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Showing posts with label trench coat. Show all posts

Friday, 6 September 2019

30 Ways To Wear a Classic Camel Trench Coat #30wears Challenge

For this month's 30 wears challenge I'm sharing another wardrobe classic, my camel trench coat. It's a must have piece for the cooler weather!

Each month I look through the blog archives and find something I've worn 30 times or more to create this wrap up post showing you 30 ways you can wear a similar piece from your own wardrobe. Inspired by the 30 wears challenge I heard about in The True Cost documentary. It's a challenge to slow your shopping by ensuring each piece you buy will be worn 30 times or more and to reduce the environmental impact of fashion.


30 Ways To Wear: Camel Trench Coat


30 Ways To Wear A Camel Trench Coat | #30wears | away from the blue blog


This trench coat hit 30 wears quite quickly - I don't have a lot of winter coats in my wardrobe so this is worn at least once a week to the office in winter, and on colder spring and autumn days. Unlike in the northern hemisphere where a trench is more of a spring or autumn piece, this cotton twill fully lined trench coat is thick and cosy and perfect for a Brisbane winter!


Cost Per Wear

Worn more than 60 times on the blog I really wish I could remember the price I paid for it to calculate cost per wear. I remember buying it on sale at the outlets when shopping with my mum - it was massively reduced, definitely under $50, as it was out of season and one of the buttons was falling off. I bought it and set it aside for the next winter (after my mum fixed one of the buttons!). I had it before my blog, so more than 8 years ago. Given that I've had it more than 8 years and worn it faithfully every winter, I'm sure it's less than the '$1 per wear' figure most people aim for to get value for money. I'm really pleased with this purchase and don't see me getting rid of this coat any time soon!

Everyone needs a classic camel trench in their wardrobe, and this post covers just some ways you can wear it!


30 Ways To Wear A Camel Trench: Video Style






Camel Trench Coat With Burgundy


camel trench coat worn with burgundy in 6 different ways to wear | away from blue

You'll see a few go-to colour combinations come up in this post! While camel is a great neutral and goes with every colour in my wardrobe, there are a few colour combinations I repeatedly try with this trench. Burgundy is one of them. While I love my burgundy pants with the camel coat, I do like other burgundy pieces like a scarf or dress.



Tench Coat with Monochrome Black Outfits


adding a cmael trench coat to a monochrome black outfit 6 ways to wear | awayfromblue

Black and camel is another frequently worn combination. While I have added in some other colours to these outfits with accessories, the outfits themselves are monochrome black. Classic little black dresses or a black top and pencil skirt together, a camel trench coat is a great topper with a monochromatic black outfit.


Camel Trench Coat and Jeans


ways to wear camel trench coat and jeans  | awayfromtheblue

While I wear my camel trench coat frequently to the office with more formal outfits, it also looks great worn more casually with jeans. You can see a couple of the outfits here are older ones as I last wore blue jeans 2 years ago! Any colour of denim looks great with this neutral camel trench coat though.


Trench Coat and Printed Outfits



Of course, being a classic neutral shade, a camel trench coat works with all kinds of printed outfits. it's the perfect neutral topper to a colourful print mixing outfit, or an easy choice with a printed dress!


Camel Trench Coat and Sheath Dresses


camel trench coat and sheath dresses office outfit ideas | away from blue

I love a good sheath dress for the office, but all the ones I have are short sleeved or sleeveless. This trench coat is great topper for cooler weather, it keeps me warm and works perfectly with the prints on the dresses, no matter how bold they are! Just like with the other printed outfit options above. A sheath dress and a trench coat is staple formal office style.


Trench Coat and Pencil Skirts


4 ways to wear a trench coat with pencil skirts office outfit ideas | away from the blue

Another work outfit option, a pencil skirt pairs equally as well with a trench coat as the dresses above. You can go with a classic black one, or have a little more fun with colourful printed or textured pencil skirts. It's the best neutral outfit topper no matter what skirt you wear. This trench coat really does go with everything!



