Everyone needs that dress in their wardrobe. The one you can throw on and go. The one people always comment on and ask where it’s from. The one that never fails to make you smile as soon as you slip it over your head. A dress that can be reworn, reinvented, restyled and reloved a thousand times. Security blanket. Monday pick-me up. Date dress. Lucky frock. We all have at least one in our wardrobe – and they say fashion is all about aesthetics!
Enter my new version of that dress: the Boden Jessica folklore dress. An update on the ‘seventies-inspired bias cut polka dot style from last season, its latest incarnation comes in an even more versatile midi length and two stylish prints: ‘sixties inspired stylised blooms or this statement folk print. The vintage-inspired pattern feels contemporary, tapping into fashion’s current penchant for folk, but is so fun and striking that it will date well too.
So in the spirit of the does-it-all dress, I thought I would show you two ways I’ve worn it recently. The first was – believe it or not – to climb the Fairy Pools on our trip to Skye, of all places! I did get a few wee funny looks for my less outward bound ensemble than some were wearing, but I couldn’t resist the background of the mist-capped mountains and heather-clad hillsides. Paired with my vintage ’40s cable knit and pink Hunter wellies, I was ready to conquer the world – and I did manage the climb in my frock no bother!
Its second outing was a tad less exotic – a garden party in the city – but I went a lot dressier, tapping into the bold red among the colours of the print. The cropped Sienna jacket matched perfectly, balancing the femininity of the dress with its gentle oversized tailoring. And its amazing what a pair of bright red boots can do – these beauties make me smile every time I pass them in the hall and are made from the butteriest suede imaginable. They’re also mega comfy – although I maybe wouldn’t tackle the Fairy Pools in them, if only for the boots’ sake… And that’s not all in terms of possible combinations: I’m thinking heels and a slick of red lipstick for a fancy dinner, dressed down with a trench coat and ballet pumps for weekend errands and made Summery with sandals and a denim jacket. Yes, it’s that dress that keeps on giving – no matter the season or occasion.
How would you wear the Boden Jessica Folklore Dress?
What I’m wearing: dress, boots and jacket c/o Boden, vintage cardigan, Hunter wellies and vintage accessories. All love of investment dressing entirely my own!