It’s Wednesday again, and I’m continuing my cult of one: the Way of the Dress. That is, I’m finding new and easy ways to wear dresses, in a bid to prove that dresses are more comfortable than jeans! For now, Wednesdays are ‘Way of the Dress Wednesdays’ chez Hipoptimist.
Today I’m celebrating the Boden dress. This is the first year I have bought dresses from Boden. I haven’t been convinced by previous collections, but if you choose carefully for your body type and pick a print and a shape that suits you, some of the dresses in the 2012 Boden autumn / winter collection are perfect WOTD items: comfortable, versatile, warm, wearable and with a distinctly edgier nod.
This is the one I’ve picked for today:
Now, I don’t think this photo really does the dress justice at all. It doesn’t show the floaty hem, or the fit-and-flare waistband, and the colours look odd. In this photo, the sleeves look weird. In reality, they look very pretty. You have to see somebody wearing it to realise its true loveliness.
Which is why I have added this very grainy photograph of myself – it is very wobbly, but then so am I, at the moment! Despite my poor photographic efforts, you can see the aforementioned wondrous floaty hem, the nipped in waist, the just-above-the-knee skirt, and a truer representation of the colours. It’s a dark, midnight-y purpley navy, with orangey red flowers. It has a Peter Pan collar. It does not look like curtains or an old-lady dress. In short: not frumpety frump at all.
And hooray, it’s reduced from £129 to £77.40! If you add one of the discount codes that are always floating around for Boden, this makes it really good value I think.
I teamed this dress with my current favourite navy wool thermal tights from Marks and Spencer, and a red cropped cashmere cardigan, also from Boden for £89:
If you wanted to edge it up a bit more, these biker style ankle boots currently in the Dune sale would fit the bill perfectly. I recommend brown rather than black.
If you need any more convincing of this dress’s loveliness, I have had more compliments about it than any other dress I’ve worn this season. This has cheered me up no end: even if I’m rather lumpishly doddering about, I can imagine that I’m wafting around the house, with a breeze fluttering at my floaty hem. Ta-da!!