Where To Buy A Camel Trench Coat Under $50:





More Outfit Ideas:


For more outfit inspiration and ideas, you can view all the 60+ ways I've worn this trench in my blog archives, or browse the complete 30 wears series.

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Monday, 29 July 2019

Weekday Wear Linkup: Neutral Dresses, Colourful Scarves and Mulberry Heritage Bayswater Bag

Simple winter workwear for today's Weekday Wear Linkup, adding colour to neutral dresses for the office with bright animal print scarves.

What I wore:

little black dress winter layers neon leopard print scarf tan accessories mulberry heritage bayswater trench coat | awayfromblue

Mulberry heritage Bayswater in Oak NVT leather with leopard print scarf | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram | neon leopard print scarf with little black dress trench coat Mulberry bayswater bag for office winter
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat
ScarfSupre neon pink leopard print scarf
EarringsJeanswest Evy dangly earring
DressJeanswest tucked ponte black dress
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs logo plaque flats in camel
BagMulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather (cheaper second hand)

Why I wore it:

This scarf is such a fun statement piece, a classic little black dress is the perfect outfit to let it shine! An impulse $5 sale buy 5 years ago, it's only gotten 8 wears so far but I love it every time I wear it!

The fit and flare dress is sleeveless, so I did my trick of wearing a tee underneath it, but it was much too cold to consider going coat-less for the photos in the morning! You're only missing a plain grey long sleeved tee I wore under the dress. With the bright scarf being such a focal piece I kept everything else in my outfit neutral with the tan ballet flats and Mulberry Bayswater bag.


Last worn: camel trench, neon leopard print scarf, dangly earrings, fit and flare dress, Marc Jacobs ballet flats, Mulberry Bayswater.

Other ways to wearcamel trench and skinny jeans, neon leopard print scarf with grey, fit and flare dress in spring, Marc Jacobs ballet flats and wrap dress, Mulberry Bayswater and pencil skirt.

Perfect for pregnancycamel trench in first trimester, neon leopard print scarf in first trimester, fit and flare dress in second trimester, Marc Jacobs ballet flats in third trimester, Mulberry Bayswater in third trimester.


Wear And Tear: Mulberry Bayswater










What I wore:

navy macintosh with grey asos skater dress pop of colour red sheep print scarf | away from blue

Mulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram navy macintosh grey skater dress mulberry bayswater bag pop of colour red animal sheep print scarf
JacketJeanswest Monica Mac coat in Indigo
Scarf: red sheep print Fashion Scarf Girl scarf (similar)
DressAsos grey skater dress
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats
BagMulberry Bayswater in Oak NVT leather (cheaper second hand)

Why I wore it:

A different kind of animal print scarf, featuring the actual animal! This adorably cute scarf was a Christmas gift from my sister and I love the way the red pops against the grey skater dress and the navy macintosh jacket. It's not the first time I've worn this dress with a red scarf, I really like the combination!

As with the outfit above, I let the scarf make the statement and paired the outfit with my classic, go with anything little black ballet flats and Mulberry oak Bayswater tote bag.


Last worn: navy macintosh, sheep print scarf, grey skater dress, black ballet flats, Mulberry bayswater (above).

Other ways to wearnavy macintosh, sheep print scarf and printed dress, grey skater dress in Disneyland, black ballet flats and jeans, Mulberry bayswater and chambray dress.

Perfect for pregnancygrey skater dress in second trimester, black ballet flats in third trimester, Mulberry Bayswater in second trimester.



Animal Print Scarves Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A brightly coloured scarf is a great way to accessorise a classic dress. Changing the scarf makes a little black (or grey!) dress look new each time you wear it. It's a fun and affordable way to accessorise in winter.




Weekday Wear Linkup #29


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

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2. Link back to this post so others can find the link up.
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4. Add up to two posts and be sure to visit and comment on as many other posts as possible to get some weekday outfit inspiration!
Optional: tweet the post you linked up with the hashtag #weekdayWearLinkUp so I can retweet!



