Showing posts with label coloured jeans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label coloured jeans. Show all posts

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Rainy Spring Style: Printed Layers, Colourful Pants and Neutral V-Neck Tees

Spring weather can be pretty varied in Brisbane, much like it can elsewhere in the world. You go from shorts one day to jeans and layers the next.

I took advantage of one of our spring cold snaps to layer up a little, wearing colourful pants with my neutral tees. One of which is leaving my wardrobe.

What I wore:

rainy day spring style dress worn as a kimono burgundy pants black tee | Away From Blue

Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather | Away From The Blue

awayfromblue instagram printed shirt dress worn as kimono over burgundy pants
JacketAtmos&Here Nigella collarless shirt dress (worn as kimono)
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Feather pendant in peach (C/O)
TeeAtmos&Here rolled sleeve oversize tee in black (also in grey)
PantsJeanswest 'Fiona' skinny leg pant in shiraz
ShoesAsos leather Chelsea boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

It was a wet and windy day when I wore this. It wasn't very nice weather for the public holiday, or for the planned BBQ at the in-laws. Luckily BBQ's can still go on when it rains! Even if you do have to send someone out with an umbrella to do the cooking. 😂

Since I had been wanting to wear a dress, I decided to persist anyway and wear this printed shirt dress as a kimono. It was a nice extra layer against the wind. These burgundy pants are really good for work, but I like to wear them casually too - that's the main reason I bought them actually. They pass easily for skinny jeans, and look really nice cuffed over ankle boots.


Leaving my Wardrobe: Black V-Neck Tee

Unfortunately this is the last wearing of this black tee on the blog. I really like it but it's just not held up very well. It's normally soft and has the perfect drape, however to maintain that it needs a gentle wash and when you wear it around toddlers and babies...everything usually needs more than a gentle wash at the end of the day! It's been tossed in the washing machine for a serious wash too many times and has just stretched out and lost that softness. I was much too uncomfortable constantly pulling it back up and tugging it into place through the day. It's no longer fitting well and has stretched out so I really can't wear it. I usually plan to wear things one last time, and during the day as I constantly readjusted the tee I realised this was its last wear!

I'm sad it hasn't had a longer run in my wardrobe, but I know it was my own neglect that lead to it leaving. It was $17.47 and I wore it 15 times, $1.16 cost per wear. Not bad, but I really wish I could have hit 30 wears on it!


14 ways to wear a black v neck slouchy oversized tee pregnancy postpartum motherhood style | Away From The Blue blog



Last worn: shirt dress, black tee, burgundy pants, Chelsea ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC.

Other ways to wearshirt dress worn two ways, black tee and printed shorts, burgundy pants worn two ways, Chelsea ankle boots and maxi dresses, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC and printed shorts.

Perfect for pregnancy: black tee in third trimester, burgundy pants in second trimester with a belly band, Chelsea ankle boots in second trimester, mini MAC and maternity shorts.



Colourful Pants Under $50:







What I wore:

stripe duster with red skinny jeans, grey tee and Rebecca Minkoff love bag | AwayFromBlue

silver bracelet stack, Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey | AwayFromTheBlue

awayfromblue instagram SAHM style printed layers colourful red skinny jeans grey v-neck tee
Jacket: Kmart striped maxi cardigan
NecklaceJeanswest Taki necklace (C/O)
TeeAtmos&Here grey v-neck tee with rolled sleeves (also in black)
Jeans: thrifted Emerson red skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey

Why I wore it:

Since I liked the outfit above so much, I decided to wear a very similar one on the next cooler spring day. These red jeans are perfect with all of the neutrals, such a nice pop of colour. This striped duster is a good layer for spring - nice and light, not too heavy but keeps the wind at bay. Very comfortable to work from home and do the daycare drop off / pick up.

Unlike the black tee above, this grey tee is faring much better in my wardrobe and will be hanging around for a while. I have 7 grey tees in my wardrobe, a grey tee is a wardrobe must-have for me.


Last worn: stripe duster, slouchy grey tee, red skinny jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag.

