casual Friday outfit

Casual Friday | Boden Bistro Crops and Grace Jumper

Boden Grace sweater and gold Bistro crop trousers

Boden Garce sweater in cream -

Remember last year, when I started a feature called ‘Casual Friday’, and it was a roaring success, in which I faithfully documented my weekly attempts to dress in a way that was casual-but-stylish (in other words, not remotely how I usually dress), learning a series of important lessons along the way, and ending the year a better, more casually-stylish person?

Remember that?


No, me neither: because it didn’t actually happen. I mean, I did do a handful of ‘Casual Friday’ posts, but then I got bored with photographing the same pair of jeans all the time, so I abruptly stopped, as is my way.

I may not have kept up with the posts, however, but I DID continue with my bid to revolutionise my wardrobe: to make some more “sensible” purchases (along with all the green dresses, obviously), and to at least attempt to stock up on the basics, before allowing myself to be led into temptation in the ASOS sale. I actually did OK with this project: there are still some gaping holes I need to fill, and I think I’ll always gravitate towards the type of clothes that many people would consider too dressy to be practical, but I have picked up some pretty nice, reasonably casual pieces, and I’m not embarrassed to admit that almost all of them have come from Boden. Well, except the ones that came from Zara, that is.

This outfit, for instance, is head-to-toe Boden, and I know some people are going to consider it a terrible fashion faux-pas to be wearing just one brand. Honestly, though, I really struggle to care about “rules” like that, and I think most people in “real life” (as opposed to in Fashion Blog Life) do too. The fact is, as you go through life, and your style changes and adapts, you tend to find that certain brands are just a better fit than others: both literally and in terms of them being the best match for your personal taste. When I was in university, for instance, almost all of my clothes came from Topshop, Miss Selfridge, or Mango: these days, while I have a fairly wide variety of brands in my closet (including those three, which I still wear), I’m finding that most of my day-to-day clothes come from Boden, Zara or ASOS, with a few others thrown in for luck.

Of course, those are the outfits I tend not to feature too often on the blog, mostly because they tend to be pretty boring, really. I now own Boden’s Bistro crops in four different colours, though, and I fully intend to buy more of them, so I figured it was time I showed you some of them! I got this gold pair in the sale at Christmas time, and actually wore them on New Year’s Eve, with heels and a Bardot-neck top: as I mentioned, we spent New Year at home with our families this year, but I didn’t want to dress down completely, so I figured sparkly gold trousers were a good mix of casual and dressy.

For this outfit, I’ve paired them with the Grace jumper, which was a gift from Boden, and which I picked purely because it seemed like the kind of thing Audrey Hepburn might have worn, in her more causal moments. Finally, I had to wear the jewelled pumps which were my other sale purchase back in December – even although I can’t actually wear them out of the house right now, on account of all the snow. It’s now long past the “pretty” stage, and has moved onto the dirty, slushy stage, which I don’t think ANYONE likes, so as much as I hate having to take indoor outfit photos (and apparently can’t stand to look directly at the camera when I’m taking them!), I don’t have much choice for now. Anything’s got to be better than slush, though, right?

Boden Grace jumper in cream -

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WEARING:  Boden Bistro crops / Boden ‘Grace’ jumper* / Boden gold jewelled flats  / Michael Kors watch*

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  • Ah, I wondered when the shoes would be making an appearance! They work very well with this outfit… I don’t really dress ‘casually’ as per most people’s understanding of the word, but I am making an effort to buy a decent pair of jeans (and in fact, they should show up within the next three hours if I’m lucky – c’mon postman!), because, like you, I feel like it’s good to have variety! They’re not gold or sparkly though, which I now feel is wrong. ASOS are definitely in my top 3 of brands I shop most from too, along with Collectif! Miss Selfridge I find really good for knitwear… although very little else as everything is bodycon and miniscule!

    February 6, 2015
  • This is such a gorgeous look 🙂 I totally get what you said about gravitating towards clothes that others think are too dressy to be practical, I’m the same:)

    February 6, 2015
  • Sharon


    Love the casual outfit. I’m really making an effort to buy more relaxed clothing but it’s not fun going shopping for jeans and t-shirt.

    By the way, are those baubles in the bowl from John Lewis? I have a load on a cake stand that look really similar. Xx

    February 6, 2015
  • Fran


    Love your hair in these pics! It’s so voluminous and wavy.

    February 6, 2015
  • Maite


    I don’t know why you hate taking pictures indoors. This look fantastic!

    February 6, 2015
  • Those trousers are very you, I thought so from the moment I saw them in the Boden catalogue. A lovely look. But aren’t you in Scotland? Surely bare ankles aren’t enough to keep you warm?! Two pairs of socks down here in Wales… x

    February 6, 2015
  • You look lovely! Those Boden pumps have been on my wishlist for so long!

    Louise x

    February 7, 2015
  • I love your style, it is classy but also casual which is a really lovely mix. Loving the neutrals and your house looks lovely too x

    February 10, 2015