15.3.14

The bonprix Style Cases: Packing for a Weekend Away

The last several months have been more than a little full on as plans for Norwich Fashion Week have been somewhat all consuming. I had thought when the week finally got here things would calm a little, but show plans and a daily influx of amazing images that needed to be shared, plus going to other shows and events meant the week was many wonderful things but calm was not one of them!  

A weekend away is in the planning, there's some exhibitions in London I'm desperate to see, mostly fashion related, so I expect my head will soon flood thoughts of Norwich Fashion Week 2015..... 

My constant quest for my London visits is to pack light, so when bonprix invited me to choose two items from their latest collection that would be key pieces in my bag to take away with me, the timing was perfect. 

I know a lot of women who really don't like or just can't get on with jeans, but I'm a huge fan, so I selected this pair, which weren't quite as high-waisted as I was expecting, so the hunt for some vintage style high-waisted jeans goes on, but these ones will be good for a smart casual look. 

As I'm quite short, I nearly always have to roll jeans up, but that's actually a look I really like and it can look cool teamed with a pair of Converse. I'll pair these with a striped t-shirt and a blazer to add a nod to nautical. For me a pair of jeans is always going to be a key piece when packing for a break.



Out of the two pieces I chose from the bonprix new season collection, the absolute star without any shadow of a doubt is this amazing tartan dress.  It's Vivienne Westwood meets Mad Men but with an affordable £39.99 price tag. As a girl who is not shy of repeatedly being seen in the same dress, this has potential to become a key staple.

A really versatile shape and classic pattern, it's easy to dress-down with a long-sleeve black t-shirt underneath, a colourful pair of tights and attitude is added with a pair of Dr Martens. A great little look for a day around London wandering around galleries and stopping at coffee houses for refreshment hits. I'd throw on a biker jacket or a blazer depending on the good old British weather.





The dress came with a black cotton belt but I feel the look is enhanced much more with an elasticated belt to cinch-in the waist.





It's also a perfect dress to wear on an evening out, the shape is truly beautiful and whilst I'm not a fan of the peplum on my own body shape, the layering of the material just over the hip bone area of this dress completely has me smitten. Take this dress and team it with a pair of classic black courts and you have one fantastic outfit.  I've combined it with a 1950s man's dinner jacket, just to add my own touch of vintage style and to protect me from that evening air nip. The jacket is boxy and I'm sure image consultants will say it's totally the wrong shape for me but I LOVE it.




The challenge was to pack for a weekend away with a small suitcase. For my mini-break adventures I tend to use this weekend bag, which is pretty spacious but I'm sure the clothing capacity is much the same as a small suitcase.......




So my weekend away pieces including using items I'd travel to London in......

2 x jeans
1 x biker jacket
1 x striped t-shirt
1 x vintage dinner jacket
1 x statement necklace
1 x tartan dress
1 x belt
2 x black long sleeved t-shirt
1 x red tights
1 x pair of DMs
1 x black heels

My visits to London are pretty on the go so changes are quick and outfits tend to be adaptable from day to evening, so here's a summary of the outfits in days....


Friday: Arrive in London in black skinny jeans, striped t-shirt, converse and biker jacket. For dinner and drinks the converse get swapped for heels, the biker jacket gets replaced by the gents fifties dinner jacket and for some sparkle and interest I'd add a big statement necklace.


Saturday: Tartan dress for some daytime adventures, worn with long sleeved black t-shirt, tights, DMs and biker jacket. Highly unlikely I'd have time for a full evening change so it would be a quick switch of footwear, take off the t-shirt and swap the biker for the dinner jacket and out for dinner and drinks somewhere.

Sunday: The blue jeans, black t-shirt, statement necklace and dinner jacket with converse for a long walk and a spot of Sunday lunch and some vino before planning to head home.


So that's my bonprix style cases challenge. How do you pack for a weekend away?


Written in collaboration with bonprix
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4 comments

  1. good post! I'm rubbish at packing light and would never have thought of taking 1 dress and styling it in different ways. Love both ways you have made this look.

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  2. Ah this looks great with your blonde rock chic hair! That dress is awesome! Lois

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  3. I took at look at the dress online it's lovely,but I probably wouldn't have considered buying it. Seeing how you've styled it up to add some quirk though and it's like a different dress! Hmmm, has made me want do more with my wardrobe now....

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  4. red and purple? Who knew those colours would look so good together? (Obviously you did!) Love that you've taken a pretty dress I probably wouldn't have looked twice at as it's a bit main stream for me and totally rocked it in to something more individual!

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