Other ways to wearstripe duster and chambray dress, slouchy grey tee and maxi skirt, red skinny jeans and graphic tee, Converse and maxi skirt, Rebecca Minkoff Love and floral dress.

Perfect for pregnancy: stripe duster in second trimester, grey tee for second trimester travel, Converse in second trimester, Love bag in third trimester



Printed Dusters Under $50:









How You Can Wear It:


Colourful jeans or pants are a fun way to add some colour to neutral layers. A printed kimono or duster is another way to add interest to your outfit, and perfect for fluctuating spring temperatures.

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Friday, 6 October 2017

Skinny Jeans, Printed Tops and Colourful Cardigans

Easy spring stay at home mum style for me has quickly become jeans, colourful cardigan and a fun bright bag. It's simple to pull together and I always feel confident in it. No matter how great you feel or think you look though, there are days of motherhood that are far from perfect.

What I wore:

Pink and purple accessories cardigan mini mac with printed tank black skinny jeans spring shopping outfit | AwayFromBlue

neon pink hot Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC cross body bag purple cardi | AwayFromTheBlue

awayfromblue instagram pic printed tank nobody denim skinny jeans pink accessories shopping OOTD
JacketJeanswest Dana drape knit cardi in boysenberry
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
TopJeanswest Florence print long line tank
JeansNobody Denim Siren skinny super high-rise jeans in power black denim (C/O, on sale!)
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC (on sale, 25% off!)

Why I wore it:

Cooper was being so cute I had to include this pic on the blog! He was staring at me intently while I was trying to take outfit photos this morning for some reason. Adorable.

I loved this outfit. I had time to do my hair in the morning, and an incredible day planned out down the coast for a girly day of shopping (I still have lots of gift cards I'd planned to spend to celebrate the end of #6MonthsWithoutShopping). I wasn't sure if it would be warmer on the coast so took a cardigan, although I did take it off in the middle of the day. My tank ended up untucked too.

Sadly, the outfit was the only thing I loved about this day. This is the perfect example of photos never representing real life. I could talk about how much I liked the colour combo, it's simple and perfect SAHM style for a fun day of shopping....but nothing turned out how I expected. Just a reminder that no matter how great something looks online, you never know the full story!

Long story short, just before we went out shopping I had one of those slow-mo moments of motherhood where you see something happening but are too far away to stop it and time seems to slow down. Baby Boy fell face-first from a height onto his nose. Lots of screaming, tears and blood later we headed to the nearest doctors. More screaming during the x-rays, a half-hearted attempt at shopping and then we went home. Thankfully nothing broken, and I was in the best company all day, but I felt so horrible for not being able to stop the accident and for derailing everyone's day off plans.

Could have been a lot worse, and will be a funny story later I'm sure. Right now it's not so funny when everyone gasps at your baby's bruised face and asks what happened!


Last worn: purple cardigan, printed tank, Nobody Denim skinny jeans, black ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC.

Other ways to wearpurple cardigan and chambray dress, printed tank and shorts, Nobody Denim skinny jeans and striped duster, black ballet flats and wrap dress, Rebecca Minkoff neon pink mini MAC and shorts.

Perfect for pregnancy: purple cardigan in first trimester, printed tank in third trimesterballet flats and maternity pencil skirt.


Black and Grey Skinny Jeans Under $50:







What I wore:


navy polka dot tee grey skinny jeans paediatrician appointment outfit spring | away from blue

Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold | Away From The Blue
Jacket: thrifted SES Fashions mustard yellow cardigan
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
TeeJeanswest Flavia foil printed polka dot tee deep iris
JeansJeanswest Cecile dove grey skinny jeans
ShoesRMK Chester black ankle boots
BagRebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold

Why I wore it:

This was a much less eventful day! This pic was taken a while ago, as you can tell by Cooper's winter fur coat still being on!

It follows a similar outfit formula to the outfit above, so of course I loved this too. When I bought this polka dot tee I was thinking of pairing it with my mustard yellow cardigan. I love blue and yellow together, and really liked the mustard and navy. And of course I just had to wear my mustard yellow micro Regan bag if I was wearing the yellow cardigan!

