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Monday, 23 April 2018

What I Wore To a YouTube Creator Day (And To The Office): Printed Tanks And Pencil Skirts

It's taken me a while to share these office outfits, worn back in March! I wanted to wait until I'd edited the video of the Brisbane YouTube Creator day I went to so you could see what I got up to. It was a lot of fun!

What I wore:

what I wore to Youtube Creator Day Brisbane March 2018 office pencil skirt printed tank purple bag | awayfromblue

Balenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram purple Balenciaga work bag boucle blazer printed tank pencils skirt YouTube Creator Day
Necklace: Uniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
TankJeanswest Elissa leaf print tank
SkirtJeanswest zip detail ponte pencil skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats (on sale in black!)
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagBalenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag

Why I wore it:

I was so extremely nervous for this day. Excited too, but mostly nervous! I had been talking a lot on Twitter about it, trying to figure out how things would go. My outfit was full of classic pieces picked to make me feel good. I love this boucle jacket and it helps me feel pulled together. The printed tank, a gift from my mum, is quickly becoming a favourite. A pencil skirt as it's a classic office piece. I did consider bringing jeans or maybe another skirt to change into after, but already my bag was pretty full. I'm glad I kept it simple and wore the same outfit to work and the Creator Day.

You can see in the video that my bag is really full! I picked this one as it's a beautiful colour and coming from my bestie's wardrobe, gives me a little boost of confidence. Plus it fit everything I needed so elegantly. Even if I did end up leaving it on the table at the Creator Day and blocking Eve's view a bit! Sorry Eve! She made a great video recapping her experience there.

The Creator Day was so fun! I learned a lot, took tons of notes, and as you can see from the video, had a blast catching up with some of the YouTube friends I've made this year. It's so strange walking into a room and feeling like you know people, even though you've only known them from their YouTube videos! You can see more in the video below.


Last worn: boucle blazer, leaf print tank, black pencil skirt, gold mouse flats, Balenciaga purple work bag.

Other ways to wearboucle blazer and jeans, leaf print tank worn two ways, black pencil skirt and plaid shirt, gold mouse flats and sheath dress, Balenciaga purple work bag and black dress.

Perfect for pregnancyboucle blazer in third trimester, black pencil skirt in first trimester, gold mouse flats in third trimester.


Brisbane YouTube Creator Day March 2018: How To Win On YouTube!



The video goes into more detail about what I wore, what was in my bag, and shows you some of the fun people I met and things I learned!




What I wore:

polka dot ruffle tank hersey blazer pencil skirt navy and purple autumn work outfit | away from blue

navy polka dot tank, Balenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram jersey blazer cream with grey pencil skirt navy ruffle tank balenciaga work bag
JacketZara cream jersey blazer
Necklace: statement silver plate necklace
TankJeanswest 'Ricky' ruffle front top in midnight
SkirtAsos tailored tab front pencil skirt in grey
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagBalenciaga raisin purple 2009 giant silver G21 hardware work bag

Why I wore it:

Despite this outfit following the same outfit formula as the one above, I didn't like it as much. I think the grey pencil skirt and cream blazer didn't look as good together as the black jacket and skirt in the outfit above, I did enjoy wearing this ruffle polka dot print blouse again though! It's been a while between wears. It is strictly a work only piece for me, it feels a bit fancy for stay at home mum days and it's not breastfeeding friendly.

I do like the navy top with the purple Balenciaga work bag though, and I've worn them together before. While I wasn't a fan of all of these pieces together, I like them enough separately so they are all staying in my wardrobe.


Last worn: cream blazer, ruffle print blouse, grey pencil skirt, metallic ballet flats, Balenciaga work bag (above).

Other ways to wear: cream blazer and printed dressruffle print tank and red jeans, grey pencil skirt and floral cami, metallic ballet flats and swing dress, Balenciaga work bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancy: cream blazer in second trimesterruffle print tank in second trimester, grey pencil skirt in second trimester, metallic flats in third trimester.



More Printed Tanks Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

Printed tanks are a fun addition to an office outfit, especially if paired with more corporate pieces like pencil skirts and blazers. It's a good way to add some colour if your suit separates are neutral, but you don't have to draw the line there. A colourful bag like this purple Balenciaga tote is another way to add something bright and cheerful to your work wardrobe.


