What I Wore to London Fashion Week | Sequinned Kimono & Boyfriend Jeans

Sequinned kimono, purple cowl neck sweater & distressed denim

At last I have photos of what I wore to London Fashion Week (part one).

I’ve been back most of the week but it’s taken me till now to catch up – I don’t know how bloggers manage to publish their photos next day; I’m always about a week behind with all my outfit posts (and I blog full time). I apologise for my tardiness…!

These photos were very kindly taken for me by my “LFW BFF” Anna Elliott – she’s captured my beautifully (thanks Anna)! I did buy it with the intention of wearing it to Fashion Week, but honestly had no idea how I was going to style it. As it’s such an OTT piece, I decided to do dressed-down but also practical for February in London for the rest of the outfit: a super thick cowl neck sweater for warmth (which dispensed with the need for a coat or scarf), my distressed boyfriend jeans and my high – but comfortable – black ankle boots. Of course I couldn’t go to LFW without my recently-acquired Maxwell Scott Birkin style bag, which I think has the potential to be the most hard-working accessory in my sartorial arsenal.

So I was comfy, warm and sparkly; that, to me, is LFW heaven. I have two more fashion week outfits to publish on the blog, so watch this space. Meantime, check out some of the beautiful kimono picks I’ve selected (at the bottom of the post). Are you also loving kimonos as outerwear? Anyone doing sequinned or sparkly like me… Let me know!

Sequinned kimono, purple cowl neck sweater & Birkin
Sequinned kimono, purple cowl neck sweater & jeans

P.S. A squillion thanks to everyone that voted for me in the Fever London Real Models competition… I did it, I won my size category!! You won’t believe a. How grateful I am for all the support that everyone showed me (I’m so humbled), and b. How utterly relieved I am that I can stop banging on about it and pestering people for votes! I’ll be modelling the SS14 collection on the website very soon (vintage makeover & photo shoot on Saturday along with the four other winners) – so watch this space! Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you…
Catherine x

Kimono: , Sweater: Diesel, Jeans: Asos, Booties: New Look, Bag: c/o Maxwell Scott, Watch: Asos

RELATED  Ad | Two Fabulously Loose Outfits for Stylish Summer Dressing


  1. 3 March 2014 / 3:47 pm

    The kimono with the boyfriend jeans is so effortlessly chic! Plus, your hair color is so pretty!

  2. 3 March 2014 / 2:56 pm

    A beautiful kimono. I love kimonos, have a real Japanese antique one and some kimono like tunics.
    Never would have thought of wearing it in winter as a coat. No matter how warm the sweater was. And I also get cold if I look at your ankles. Still.. The picture is good and that is what it is all about.

    • 4 March 2014 / 5:21 pm

      Thank you Greetje… my measure of how cold it is is whether I need gloves – it wasn't actually a gloves day, so my ankles were fine! We were surprised how "mild" (if you can that) it actually was. Basically – no biting cold wind. It makes all the difference :))

  3. 2 March 2014 / 5:20 am

    I love that sweater paired with that beautiful kimono…so pretty! I'm going to be featuring you on Sunday Style tomorrow…be sure to come check it out!
    Jenny at PlanePretty.com

    • 4 March 2014 / 5:19 pm

      I did Jenny, I did!! ;)) Thank you so much, I'm so glad you liked it and featured it x

  4. 25 February 2014 / 5:05 pm

    Love the outfit. Kimono is gorgeous. And such a great idea to pair it with the knit sweater. Love it. And that bag….oh…gorgeous.

    Fabulous 30s

  5. 25 February 2014 / 3:36 pm

    Love that outfit! So casual, but so put together! Love it! I co-hosted the linkup this week – thanks for linking up!

  6. 25 February 2014 / 12:50 pm

    Wow! Congratulations on winning the modeling contest! Can't wait to see the pics! This outfit with the kimono is AMAZING! I love the mix of casual & fab!

    • 4 March 2014 / 5:18 pm

      Thank you Dawn! The photos will be ready in a month, I will of course be doing a post featuring them :))

    • 4 March 2014 / 5:18 pm

      Thanks Niki – I have a couple of kimonos now, they are very different… thanks for your lovely comment :))

  7. 25 February 2014 / 4:09 am

    Love this so much (and how adorably understated you are in your OtT styling.) I have a couple of less elegant kimono style jackets, and have been a little perplexed at how to combine … thank you so much for the quickie tutorial! (I don't comment often, but read all the time. And learn always.)

    • 4 March 2014 / 5:10 pm

      Bless you, Jan – thank you! I'm glad to have been of some inspiration 🙂

  8. 24 February 2014 / 10:44 am

    Firstly congratulations Catherine for winning the competition! I'm truly so happy for you and I hope you have the best time on your shoot. I love this look, it's a perfect mix of colour and print whilst still managing to achieve a casual-chic tone! 🙂

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

    • 24 February 2014 / 12:59 pm

      Thank you Daniella… I have to say I was probably more than a little inspired by your clever layering and knack of pairing unexpected items together – I have to thank you for your fabulous style as inspiration!! Thanks for all your support in the comp too x

  9. 24 February 2014 / 8:37 am

    So happy you won and I was a part of that!
    Great outfit today!
    Carmen@filodimiele (Italy)

    • 24 February 2014 / 12:57 pm

      Gosh you really were Carmen – you were a star voter!!! Can't tell you how much I appreciated yours and everyone else's support. Thank you SOOOOOOO much xx

    • 24 February 2014 / 8:53 pm

      Star voter ….. I LIKE!