This was a simple but colourful outfit for baby boy's planned specialist appointment.

As it's the second time I've worn this tee on the blog, my purchase review:
I like to review everything I buy after wearing it twice to see how it's working for my wardrobe and learn any lessons that could avoid shopping regrets in future. Sometimes though, there are impulse buys like this tee that prove I don't need to over analyse everything before I buy!

This was my first and so far only purchase with my end of #6MonthsWithoutShopping celebratory gift cards. I'd actually walked into Jeanswest to try on another top, and picked this up just to try it on as it was so soft. While I didn't get the top I originally went in for, I couldn't leave without this tee. I have lots of tees. I particularly have a lot of blue ones. But this is still a piece I keep reaching for, and I'm glad I bought it. An impulse buy that worked out nicely!


Last worn: mustard yellow cardigan, polka dot tee, grey skinny jeans, black ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag.

Other ways to wearmustard yellow cardigan and little black dress, polka dot tee and maxi skirt, grey skinny jeans and purple cardi, black ankle boots and maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan bag worn 30 ways.


Perfect for pregnancy: black ankle boots and pregnancy announcement.



Colourful Cardigans Under $50:









How You Can Wear It


Skinny jeans are a stay at home mum staple as they work for whatever life throws at you (even if your planned day out ends up consisting of sitting in doctor's waiting rooms). In the cooler months, it's so easy to add extra colours to these outfits with a bright cardigan. A bright bag that compliments the cardigan is a fun accessory choice, and something you can continue to wear as a pop of colour in your outfit as the weather heats up and the cardigans get packed away.



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Friday, 29 September 2017

Wearing Breastfeeding Clothes After You've Stopped Breastfeeding: Colourful Jeans and Blue Tops

Even though I'm no longer breastfeeding, I'm still happily wearing the maternity/nursing pieces I have in my wardrobe. The two blue tops below are perfect for breastfeeding. The blue tank is a specially designed nursing piece that I got while pregnant with Toddler T, and the wrap top is just a regular top I bought after Baby Boy was born. Both valuable pieces for breastfeeding, but also nice enough to wear afterwards!

What I wore:

spring breastfeeding outfit Mothers En Vogue tank purple jeans converse silver mini MAC | AwayFromBlue

roie designs swarovski beaded wrap bracelet, silver Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC | AwayFromTheBlue

awayfromblue instagram navy mothers en vogue breastfeeding tank spring SAHM style
Necklace: Nibbly Bits BB plum silicone teething necklace (C/O)
TankMEV Britney bubble tank in mood indigo C/O Zibibo
JeansJeanswest blackberry super skinny jeans
Shoes:  Converse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs black leather Swarovski beaded wrap bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

Despite loving blue and purple together, this is the first time I've worn this navy tank with the purple skinny jeans. I really liked the combination and I'm surprised I haven't worn it before. Nice and simple outfit for a morning at playgroup and then running errands in the afternoon. The Converse were great for all the running around I did!

I'd forgotten that it was Superhero dress up day at daycare that week so I was that mum rushing around the stores in the afternoon trying to find super hero costumes! It seemed like everyone else had already done this a few days before as there were no little kids costumes to be found. Fortunately, a couple of masks and some superhero clothes the boys already had worked nicely for the day in the end.

The silicone teething necklace and the purple skinny jeans match beautifully together, so this was a good outfit for the 'matchy matchy' style challenge on Instagram.

It was nice to just wear a tank without a jacket - spring weather has been a little erratic lately but it's good to take advantage of warm days like this. The benefit of this tank and other specialised breastfeeding pieces that have hidden breastfeeding access is that you wouldn't know it was a breastfeeding top just by looking at it - definitely something that will stay in my wardrobe a long time!


Last worn: Mothers en Vogue breastfeeding tank, purple skinny jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC.

Other ways to wear: breastfeeding tank and maxi skirt, purple skinny jeans and graphic tee, Converse and a dress, Rebecca Minkoff silver mini MAC and printed shorts.

