worn the tee on the blog as it's a recent purchase.

Other ways to wearcamel trench and sheath dress, Louis Vuitton shawl and floral dress, black pencil skirt in autumn, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Mulberry Bayswater tote bag in summer.

Perfect for pregnancycamel trench in first trimester, black pencil skirt in first trimesterblack ankle boots in second trimester, Mulberry Bayswater tote bag in third trimester.


Mulberry Bayswater After 7 Years:






What I wore:

colorful winter office wear lace pencil skirt with bright orange scarf | away from blue

Mulberry heritage bayswater bag in oak NVT leather | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | bright winter pencil skirt outfit with orange crinkle scarf
JacketJeanswest Monica Mac coat in Indigo
Earrings: Kmart blue fringe crescent statement earrings (new purchase)
ScarfFashion Scarf Girl plain crinkle scarf in orange (c/o)
Top: thrifted cobalt blue long sleeve tee
SkirtAsos blue textured lace pencil skirt
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagMulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather

Why I wore it:

Still a monochrome outfit, but sticking with my favourite colour and going blue with the cobalt tee and the lace pencil skirt. I added even more colour to this with the orange scarf, it really pops against blue and I've worn it that way before with a navy dress.


I love how well the navy earrings coordinated with the blues on my outfit and they got a few compliments! I've admired the statement tassel earring trend on the ladies I follow on Instagram for a while, but with particularly curious and grabby toddlers I was sure it was going to be a trend I'd have to let pass me by. Suddenly realised I could do what I do with all other non-kid friendly pieces in my wardrobe and just wear them to work. Even if I do have to take them off as soon as I get home in the afternoon! They were fun to wear and try out for something different from my usual accessories!

While I loved the blue and orange together I really wasn't happy with the ankle boots I chose for this. I am noticing every time I wear these tan boots with black tights it just emphasises how petite I am and makes my legs look a bit stumpy. The longer length pencil skirt doesn't really help! I thought that with the oak Mulberry Bayswater bag it would tie in nicely, but a few times through the day I wished I'd worn my black ankle boots instead.


Last worn: navy macintosh, orange crinkle scarf, blue lace pencil skirt, Chelsea leather boots, Mulberry Bayswater (above). First time I've worn the tee on the blog as it's a recent purchase.

Other ways to wearnavy macintosh and wrap dress, orange crinkle scarf and shift dress, blue lace pencil skirt and blazer, Chelsea leather boots and maxi skirt, Mulberry Bayswater and chambray dress.

Perfect for pregnancyblue lace pencil skirt in third trimester, Chelsea leather boots in second trimester, Mulberry Bayswater in second trimester.



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How You Can Wear It:

A monochrome office outfit makes getting dressed for work easy - even if you haven't planned out your outfit the night before! For an extra touch, you can add a bright contrasting scarf on top. It makes a simple monochrome outfit seem more interesting, keeps you warm on a cold commute and it's a fun way to accessorise.


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