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Showing posts with label trench coat. Show all posts

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, 20 August 2018

Striped Tops, Alexander McQueen Skull Scarves and Black Pencil Skirts

Stripes are my favourite print, and my go-to whenever I'm print mixing. Stripes just go with so many other prints, like these Alexander McQueen skull scarves. Keeping things simple for winter workwear by pairing the striped tops with black pencil skirts.

What I wore:


burgundy stripe tee with beige skull scarf pencil skirt camel trench coat bal part time bag | awayfromblue

burgundy stripe tee with black Balenciaga SGH part time bag 2010 leather | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram burgundy stripe tee pencil skirt camel trench coat business casual office outfit winter
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
ScarfAlexander McQueen modal and cashmere skull scarf
TopAtmos&Here 3/4 sleeve stripe tee in berry white
SkirtJeanswest zip detail ponte pencil skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs logo plaque flats in camel
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH

Why I wore it:

This burgundy striped top is such a classic and a firm favourite of mine. I enjoy it every time I wear it. I'd been looking at it in my wardrobe for a while thinking 'I need to wear that soon' but always picking something else instead. Feeling uninspired about what to wear for work, I saw this top and again and decided to give it the wear it needed. It had been a while since the last wear!

Pairing the red stripes with lots of neutrals (black pencil skirt, black flats, camel trench and black Balenciaga bag) made an outfit come together really easily. I decided to stick with a neutral scarf too, and this taupe Alexander McQueen skull scarf was perfect.


Last worn: camel trench, taupe Alexander McQueen skull scarf, burgundy stripe tee, black pencil skirt, MbMJ ballet flats, Balenciaga part time bag.

Other ways to wearcamel trench and sheath dress, Alexander McQueen skull scarf and shirt dress, burgundy stripe tee and maxi skirt, black pencil skirt over a dress, ballet flats and wrap dress, Balenciaga part time bag and chambray.

Perfect for pregnancycamel trench in first trimester, Alexander McQueen skull scarf in first trimester, burgundy stripe tee in third trimester, black pencil skirt in second trimester, ballet flats in second trimester, Balenciaga part time bag in third trimester.



What's In My Bag: Balenciaga Part Time










What I wore:

pink alexander mcqueen skull scarf with navy mac stripe henley and pencil skirt | away from blue

Balenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH g21 | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram stripe henley black pencil skirt navy coat and pink skull scarf bal part time bag
JacketJeanswest Monica Mac coat in Indigo
ScarfAlexander McQueen pink pashmina in skull and floral print
TopJeanswest 'Marina' stripe henley
SkirtJeanswest black ponte pencil skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH

Why I wore it:

Followed the same outfit formula as the outfit above, but this time I picked a neutral striped henley and used the pink scarf as a pop of colour. The neon pink really pops against the navy coat! I do wish I'd arranged the scarf better so you couldn't see the fabric tag, but I didn't notice until after I'd taken photos!

This navy stripe henley is such a comfortable top, but it does seem less formal than a standard top I'd wear to work. I have a business casual office, more on the casual side (and you see jeans mid-week often). I had a quiet day planned working on a different projects with a smaller group of colleagues, so I figured a slightly more casual outfit worked.

Unfortunately despite the comfortable outfit, I wasn't feeling well and I ended up going home sick a few hours early - picked up another winter bug that's been going around the office!


Last worn: navy macintosh, neon pink skull scarf, navy stripe henley, pencil skirt, ballet flats, Balenciaga part time bag (above).

Other ways to wearnavy macintosh and printed dress, neon pink skull scarf and skinny jeans, navy stripe henley and tartan scarf, pencil skirt over a dress, ballet flats and a dress, Balenciaga part time bag and printed jeans.

Perfect for pregnancyneon pink skull scarf in third trimester, navy stripe henley in third trimester, pencil skirt in second trimester, ballet flats in third trimester, Balenciaga part time bag in second trimester.


Striped Tops Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

Stripes are a go with anything print and an easy option when you're not sure what to wear. If your office dress code isn't as casual, you can always through a blazer over the top to make a striped tee seem more formal.

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Monday, 30 July 2018

Colourful Winter Office Wear: Blue and Yellow Pencil Skirt Outfits

Sharing some colourful but still very cosy winter outfits, with my favourite blue pencil skirts and a big Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag. When our winter temperatures dipped again, I wanted warm knits, and picked some of my bright ones to inject a little colour.