Perfect for pregnancy: bubble tank in second trimester, purple skinny jeans in first trimesterConverse for second trimester travel, mini MAC and maternity shorts.


Colourful Jeans Under $50:








What I wore:

Dorothy perkins wrap top navy marle red skinny jeans spring breastfeeding outfit SAHM style | Away From Blue

red skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC | Away From The Blue

awayfromblue instagram  blue wrap top red skinny jeans
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Feather pendant in peach (C/O)
TopDorothy Perkins 3/4 sleeve wrap top
Jeans: thrifted Emerson red skinny jeans
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats
BagRebecca Minkoff metallic silver mini MAC

Why I wore it:

Another breastfeeding friendly top, another pair of brightly coloured jeans. Unlike the tank above, this is just a regular wrap top that has the bonus of being perfect for breastfeeding in. And it's so soft and cosy. There might not be many more opportunities to wear it with our warmer spring weather having arrived, so it was good to get it out for another wear before I start to pack it and the rest of my winter things away.

Just like the outfit above, I was surprised to find that I hadn't worn this wrap top with the red skinny jeans before, and loved wearing them together. Again, I wore this to meet the day's style challenge on Instagram. This top was perfect for the 'wrap star' theme!

As I was wearing colourful clothes, I went with my usual fail-safe metallic silver accessories. This silver mini MAC bag goes with everything, as do the metallic bow detail ballet flats. They often get worn together!


Last worn: blue wrap top, red skinny jeans, silver ballet flats, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC (above).

Other ways to wearblue wrap top and printed jeans, red skinny jeans and autumn layers, silver ballet flats and pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancy: red jeans at 12 weeksmini MAC and second trimester bump.


Wrap Tops Under $50:








How You Can Wear It:


You don't have to get rid of all your breastfeeding clothes once you're finished with breastfeeding! Specifically designed nursing tops with hidden access for breastfeeding look just like normal clothes and transition beautifully into your wardrobe for motherhood post-breastfeeding. Which is helpful at reducing cost per wear, considering they are usually quite expensive to buy!
And of course wrap tops, v-necks and button ups continue to work in your wardrobe just like they did before breastfeeding.


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Friday, 8 September 2017

Open Knits and Colourful Jeans with Converse and Cross Body Bags

It's spring now in Brisbane but I still have some older winter outfits like these to share.  A cosy knit and colourful jeans is a simple cold weather outfit. I didn't wear my knitted jumpers a lot over winter as dry clean or handwash only pieces aren't my first choice for wearing around two toddlers! They worked perfectly for work from home days when I do the daycare pick up / drop off.

What I wore:

SAHM style ombre open knit purple skinny jeans leopard print scarf white converse | AwayFromBlue

purple skinny jeans, Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere | AwayFromTheBlue

awayfromblue ombre open knit purple skinny jeans leopard print scarf LV speedy instagram
ScarfASOS crinkle oversized leopard print scarf
JumperJeanswest 'Serena' ombre knit
JeansJeanswest blackberry super skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs waxed leather cream howlite beaded wrap bracelet
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

I absolutely loved this outfit - it's taken me a while to get around to posting it on the blog though! I wore this when it was really chilly in the middle of winter, so the extra scarf was necessary for the cold morning. I wasn't sure what scarf to wear with this at first, the purple jeans and ombre knit are a busy enough outfit on their own. I've worn the ombre knit with leopard print before though so I grabbed this one. I really liked the way this looked.

Nice and cosy (with a long sleeve tee under the open knit) and colourful with the purple jeans, but comfortable and quick to pull together in time for dropping the kids off at daycare before working from home for the rest of the day.


Last worn: leopard print scarfombre knit, purple skinny jeans, Converse, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere.

Other ways to wear: leopard print scarf and red shift dressombre knit and burgundy pantspurple skinny jeans with matching scarf, Converse and printed jeans, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancy: ombre knit at 40 weeks pregnant, purple jeans in first trimester, Converse and dress in second trimester, speedy bandouliere and maternity pencil skirts.



