An Elegantly Casual Outfit for Supper at the Pub.

Elegantly casual are perhaps not words that sit happily beside each other? they actually sound like an oxymoron… However these were the only words I could think of to describe the outfit that I recently wore out for supper, at our local pub.

An Elegantly Casual Outfit for Supper at the Pub.

Elegantly Casual

An Elegantly Casual Outfit for Supper at the Pub.

Do you know there are actually rules about this stuff, especially at holiday resorts and on cruises?

“…Evening casual elegance differs from daytime casual elegance, but the general rule is to wear something you’d wear to a country club or upscale restaurant. Men dress shoes, loafers or dress sandals; dress shirts with sleeves; and long pants or maybe a pair of Bermudas depending on the resort. Sleeveless shirts aren’t allowed. Women can wear skirts, pant suits or sundresses…” 

Oooh la di dah! I dislike dress rules and avoid them at all costs! Here then is my version of casually elegant…

Dark Denim Jeans, a pretty blouse and high heels.

An Elegantly Casual Outfit for Supper at the Pub.

An Elegantly Casual Outfit for Supper at the Pub.

An Elegantly Casual Outfit for Supper at the Pub.

When it gets a bit chilly and you decide to have coffee outside…(as we often do) simply throw on a cosy but pretty piece of knitwear and no I dont mean a cardi!

This one is so soft and yes crochet fans I could have made it, but it would have taken me months just to weave in the ends and then summer would have been over…

An Elegantly Casual Outfit for Supper at the Pub.

…simply throw on a cosy, pretty piece of knitwear and no I dont mean a cardi!

An Elegantly Casual Outfit for Supper at the Pub.

Haha look at me tossing my hair around… (actually it was sticking to my lipstick, so annoying when that happens)

Where from…

Dark denim jeans, suede sandals, off the shoulder blouse and gorgeously soft cotton crochet tunic all from JD williams. 

Oh my gosh have you seen their new Autumn boots? (yes I know its still July but I do like to be first in the queue!

You may already know if you read this that I am a genuinely huge fan of JD Williams fashion, the quality vs the price is always a wonderful suprise…but dont take my word for it go see for yourself?

So what do you consider elegantly casual to mean, do you think I got this one right?

Have to admit that I actually bribe the photographer (aka my gorgeous other half) with a meal at the pub after an ‘exhausting’ photo shoot such as this, he always volunteers what a man eh?

Ps I am proudlly Linking with Catherine from not lamb / Patti of not dead yet style


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  1. patricia
    07/08/2017 / 06:50

    oh! my goodness Such a beautiful photography!! i love the outfits it’s looking so adorable. the orange color top is attracted my eye thanks you so much for your post.

  2. 20/07/2017 / 22:40

    Perfect to keep the chill away that crochet top. And very you! Well done to fabulous other half for the great shot’s he’s taken here. xx

    • 21/07/2017 / 12:08

      Ha….thanks Laurie! I will pass on the message he will be pleased!
      Ash xxxx

  3. 20/07/2017 / 10:14

    I love to wear denim and do so most days, but I feel like they probably want a little more dressy on a cruise ship. I’ve never been on one but I’ve heard they are a dressier affair. And I love the heels, but I can’t wear them anymore. (Sad face) I love your idea of dressy casual. I think dark jeans are dressy and I look best in them. We don’t have JD Williams in the states, that I know of.

    • 20/07/2017 / 13:09

      me too Cindy!

      Jd williams is an American mail order company that has recently arrived over here! lovely quality!
      give them a google!

      best xxx

  4. Debbie
    19/07/2017 / 20:06

    Hi Ashley. Are the photos taken at Pamphill? I’ve been reading your blog for a while but didn’t realise you lived so close! Lovely photos! Debs x

    • 19/07/2017 / 20:26

      Hi Debbie and a big hello!
      Yes they are well spotted! So are you a dorset girl too?
      Ashley x

      • Debbie
        19/07/2017 / 21:26

        Yes a Dorset Girl…Sturminster Marshall so just around the corner! Thought it was Pamphill….spent many hours up there with the dog and then a cup of tea in the farm shop! x

  5. 18/07/2017 / 07:59

    Lovely Ashley, love the sandals they match perfectly with both tops! Yes hair on lipstick happens to me, really annoying, especially in the days of lip gloss!! urgh
    I’ve not seen any Autumn bits, but have been secretly thinking about it!!
    Hope you’re well Ashley.

    • 18/07/2017 / 10:07

      Hi Jacqui
      I love thinking ahead to the new season stock!
      thanks for your comment,
      best ashley