Plus, an update on how I did with my No Buy July challenge, #noBuyJuly18!

What I wore:

blue and mustard yellow knit winter office pencil skirt outfit | awayfromblue

rebecca minkoff moon navy medium MAB tote bag for work with macintosh jacket | awayfromtheblue

awayfromtheblue instagram office outfit winter colourful mustard and blue pencil skirt business casual
JacketJeanswest Monica Mac coat in Indigo
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
Jumper: thrifted SES fashions mustard marle knit jumper
SkirtWarehouse navy jacquard pencil skirt
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

Trying blue and yellow with a mustard marle knit, blue scarf and blue pencil skirt. Decided to wear the Rebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote as I love wearing blue bags with this pencil skirt, it's a frequent go-to combination.

While I do normally like blue and yellow together, I wasn't sure if this skirt and knit would look as good as I hoped together. I ended up really liking this outfit, I think the scarf really made it perfect for me. This was such a comfortable outfit too, very much appreciated for a crazy day at work where nothing went according to plan at all!


Last worn: navy macintosh, Louis Vuitton scarf, mustard marle knit, jacquard pencil skirt, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag.

Other ways to wearnavy macintosh and wrap dress, Louis Vuitton scarf and embroidered top, mustard marle knit and a-line skirt, jacquard pencil skirt in summer, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag and grey pencil skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyjacquard pencil skirt in first trimester, ankle boots in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag in third trimester.



What's In My Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB Tote Edition!









What I wore:


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

awayfromblue instagram blue and yellow bright cheerful winter office outfit love quotes scarf medium MAB tote bag
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
ScarfLove Quotes knotted tassel linen scarf in sunshine yellow
Knit: thrifted Valleygirl blue knit jumper
SkirtAsos blue textured lace pencil skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff medium MAB tote in moon navy

Why I wore it:

Again continuing the blue and yellow theme! I really do like the colours together.  I felt like all of the blue together wasn't quite colourful enough, so I added this cosy and bright yellow scarf. This knit and pencil skirt is a combination I've worn before in the warmer weather, it was good to be able to layer it up for winter.

Unlike the previous week at work, I had to wear my trench coat when I ventured out for coffee with my boss in the morning and lunch in the afternoon. It was a much cooler winter day. While the bright yellow scarf is a fun summery shade, the big size makes it very warm and very cosy to wrap myself up in during winter! I like blue and yellow together so it seemed like a fun choice for a cold morning to repeat the colour combo again.

Usually when it's cold I'll add ankle boots to my outfit, but I felt ballet flats were better for all the running around I had to do in the morning. It was one of those days where you come into work with an idea of what task you're going to do, then the afternoon rolls around and you realise you've been pulled in so many directions you hadn't started your task!


Last worn: camel trench, yellow scarf, blue marl knit, blue lace pencil skirt, Walnut Melbourne flats, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag (above).

Other ways to wearcamel trench and burgundy pants, yellow scarf and maxi dress, blue marl knit and skinny jeans, blue lace pencil skirt and grey tee, Walnut Melbourne flats and skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote Bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancycamel trench in second trimester, yellow scarf in second trimester, blue marl knit in first trimesterblue lace pencil skirt in third trimester, Walnut Melbourne flats in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote bag in second trimester.



No Buy July Results!


It might not come as a surprise, after I mastered 7 months without shopping last year, but I made it through #noBuyJuly18 sticking to my goal and not spending anything on fashion. July is such a busy time with all of the sales, but I'm pretty content with my winter wardrobe now (even after halving my winter pieces from two storage boxes to one), and that makes it easier to avoid the sales. Some of the sales were extremely tempting, but even with the $5 sale at Jeanswest (!) I didn't buy anything. For full disclosure, I did add a few things to carts but decided not to buy at the last minute.


I shared more tips for how to survive a no shop challenge after completing 6 months without shopping: lessons from a former shopaholic.


Bright Knits Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Winter wear works well in neutral colours, as you can layer without worrying about colours matching. It's a fun idea to add some colourful pieces though, from bright scarves to colourful and cosy knits, you can still be cosy and warm! Sticking with colour combinations you know you love, or adding a contrasting scarf to a monochrome outfit, is a good way to try it out.