  10. 24 February 2014 / 8:19 am

    That looks really great. I love the different colors, who fits perfectly together. And it's fantastic: The bag have the same color like your hair.
    Also I'm really excited about your winning at fever-contest. Thats wonderful and you deserve it. Have a nice week, Conny
    Pants and Tops

    • 24 February 2014 / 12:57 pm

      That's really nice of you, Conny – I hope I do everyone proud at the Fever photo shoot!! Thank you x

  11. 24 February 2014 / 6:50 am

    I love turtle neck and kimonos! There currently my faves right now. You definitely have chic style!


  12. 24 February 2014 / 4:17 am

    Firstly thanks for the kimono inspiration. I have one but have had no idea how to style it…You look gorgeous. Great styling. Attending fashion week sounds wonderful, but may ask you if you stress over your outfits at all? I imagine if you allow it, you could feel quite pressured over what to wear? Im looking forward to seeing what else you wore during the week. And huge congratulations on the competition.

    • 24 February 2014 / 12:56 pm

      Yes there is the "OMG what am I going to wear" problem, but if London had great weather then it wouldn't stress me as much – I actually stress more about having sore feet, getting wet or being cold!! All the factors of weather, travelling and *then* what to wear make it stressful… but I do get to the stage that if I'm not feeling as 'fierce' as everyone else looks (and believe me I do feel that way when I get there and see what everyone else is wearing), then I just think "whatever"!!! Once you're there you can't do anything about your outfit to change it, so I just stop worrying once I'm there and enjoy the sight of wonderful clothes all around me!

      Wow, that was a long reply…! And thank you for the congrats too Deborah xoxo

  13. 24 February 2014 / 3:47 am

    I really like this outfit, especially the purple! I think purple looks great on redheads. ( ok, I am biased) 🙂 I love the boyfriend jeans as well. I know this may sound silly, but my goal is to wear jeans, I have about a closet full of them, and because o sensitivity with my legs, havent been able to wear them in years. I hope to post a pair of BF jeans too soon. Congrats on the contest, again. jess

    • 24 February 2014 / 12:52 pm

      Thank you Jess – you must look great in jeans because of your height and long legs… I hope you WILL be able to wear them soon! I hope all the good vibes coming your way via the blogging are helping you cope and feel positive my lovely xoxo

  14. 24 February 2014 / 3:27 am

    London fashion week, how fantastic! I love your kimono, it's badass and brilliant the way you've styled it. I look forward to seeing photos from the modelling competition you won!

    • 24 February 2014 / 12:50 pm

      Heehee badass – like it Bri :))) Yes look out for the photos, I can't wait!

  15. 24 February 2014 / 3:02 am

    This look is just fabulous Catherine. I love it.


  16. 24 February 2014 / 2:58 am

    You really are a master at mixing textures!

    • 24 February 2014 / 12:50 pm

      Aww that's so nice of you Courtney – thank you!

  17. 24 February 2014 / 2:24 am

    Super cool Catherine, love these colors on you! Fun outfit to wear to fashion week. Kimonos are so stylish and you wear this look beautifully.

    blue hue wonderland

  18. 23 February 2014 / 10:27 pm

    Loving that kimono and Birkin style bag on you. What fun to go to fashion week in London. Swoon!

    • 24 February 2014 / 12:49 pm

      It's funny isn't it Heather – to me Paris or New York FW sound glamorous but London: naaaah!!! But you have to remember it's always what we're less familiar with that sounds great (grass is always greener, etc.) But I like how hectic it is in London, I'm very "at home" whenever I go (I lived in London for year, that's why!) Thank you my lovely x

  19. 23 February 2014 / 9:09 pm

    I love your look! Kimonos are so effortlessly cool! This sequinned one is all the more gorgeous it is sparkling!

  20. 23 February 2014 / 8:53 pm

    I love that kimono so much…would wear it in a heartbeat! This is a fun look and I think perfect for fashion week!

  21. 23 February 2014 / 7:28 pm

    Love that outfit – its so different yet not, if you know what I mean – The kimono looks absolutely gorgeous! Paul

    • 24 February 2014 / 12:47 pm

      To be honest it was more out of practicality that I teamed it with the sweater, Paul – I was determined to wear the kimono but not cover it up with a coat – so it had to be the thickest piece of knitwear I could find!! Thanks hun x

  22. 23 February 2014 / 6:33 pm

    Love that sweater with the kimono! Love it!

    • 24 February 2014 / 12:46 pm

      They did!! See, you are better tat this than you thought Anna…!!! Thanks again x

  23. 23 February 2014 / 5:16 pm

    congrats and I knew you could do it. You will be great. PS Love the casual look for LFW

    • 24 February 2014 / 12:45 pm

      THANK YOU Linda!!!! Really appreciated your support xxxx

  24. 23 February 2014 / 5:13 pm

    I adore kimonos and yours looks fabulous!

    • 23 February 2014 / 6:26 pm

      Thanks sweetie – glad you're in the kimono club like me! x

  25. 23 February 2014 / 3:44 pm

    Beautiful kimono! And you've styled it wonderfully too. Love the booties. xo (Come share later at Visible Monday.)

DISCLOSURE: Items marked* are PR products (I never accept anything I wouldn’t choose for myself) and my opinions are 100% honest. I also use affiliate links where I may earn commission if you click through and buy, at no cost to you.