Boden Isla Dress

Boden Isla Dress

When I was wee, I used to pore over the Boden catalogue when it arrived. It wasn’t just the gorgeous bright colours that leapt from the pages, but each of the wee stories it told. For every Breton-stripe-clad child model, it would tell you a bit about them – their favourite colour, pet’s name, what they wanted to be when they grew up. Sometimes I wonder where those kids are now, and whether they got that dream job. Boden for me has always represented a heady mix of polka-dotted optimism and rainbow bright nostalgia, sartorial and otherwise.

Boden Isla Dress

Boden Isla Dress

Boden Isla Dress

A couple of decades on, Boden are still telling such stories – whether through their gorgeous blog or vibrant Instagram feed. Colourful, contemporary and classic, the quality speaks for itself. Immersing myself in Boden’s stories was always aspirational – and as a thrifty trainee teacher, it largely remains so! However, I’ve kept my eye on each new collection and was particularly enamoured with Boden’s AW14 offerings, so paid extra attention when the sale rolled around. The Isla dress was top of my wishlist but I was sad to miss it being marked down. To my excitement, weeks later my size came back in stock with £100 off (!) and I added it to my basket quicker than you can say bargain.

Boden Isla Dress

Boden Isla Dress

Boden Isla Dress

Boden Isla Dress

When it arrived, wrapped in beautiful polka dot tissue paper, it was like Christmas all over again. The dress is made from the most beautiful British wool, and the quality of cut and fit is second-to-none – it’s fully lined (no wool itch!) and with a generous amount of fabric in the skirt for that retro feel (and maximum swishability). I’ve worn it for work and at weekends and it’s incredibly versatile in a classic yet modern plaid. I wore it here with my vintage coat, Clarks boots and Cambridge Satchel for a late Winter walk in South Edinburgh.

Boden Isla Dress

Boden Isla Dress

Boden Isla Dress

It’s been a while since I’ve bought from the high street; I’ve already spoken about that strange middle ground I’m in just now – too old for trend-chasing at Topshop, but without disposable income for the likes of Whistles, COS and co – but it’s definitely made me think about buying less and paying more for quality, wear-forever (read: Boden!) items. I’ve already been doing the ‘buy less’ part, after all! Some pieces are worth waiting for: it’s all about sale-savvy shopping, and cherry-picking items to style and wear in your own way – for years to come.

Boden Isla Dress

What have you been wearing lately? Are you a Boden fan?

9 comments

  1. Elise says:

    That dress is perfection! It looks great with the coat too. I love when retailers actually make dresses long enough for everyone 🙂

  2. char says:

    I fully agree with you about savvy shoppping. I’m currently having a year-long spending ban, but when there are things I like, it’s more likely to be something from a higher quality store like Boden or Laura Ashley. Gone are the days when I’d trolley-dash around Primark and buy heaps of poor-quality tat. This dress and your photos are lovely!

    • Thanks for your comment, Char! Glad you agree. Eek that is very disciplined of you! Good luck with the spending ban 🙂 Exactly – me too! Boden and Laura Ashley are the kinds of brands that I’m drawn to these days, higher quality and I know I will wear them for years to come! Thank you 🙂 x

  3. sheila34 says:

    That dress is gorgeous and will last a lifetime as the quailty of Boden clothing is excellent . l am a massive Boden fan and love poring over their catalogue and instagram feed. I really enjoyed your blog…looking forward to the next update x

  4. Lianne says:

    I’ve only recently discovered Boden in all honesty but really like it. They have clothes that are a bit different but of such good quality. Really love this dress, the print is great. Away for a wee browse on the Boden website now! Lianne x

    • Definitely – quality classics but with a bit of a twist! Thank you, it’s one of my go-tos for work now! Did you find anything you liked the look of?! I might have made another wee Boden order at the weekend when there was 20% off… xx

  5. […] there are lots of other lovely colours in the CSC sale). As part of the shopping ethos I mentioned previously, I’m opting for quality pieces by British brands that I know I’ll love and use year […]

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