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Monday, 9 July 2018

Embroidered Tops In the Office With Balenciaga Bags

After a rough week of feeling unwell and working from home, I felt well enough to return to the office. I decided to wear some of my embroidered pieces to boost my mood. I love embroidery, but it's been a while since I wore these tops so it was definitely overdue.

What I wore:

ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
BlouseJeanswest Elise longline embroidered shirt in coconut blue
PantsJeanswest 'Fiona' skinny leg pant in shiraz
Shoes: Asos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagBalenciaga part time in black 2010 with SGH

Why I wore it:

Unfortunately, despite having regained most of my voice the day before, constantly greeting people in the office and explaining that I had almost lost my voice resulted in me pretty much losing my voice  again before lunch time! While meetings were difficult, they weren't impossible. I felt able to follow along mentally even if I couldn't contribute much to the discussions. There was a lot of pointing and gesturing at screens. Thank goodness for being able to use messaging apps to communicate with my colleagues in other offices rather than picking up the phone!

Lack of voice aside, I wanted to bundle up warmly as it was predicted to be one of the coldest winter days, with single digit temperatures. I'm from Brisbane, 8 degrees Celsius is freezing to us! I picked my cosiest scarf, this Louis Vuitton monogram shawl. The night before as I'd planned my outfits I'd tied it so it was more like a snood / infinity scarf. As I shared on Instagram though, it wasn't as easy to replicate on a cold and dark morning. I didn't realise it looked quite so messy until I saw the pics. Oh well, it definitely kept me warm.


Probably could have picked a warmer jacket over this blazer, and maybe not rolled my pants up to expose my ankles on such a cold day. I did love this outfit otherwise though, it was perfect for the day at work, just not so much for a nearly freezing commute!


Last worn: cream blazer, embroidered blouse, Louis Vuitton monogram shawl, burgundy pants, Chelsea leather ankle boots, Balenciaga Part Time bag.

Other ways to wearcream blazer worn 30 ways, embroidered blouse and shorts, Louis Vuitton monogram shawl and pink skirt, burgundy pants tucked into boots, Chelsea leather ankle boots and maxi dress, Balenciaga Part Time bag and summer shorts.

Perfect for pregnancycream blazer in second trimester, burgundy pants in first trimester, Chelsea leather ankle boots in second trimester, Balenciaga Part Time bag in third trimester.



My Complete Balenciaga Collection (updated for 2018!)







What I wore:

neutral boho winter office outfit embroidered tank pencil skirt, trench, boots | away from blue

camel trench coat and Balenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag on shoulder | away from the blue



awayfromblue instagram neutral beige khaki black boho tank pencil skirt Balenciaga day bag outfit
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
ScarfNali feather print pashmina scarf
Top: Target embroidered khaki tank
SkirtJeanswest black ponte pencil skirt
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagBalenciaga truffle brown RH classic day bag

Why I wore it:

Thought I'd wear this embroidered peasant tank to the office, as I was surprised to realise I'd never done that yet. I love this and wore it a lot while breastfeeding. It's a long flowy tunic length, perfect for lifting up slightly to feed baby but keeping your stomach covered still. It worked well in the office too! I can't believe this is the first time I've worn this top this year, it's a favourite and has been neglected too long.


While I didn't wear the trench coat in the office and swapped to a cardigan, I did enjoy all the brown tones in this outfit when I wore the trench. The scarf looks a bit crumpled from being in storage and I briefly considered ironing it, but just wore it anyway. Creases happen!

Just like the day above, my voice was better in the morning and almost non existent by the end of the day. While the day started off great with a cup of free chocolates and then lunch being provided at the office, my voice and I were exhausted by mid afternoon. I had a late meeting right before I left and my colleague was sliding me throat lozenges across the desk when she heard me trying to speak on the call! 😂


Last worn: camel trench, feather print scarf, khaki embroidered tank, black pencil skirt, black ankle boots, Balenciaga truffle day bag.

Other ways to wearcamel trench and wrap dress, feather print scarf with orange outfit, khaki embroidered tank and summer shorts, black pencil skirt for YouTube Creator Day, black ankle boots worn 30 ways, Balenciaga truffle day bag and navy dress.

Perfect for pregnancycamel trench in first trimester, pencil skirt in second trimester, black ankle boots and pregnancy reveal, truffle day bag for second trimester travel.



Embroidered Tops Under $50:



How You Can Wear It:

The embroidery trend doesn't have to be restricted to casual wear! While embroidered denim might not fit an office dress code, and embroidered tank or blouse is perfect. You can always make them a little more formal for the workplace with a blazer or pencil skirt.