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Monday, 17 June 2019

Grey Skater Dress Layered 2 Different Ways & Weekday Wear Linkup!

This little grey dress is one I frequently pass over for more 'interesting' pieces in my wardrobe at home, but I packed it as I know it goes with everything! I'm wearing it below with my striped duster but some very different outfits - spring in Scotland brought a couple of warmer days in the middle of all the freezing weather!

What I wore:

grey skater dress converse striped duster royal mile red phone boxes Edinburgh may spring | awayfromblue

striped duster with leggings grey skater dress Louis Vuitton speedy converse spring edinburgh cherry blossom

awayfromtheblue Instagram grey skater dress layered for warm day in greyfriars kirkyard
JacketKmart striped maxi cardigan
Earrings: gold pendant chandelier earrings
NecklaceTiffany diamonds by the yard necklace
DressAsos grey skater dress
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

This was actually a really warm day! Not warm enough for me to go completely bare-armed (this grey skater dress has short sleeves), but warm enough to not need a scarf or thick jacket. I actually began to wonder if I made a mistake packing just scarves and no statement necklaces in my travel wardrobe! I settled with statement earrings instead, I thought the gold was a nice detail against the plain grey dress.

Casual and comfortable for a day exploring Edinburgh - walking up and down the Royal Mile, buying some souvineers, and then visiting Greyfriar's Bobby and Greyfriar's Kirkyard. It's where JK Rowling got a lot of names for Harry Potter - Tom Riddle is buried there. I got to get some photos under the cherry blossom trees I was so admiring, and felt like a proper blogger after doing so (especially as we had to stand in a line to wait for our turn under the trees!).




Last worn: striped duster, chandelier earrings, Tiffany necklacegrey skater dress, Converse, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere.

Other ways to wearstriped duster for travel, grey skater dress an colourful accessories, Converse and jeans, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere at Disneyland.

Perfect for pregnancystriped duster in first trimester, grey skater dress in second trimester, Converse in second trimester, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere in third trimester.


What I Packed: International Flight With Kids




Sharing what I packed inside the Trunki suitcases for the boys on our international flights from Australia to Europe.




What I wore:

trench coat, scarf and cardigan with skater dress, ankle boots, louis vuitton speedy b bag brunch | away from the blue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | cold weather brunch outfit layering dress for winter
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat and Kmart striped maxi cardigan underneath
Scarf: Mickey Mouse printed scarf from Disneyland Paris
DressAsos grey skater dress
Shoes: RMK Chester black ankle boots
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

Not the first time I've layered this striped duster under my trench coat! With the grey skater dress being short sleeved, I didn't realise how cold my arms would get even under my winter trench coat! And extra layer was needed so this striped duster was worn again, but with a big cosy scarf, completely lined trench coat and ankle boots!

I wore this out for brunch the morning of the wedding.


Last worn: trench coat, Mickey Mouse scarf, striped duster (above), grey skater dress (above), ankle boots, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere (above).

Other ways to weartrench coat and pencil skirt, Mickey Mouse scarf and printed dress, striped duster and jeans, grey skater dress at Disneyland, 30 ways to wear black ankle boots, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere and shorts.

Perfect for pregnancycamel trench in first trimester, striped duster in second trimester, grey skater dress in second trimester, ankle boots in second trimester, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere in third trimester.


Skater Dresses Under $50:



How You Can Wear It:

A skater dress is a wardrobe staple - and it works in any weather! It's easy to wear simply on it's own, or by adding extra colour and print with other layers like coats, dusters and scarves.



Weekday Wear Linkup #23


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

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2. Link back to this post so others can find the link up.
3. Follow your host Away From The Blue on BloglovinInstagramTwitterFacebook or YouTube.
4. Add up to two posts and be sure to visit and comment on as many other posts as possible to get some weekday outfit inspiration!
Optional: tweet the post you linked up with the hashtag #weekdayWearLinkUp so I can retweet!





