Autumn Winter Off The Shoulder Edit

Oh how I miss the girls at Country Road…and Adam, yes I miss you too x

I seriously do.

On the days that I’m working at Mimco, I always go and see them at lunchtime.

I just can’t stay away.

All is well in my working world when I’m around them.

Being at CR just feels like home to me.

Quick catch-ups feel like the most natural thing for to do.

I simply cannot imagine being in the Plaza and not visiting them – do you think I have a bad case of CR withdrawal?

You know that feeling when you’re so super comfortable with people, that silence is ok?

Well it’s that, plus some more.

They are friends, people who have come in to my life through situation, but will stay there forever.

They are good people, people that make me smile continually…belly laughs happen often too.

One of the things I truly love though is when there is a CR birthday, I’m still considered part of the team.

I give to the collection, I still write the card, have input into the purchase and of course scoff the cake!

No. They just can’t get rid of me!

The one thing that has changed though, is the amount of clothes I’m NOT buying.

Jonny secretly LOVES this bit, in fact, he can’t wipe the smug from his mug πŸ˜‰

Yes, when I worked at CR I did get a product allowance and a hefty staff discount, but I still spent a fortune on a weekly basis.

Temptation was just too hard to resist.

These days, I’m more careful with my purchases – look at me sounding like Ms.Good Two Shoes!

I’m being selective and only buying the things I know I will wear to death.

Because let’s face it; wearing a uniform at Mimco, I just don’t have enough days in the week to warrant buying so many clothes any more.

And that my friends, is a statement I NEVER thought would fall from my lips (or my fingers in this case πŸ˜‰ )

Now, that statement doesn’t mean I’ve fallen in love with my tutu by any means – the shape and delightful polyester, are still a big NO for me…although a lady came into the shop on Monday to ask if we sold them, so maybe I didn’t look too bad!

No, wearing a work uniform means 3 days worth of Β clothes are covered without any thinking – which in truth, feels super weird – I’m sure you already realise how many clothes a style blogger has!

Throw my unofficial weekend (Friday and Saturday for me) into the mix and I’m only left with a couple of days, to wear everything else I own/lusting over.

This CR top was an exception though – yes, a non-negotiable.

Because I know I will wear it to death.

Yes for Autumn Winter my off the shoulder obsession is still very strong:

Autumn Winter Off The Shoulder Edit

Denim Bandeau Shirt $129.00 Country Road wearing Medium | Summer Drop Crotch Pants in Natural* Wearing Small $129.00 Bohemian Traders

Before I go any further, let me address the Autumn Winter elephant in the room.

I know the temps are still high.

I know the thought of wearing heavier clothes fill most of you with dread.

BUT, thinking ahead at this time of year is a MUST.

Just remember to choose your pieces wisely.

How to incorporate OTS (off the shoulder) into your Autumn Winter style:

  • Sleeves length – there are so many options heading into store now – keep your eyes peeled so you don’t miss out!
  • Colour – think dark chambray, denim, black, grey and camel, these colours work overtime in A/W.
  • Fabric – silk and viscose make the perfect evening fabric, while merino, cashmere and cotton offer daytime elegance.
  • Scarf – add a scarf for texture and warmth.

Style options:

Go full on double denim. Wear dark chambray OTS with your favourite jeans for a true 70’s vibe – think camel/tan accessories.

Add longevity to your favourite summer white jeans by pairing them back with a long-sleeve dark OTS and your favourite sandals/heels.

OTS, drop crotch and ankle boots are a match made in A/W heaven. Just make sure you leave a hint of ankle flesh for a streamline silhouette.

Black OTS maxi dresses are such an easy A/W option too – take a look at this post for my latest purchase from Seed. I will add a long scarf and my favourite leopard shooties (pictured).

And finally thereΒ are the knitted options. So many fabulous choices out there from all the major high street brands.

Check outΒ my bloggy mate Vanessa Style and Shenanigans – she has you covered in the Luxe to Less OTS department.

So beauties if you’re an off-the-shoulder convert like moi – please keep flying the extremely flattering OTS flag well into A/W…you never know, I may even steal you style!

 

Have you started buying Autumn Winter yet? Is off the shoulder still on your wish list?

 

Bev,

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  • Sophisticated Mumma

    My last job required a uniform…I found I got incredibly slack out of uniform too! Thank goodness for #everydaystyle to get me out of that rut lol! I love that cute top and I’m loving all the new season stuff filtering through right now. I’m not surprised you don’t find it hard to pick up those cute Country Road items when you pop in πŸ™‚

    • Nat I hear you. Some days when I come home, I find myself wanting to throw on the daggiest (not sure that’s even a word) clothes – just because! Thank goodness for days off and Country Road! xxx

  • haha I know what you mean – when you have a store you love and that just compliments your wardrobe so well, you’ll continue to shop there (even without staff discounts). I’m quite loyal to stores like that too.

