A new Boden collection just gets me every time – here’s what I’ve been earmarking.
Newness – I just can’t help but love a bit of it! And whenever a new collection lands at Boden (and on my doormat, courtesy of the catalogue) I can’t resist a little, or rather large, ear-marking session, whether it’s physically turning down every other paper corner while sipping my morning brew or pinning my favourites to my fashion boards, for when I need some inspiration. And given the rubbish weather (sorry, that old chestnut), this collection couldn’t have come at a better time for me. It’s filled with lovely transition pieces that you could still imagine wearing on holiday as well as gorgeous new cashmere jumper styles, denim, coats and boots. Can you tell I’m really an autumn girl? So, here’s what I’ve got my eye on.
1. I know it might seem a bit early to think about boots if you’ve only just got your feet out and are hoping to wear in your new pompom sandals but waterproof footwear is sadly still very much on my radar (I have to change my shoes at least once a day according to the weather at the moment). These low heeled suede boots are perfect for teaming with bare legs and dresses now and jeans later (or maybe now actually). There is a higher heel height available but I like to be able to walk lots in mine. Lots of lovely colours too but this mushroomy grey is my favourite.
2. This new pony skin saddlebag style caught my eye at the press day, mainly because it’s the same lovely shape I like but bigger than the usual cross-body bags I have and therefore more capacious and a bit more of a ‘proper’ working day bag. You could actually fit a decent sized wallet, camera, phone, keys, make-up, notebook in it (as opposed to just a credit card and a lipstick). Again some fab variants available including a leopard print but I like the ivory tones of this one, which will work now and later.
3. Can I just say how much I love the styling of this outfit? The contrast of the prim checked pencil skirt with the casual feel of the denim shirt is spot on and it’s a great example of relaxed British workwear style I think.
4. V-neck sweaters work really nicely for British summertime – leave the crew and polo necks for later on when it’s a bit chillier. And of course cashmere is really clever in that it’s cool when it’s warm and warm when it’s cool. Perfect for me and my thin blood (or when you just want to go coat-less). As you can see, I’ve got a bit of a thing for blush pink at the moment but this style is also available in a lovely grey plus black and navy.
5. A cool new take on the Breton top, I love this painterly stripe running down the front. And yes it has long sleeves but push them up on warm days and be thankful of the extra layer when it’s cold.
6. I tried on this grey coat recently at the press day and it’s just perfect. You could easily get away with it on chillier days now but go up a size (as I like to do as I think coats look better slightly over-sized) and layer up your woolies underneath come winter.
7. Just a gorgeous dressy jumper in a lovely colour. Will be great for casual nights out with jeans and heels or days when you just want to throw something on and feel a bit better! Also nice for work.
8. The shape and wash of these girlfriend jeans look spot on. I haven’t tried them in the flesh but I’m hoping they’re as flattering as they look.
9. An alternative denim shirt with a nice concealed placket which makes it easier to dress up or down and it looks like a lovely soft, chambray like fabric which will tuck into skirts and trousers nicely.
10. Another one that caught my eye at the press day – these jewelled flats! Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but I think they walk the line between granny cool really well and have a nice vintage feel about them. Would look great dressed down with jeans.
11. That skirt again; I like the way the pastel colours make it feel less heavy and ‘country set’ so it would fit in well with your summer wardrobe. I’d wear it with a chunky jumper, ankle socks and brogues/loafers.
12. And finally, I noticed that Boden is doing some really simple and wearable jewellery, in both gold and silver, for those who like their necklaces delicate and less statement-like.
Anything take your fancy?