Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Corporate Style: Chloe Paddington Bag and Wrap Dresses for The Second Trimester Baby Bump

Before I bought my first ever designer handbag, I'd spent ages researching and reading up on it and struck up quite a few online friendships. One of my friends, @jessicaval, had recently been talking about Chloe Paddingtons again, and we all decided to get out our old favourites and carry them for an informal #internationalPaddingtonWeek. I only managed two days as I figured a heavy bag with a padlock wasn't best for a day at home with a toddler, but it was perfect for taking to the office. It reminded my why I love and keep this bag, even if I don't wear it often, there are so many happy memories attached.

What I wore:

Away From Blue | Second Trimester Office Wear floral wrap dress Chloe paddington

AwayFromTheBlue | Chloe brun Paddington black dress brown bag
SunglassesRayban new Wayfarers (on sale!)
NecklaceTai gold alphabet necklace
TankJeanswest brown marle singlet
DressJeanswest floral wrap dress
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats
Bracelets: the usual plus Ferragamo double wrap bracelet
BagChloe Paddington in 2007 Brun

Why I wore it:

I'd only worn this dress two weeks ago, but really wanted to wear it again as I remembered I couldn't wear it after my second trimester in my last pregnancy as it was getting a bit tricky to wrap all the way around the bump. I'm glad I could give it one last wear before the baby arrives.

Picked gold flats to match the gold padlock on my Chloe Paddington. Can't believe it's been a year since I last wore it!


Last worn: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, brown marle tank, Jeanswest wrap dress, gold mouse flats, Chloe Paddington bag.

Other ways to wearbrown marle tank and a maxi skirt, wrap dress layered up for winter, gold mouse flats and flares, Chloe Paddington bag and a vintage pencil skirt.


Shop more Chloe Paddington bags:




Note: If you're ever looking for a Chloe Paddington I'd suggest not paying retail and instead buying second hand from somewhere that guarantees authenticity like Fashionphile, or Vestiaire Collective  that authenticates the item after you purchase but before you receive it. I've featured bags from these places above. While ebay has a lot of Paddington bags, many are counterfeit.

What I wore:

Away from Blue | Soon Maternity Printed Wrap Dress Second Trimester Office Wear Chloe Paddington bag

AwayFromTheBlue | Chloe Paddington brun black printed dress brown bag
Dress: Soon Maternity 'Madeline' grey print wrap dress
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
Bracelets: the usual plus JORD black Fieldcrest wood watch (C/O)
BagChloe Paddington in 2007 Brun

Why I wore it:

Another wrap dress! They are such easy maternity options. this is a special maternity dress that I picked up second hand on ebay in my last pregnancy, and wore it 6 wonderful times. I wished I'd bought it sooner than I did, so I was pleased to be able to pull it out of the 'maternity clothes' bag I'd set aside and start wearing it now in the second trimester.

I'm not looking to buy any more maternity workwear, with the two pencil skirts and this maternity wrap dress from last time I'm pretty set as I'm only in the office twice a week.

I was a little sad to pack my Chloe Paddington bag away after wearing it, although it's not the most practical of bags and I can't use it every day I'm pleased @jessicaval inspired us to get our old bags out again.


I know that there is still a lot of interest in the Chloe Paddington bag as the video review of it is one of the most popular on my channel!




The Chloe Paddington will always be my first handbag 'love' and I'm never going to get rid of this one. What was your first ever handbag splurge? Do you still own and use it?


Last worn: Soon Maternity printed wrap dress, black ballet flats, Chloe Paddington bag (above).

Other ways to wearSoon Maternity wrap dress in the third trimester, black ballet flats and layers, Chloe Paddington bag and skinny jeans.



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68 comments:

  1. I love your Paddington, MIca!!!!!

    SSG xxx

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  2. Wrap dresses really are great for the pregnant belly. I had to give a lecture at a conference last time when I was seven days before my due date, and my wrap dress was the only thing that was appropriate and still fitting!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Wow! Hope your lecture went well! I wore this dress a lot in the third trimester last time too, I'm going to get a lot of wear out of it this time as well.