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Monday, 25 June 2018

Accessorising Bags & Winter Office Wear With Printed Skirts

Embracing winter weather and getting my fleecy tights and my knits out for some colourful office outfits. I'm glad I have a business casual dress code at work that lets me be a little more creative with what I wear.

Both these outfits follow the same outfit formula, and despite the different colour schemes in each, I kept the same fun accessory on my bag. The silk 'scarf' tied in a bow on the Regan handle is actually a belt from the skirt in the first photo.

What I wore:

blue green adn yellow colourful winter business casual office outfit scarf on bag | awayfromblue

matching silk skirt and scarf tied in bow on Rebecca Minkoff Regan bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram green gold navy blue outfit winter colourful office wear accessorising bag
JacketJeanswest Monica Mac coat in Indigo
NecklaceStarfish Project Hannah turquoise bead necklace
Top: Valleygirl blue knit jumper
SkirtFrench Connection silk leaf print skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs black logo plaque ballet flats
BagRebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel Tote in moon

Why I wore it:

This skirt is silk, so it's quite light, but with a pair of fleece lined tights it was perfect for a cold morning. I wasn't sure what to do with the silk belt that comes with this skirt at first, then I realised I could just use it to accessorise my bag! (Video showing more ways you can accessorise your bags below.)

After trying it in pregnancy, I've been embracing green and blue together a lot more so I thought that this cobalt marle knit would work nicely with the green and yellow in this skirt. I wasn't too sure about the combo after first trying it on, but grabbing this green beaded necklace really tied it together for me and I loved this outfit combo. It did feel a bit matchy matchy, blue knit, coat and bag, with green skirt, bow on bag and necklace, but I do like a little matchy matchy!


Last worn: navy macintosh, blue marle knit, silk skirt, Marc Jacobs ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff Regan bag.

Other ways to wearnavy macintosh and wrap dress, blue marle knit with magenta bag, silk skirt and teal henley, Marc Jacobs ballet flats and printed shorts, Rebecca Minkoff Regan bag and navy top.

Perfect for pregnancyblue marle knit in first trimester, silk skirt in second trimester.


Six Easy Ways To Accessorise Your Bags:







What I wore:

trench coat monochrome mustard outfit thin knit jumper pleated printed skirt navy bag | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff Regan satchel moon navy with silk scarf tied as bow on handle | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue instagram | trench coat monochrome mustard outfit with navy regan bag
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
Necklace: Kmart Gold and Navy beaded necklace (recent purchase)
Top: thrifted SES fashions mustard marle knit jumper (recent purchase)
Skirt: Garfunkle Australia pleated print skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel Tote in moon

Why I wore it:

As I usually do, copying the outfit formula I enjoyed so much from the first outfit to create this second one. I kept things a little more monochromatic this time around, with all of the yellow. I debated changing out the silk bow on the Regan bag but I think the yellow in the leaf print worked nicely with the yellow in this skirt.

Just like the outfit above, this marle knit is a thrift find too, only $1! It's actually a really orange-y thread with a few flecks of gold metallic, but with the marle it looks mustard - and if you've read my blog before you'll probably know I've been loving everything mustard. I smiled when I saw this, as I had just been admiring an email from Jeanswest with their new yellow heavy knit collection before I stopped by the opshop. Perfect thing to find! The sleeves are a bit long for my petite self, but at the moment I'm just rolling them up before I can get to the tailor.

The necklace is another new piece - $3 in the Kmart sale! I like statement necklaces like this, and I felt the green and blue went with the yellow in my outfit nicely.


Last worn: trench coat, pleated a-line skirt, Walnut Melbourne flats, Rebecca Minkoff Regan satchel (above). First time I've worn the mustard knit as it's a recent opshop find.

Other ways to wearcamel trench coat and burgundy pants, pleated a-line skirt and navy tank, Walnut Melbourne flats and shorts, Rebecca Minkoff Regan satchel and wrap dress.

Perfect for pregnancy: trench coat in first trimester, pleated a-line skirt in second trimester, Walnut Melbourne flats and wrap dress.


