Red boot brigade

Coat: £175, Cos. Bag: £110, Boden. Trousers: £28, Asos Maternity. Boots: Next (old but buy similar from Topshop here). Photographs: Christopher O’Donnell.

There’s nothing I love more than seeing a trend I bought into last year, return for another triumphant season.

It’s not often these days I buy real ‘fashion’ pieces – but I knew these boots would lift so many looks. Sometimes I think I’m a bad blogger as I’m always wearing old clothes (and I still buy a lot compared to most people!) but I hope it shows that I buy what I love and prove that they go the distance.

That’s definitely not to say I don’t impulse buy and make some fashion faux pas (not sure on the plural of that term!) sometimes, I’m human after all. But I do always wear my clothes more than once – something I sadly see less and less of on Instagram these days.

The trousers were a quick buy on Asos last month – I decided it’d be nice to have some trousers other than maternity jeans so bought these and they are so comfortable. They do need dressing up a bit, I wore them with loafers and I looked a little bit like I was wearing a Sainsbury’s uniform (nothing wrong with that, just not the style I go for usually).

And the coat is Cos – I haven’t bought anything there for a long time actually, despite loving it. I felt the colour palette had become so paired back it verged on dull (sorry Cos!). But I was delighted the other day when I went in and there was colour once again. Of course I didn’t buy colour, but a classic trench but it is fully lined and longer than the J Crew one I have which is much more of a spring version.

All in all quite a simple look but think the red boots are going to keep my wardrobe that little bit more interesting for a while to come…


  1. Love the mac with the red boots. I actually enjoyed having a very reduced capsule wardrobe when I was pregnant, it made getting ready much easier and you can switch things up more than you initially think you can.

  2. To be honest I think red boots are there to stay, they keep coming back! There may be a gap every now and then, but they will always return. Red is always, without fail, in my wardrobe!
    I did get rid of my pair last year, but after ten years I felt their styling was not right anymore. I’m not sure whether or not I will re-invest, I am building a collection of navy shoes and boots, which can be the proverbial rocking horse poo.
    I love the colour of your trench, so more wearable than a lighter beige or tan which tends to wash me out, I may be heading to cos in the near future!

  3. One of the things I think makes you an excellent blogger is that you re-wear your clothes many times in different ways! This inspires me to try different combinations that perhaps I wouldn’t otherwise have tried. Keep doing what you’re doing. Enjoy your pregnancy and I hope you are starting to feel better xx

  4. Dear Alex, pitch perfect as ever.
    When I look in my mail box first thing & see a Frugality post I’m so excited. With a cup of tea in hand it really sets me up for my day. Thank you & I hope you’re starting to feel better.
    But I always seem to have another question for you. Is your red top a v expensive Bella Freud one or something more accessible as I think that’s what lifts the outfit.
    And if I could get away with it I love the navy pants but don’t think a good idea to indulge a half stone weight gain in maternity pants somehow- think would be better to shed the tum. Not as becoming as yours!

    1. Thank you – what a lovely thing to say! Oh yes, the jumper is an old Bella Freud (birthday pressie) -but I think New Look did one very similar this season that said SUNDAY or something – but can’t seem to find it online unfortunately – the good news is red is everywhere this season xx

  5. Great mac. I wore mine out when I was pregnant. The baby kept me so warm a big winter coat was out of the question. Congratulations on your bump x

  6. You are absolutely the Queen of the Red Boots! I never would have thought to buy a pair, but if I do it will be all your doing 😉

    And I definitely get that; I always wear old clothes and then feel like a failed blogger. But personally, the fact you mix and match old favourites with new buys is what makes me like you so much more!

    Hope you’re having the best time in Philly!

    Briony xx

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