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Monday, 16 April 2018

Rebecca Minkoff Regan With A-Line Printed Skirts and Black Blouson Tanks For The Office

When I'm not sure what to wear with a printed piece, I'll pick out a colour from the print itself and wear that with it. That's why I wore black tanks with both of these a-line printed skirts. Add a blazer and a cute bag like the Rebecca Minkoff Regan and it's easy business casual office wear.

What I wore:

boucle blazer, black tank and a line pleated printed skirt with Regan bag: Business casual office outfit | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel Tote in moon | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram boucle jacket black tank pleated printed yellow skirt and necklace, RM regan bag
JacketJeanswest Dixie collarless jacket
NecklaceStarfish Project Veronica short yellow multi strand necklace
TankJeanswest round neck lace detail top
Skirt: Garfunkle Australia pleated print skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs black logo plaque ballet flats
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagRebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel Tote in moon

Why I wore it:

Can't believe it's taken me so long to wear this necklace and skirt together! They are such a good combination. With the black in the print and the black top and jacket, the yellow necklace was a fun way to continue the cheerfulness of the skirt into the rest of my outfit.

I picked the navy Rebecca Minkoff Regan bag to wear with this as I've worn this skirt with navy before. I figured I'd try the same colour combination but with my accessory instead of a navy top. I really liked this outfit, perfect for a day at the office.

It was a busy day though! I usually try get a quick mirror outfit pic to share on my Insta stories like here (in the bathroom at work, classy!) but I didn't get an opportunity on this day. I snapped one on the way home instead.


Last worn: boucle jacket, black tank, printed pleated a-line skirt, black ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff Regan tote.

Other ways to wearboucle jacket and jeans, black tank and shorts, printed pleated a-line skirt and graphic tee, black ballet flats and sheath dress, Rebecca Minkoff Regan tote and monochrome shorts outfit.

Perfect for pregnancyboucle jacket in third trimester, black tank in second trimester, printed pleated a-line skirt in second trimester.



Rebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel Review (And What's In My Bag):




Where To Buy The Rebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel:







What I wore:

cream blazer, black tank and skil skirt with Rebecca Minkoff regan bag" business casual autumn office outfit | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel Tote in moon in crook of arm | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram Rebecca Minkoff regan with printed silk skirt jersey blazer for office
JacketZara cream jersey blazer
Necklace: gifted Swarovski heart pendant
TankJeanswest Brianna basque hem tank
SkirtFrench Connection silk leaf print skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel Tote in moon
Nail PolishOPI Russian Navy

Why I wore it:

I frequently wear this silk skirt with black, it lets the lovely autumnal colours of the leaf print stand out. I thought the cream blazer would be nice with it, with the taupe in the print, but I didn't like the combination as much as I thought I would.

I did like the little blue necklace I added though! It was a gift from my lovely friend, and with the navy bag I thought I should introduce something else navy into my outfit other than my blue nail polish. Usually I'd go for a longer necklace with a plain tank like this, but I liked the shorter one with this.

This day wasn't as busy as the previous day above. It was a little bit of a stressful day with a complex problem at work that required a morning Starbucks run, but we had a big Easter afternoon tea with LOTS of hot cross buns and some chocolate to kick of the Easter long weekend so it turned into a great day. Chocolate is always a mood booster!


Last worn: cream blazer, black blouson tank, silk leaf print skirt, black ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff Regan satchel (above).

Other ways to wearcream blazer and printed dress, black blouson tank and shorts, silk leaf print skirt in summer, black ballet flats and jeans, Rebecca Minkoff Regan satchel and blue shift dress.

Perfect for pregnancycream blazer in first trimester, silk leaf print skirt in second trimester, black ballet flats in third trimester.




Printed A-Line Skirts Under $50:





How You Can Wear It:

If you're in a business casual environment, a knee length a-line skirt is a great option. You can get so many fun prints too, it's a nice way to add a little colour to your work wardrobe. You can keep things simple (and make getting dressed for work faster!) by picking a colour out of the print and wearing a coordinating top. In both these cases, there was some black in the prints, so a nice neutral black tank was a great option with both skirts.



