Weekend wear. What I wore on a short staycation

We recently had a weekend away for a family wedding. It was a lovely break and I thought I’d share my weekend wear with you. The wedding was located in Kent. Less than a forty-minute drive for us but we decided to make the most of it and stay over in a hotel.

We were meeting family members throughout the weekend, so it was a good excuse for my weekend wear (normally jeans and a T) to be upgraded.

The items featured through this post are mainly from HM and I know the store can be frowned upon for its ethics. But I can honestly say that these items aren’t throw away fashion to me. I love them and I will wear these items for a good few years I know.

weekend wear

This neutral look is really comfortable and easy to wear. I added interest with different textures within the accessories. The trousers are elasticated, wide-legged, a little like wearing your pyjama trousers out! I love wide-legged trousers and I’m so pleased they are back on trend again.

weekend wear

This long-line waistcoat is gorgeous. It’s very well tailored and I’d been searching for one for some time. I sized down, this is supposed to be a very boxy style waistcoat but I wanted it to be more fitted.

The gamble paid off. And I’ve just noticed that HM has launched the waistcoat in Oatmeal and the ever-popular Black. I might just buy one for my Autumn wardrobe. It will look great open with a sweater underneath.

It’s been a long time since my weekend wear required upgrading!

The new love of my life. The diamond necklace. I had one on my wish list for years. Dee’s father gave me a diamond ring just before he passed away and I had it made into a necklace. It wasn’t overly expensive to have done and I’m so pleased that I did.

I have to say, it was nice having to look a little smarter and meeting up with people. It’s a long time since I had the need to dress up so much!

Another item from HM that I’ve been wearing a lot is the Rope Belt. A brilliant Bottega Veneta dupe. This is also available in black. I’ve just ordered one to go with items that I will wear later in the year. Accessories can update any look, can’t they?

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Our staycation was very picturesue

Our hotel run right alongside the river Medway. It was lovely sitting there watching the boats go by. It reminded me of being in London, watching the boats on the Thames. Kent also has some beautiful countryside. I want to explore more.

Look No.2 A floaty skirt and T-Shirt

weekend wear

The second look consists of a floaty skirt, T-shirt, and again the same rope belt. I really love the skirt. It has tight pleating at the top, with an elastic waistband. Again I sized up on this item. I always do when elastic is involved. If you’d like to see either of these outfits on film, you can watch my try-on over on Youtube I think they are described so much better on film.

The skirt is classed as pleated on the HM website but it was creased when it arrived so I run the iron over it. I prefer the way this ended out. It’s lined as you can see in the photo above and worth every penny of its sale price of £15.00!

Espadrilles have become my uniform this year. I love that they are comfortable, easy on the purse and you can get them in literally any colour you desire.

I chose the Lurex Gold over Cream. That makes them sound sparkly but they’re not. And they won’t show any dirt marks as Cream or White would. A perfect neutral colour for summer. These ones are currently on sale for £12.00!

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I will share what I wore to the wedding in my dressing room diaries that’s coming soon!

Keep you and yours safe and well xx

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  1. August 25, 2021 / 2:10 am

    Love your chic sophisticated taste Laurie. The pant+vest outfit is so elegant, the rope belt does work magic to add interest and texture to the outfit. Glad you had good time, the place look so lovely

    • laurie
      September 4, 2021 / 12:02 pm

      Thans Anna. The rope belt was a good find. xx

  2. August 24, 2021 / 9:45 pm

    Two very elegant looks Laurie! I love the long waistcoat with the wide leg trousers! The belt and bag are fabulous too! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • laurie
      September 4, 2021 / 2:04 pm

      Thanks Emma. Always a pleasure to visit you too xx

  3. August 23, 2021 / 2:37 am

    The white dress of the first one is really exquisite, very aristocratic, especially your temperament.

    • laurie
      September 4, 2021 / 2:05 pm

      Thank you.

  4. August 21, 2021 / 8:47 pm

    I just love that rope belt with both outfits

    • laurie
      September 4, 2021 / 2:05 pm

      Thank you. That was a good bargain buy! xx

  5. August 21, 2021 / 5:31 am

    An overnight stay related to a special event makes the whole occasion seem even more significant, don’t you agree? Your outfits are both quite lovely and so fitting for your mini-escape.


