[Post contains gifted products].
Recently I’ve found myself getting into something of a workwear rut: partly because of moving house and wearing the same, necessarily “capsule” selection of work dresses on rotation, partly because reinvestment in this part of my wardrobe is overdue (I’m looking at you, bobbly jersey dresses and clicked knitwear). In the spirit of my latest style post, I’m keen to invest such funds in pieces that are beautiful and high in quality, while at the same time being timeless and hardworking. And although I was kindly gifted this Boden Ada dress for the first of two Spring outfit posts, I would quite happily put my money where my mouth is here – for a piece of something I see as akin to wearable art, yet effortlessly versatile. Let me show you why.
So often, fashion is looked down on as something “low brow” or frivolous, but this is far from the truth. How we present ourselves to the world through our sartorial choices says so much about who we are; conveying our personality, affecting our mood, communicating so much more than we might realise. I won’t go on, but if you’re interested, Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton are fantastic on this subject on their podcast The High Low. Case in point: slipping on this fabulous printed frock instantly lifts my mood on a grey Monday morning, and its adventurous pattern that echoes my own fun-loving nature never fails to make others smile too. What’s more its clever cut, with pleats at the waist and blouson sleeves move beautifully with the wearer and make me feel effortlessly elegant, and I can move easily in the light fabric. I might be an English teacher but I’m far from a stereotype in tweed, twinset and pearls!
What’s more, I can wear the Boden Ada dress on weekend adventures – like our visit to the Botanics pictured here – and beyond: dressed down with trainers and denim jacket, or dressed up with heels and a blazer. The dress is surprisingly versatile, transformed by selecting individual pieces to bring out each individual colour in the pattern, as I’ve done here with the blush pink of my Boden Hoxton ankle boots and pink hair clips to highlight the pink leaf motif in the print. Equally, I’ve got a Springlike green cropped jacket that will bring out the turquoise beautifully. Far from frivolous, I hope you agree.
What are you wearing for work at the moment?
Dress and boots c/o Boden, bag c/o Cambridge Satchel (previous partnership), Oliver Peoples glasses c/o Black and Lizars (previous partnership).