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Monday, 9 April 2018

Balenciaga Pompon With Fit And Flare Dresses For The Office

Colourful handbags make up the majority of my (pretty large!) handbag collection. I just love adding bright accessories to outfits. With these two classic fit and flare dresses that I wore to the office I added my newest handbag, the Balenciaga Pompon bag in murrier. It's a lovely lilac purple that works well with blue, and looks great here with the black and white too.

What I wore:


Black and white Fit and Flare Blazer Office Outfit with pink and purple Accessories, Balenciaga pom pon | awayfromblue

Balenciaga pompon murier 2010 worn in crook of arm with striped dress | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue Instagram black and white striped dress blazer outfit pink necklace purple balenciaga pompon bag
Necklace: pink bead statement necklace
DressJeanswest 'Rita' stripe jersey dress
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagBalenciaga regular Pompon bag in Murier

Why I wore it:

I was so sure that I'd worn this necklace and dress together before! I like wearing statement necklaces against the black and white stripes, it makes the pink in this necklace really pop. Was quite surprised when I sat down to write this post and looked through the blog and realised I haven't actually worn the combination before. I have worn something similar though.

I really liked the pink and purple with this. A neutral outfit is a great base to add colourful accessories too, and pink and purple are so complimentary. The Balenciaga Pompon bag is such a large bag and easily carried everything I need for work. I have a more detailed review of it in the video below.


Last worn: jersey blazer, striped fit and flare dress, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats, Balenciaga Pompon bag.

Other ways to wearjersey blazer and printed skirt, striped fit and flare dress and pink shoes, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats and jeans, Balenciaga Pompon bag and shorts.

Perfect for pregnancy: jersey blazer in third trimester, striped fit and flare dress in second trimester, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats and wrap dress.



Balenciaga Pompon Review and Contents (What's In My Bag Video)




Where To Buy The Balenciaga Pompon:




Although discontinued, you can find the Balenciaga pompon bag on resale sites like the ones above that guarantee authenticity.



What I wore:

jacquard jacket with classic little black dress and lilac purple murier pompon bag | away from blue

JORD COra purpleheart watch with Balenciaga pompon murier bag worn on shoulder | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram lilac purple balenciaga pompon worn on shoulder with little black dress
JacketJeanswest Cassandra jacquard jacket
Necklace: silver ball multi chain long necklace
DressJeanswest tucked ponte black dress
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagBalenciaga regular Pompon bag in Murier

Why I wore it:

Keeping it simpler this time, with just one extra colour in my outfit. Classic little black dress with a textured jacket and neutral silver accessories, so the only touch of colour is the pretty purple Balenciaga pompon bag.

I liked the mix of textures in this outfit, with the jacquard jacket and the ribbed dress. The silver necklace seemed like an obvious choice with the metallic silver thread in the jacket.

The only problem with this is that the jacket has pretty zipper pulls on the sleeves. Looks great, but not ideal for wearing to the office and typing in, it makes such a noise! So I had a cardigan with me and swapped the jacket for a cardigan at my desk.


Last worn: jacquard jacket, ponte fit and flare dress, silver ballet flats, Balenciaga murier pompon bag (above).

Other ways to wearjacquard jacket and jeans, fit and flare dress layered for winter, silver ballet flats and pencil skirt, Balenciaga murier pompon bag and navy tee.

Perfect for pregnancy: jacquard jacket in third trimester, ponte fit and flare dress in second trimester, silver ballet flats in third trimester.




Fit and Flare Dresses Under $50:








How You Can Wear It:


Fit and flare dresses in a neutral colour are a great outfit backdrop for any more colourful accessories you might want to add. With the neutral backdrop, the purple Balenciaga pompon bag really stands out. As you can see from the first outfit, your colourful accessories don't always have to match, sometimes it's fun to wear different colours to add even more brightness to a black and white palette.




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Monday, 26 March 2018

2 Ways To Wear A Dress As A Top: Work And Weekend With Colourful Balenciaga Bags

I love the dresses I have in my wardrobe, but sometimes I like to try different things with them. This dress below is the perfect casual dress, I've worn it to Bondi beach and I love it as a beach cover-up. It's so easy to make the dress work in other ways too though. Below I'm wearing it as a top in two different ways, one for the office and the other for a day of errands.