Open Knit Jumpers Under $50:







What I wore:

Wildfox Couture rainbow dreamer Lennon distressed knit colourful winter red skinny jeans outfit | Away From Blue

Red skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold | Away From The Blue

awayfromblue instagram colourful winter rainbow knit red skinny jeans outfit
NecklaceUniquely Made with Love Sea Change necklace
JumperWildfox Couture rainbow dreamer Lennon distressed knit
Jeans: thrifted Emerson red skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagRebecca Minkoff micro Regan satchel in Harvest Gold

Why I wore it:

This distressed knit is either a love or a hate, I don't think there's any in-between! First time I wore it I shared that Baby Boy kept getting tangled in the distressed pieces. Last time I wore it I rolled and tucked to hide the distressing a little more. Since I didn't get a proper blog photo first time I wore it, I was eager to wear it in all its raw ripped glory again. A work from home day with the boys at daycare was the perfect chance - no little toddler hands grabbing and pulling on it! A day to myself meant I could wear a 'grown up' beaded necklace too, even if I did have to take it off in the evening as baby boy kept trying to play with it like he does with my teething necklaces.


I loved how colourful this outfit was with the rainbow knit, red skinny jeans and yellow bag. Felt a little 'wasted' as I only worked from home and didn't see many people, so I'm sure I'll wear this combination again next winter.


I feel a little sad when I look up the previous times I've worn these knits as they've been worn so rarely. I've actually downsized my jumper collection this year, rather than buying more. Usually June is a big spending month for me coming into winter and stocking up on winter pieces, but as I was doing my no-shop challenge I haven't added any wintery things. I'm sure I'll return to loving my knits more next winter when the boys are bigger, but right now I've been preferring layering up summer pieces and sticking to wearing things that are machine washable. Two toddlers can be messy!


Last worn: Wildfox Couture distressed knit, red skinny jeans, Converse (above), Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan.

Other ways to wearWildfox Couture distressed knit and maxi skirt, red skinny jeans and graphic tee, Converse and floral dress, Rebecca Minkoff micro Regan worn 30 ways.


Perfect for pregnancy: Converse and maternity denim shorts, skinny jeans in first trimester.




Colourful Jeans Under $50:









How You Can Wear It


Cold morning and in a rush? Grab a favourite knit, add some bright jeans and you're ready in an instant! I like the winter days where it's warm enough to just wear a jumper and jeans, it's the simplest and easiest outfit formula and keeps you cosy no matter what the day holds. Maybe just stick to machine washable knits if you're spending time with toddlers!


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Friday, 25 August 2017

Wearing Your Printed Shirts Out of the Office: SAHM Style with Purple Jeans

As I mentioned in Monday's post, I love my button up shirts as they are one of those pieces in my wardrobe that work for work and weekend. Having relaxed style shirts made with soft fabrics (like these ones I'm wearing are) helps make them a good option to do double duty for stay at home mum outfits.

What I wore: 

double denim abstract floral shirt purple skinny jeans converse casual ABA outfit | Away From Blue

silver and Roie Design bracelet stack, Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey  | Away From The Blue

awayfromblue instagram floral abstract print shirt double denim blue and purple outfit
Jacket: Bubblegum denim jacket
Necklace: Nibbly Bits BB plum silicone teething necklace (C/O)
Shirt: Target blue abstract floral print shirt
JeansJeanswest 'shale' super skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual plus Roie Designs black leather Swarovski beaded wrap bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey (on sale, 30% off!)

Why I wore it:

I love blue and purple together so these purple toned jeans seemed like an obvious choice with this printed shirt. Another $10 target sale find, I always seem to have good luck in their sales.

Was an interesting day when I wore this. Baby Boy woke up early as always and when we got downstairs I noticed a giant rat in the yard. I've tried to show hubby it before and Cooper's unsuccessfully tried to catch it too. I took a photo for proof of all those times I've been sure Cooper chased a rat out the yard, and then carried on making brekkie.

