Each year, one mid-range brand’s September catalogue shines above the rest for me. In past years it’s been White House Black Market, Free People, Anthropologie, and Michael Kors just to name a few. This year? It’s Boden. Their new arrivals are so incredibly pretty! With options for work and weekend and travel and so much more.
Who could have known what Boden had in store for Fall after their underwhelming August lookbook? When the September catalogue arrived in my mailbox I almost threw it away without even looking at it! What a mistake that would have been. This is what I wish the Anthropologie September catalogue had been like.
If you’re a Boden lover or liker check your email! Select customers have received a very special offer, which Boden has asked me not to publish specifics of — but it’s good! Really, really good. It would have arrived in your inbox yesterday (September 14) with the subject line partially reading “Just Because.”
Once you’ve found the email, or if you just want to see a tremendous amount of Eye Candy to plan for the next public promotion, come on inside! Drool over pretty outfits with me while we discuss what makes Boden so great for work and casualwear…
The Martha Dress ($148, above) above is a perennial favorite of mine at Boden — the fit is exquisite on my hourglass shape. I size up from a 6 to a 10 because of the sheath shape. I own the dress in two colors so far with more to come I’m sure. The Martha also comes in a long-sleeve winter version called the Marisa Dress ($148), which is currently available in a funky leopard pattern I adore. Boden really got the scale right for their patterns this fall.
The Hannah Seam Detail Dress ($118, above) is another Boden work dress that I own and have gotten a few years’ mileage out of — so far! I have it in a warm cherry red and this Emerald Shadow Spot color is making me drool. I took my usual size 6 in this dress, but opted for the long length so I can wear it closer to my knees.
The bag shown here is also quite cute, and may remind you of a certain famous Chloe bag…
Another great work dress is the Heather Tweed Dress ($208, above) which comes in two pattern colors. I love the classic shape, the almost-knee length (and many dresses come in long, hooray!!) and the contrast coin pockets. If you like the houndstooth pattern but prefer a skirt, then the British Tweed Mini ($118) is for you! And unlike other stores with their 15″ mini skirts, a Boden mini skirt is a respectable length.
Another work dress I love that’s also got a killer pattern is the Lucinda Knitted Dress ($198). Its chevron pattern would look great under any number of coats, which we’ll cover further down the post.
On the casual side, the pattern mixing of the Anna Dress ($138, above) is really cute! The length, movement and flow of the dress look perfect for a city weekend around town. (The boots are great too!) Truly, it is not hard to make pretty knee-length dresses, at least not in Boden’s book! Another casual dress I have on my wishlist is the Camille Knitted Dress ($148), a solid option with cute button details.
You can take a look at all of Boden’s beautiful frocks here. You might note, as I did, that there are several jersey dresses made of — wait for it — COTTON JERSEY!! Amazing. I thought cotton jersey was extinct. (Cotton jersey is far superior to either rayon jersey or viscose jersey, it lasts much longer and doesn’t pill. Just make sure not to dry it on high, as cotton does shrink.)
The Irene Skirt Kilt ($138, above) has a beautiful side buckle accent that makes it a little more fun than your average skirt. I love this purple herringbone color, which has a warm berry tone to me and will go with so many items coming out this fall from a variety of retailers.
Above I mentioned the British Tweed Mini ($118), another great work or play-ready skirt. There are so many more great skirts I want to mention! There are two beautiful suede options, the Marisa Suede Skirt ($298 — longer) and the Seventies Suede Mini Skirt ($298 — shorter). Then there is the Freya Pencil Skirt ($138), which just might be the ideal pencil skirt.
And finally there is the Button Through Mini Skirt ($75, above), which reminds me very much of Anthropologie’s wonderful Gallery Skirt ($78), only Boden added pockets to theirs. I like this whole look above quite a bit! Fun colors for cold-weather layering. What a beautiful teal sweater!
I have several of Boden’s sweaters on my wishlist too. From the Margot Sweater ($148, above) to the cute double-pocketed Gemma Sweater ($118) to the side-button-detailed Tipped Button Cuff Sweater ($118), there are many appealing yet classic options to choose from.
No one should go without a classic cardigan, and Boden has us covered there too with its Favorite Crew Cardigan ($75, above). Am I super pleased by the pink-blue color combination of this outfit? Yes, yes I am.
Likewise, this outfit featuring the Richmond 7/8 Pants ($78) delights me! Simple, classic and so well put together. While I didn’t notice the Sally Coat ($208) in its own catalogue shot, here it looks like the perfect exclamation point on the look.
And it’s just one of many Boden coats I’m wanting…
…like the gorgeous Clementine Coat ($298, above). WOW! What a beautiful, classic coat, and the perfect length too! It’s one of many cute long coats Boden has, a list which also includes the Moleskin Duffle Coat ($198) and Rose Coat ($198), the latter of which is a beautiful double-row-buttoned peacoat.
On the shorter side, I must have the fuzzy Alba Cardigan ($108, above)! This entire look is quite classic, and most of Boden’s wide selection of coats are the ideal topper for classic outfits. I also very much like the look of the Fitted Wax Jacket ($258).
What Boden items are you lusting after right now? Have you taken a look at their new arrivals recently?