Marle Knits Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:


While thin open knits like these jumpers might be a spring or autumn staple in other parts of the world, they are perfect for Brisbane winters. A cosy knit isn't just a weekend option, you can easily dress them up a little for a business casual office with a pretty skirt. A statement necklace makes the look a little more formal as well, or you could always add heels, a blazer, and swap to a pencil skirt to dress it up even more.


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Monday, 18 September 2017

Printed Blouses and Black Pencil Skirts: Cold Weather Office Wear

I try to get the most out of my wardrobe by wearing summer pieces year-round and making things work as both office wear and stay at home mum style. There are a few pieces I keep strictly for work wear though.

Both printed tops I'm wearing below were packed away when I outgrew them in pregnancy and left aside while I was on maternity leave. It's been good to unbox them again now I'm back in the office! Printed tops pair so nicely with black pencil skirts.

What I wore:

navy ruffled printed blouse with black pencil skirt colourful accessories winter office outfit | AwayFromBlue

navy trench, Balenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag | AwayFromTheBlue

awayfromblue colourful witner office otufit polka dot ruffle blouse purple bag yellow necklace
JacketJeanswest Monica Mac coat in Indigo
NecklaceStarfish Project Veronica short yellow multi strand necklace
BlouseJeanswest 'Ricky' ruffle front top in midnight
SkirtJeanswest zip detail ponte pencil skirt
ShoesRMK Chester black ankle boots
BagBalenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag

Why I wore it:

While I'd been going without tights in the mornings, the not quite spring weather didn't hang around long so it was a bit chilly this morning, back to tights and ankle boots. Despite it being a very cold morning, I still wanted a cheerful and colourful outfit.

With the navy polka dot top and the purple bag, the outfit was already colourful, but I thought I'd add the yellow statement necklace for a finishing touch. I really liked this outfit combination. Nothing like a bit of colour to cheer you up on a cold morning!


Last worn: navy macintosh, polka dot ruffle top, black zip detail pencil skirt, black ankle boots, purple Balenciaga work bag.

Other ways to wearnavy macintosh and chambray dress, polka dot ruffle top and red jeans, black zip detail pencil skirt over a dress, ankle boots and little black dress, purple Balenciaga work bag and textured pencil skirt.

Perfect for pregnancy: ruffle top hiding an early baby bump, pencil skirt in first trimester, ankle boots in second trimester.



Printed Blouses Under $50:







What I wore:

trench coat, printed blouse black pencil skirt purple balenciaga work bag | Away From Blue

Trench coat, pencil skirt, Balenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag | Away From The Blue

awayfromblue instagram trench coat printed blouse black ponte pencil skirt purple bag
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
NecklaceRoie Designs pearl and antique gold long necklace
Top: Target ruffle sleeve dog print blouse
SkirtJeanswest black ponte pencil skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs logo plaque flats in camel
BagBalenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag

Why I wore it:

I always have a hard time remembering the differences between these two black pencil skirts when I write blog posts! The one above has an exposed zipper detail on the back, and this one here has elastic panels displayed at the waist but it's hidden under the trench coat. Despite these minor differences they do look identical - but with so many printed tops in my wardrobe a couple of black pencil skirts are a necessity for easy office outfits.

This dachshund print top was an impulse Target buy a few years ago. It didn't get worn an awful lot when I first got it as I found the stitched on waist belt a bit limiting with how I could wear it. A comment from Sheila on her blog about how she removed a similar belt gave me the idea to take the belt off. Removing the stitching and the belt was my first ever DIY attempt with a top, and I love how it makes this top a lot more wearable.

The purple in the print made this purple Balenciaga work bag an easy accessory to pair with it!


Last worn: camel trench, dachshund print top, ponte pencil skirt, camel ballet flats, Balenciaga purple work bag (above).

Other ways to wearcamel trench and skinny jeans, dachshund print top and red jeans, ponte pencil skirt in summer, camel ballet flats and skinny jeans, Balenciaga purple work bag and blue dress.

Perfect for pregnancy: camel trench in the first trimester, dachshund print top hiding a second trimester bump, ballet flats in third trimester.



Black Pencil Skirts Under $50:







How You Can Wear It:



A black pencil skirt is an easy base for an office outfit. You can add some colour and fun with a printed top, and go a step further with colourful statement accessories too like in the first outfit. Not all printed outfits need to be overly colourful, sometimes keeping things simple and picking one colour from the print to wear in your accessories too works as well like in the second outfit. A black pencil skirt is one of those must-have pieces in your office wardrobe.


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