What I wore:

making a casual dress office appropriate skirt suit pink balenciaga magenta day bag | away from blue

Balenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram office suit separates pencil skirt and dress worn as a top pink bag
Jacketthrifted Zara black blazer
Necklace: silver ball multi chain long necklace
Dress: Zara printed bib front tunic dress (worn as top)
SkirtJeanswest zip detail ponte pencil skirt
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagBalenciaga Day bag in 2005 magenta

Why I wore it:

After a few days signed off sick from work, my voice still wasn't fully back, but I could kind of hold a conversation, so I headed into the office. This was a mistake and I should have stayed home. I ended up getting told to go home by two different bosses. By lunch time I took their advice, called it quits and went home.

While I felt horrible, my outfit was designed to make me feel better, with the colourful and cheerful magenta Balenciaga day bag as a pop of colour with all of the black. The jersey blazer and skirt look a bit 'suit-like' in an attempt to project an air of professionalism with all my coughs and wheezes! Despite having a horrible day and feeling too exhausted to do anything other than order takeaway for dinner, I did like this outfit. It's a shame I wasn't well enough to enjoy it, ha!


Last worn: jersey blazer, printed dress, pencil skirt, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats, Balenciaga magenta day bag.

Other ways to wearjersey blazer and pencil skirt, printed dress and denim jacket, pencil skirt in winter, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats and skinny jeans, Balenciaga magenta day bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancyjersey blazer and maternity pencil skirt, printed dress in second trimester, pencil skirt in first trimester, Walnut Melbourne ballet flats in second trimester, Balenciaga magenta day bag in third trimester.



How To Pick The Balenciaga Bag That's Right For You:







What I wore:

casual dress worn as top tucked into bermuda denim shorts SAHM errand outfit | awayfromblue

Balenciaga regular Pompon bag in Murier | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram Balenciaga regular Pompon bag in Murier, dress worn as top with bermuda denim shorts
Necklace: silver heart long pendant necklace
Dress: Zara printed bib front tunic dress (worn as top)
ShortsJeanswest Trinity Bermuda denim shorts
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
Bag: Balenciaga regular Pompon bag in Murier

Why I wore it:

Feeling much better, I wore the dress again as a top a few days afterwards. Instead of layering a pencil skirt over the top, I just bundled it up and partially tucked it into my denim shorts, which have been on heavy repeat lately. As the weather is getting cooler here in Brisbane, the longer sleeves from the dress worked nicely with the slightly longer length of the bermuda shorts.

Just like the pink Balenciaga day bag above, I picked this Balenciaga Pompon bag for an extra touch of colour with the otherwise monochromatic blue outfit. I have been enjoying using this Balenciaga bag lately, as you may have seen on Instagram.

Added the Converse as it was a bit of a showery day and as much as I love my trusty Havaianas that you'll see in most of my outfit photos, I don't like them in the rain much! The Converse were much easier for running around chasing after the boys as we attempted to achieve multiple things in one morning.


Last worn: printed dress (above), bermuda denim shorts, Converse. First time I've shown the bag on the blog as it's a recent addition to my wardrobe.

Other ways to wearprinted dress in winter, bermuda denim shorts and kimono, Converse and pencil skirt.

Perfect for pregnancyprinted dress in third trimester, Converse for second trimester travel.



Navy Printed Dresses Under $50:







How You Can Wear It:


Try rewear your favourite dress differently by layering and wearing it as a top. For shorter dresses, you can add a pencil skirt over the top to instantly make them a work-appropriate length. If the dress is a light soft fabric like this viscose one, scrunch it up and tuck it into a pair of shorts for a different casual summer look.


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Monday, 5 March 2018

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

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

What I wore:

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

2007 Chloe paddington in brun chocolate brown | awayfromtheblue

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

Why I wore it:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



Chloe Paddington Review and Contents:




(yes, it really is that heavy!)

