I wore my patterned sweater and squirrel dress last week. I am completely enamored with Boden and love both pieces.
I paired the Boden pattern sweater with a short sleeve white button up, red jeans I got from stitch fix, and some black boots. I liked the way the white collar shirt contrasted underneath. Boden is having a sale right now for 25% off everything, and I highly recommend this sweater. It’s so soft and no wool!
I was stopped by a stranger in Charming Charlies who told me she loved my dress and thought it was vintage. The Hartland Dress from Boden is made from a corduroy fabric that is so soft and I love the pattern.
I got this jacket in my October Golden Tote and I love the feel of it and all of the details. The faux leather is soft and it has a cute buckle at the neck. I also like that it has a hood. It’s currently available in the November $149 tote and also the boutique for $75.
Finally, I had to give part of a keynote speech last week and decided to dress a little more professionally for work. I got the skirt at Ann Taylor Loft, and was happy with the fit and comfort. It’s nice and stretchy and didn’t feel restraining like some pencil skirts do. I paired it with an older cardigan from banana republic and a black and white blouse.
I ordered a few more fall dresses from Boden and was very pleased with two of them.
This one was my favorite. When I saw that they were making a corduroy dress in a squirrel print, I knew I had to have it! The fit is quite flattering and the print is adorable. The only thing I don’t love about it is again, the bodice. If I slouch even a tiny bit, it poofs out in the front and looks like the bodice is too big on me. If I stand up straight it is nice and fitted, but I am a total sloucher so I know during the day the dress is going to look funny on me. Despite this, I am keeping the dress and plan to wear it with grey tights and these boots.
I ended up getting this in the long length, but I don’t know if I actually needed it in long. I’m happy with the fit overall and will keep it with this longer length. The color is very pretty in person and I’m thinking I should pair it with a bright statement necklace. I had planned to wear it with black tights when the weather forces me to wear tights.
I had previously ordered this dress in a 6L in the green color which was too big in the bodice and the darts stuck out funny so I decided to try a 4L in the plum color since that’s what was in stock. Unfortunately the dart problem was solved, but I felt like I couldn’t breathe. For this reason (a pretty good one) the dress is going back. I still really love the fabric and cut of this dress but wish the 6L had worked out.
I had a 20% off code a few weeks ago, so decided to order a few things from Boden for October. I was really pleased with most of it and kept almost everything.
British Tweed Mini
I love this skirt for fall. The plaid fabric is nice and the colors are muted. I paired it with these naturalizer heels and a sweater from Loft last season. I ended up ordering this in a 6R because I wanted it to be around this length to wear with tights. (I normally go for long lengths at Boden which is one of the things I love about them!)
I am in love with this skirt, which is a good thing since I ordered it in 2 colors. Here I’m wearing the navy in a 6L (love the longer length, doesn’t really make it a “mini” though) with the printed top that has tiny little dachshund dogs on it size 6. Adorable!!
I actually wore this outfit to work today. I tried it on last night, loved it and put it out to wear the very next day.
And this is the sixties mini again in the Bright Coral color paired with the patterned jumper with tiny british soldiers on it. I love the sweater. It fits nicely and is so soft! I got the sweater in a size 8 because I wanted to be able to wear a button down shirt underneath for layering, but it fits nicely even without an extra layer. I can sometimes get a size 6 in sweaters so I think this one ran a tiny bit small.
This was the only item that (very regrettably) had to go back. The fabric was nice, the color was great, the swish of the skirt was fantastic, but the bodice just didn’t work for me. The darts stood out leaving puckers of fabric in an unattractive way and it just didn’t work for me. I have since decided to reorder it in the plum color in a size 4L with hopes that the top would fit better but I’m not sure if that will work. I ordered plum since they didn’t have the green in my size at the moment (it has since been restocked.) I really hope the plum one works out!
Here are a few more outfits I’ve been wearing to work lately.
Pixie Pants from Old Navy Mustard Sweater from Loft
I ended up really loving these pixie pants from Old Navy. I was super reluctant to try them because Old Navy pants don’t usually fit me well, but these are soft and stretchy and fit me like a glove! I ordered another pair in a plaid pattern online. Love these pants! The sweater is from Loft.
This is a fall look I’d been seeing in London and wanted to duplicate at home. The skirt is from Old Navy, but it looks like it’s sold out. The sweater is from Primark in London and the shoes are White Mountain.
This is a great weekend to do some online shopping. All of my favorite sites are having big sales. (Boden 20% off everything and Loft 40% off everything.)
Here are some of the things I’ve been wearing this month.
I love this swing dress from Golden Tote just as much as the white one with black stripes. For work I paired it with these nude sandals and a long necklace then wore a jacket on top when I was in the air conditioning.
I love this new skirt I got from Loft. The fit is flattering for my body type so I bought it in two colors. The blouse is sooo soft and my favorite mustard color. The boots are new and I bought them specifically to wear with fall skirts and dresses.
This is the same skirt but in camel color, paired with my new hotchpotch sweater from boden and a different pair of booties that I love. I had these boots in black last fall and wore them a lot, so this fall I bought the same ones in brown.
I got this blue top from Dorothy Perkins in London and saw the outfit idea on a mannequin there. I knew I had the leather jacket and boots so just pulled the look together when I got home. (I can’t find the top online, but they do have a website.)
I saw an outfit similar to this on the Stitch Fix blog (see below) and thought I’d try to reproduce it with a top I got from Stitch Fix and a coral sweater from Old Navy.
I’ve noticed that Kimono tops seem to be the latest trend. I had gotten a few from Golden Tote as chosen options, and one as a surprise item. Then when I was in London earlier this month I kept seeing them in stores and a lot of the girls around the city were wearing them. I love how easy they are to throw on over a tank or tee, and in the winter I plan to wear them with a long sleeve tee underneath to stay warm. Here are the two I got from Golden Tote and how I wore them to work.
With this one I went with more of a zen vibe and wore my Tibetan prayer mala necklace and a turquoise ring. It was a warm day so I was okay with just a tank underneath.
Then with the red one I decided to wear a slouchy navy tee underneath, along with my boyfriend jeans and a necklace and some earrings I had made from a “For the Makers” box. In the air conditioning I was cold so in the future I’ll probably wear long sleeves with this one unless I can be outside or in the sun.