Simple Summer Weekend Outfit: Pink, Red and White #iwillwearwhatilike

Simple summer weekend outfit: a t-shirt and flared midi skirt with espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

At this time of year – when we’re actually getting some warm temperatures – I’m basically just constantly needing summer weekend outfit after summer weekend outfit.

(This post is going to be short and sweet today because it’s been an “interesting” start to the week… to say it’s been a hectic day full of odd occurrences, urgent phone calls and other weird miscellaneous unplanned events is a huge understatement! They’ve all helped delay the publishing of this post by several hours, eep! And apologies!)

So… a summer outfit, worn on the bank holiday Monday (so still the weekend of sorts) the day after we went to the Blade Runner Secret Cinema. This is what I packed in my small case for an easy day of travelling back home in the car. Yes, I KNOW my outfits are nearly always for travelling – it gives the impression that I’m a right old jetsetter but I’m really not! It’s usually a very unglamorous trip in the car or journey on the train and I just can’t bear to be uncomfortable.

The day I wore this was very muggy, so I went with my pink cotton circle skirt from Marks & Spencer (which, by the way, comes in seven colours, hurrah) and some red and white to brighten it even more.

Simple summer weekend outfit: a t-shirt and flared midi skirt with espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style


I love pink and red together so wore my red espadrilles (SS16 but these are very similar) and added a plain white top. A little accessorisation with the beautiful rose gold and quartz necklace I’m wearing almost daily (thank you to Ernest Jones for gifting it to me) and the oversized sunglasses I’m also wearing on repeat was pretty much all it needed.

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One thing to note about the skirt: I was desperate to take it but as it’s 100% cotton I KNEW it would get super creased in my suitcase. So although the skirt isn’t exactly ironed to perfection it isn’t bad considering it was packed away… we stayed at a Premier Inn (not crazy luxurious but they’re always good value for money and beautifully clean!) and they don’t provide irons or ironing boards as standard. You CAN ask at reception for one but I can never be bothered.

Here’s my tip for getting bad creases out of clothes when they’ve been in a suitcase: Take a hairdryer to them. Even better: if you’re a seasoned traveller and can be REALLY prepared, take a small bottle of spritzing water to spray on the bad creases. Get the hairdryer on them, and you’re good to go. It won’t be perfect, but it will look a whole lot better…!

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Simple summer weekend outfit: a t-shirt and flared midi skirt with espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 styleSimple summer weekend outfit: a t-shirt and flared midi skirt with espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Simple summer weekend outfit: a t-shirt and flared midi skirt with espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Simple summer weekend outfit: a t-shirt and flared midi skirt with espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Skirt: Marks & Spencer (available in 7 colours!)
Top: Old (similar)
Shoes: Asos (similar)
Necklace: Ernest Jones c/o
Sunglasses: Asos (I like these)
Bag: Marks & Spencer (similar)



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Simple summer weekend outfit: a t-shirt and flared midi skirt with espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style


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  2. 11 June 2018 / 9:19 am

    Wow! That’s a fabulous look for women who want to keep things unique and very special! Like the way, you team this sweet blush belted midi skirt with white 3/4 sleeve top and cute lace-up wedges.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  3. 8 June 2018 / 6:11 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love that skirt! The entire look is gorgeous!

  4. 6 June 2018 / 8:23 pm

    The stripes on the shoes have a great color. I was looking for clothes in that color for a while now (unfortunately found only one shirt, which I bought and it got washed off way to quickly. Your entire outfit is very intriguing, I like it very much.

  5. 6 June 2018 / 5:37 pm

    I love pink and red together too, those espadrilles are gorgeous! I’m really rubbish at ironing and always in a rush to get ready so I often have to make do with a blast of the hairdryer to get creases out (or at least make them less noticeable!).

    Emma xxx

  6. 6 June 2018 / 12:52 pm

    Love the cut of that tee, it’s so flattering on you and the details on the shoes are darling!

  7. 6 June 2018 / 10:46 am

    You look so pretty 🙂 I love your hair, it looks so natural! Thanks a lot for inspiring <3 xx


  8. 6 June 2018 / 9:26 am

    Oh Catherine, you look as pretty as a picture. i do like you hair like that too. And that’s a great idea about taking the hairdryer to creases. I do the old trick of hanging in the bathroom while I shower, but it doesn’t really make a difference! I love the rose gold pendant too xxx

  9. 6 June 2018 / 2:55 am

    You’ve described a homemade steamer! Perfect!! I totally need to try this water spray bottle and hair dryer trick. And heck, I might not just try it while traveling. This could be useful on the daily!!

    Cute, fun, simple outfit.

    Love, Ann

  10. 5 June 2018 / 11:58 pm

    such a great skirt, this outfit is summer personified

  11. 5 June 2018 / 11:17 pm

    Ooh, I can’t wait to try the hair-dryer-and-water MacGuyver trick! Thanks for the tip!
    Cheryl Shops

  12. 5 June 2018 / 4:44 pm

    Hair straighteners can quickly dewrinkle a cotton shirt, but I wouldn’t try it on anything synthetic in case of fabric melting!! Not heard your hairdryer trick before. I adore pink and red together, fab combination with your hair colour too. Xc

  13. 5 June 2018 / 4:24 pm

    I love pink and red together too! Fabulous with the white tee!

  14. Jodie
    5 June 2018 / 2:00 pm

    I always gravitate towards skirts when it gets hot because they aren’t as sticky to my legs!!
    What a fabulous color combination with those shoes!!!