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  3. Chloe loves padlocks ;)

    http://thewhiteprint.blogspot.com/

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  4. Love this dress! So cute!

    Mary
    www.marymurnane.com

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  5. I remember Paddingtons! They are so cute, I wanted one so badly! Love how you're rocking your wrap dresses while pregnant, they're such a great option!

    Annessa
    www.seekingsunshine.com

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    1. They were really hard to find in the beginning of the craze. They're everywhere now though, haha!

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  6. Beautiful! :)

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts
    Follow me! // Instagram // Twitter // Facebook // Snapchat: katherineannika

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  7. What a gorgeous bag!! Although I just won't use bags that are too heavy, so I know that padlock would be a problem for me. I love the pattern on your second wrap dress too!

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    1. Yes I forgot just how heavy the bag is! Although I guess with carrying a toddler it's not as bad as it used to be, haha!

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  8. I love both of these dresses, such great prints! And that bag is so fun! My first designer bag was Marc by Marc Jacobs (Not sure if that counts since it's his "cheaper" brand, but whatever)
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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    1. Definitely counts! :) I really like Marc by Marc Jacobs bags too, I have a couple, but because they are hard to find here I haven't bought many more, as I'd really like to try on some styles before I decide on adding more!

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  9. This is a great outfit! I love your little bump, how fun and exciting.

    XO Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com

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  10. Wrap dresses look lovely with your bump! I was a huge fan of that first dress when you wore it for your frocktober challenge! Nice to see you get one last wear out of it! (:

    I think those gold flats should make it on the blog more often, they are super cute! I love matching my shoes to my accessories. Such an easy detail lots of people overlook.

    This bag looks so heavy! haha. Glad you have so many memories attached to it though. I have similar things that no matter what, I couldn't part with because I can remember where I wore them and who I was with. (:

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    1. Yes, the problem of attaching emotions to clothes and accessories is why my wardrobe is overflowing, as I can't part with any of it, haha! It's nice to have happy memories when you wear things :)

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  11. You know that Paddington lock bag is also one of my earlier obsession with designer handbag! I love a good old vintage like Chloe! Have you found out the gender of the second baby yet :)

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    1. The vintage Chloes are the best Chloes! I miss a few of mine that I sold too....but this one I'm glad I kept!

      Will find out when the baby is born :)

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  12. those wrap dresses are lovely on you!

    Have a great day!
    Animated Confessions

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  13. Wrap dresses are so comfy and easy to wear, I wear them quite a lot in summer :) These dresses look great on you.

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. They are perfect for looking stylish in the heat!

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  14. I love those dresses, so cute!

    Lexie
    http://www.thegenesisfeminist.com

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  15. I love your grey wrap dress!! So flattering. Of course your bag is Lovely. I can't carry heavy bags, but if I could that would be my choice😘
    Jessxx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Yep it's not for everyone, definitely the heaviest bag I own!

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  16. That is a huge lock on that bag!! ahahaha. Don't we all remember special handbags? My first more upscale bag wasn't even close to designer (they retail for like $60-80) but I was so excited about it! I carried it everywhere for two years. Then two years later, got another, and two years after that, got another. Only recently did I inherit my MK bag from my mom. There is just such a difference in quality! I'm jealous of your bare legs and arms. I would even just be happy for weather warm enough to wear flats instead of boots!

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    1. Yes I think as accessories like handbags last so long we all have one or two that have great memories attached! :)

      I'm sure I'll be jealous of your heat when winter rolls around for us!

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  17. I swear you always have the most comfortable looking dresses! I love both of them but the wrap in the second one really adds to the dress itself.

    TFM BLOG

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    1. Dresses are the comfiest regardless I think! :)

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  18. What a great summer look! Love the print on your dress!
    Fashion Soup

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  19. You look fabulous! Love the wrap dresses on you and that bag! :)

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  20. LOVE YOUR EASY-BREEZY AND OH-SO-COZY CORPORATE STYLE. Both wrap dresses are so nice and show off your bump. That Chloe Paddington is to die for. Enjoy it, Mica!