    • laurie
      September 4, 2021 / 2:06 pm

      Thanks so much Rena xx

  6. August 20, 2021 / 10:19 pm

    These are lovely neutral outfits! that belt is the perfect accessory with both, although I’m loving the first outfit a bit more. That suited style is perfect on you! 🙂

    Thanks for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! Hope you are having a lovely weekend 🙂

    • laurie
      September 4, 2021 / 2:06 pm

      Thanks Mica. Glad you like them xx

  7. jodie filogomo
    August 19, 2021 / 12:54 am

    I just love that rope belt with both outfits. I can see how that would be wonderful with so many outfits.

    • laurie
      September 4, 2021 / 2:06 pm

      Thanks Jodie. I’m going to buy the black one for winter. A good bargain buy xx

  8. August 18, 2021 / 8:34 am

    aaaah both these looks are SO chic! I lreally love neutrals and white together. You look amazing!

  9. August 17, 2021 / 3:02 pm

    LOve how chic these outfits look Laurie! Sophisticated. Love the necklace too!
    So nice you got to have a staycation and got out to enjoy!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  10. August 17, 2021 / 7:13 am

    You create such expensive looking outfits Laurie, I’m in awe! The diamond necklace is a wonderful keepsake. Thanks for linking at #WowonWednesday xx

    • laurie
      August 17, 2021 / 7:45 am

      Thanks Gail. I’m impressed with the quality of these items. There are always little gems to be found in HM I think the colour helps create that expensive look xx

  11. August 16, 2021 / 9:42 am

    Such beautiful outfits, Laurie. I love these looks 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing at this week’s Creative Mondays.

    • laurie
      August 17, 2021 / 7:46 am

      Thanks Claire. I’m really pleased with them xx

  12. August 16, 2021 / 6:39 am

    Amazing neutral outfits! So elegant and stylish! Love that rope belt!

    • laurie
      August 17, 2021 / 7:47 am

      Thanks Lovely. The belt was a good buy xx

  13. August 13, 2021 / 7:18 pm

    This is the first time I see a waistcoat and actually love it! And love the belt too. I feel a h&m shopping trip coming up. Kent is lovely however I am totally in love with Sussex. Have a great weekend!

    • laurie
      August 15, 2021 / 11:34 pm

      Thanks Nancy. I’m just about to buy it in Black too or the biscuit colour. Or both! I love it too xx

  14. August 13, 2021 / 5:52 pm

    Laurie I love both your outfits and going to purchase that belt if they still have it. I too love wide legged trousers. I buy in H&M too and many of the items I have have lasted years and I still wear them. There is a certain amount of snobbery about purchasing from High Street. If you love it buy it…

    • laurie
      August 15, 2021 / 11:35 pm

      Yes I agree. HM is frowned upon because of the fast turnover. “fast fashion” But I rarely buy items that I wouldn’t wear for at least the next few years. I recommend the belt. A cheap buy to update a look xx

  15. August 13, 2021 / 4:27 pm

    Oh my neck of the woods Laurie, I do hope you had fun in Kent. You look fabulous in both these outfits, I do love a neutral look, wish I could wear it as well as you do. Jacqui x

    • laurie
      August 15, 2021 / 11:40 pm

      I didn’t realise you were there Jacqui. Actually not far from me then! xx

  16. August 12, 2021 / 6:13 pm

    I’m loving these simple but elegant outfits, Laurie. You do neutrals so well! And like you I’m absolutely thrilled that wide legged trousers are a trend again! xxx

    • laurie
      August 15, 2021 / 11:40 pm

      Thanks, Anne. Yes, loving the wide-leg trousers! xx

  17. August 12, 2021 / 2:42 pm

    You are so great with the neutral outfits: so classy!

    • laurie
      August 15, 2021 / 11:41 pm

      Thanks, Mireille! I’m pleased with both of these looks. I particularly love the skirt xx

  18. pamela
    August 12, 2021 / 10:42 am

    WOW you look soooo classy Laurie , I loved both outfits and the neutrals suit you very much .As always your hair and beautiful make up spot on. All your accessories compliment the outfits , jewellery, shoes .
    but where did you buy the gorgeous bamboo handle bag?
    I haven’t been away anywhere for ages to have a chance to ‘dress up’ , glad you had a lovely time at wedding and the chance to share with your followers . Keep going you blog is fabulous .
    Pamela Wales U.K.

    • laurie
      August 15, 2021 / 11:50 pm

      Hi Pamela. Thank you for the love! The bag unfortunately is no longer available. I’m linking similar below you though.