  15. 5 June 2018 / 1:31 pm

    I love that skirt, Catherine. It looks fabulous with the simple white top and espadrilles. I would never have taken it with me though, for fear of being too creased but it doesn’t look too bad at all! I shall make a mental note of your hairdryer trick though!
    Suzy xx

  16. 5 June 2018 / 1:27 pm

    I like the crispness of your outfit – so pretty in its simplicity. The shoes are fab, by the way.

    Sometimes, if things get a little too wrinkly for me, I’ll put them in the bathroom with me while I shower. It doesn’t get the crispness of an iron, but it works. Sometimes.

    • catherine
      6 June 2018 / 10:44 pm

      I resorted to the hairdryer because I found that trick never worked, Daenel… maybe my showers aren’t hot enough!! 😉

      Thank you hon, so glad you liked the outfit! x

  17. I’m forever dealing with creased clothes usually after a car journey so no iron, no hairdryer – no chance of getting rid of them! So I’ve had to keep jackets on – do a fair bit of cropping etc. Somehow in Summer creases work and I love your pretty pink skirt xx

    • catherine
      5 June 2018 / 9:19 am

      Thanks maria… I agree about car journeys, they’re so bad for creases!!

  18. 5 June 2018 / 7:44 am

    A beautiful skirt for a very nice outfit. Pink and red are really going well together!

    • catherine
      5 June 2018 / 7:53 am

      Thanks Lui – I love the combo x

  19. 5 June 2018 / 7:34 am

    Ohmygoodness…I’m one of your “featured favourites” again?!? Somehow I knew this would be an outfit you’d love, dearest Catherine; but being spotlighted by you is always such a HUGE honour!! Muah!! Your cute pink-and-red ensemble – I happen to LOVE that particular colour combo, too! – is giving me some serious summer outfit envy; this flirty circle skirt reminds me so much of a white linen version I used to own…and that I wore until it literally fell apart. You’ll get just as much pleasure out of your Marks & Spencer find, I’m sure of it!! XOXO

    • catherine
      5 June 2018 / 7:51 am

      I have a white linen one like it too, Monika… need to lose a few pounds to be able to get in it though!! Thanks hon xo

  20. 5 June 2018 / 6:54 am

    That is such a pretty skirt Catherine. I am still kicking myself as I once bought something similar in a pretty light grey with pink lining – it was sooooo nice. Then because I didn’t wear it 2 seasons running I liquidated it. Haven’t quite recovered as it was such an expensive skirt. Now I’m almost too afraid to throw anything out… groan!

    • catherine
      5 June 2018 / 7:49 am

      Oh no Yvonne – the poor skirt…!!! Hopefully someone somewhere loves it now #fingerscrossed

  21. 5 June 2018 / 2:47 am

    Love this combo…is it crazy that I never thought to put pink and red together? Learn something new everyday!

    • catherine
      5 June 2018 / 7:48 am

      Pink and red is a new classic, Chriss!! 😀

  22. 5 June 2018 / 1:06 am

    That skirt is soooo cute!!

    • catherine
      5 June 2018 / 7:47 am

      thanks Pam 😉 x

  23. 4 June 2018 / 11:51 pm

    Woohoo! Thank you so much for the feature!
    Good old M&S are doing well this season. I bought a gorgeous yellow dress from there recently and I love your circle skirt; I think I need to pop back for that one 🙂
    Hanging up a dress on the bathroom door hook while you have a shower can sometimes help to get out the creases. Hadn’t thought of using a hairdryer too though, thank you for that little travel hack!
    Helen x

    • catherine
      5 June 2018 / 12:18 am

      Pleasure, Helen! I’ve tried the hanging-in-a-steamy-bathroom trick too but I think out of desperation (of it not really working) I tried the hairdryer. The combination of the two with some spritz is the best all-round solution! x

  24. 4 June 2018 / 11:24 pm

    Happy my son’s birthday day Catherine, Thanks for sharing again. I love this pretty pink skirt, I’ve started to like wearing pink with red, and have never thought to wear it before. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • catherine
      5 June 2018 / 12:16 am

      Pink and red never fails to make me happy, Jacqui! x

  25. 4 June 2018 / 11:13 pm

    Love the skirt and huge thanks for the hairdryer tip! I will remember that one! Have a great week Catherine xx

    • catherine
      5 June 2018 / 12:15 am

      Thanks Laurie, hope you’re okay my lovely xoxoxo

  26. 4 June 2018 / 11:04 pm

    Oooh I do love a full circle skirt especially if it’s pink! I echo Sparkles above, how do you manage to find such great stuff at M&S?
    This skirt has a million possibilities for at least 3 Seasons I reckon, well done Mrs 😉 When Marks n Sparks get it right they really do get it very right.
    I’m in the process of returning a fabulous Summer dress to M&S from the U.S. When I say in the process…it’s just been returned to me! Ugh what a palarver, apparently their return label didn’t work. I’ll have to go back to the post office tomorrow & try again. It’s annoying because I needed a bigger size but of course now they’ve sold out 😉 Typical right?

    • catherine
      5 June 2018 / 12:14 am

      I bought the same one in navy too (I think!! Or did I send it back?!! I don’t even know!!)

      It’s actually to replace the last pink midi skirt I owned… I’d had that one since 1999 and it was time to retire it, it was so worn out. I think you can safely say that was a VERY slow fashion piece!! 😀

  27. 4 June 2018 / 10:42 pm

    I do not know HOW you manage to magic up all the good stuff from M&S, but you surely do! The dress on your Instagram Stories that will feature on here soon is a prime example. AS IS this adorable skirt. Looking fabulous, as per, Miss C. I’m loving your hair like this.

    • catherine
      4 June 2018 / 11:38 pm

      Do you mean… Looking fabulous as PER UNA?!!!!! #SeeWhatIDidThere 😉

      Thank you Lisa my lovely – yes the tropical dress is coming soon – watch this space! x

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