When Baby Boy excitedly pointed at birds out the window I looked out again and saw the rat hadn't moved. I went out and scared the birds away from it and caught the poor thing in a cardboard box and gave him some food and water and a blanket made from an old top. I called RSPCA while trying to figure out if it was native or introduced. Although it meant I was late for the ABA meeting that morning, we took a little detour to the vet. She confirmed it was a melomys, a native Aussie animal which to my untrained eye looked like a cute rat. Toddler T even named him "E The Rat". Every time we pass the vets he asks if E The Rat is feeling better. I hope so, he was in very bad shape.

In the end we weren't too late to the ABA meeting, which worked out nicely as part of the introduction speech was a thank you for the volunteers as part of World Breastfeeding Week. I was surprised to get given a thank you gift for volunteering with my local group. It was so sweet, and I'm glad I didn't miss catching up with everyone.


Last worn: denim jacket, blue printed shirt, colourful skinny jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff MAM.

Other ways to wear: denim jacket and maxi dress, blue printed shirt in the office, colourful skinny jeans and kimono, Converse and maxi skirt, Rebecca Minkoff MAM worn 30 ways.


Perfect for pregnancy: denim jacket and black dress in second trimester, blue printed shirt in first trimester, colourful jeans for work in first trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAM and maternity denim shorts


Purple Jeans Under $50:







What I wore:

mint and aqua with purple cardigan and skinny jeans, Converse | Away From Blue

purple outfit with Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather | AwayFromTheBlue
JacketJeanswest Peggie kimono cardigan in purple mulberry marle
Necklace: Nibbly Bits BB plum silicone teething necklace (C/O)
Shirt: Target mint stripe shirt
JeansJeanswest blackberry super skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
Bracelets: the usual
BagRebecca Minkoff mini MAC in aquamarine with python embossed leather (on sale!)

Why I wore it:

Although not totally blue, I thought this mint shirt would look good with my purple jeans. I wore this out shopping with the toddlers. After being sick for a few days, we were feeling better so I made a small detour to Kmart before grocery shopping. I had my eye on a dress I'd continuously seen during my no shop challenge and couldn't stop thinking about. I was going to wait for it to go on sale, but decided to go ahead and buy it anyway as I kept thinking of it. It was only $15 too.

I've worn these purple jeans with the mint bag before, I really like the colourful combination. This shirt is so soft and so comfortable - while it works nicely in the office with a pencil skirt, I love wearing it casually too.


Last worn: purple cardigan, pinstripe shirt, purple skinny jeans, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC.

Other ways to wearpurple cardigan and maxi dress, pinstripe shirt and pencil skirt, purple skinny jeans and graphic tee, Converse and floral maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff aqua mini MAC and black maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancy: purple cardigan and printed cami in first trimester, striped shirt in second trimester, Converse and maternity shorts, mini MAC bag and kimonos in third trimester.



Printed Shirts Under $50








How You Can Wear It:


Your printed shirts don't have to be ignored when you're outside the office. They can easily be worn casually too:


  • Perfect for breastfeeding so can be worn while on maternity leave. 
  • A printed shirt and colorful jeans is a nice casual option for the weekends.

It's great to have pieces in your wardrobe that work for multiple situations, it means you can get more wear from them, and more value from your purchase.


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Monday, 21 August 2017

Getting More Wear From Your Wardrobe: Work and Weekend with Burgundy Pants

I would love to have a wardrobe full of pieces that work for any situation I come across. That means being able to build business casual outfits to the office as well as stay at home mum outfits and weekend wear. One thing that helps is having go-to outfit formulas.

A shirt and pants is one of those outfits you could wear for work or the weekend! These burgundy pants are a favourite of mine, and I love how they look with my camel trench coat. Both outfits below I had in mind to wear to work, but only one of them was worn into the office.