    Your new top is lovely, and your autumn/winter buying tips are good. It’s just much too hot (like you said) to even contemplate cooler weather dressing at the moment, haha. I tend to wait until we are firmly in autumn before I start buying clothes for that season, usually in the sales πŸ˜‰

    • Buying warmer clothes is probably the last thing on your mind at the moment Mica. You must be trying to stay as cool as possible, so waiting until bub arrives will be the perfect timing for your A/W wardrobe.
      xxx

  • Sharon

    You look gorgeous my lovely and I’m loving your hair! It’s so hard when your workmates have been like family, it’s so hard to be away from them. Hugs and mwah xxx

    • I’ll let you into a little secret…I hadn’t washed my hair for five days in the pic. I added a bit of bounce with the straighteners. Bingo – hair wash avoided! Big cuddle right back at ya Ladybug xxxx

  • Angela

    Can we see a photo of this tutu?

  • Petra

    You look so cute in that outfit 😊. Uniforms can be great (if you feel good in them!) and I remember my years of wearing them at different jobs. My uniform as a homeschooling mumma is smart casual – but I’ve just had a closet chuck (love doing these) and have decided on sports/luxe for winter – cute little trainers worn with nice leggings and slim trousers and slouchy tops – have you done this look? It will be easy here in Melbourne!! Have a great weekend 😊 xo

    • Awwww thanks Petra – I’m OTS obsessed at the moment! You’re so right uniforms can work (thank goodness Mimco is in the process of changing the dreaded tutu to a black shirt and pants – so super excited) and are so convenient in the morning rush.
      Love the sound of your sport/luxe – might think of doing a post on this. Maybe add some drop crotch pants to the mix too! xxx

  • So glad your blog is back up and running!!! Now I have been eyeing off this top for a couple of weeks it is no surprise that you have it. It’s totally you and you look totally gorgeous in it. You have me at off the shoulder and then you threw in denim and I was a goner!

    • Me too Karen (I’m so late with commenting and replying – in the middle of playing catch-up now) it felt like I had lost my right arm the other day. More happy that it was a problem for everyone and not just me!
      For OTS lovers this top (or similiar – check out the one in Seed its $40 cheaper) will be the perfect transeasonal piece – imagine it with the new BT denim – I know! Eeeek, super excited for my delivery (which is on its way) xxxx

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    I love this top Bev it’s stunning on you and you can dress it up or down….πŸ’™πŸ’™
    I’m sorry you’re missing your CR friends so much I’m sure they are missing you like mad too.I think you look lovely in your “tutu” Bev at least it won’t be hot in Autumn and winter 😘😘😘

    • Thanks so much my beautiful friend xx Loving this top so much that I may have to invest in the white too!
      Delighted to say the the tutu will be going Lisa…there is a new work uniform (black shirt and pants) being released in the next couple of months – I can’t bloody wait! xxx

  • merilyn

    you look great bev!
    I see you found a new wall!
    sounds like you are having fun at work!
    tu tu do you mean a fairy type?
    all good at the sunshine plaza? is that where you mean?
    an easy shopping centre! we love it when we visit my daughter up that way!
    have a good one hun! love m:)X

    • Thanks so much M you’re a gem! Yes, a new wall – always on the hunt for the perfect spot to snap my pics!
      Mimco at Sunshine Plaza has only recently opened (10th Dec) next time you are visiting your daughter please pop in and say Hi…and you can see my tutu. Alternatively, hop back over here and you see me in all my glory ^^^^^^ (just above) xxx

  • Kelly

    I obviously don’t shop at Mimco all that much – I didn’t realise they had a uniform especially a tutu!! How funny!! Sorry probably not for you though. I sometimes wish I had a uniform … so I could spend my money on clothes I wanted to buy not stuff to wear to work. Being I work 6 days a week though – I would hardly have need for much else so now I just wear things I want to wear to work! I luckily am pretty flexible – if only I could manage jeans!! Anyway enough about uniforms, love OTS! Every single one of them. You look fantastic Bev.

    • Kelly thankfully they are changing the Mimco uniform in the next couple of months, it will be a long shirt and pants (all black) – I will be in my element! Uniforms do make getting ready super easy in the mornings though (I like that bit).
      I can’t believe you work 6 days a week – jeez, you must need the one day off just to sleep – which means having a great selection of pj’s πŸ˜‰
      OTS rocks for sure – thanks for the love gorgeous gal xx