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Ahhhh, Boden. Every new release of theirs seems to get prettier and prettier! Their October new arrivals include plenty of luxurious velvets, silks and high-quality cottons to upgrade any wardrobe from average to spectacular! I particularly love the quality of Boden’s garments — unlike other brands where I see poorly stitched seams, low quality fabric content and colorfast dyes that are hard to care for, Boden seems to be one of the few brands that cares about its reputation via construction and material quality.
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There is so much drool over there this month, beginning with the return of velvet in items like the Velvet Martha Dress ($220 + 20% off, above) which comes in black, ink dot (shown) or wine. It’s truly hard for me to choose among the three colors of this lovely dress! The Martha fit is exquisite on hourglass and pear shapes — I size up to a 10 allow clearance over my hips, and belt the dress to bring the waist in to its ideal placement.
Here is the wine version of the Velvet Martha Dress ($220 + 20% off)…it’s oh so tempting too! If the Martha fit doesn’t work too well for you in a dress, there’s also the Velvet Martha Top ($150 + 20% off) which is equally delightful and much easier for a variety of body shapes to wear.
Boden’s velvet is not restricted to the Martha fit — another item I’m saying yes to is the Lorna Velvet Pencil Skirt ($140 + 10% off, above in ink dot). It’s long, glamorous and has just a bit of give in the thighs and a bit of taper just above the knee. I imagine it will look lovely all winter long!!
Velvet is also waiting for us in several colors in the Velvet Soho Skinny Jeans ($98 + 10% off), the highly-rated and super soft Keswick Velvet Coat ($198 + 10% off) and the Adele Knee High Boots ($370) which is part of the new Fall Icons Collection and thus excluded from all current promos. They may be worth it though with their incredibly pleasing look and the strong stripe down the side.
I found the new Icons releases to be generally disappointing sadly; the 70s vintage look is just not my thing. Besides the boots, the only other piece I like is the Hettie Fitted Dress ($370), which has a great neckline and waistline and a flattering color scheme.
It’s almost funny because I feel like elsewhere in their new items Boden was much more successful in capturing that 70s luxury feel they were going for. Take the Erica Dress ($210 + 20% off, above) for example. This dress has an almost haute couture feel to it and is ultra-flattering on! The sheer sleeves are a spectacular choice (especially in the polka dot colorway). It’s curious to me that Boden refers to this dress as being 60s when to me it has a clear early 70s vibe.
It’d lovely on its own with heels, but if you want to go for the full chic effect I’d recommend a long silky scarf half-tucked under a blazer for work or day. Although these looks are all with pants, here’s a visual of the styling idea I’m talking about: 1 | 2 | 3 (on the right) | 4 — you can get more styling ideas at any time by follwing my Street Style Pinterest board!
Here’s the complete outfit idea for the look:
Another dress that fits that luxe vintage idea to a t while being ultra-flattering is the Delia Dress ($150 + 20% off, above) that has 2 new patterns to oooh and ahh over. I own this dress in the ‘black pop spot’ in an 8 an I adore it! The pink polka dots in various stages of opacity are lovely and the ever-so-slightly flared sleeves balances out the proportions of my hips and shoulders beautifully. It skims the body without being too form-fitting.
For work, this dress pairs very well with a cardigan and Boden has several great options in that department! I myself am a fan of the Bernadette Cardigan ($95 + 10% off), but if ruffles aren’t your thing there’s also classic options like the Cashmere Crew Neck Cardigan ($150 + 10% off), the Favourite Crew Neck Cardigan ($80 + 10% off), and cropped versions of both of those. You’ll find beautiful hues and exceptional well-sewn buttons on Boden’s cardis, something that allows me to breathe easy and not fear noticing another missing button when I get home from work.
Boden sticks to mostly symmetrical, uniformly sized patterns, and this isn’t as exciting or appealing as more blended playful patterns, but it does make for subtly pretty frocks like the Silvia Jersey Dress ($140 + 20% off, above) which comes in two new laurel leaf prints. This dress is great because it has a complimentary scoop neckline and an easy waist tie that would also look great around your neck as a scarf.
If you like this shape but want a little more structure, go for the Irene Ponte Dress ($150 + 20% off), a fit-and-flare dress that’s captivating, especially in the purple shade called ‘black forest.’ Here’s a complete outfit idea for that option:
Plenty more lovely new arrivals in the boutique below. After you’re done cruising through these, check out 10 Boden outfit ideas in a recent post and more of their Fall new arrivals here. As promised, here’s that code to get you 20% off dresses + tops and 10% off everything else full price: 8JUN. The code works via my affiliate link!