What I wore:



Business casual office outfit burgundy pants star print shirt trench coat winter | AwayFromBlue

camel trench coat, burgundy pants, star print and Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey | AwayFromTheBlue

awayfromblue instagram burgundy skinny pants star print shirt print mix paisley snood
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
Scarf:  Seed Heritage Paisley print snood
Shirt: Zara star print shirt
PantsJeanswest 'Fiona' skinny leg pant in shiraz
ShoesWalnut Melbourne 'Ava' black lizard ballet flats (also available in silver)
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey (on sale, 30% off!)

Why I wore it:

I probably should have tucked the shirt into the pants to make this look a little more formal, but I loved this outfit all the same. After dealing with a few days of gastro, I was cleared to go back to work so I just pulled on an easy outfit! I know the burgundy pants, star print shirt and trench look great together as I've worn them that way before.

This outfit was perfect for the office - even with the shirt untucked and it kept me nice and cosy for my early commute.


Last worn: camel trench, paisley print snood, star print shirt, burgundy pants, Walnut Melbourne flats, Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag.

Other ways to wearcamel trench and fit and flare dress, paisley print snood and little red dress, star print shirt and denim shorts, burgundy pants with dress worn as a shirt, Walnut Melbourne flats and pleated skirt, Rebecca Minkoff MAM bag and maxi skirt.

Perfect for pregnancy: trench coat and pencil skirt in first trimester, printed snood in second trimester, star print shirt in early weeks of pregnancy, burgundy pants in first trimesterballet flats and maternity pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff MAM in third trimester.



Burgundy Pants Under $50:







What I wore:

burgundy and navy casual way to wear pants outside of office trench and RM Mini MAB | Away From Blue

navy and burgundy pants, feather foil scarf, Rebecca Minkoff grey mini MAM | Away From The Blue

awayfromblue instagram burgundy pants navy shirt camel trench cooper shih tzu
Jacket: Barkins beige trench coat 
ScarfForever New Skye Foil Feather scarf in berry / gold (on sale!)
Shirt:  Jeanswest Tory textured shirt (on sale!)
PantsJeanswest 'Fiona' skinny leg pant in shiraz
ShoesAsos Cleo leather boots in tan
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey (on sale, 30% off!)

Why I wore it:

I like to plan and layout my work outfits ahead of time so I'm not rushing in the morning. This outfit was one I'd planned out, hung up and was ready to wear when I woke up and realised I'd caught the cold the boys and hubby had. It hasn't been a good winter health-wise! So after a few days off work, I was back to getting outside of the house again, but still pretty exhausted. I had booked in the day off as I had an early morning appointment for Baby Boy so rather than trying to find something new to wear, I just decided to wear what I'd planned to for the office.


Just like the outfit above it's a shirt, trench and scarf with my burgundy pants. I just swapped the ballet flats for these slouchy boots to make it a little more casual for an appointment then playgroup. While I did feel a little overdressed for playgroup - and one of my friends did comment I looked rather more pulled together than usual! - this was still a great outfit to wear. I love navy and burgundy together!

With pieces like these burgundy pants in my wardrobe that work both casually and professionally, it's a good push for me to be stricter with what I buy and make sure it works in multiple ways.


Last worn: camel trench (above), feather print scarf, navy shirt, burgundy pants (above), tan boots, Rebecca Minkoff MAM (above).

Other ways to wearcamel trench and skinny jeans, feather print scarf and stripes, navy shirt and denim shorts, burgundy pants and ombre knit, tan boots and shirt dress, Rebecca Minkoff MAM and denim shorts.

Perfect for pregnancy: trench coat and stripes in first trimester, burgundy pants and belly band in first trimester, Rebecca Minkoff MAM and maternity pencil skirts.





Colourful Pants Under $50:








How You Can Wear It:


If you have a business casual or smart casual dress code, you can get more wear from the pieces in your wardrobe by wearing them to the office during the week and casually on the weekends. Colourful pants are good for this - they adhere to a relaxed office dress code and don't look out of place on the weekend or as stay at home mum wear. They are a nice variation on the standard black you see for work pants and just as easy to wear.


Linking up with Confident Twosday, Turning Heads, Trendy Tuesday, Style Sessions, Fashion Frenzy, Style on the Daily, Fashion Files, Fabulous Friday.



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