A weekend Wardrobe on a budget

August 6th was a milestone for myself and hubby Pete, as we celebrated 10 years of marriage. To celebrate, we spent a really romantic weekend in the utterly gorgeous Bowness on Windermere, enjoying a weekend of glorious sunshine and amazing scenery and food.

For once, I decided to pack light, and with a bit of a them. I only packed dresses, opted for bright shoes and kept accessories to a minimum. I decided to take a couple of sales bargains, a couple of vintage finds and a current favourite dress that is made for summer nights. This is a very quick outfit post to show what I chose to wear over that weekend.

Outfit 1

I got this dress from Dorothy Perkins in the sale for just £7. It is coral and cream and so really suits tan accessories. It is like a cheesecloth fabric, so is a little bit 70s and very cool on what was a beautifully sunny day. I picked this dress up in a local Outfit store, I can’t see it online, but would check out the Dorothy Perkins website has they have some amazing dresses reduced at the moment, and you can get a further 15% off sale.

The tan bag is B Makowsky, you can see it here.


Outfit 2

We went for  a Thai meal and I chose a bargain dress I had found in Asda for just £10. It was one of those moments when you see something on a rail and it just happens to be your size. I love this dress, it is quite stiff and this gives it a 1950s silhouette. I teamed it with Peacocks kitten sling backs in royal blue, and a sequin flap bag from Dorothy Perkins (another bargain – £7). You can see the current Asda George sale dresses here.


Outfit 3

It’s a well known fact that I love a vintage find, and this dress is just that. (You can see more of my vintage finds here.) This dress was a £3.99 find from a charity shop in Bloxwich – Beacon for the Blind I think, and it is an early 1980s BHS label. It looked very dated on the hanger, but I loved the colours and thought it was very pretty once I tried it on, and for £3.99…

The necklace is Fiorelli and you can find similar here.

DSCN8255Outfit 4

This is my current favourite dress. It is a Primark dress, but it is just so pretty, with a pleated skirt, an overlay effect, and a gorgeous harbour print. I took it on my recent holiday to Menorca as it resembled the Cala’n Bosch Marina, and am looking for any excuse to wear it again – it is just so pretty.

The cardigan is M&S, (link here – lots of different colours) the shoes are another sales bargain from Evans (similar here), and the bag is made from Raffia.

DSCN8280Outfit 5

My final dress is another vintage piece, picked up at Vintage at the Manor for £4. This is a 1970s summer dress, and is clear proof that you should ignore the label and try it on – the label says size 12 and I am so not a 12!


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5 thoughts on “A weekend Wardrobe on a budget

  1. Congrats on your anniversary! Love the outfits, especially the brightly coloured one you got in a charity shop. I never really think to look in charity shops but I might need to now! x

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