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  21. That bag is fabulous! So glad you held on to it! You look amazing in your wrap dress!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. I'm glad I held onto it too, a little piece of history!

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  22. You look fantastic!
    http://www.silkypearl.com/

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  23. Wow, that padlock certainly makes a statement! Can you use it to actually lock up the contents of the bag?
    Love the wrap dress, I can see why they would be a go-to, so comfy and flattering!
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    1. haha yes you can! It's fully functioning so you can lock and unlock it and use it to lock up the bag :)

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  24. The wrap dresses have worked wonderful - and I am all for the Paddington bag- I had never seen this style even though apparently it's been around for a while.

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    1. It is an older style, 2005 was the year it first came out, and I think they've stopped making it now...but it will always be a classic to me :)

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  25. Love that bag! It's a classic! I get sentimental about my first 'splurge' purchases too. You look adorable in your wrap dresses!

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    1. It's nice to be able to still have and enjoy our little splurges! :)

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  26. I've never seen this bag. How neat! You're right, perfect for the office.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. It's an older style, from 2005, and I don't think they make it any more, but it was huge for a while! :)

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  27. Both of these wrap dresses are beautiful on you. I love the patterns on them!

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

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  28. I like it!!!!

    Have a nice evening!
    Angela Donava
    http://www.lookbooks.fr/

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  29. I love these dresses and you look way too adorable :)

    Florals&Smiles

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  30. This is reminding me that I'd really like to get a wrap dress, they're so cute and flattering (even on baby bumps!). Love both of these and that bag is gorgeous, although I can see how it would be inconvenient for stay at home days.

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    1. Yep definitely not the easiest bag when you're wrangling a toddler! But nice for the office :) And I agree, wrap dresses look great on everyone IMHO :)

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  31. Loving these elegant looks, dear! <3 And you always pick the most stylish handbags. :) <3

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.blogspot.co.uk/

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  32. Love both of those dresses!!!
    xoxo
    Brooke|LookBrooke

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  33. Awww, just look at your cute belly!! Another 2 curve hugging dresses, Mica. I'm also loving both of them. I would choose that first one for the daytime and that second one for a date with the hubby. :)

    xoxo Ira
    JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

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    1. Oh the second one would be great for a date night! I'll keep that in mind thank you! :)

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  34. Wrap dresses are my go to options any time! I love how beautiful they feel on and how they hug all the curves. You look gorgeous in both..but the lock on that Chloe though... :O

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    1. haha it has some serious hardware! :)

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  35. The dress is amazing on you and love that bag so much :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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  36. what cute wrap dresses! you look so lovely!


    kelseybang.com

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  37. I actually just got a vintage Paddington bag! I was worried that the bag would be too heavy, but it's been great so far. I loved how you styled it! You look fabulous in wrap dresses!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

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    1. Oh awesome! It's a great bag and you can get them at much better prices now than what they retailed for when they first came out! Enjoy yours! :)

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  38. That wrap dress is so beautiful! You're so radiant and beautiful in these pictures!

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Etsy

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  39. What a wonderful bag - and I love your dresses as well

    Rebecca

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  40. Thank you all for your lovely comments :)

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  41. The Chloe Paddington is beautiful! ON black Friday, I almost bought a second hand Chanel but totally chickened out. I know a lot of people buy high end designer bags used but I am so scared I would be duped and still spend thousands of dollar.s

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Better to be safe than sorry! I buy second hand from online consignment stores that have authentication guarantees. I think the peace of mind is worth it, you never know what you're getting from other places! I linked a few places that guarantee authenticity in my post :)

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  42. Both wrap dresses are so pretty, I love the patterns. I love how they look smart yet comfy! The Paddington is beautiful but that's quite some hardware..!

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  43. The chicest pregnant lady ever!

    Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  44. I just got into the wrap dress hype. I averted it before thinking it looked matronly, but I was dead wrong. You looked amazing on both dresses!

    xo,
    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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  45. Both dresses look so beautiful on you! I love wrap dresses.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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