Where To Buy a Chloe Paddington:




What I wore:

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

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

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


Why I wore it:

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


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

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


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

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

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



Printed Tanks Under $50:








How You Can Wear It:


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

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Monday, 26 February 2018

Basic Tanks To Take You From Work To Weekend With Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere

If you're trying to build a wardrobe that takes you from SAHM duties to a business casual workplace like I am, you need some basics. When I bought these two tanks I knew they would be pieces I'd be able to get a lot of wear from. They are really basic, a little gathering on the back but otherwise just plain and colourful tanks. Simple tops like this are good to wear to the office as well as the other days I'm a SAHM with the boys.


basic tanks to take you from work to weekend | away from the blue personal style blog

What I wore:

casual tank in the office jersey blazer lace pencil skirt with Louis Vuitton speedy bag | away from blue

blue lace pencil skirt and brown louis vuitton damier emebe speedy bandouliere 30 | away from the blue

awayfromblue instagram casual tank for business corporate office lace pencil skirt and blazer
JacketZara cream jersey blazer
NecklaceEye Candy LA 'Sasha' statement necklace
TankJeanswest Maya gather back tank in mid turquoise
SkirtAsos blue textured lace pencil skirt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs metallic mouse flats (on sale in black!)
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

An simple, staple office outfit. Closed in shoes, a bag big enough to carry everything needed for a day at work, blazer and a simple basic tank. Even if the heatwave in Brisbane meant that the blazer was quickly taken off after these pictures and only worn in the office air conditioning! It has been such a hot end to summer.

While I love my printed dresses for work, a variation of this outfit is often worn as I love my pencil skirts. A pencil skirt and blazer can have a casual tank underneath if you're in a business casual workplace like I am, or a dressier blouse or button up shirt for more formal environments.

With a basic top and classic plain blazer, you can add more interest to your office outfit with a fun statement necklace or printed pencil skirt. I love the textured lace on this one.


Last worn: jersey blazer, blue tank, lace pencil skirt, gold mouse flats, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere.

Other ways to wearjersey blazer and printed dress, blue tank and printed shorts, lace pencil skirt in winter, gold mouse flats and wrap dress, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere for travel.

Perfect for pregnancy: cream blazer in second trimester, lace pencil skirt in third trimester, gold mouse flats in second trimester, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere in second trimester.





What I wore:

navy floral cocoon kimono bermuda denim shorts, mustard tank and speedy bandouliere | awayfromblue

Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere | awayfromtheblue

awayfromblue instagram floral cocoon kimono with mustard tank and bermuda denim shorts, speedy bandouliere SAHM style
JacketCotton On 'Gemma' cocoon kimono in Laos blossom navy print
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Feather pendant in peach (C/O)
TankJeanswest Maya gather back tank in chartreuse
ShortsJeanswest Trinity Bermuda denim shorts
Shoesslim gold Havaianas
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

Another super-hot day, at the height of the heatwave. We were spending the morning in aircon so I added the kimono to keep me cosy, and also because I'd been wanting to try the navy floral with the mustard tank. I really like this outfit and felt great in this. I'll probably try this kimono and tank together again soon, I loved the colour combo.

I ended up taking the kimono off in the afternoon though as we ran around on a couple of errands. Even the brief moments between the air conditioned car and building made it too warm for any kind of layer!

Carried my Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere bag again, I needed something fairly indestructible, and this is perfect as it's waterproof and easy to clean.

Since I was spending the day with the boys, I swaped the pretty but not kid friendly statement necklace I wore to the office with this much more kid friendly silicone teething necklace. Easily washable too, just like the Louis Vuitton handbag.


Last worn: floral cocoon kimono, mustard tank, bermuda denim shorts, Havaianas, Louis Vuitton speedy Bandouliere (above).

Other ways to wearfloral cocoon kimono and flared jeans, mustard tank and printed shorts, bermuda denim shorts and button up shirt, Louis Vuitton speedy Bandouliere and colourful jeans.

Perfect for pregnancy: floral kimono in third trimester, speedy bandouliere in second trimester.



Basic Tanks for Work and Weekend Under $50:






How You Can Wear It:


Basics are the best building blocks to have in your wardrobe, especially if you want pieces you can get more wear from. These tanks, while different colours, are the same simple cut and are so easy to dress up or down. With a few tweaks like swapping the fun kimono for a more formal blazer, and the casual denim shorts for a pencil skirt, it's easy to make a casual outfit perfect for the office. If you're on a budget, investing in a few pieces like this makes it easier to get more value from your purchases as you can wear them for different events. You don't have to spend big, both of these tanks were under $20!


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