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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Olive and Grey Worn Two Ways: Skinny Jeans and Marle Knit

I thrifted this grey knit for $1 before our trip and thought it would be wonderful to bring along to keep me warm - it was certainly much too hot for the synthetic fibres in Brisbane's hot start to autumn. The time I did wear it, I wore it with my trusty olive skinny jeans. Despite having the same outfit base, olive jeans, grey knit and Converse, I changed up the scarves and outerwear to try keep the outfits different.

What I wore:

Hike up Swanston pentland Hills outfit spring trench coat olive jeans Converse  gorse Whin bushes | awayfromblue

awayfromtheblue Instagram | meeting a Highland Cow at Swanston olive skinny jeans grey knit outfit
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
Scarf: Mickey Mouse printed scarf from Disneyland Paris
Knit: Thrifted Spirit grey marle jumper
JeansJeanswest Vicki skinny pant in moss green
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

Wore this for our hike in the Pentlands. We were on a mission to see a Highland Cow or two but I had to stop and take a photo with the beautiful gorse / Whin bushes halfway up the hill. Despite it threatening rain and taking two toddlers along on a 'quiet' hike to see some wild cows, we did it! I was so thrilled to find some of the herd over another crest, just after the toddlers had given up. I came back to where they were sitting having a rest and we all walked up to see these beautiful cows in person.

While the boys I kept at a safer distance, I inched closer and closer for a quick pic. My confidence levels helped greatly by the fact that the cow had seem completely disinterested in us since we saw her, and her lack of horns!

After admiring the herd and the views a bit more we headed back down the hill before the rain, to enjoy lunch at Swanston Brasserie, another place I recommend if you're in Edinburgh. The hike up the hills works up an appetite!


Last worn: camel trench, Mickey Mouse scarf, olive skinny jeans, Converse, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere. First time I've worn the knit on the blog as I thrifted it for this trip back in January.

Other ways to wearcamel trench in the office, Mickey Mouse scarf with navy dress, olive skinny jeans and striped tank, Converse in the snow, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere in Disneyland.

Perfect for pregnancyConverse in second trimester, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere in third trimester.


What's In My Bag: Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere







What I wore:

falkirk kelpies Sightseeing outfit Scotaldn in May olive skinny jeans leather jacket grey knit cobalt scarf | away from blue

awayfromblue Instagram | falkirk Kelpies sightseeing outfit grey knit skinny jeans Louis Vuitton scarf and speedy bag
JacketJeanswest black leather moto jacket
ScarfLouis Vuitton monogram shawl in bleu
Knit: Thrifted Spirit grey marle jumper
JeansJeanswest Vicki skinny pant in moss green
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

No wild animals this time - although we did see some statues of them! 😂 We went for a drive out to the Kelpies at Falkirk. These beautiful statues are so very large and beautiful to see in person. We had a little ice cream then headed to the large playground to have a picnic. Which had seemed like a lovely idea the day before but I admit it was a bit windy out there in the open! Thankfully the boys were running around and having so much fun they didn't notice the cold, and I was grateful I'd packed this slightly larger leather jacket to wear as even with the grey knit underneath I was able to zip this up and stay a little warmer.

My cobalt blue Louis Vuitton scarf was a nice pop of colour with the neutral grey and olive, and helped keep me warm too being a wool blend!


Last worn: leather moto jacket, Louis Vuitton scarf, grey knit (above), olive skinny jeans (above), Converse (above), Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere (above).

Other ways to wearleather moto jacket and maxi skirt, Louis Vuitton scarf worn as a shawl, olive skinny jeans in the office, Converse and mustard dress, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere for travel.

Perfect for pregnancyConverse in third trimester, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere in second trimester.



Olive Jeans Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

Even if you're not living out of a suitcase, you can easily repeat an outfit combo you love and change it up slightly next time by picking different accessories or outerwear. Two neutrals like grey and olive work well together and you can add colourful scarves, different jackets, or even different necklaces or bags to change the outfit up each time you wear it.


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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, 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.


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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.


Linking up with Modest Monday, Trend Spin, Turning Heads, Confident Twosday.


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