Boden is always one of the first on the scene with their catalogue for the new season. When it first drops through the door I have a cursory flick through it and then, when the time is right, I re-visit it for a closer inspection.
So, let’s cut to the chase, what have Boden got in store for us this Autumn?
I am always interested to see what dresses a brand has. The elusive search for that perfect dress that goes with everything, that can be layered up, dressed up or down, continues season after season. I look for something fairly plain, with a hem just above the knee, that is fitted and that has sleeves.
The Ottoman Shift (£79) could be that elusive dress. It comes in several different colours and is made of ponte, which I like for its warmth, fit and ease of care (this one is machine washable and is 100% cotton).
Another one that may fit the bill is the Alexa dress (£79). This one is textured ponte, made of cotton, polyamide and with 2% elastane it has that extra stretch which can be great for comfort.
This Printed shift (£59) falls more into the category of a dress that I just happened to like, which is slightly different from “the dress that needs to be everything to all people at all times” category. Made of cotton and modal, it will be more floaty than the dresses above but would work well with chunky ankle boots (see below) and an Aran cardi as well as with brogues, flats, Mary-Janes or court shoes.
A lace top is always a useful addition to a wardrobe, particularly for those occasions when jeans will do on the bottom half but when something slightly dressier is required on the top half.
The Alice lace top (£59) comes in a variety of colours and in addition to this one, I really like the navy one and the emerald one as emerald looks great against so many different skin tones.
Whilst not shown in this colour way in main picture in the catalogue, I prefer it to any of the others. The combination of charcoal and lime green in this Embellished ponte top (£69) is one of my favourite combinations for the winter.
Predictable I know, but the Collared Breton (£35) has to feature. For some there’s no better combination than fish and chips, or chocolate and wine but for me it’s stripes and a peter pan collar. They get me every time!
Oooh, a skirt snuck in here but it’s a bit late in the day to move it. This Daisy Jacquard skirt (£59) works for me on a number of levels. The colour combination is different but will work well with navy, cream or black. Whilst jacquard, the shaping at the side stops it from being too formal. It’s straight but not pencil and with 2% elastane again has that stretch for comfort. The hazy blue and coral pink are both nice options too. It reminds me very much of something that J.Crew would produce. Not long to wait now for their arrival in the UK. Yippee.
A little bit of cashmere, the combination of hot pink with navy, throw in some stripes and I’m done for. The Cashmere crew neck jumper (£119) again has that J.Crew feel about it. Wear it with jeans, a pair of the bistro crop trousers or a printed skirt in the same colour way and it would look great.
For a little bit of animal print without going overboard, the Merino crew (£69) is a great option. It comes in this blue, or grey marl, leopard print and also in a range of plain colours.
Pink is THE colour for the season and whilst some say that pale pink is the way to go on the coat front, I think if you’re going to do pink you may as well do it properly. For those less convinced by a pink coat the Mia Coat (£149) also comes in navy and squirrel (light brown for those not sure). It looks more like camel to me, so I find it slightly strange that it is called squirrel because last time I checked, squirrels and camels weren’t really that similar in colour.
Ah, bags. Who can resist a good bag? Clutches are coming into their own for A/W ’13 and the Canonbury Clutch (£59) comes in a variety of colours. I particularly like the leopard and pink ones together with the yellow and emerald. Well, there’s no point going all dark just because the winter will be here in a few months is there?
For something which is a little more every day in terms of size (well, my kind of every day anyway) the Leather pouch bag (£119) is just the right side of slouchy. It comes in this lovely vibrant turquoise which would look great against a black, navy or grey coat but the fig (dark purple) is a lovely rich colour for something a little more sedate.
When it come to shoes, flats were shown on the catwalk for A/W ’13 by virtually every designer. The Metallic brogue (£109) comes in half sizes and will go with everything, whilst remaining just that little bit more interesting than a grey, black or brown colour which is flat in tone. They also come in a couple of patent options and two nubuck options.
As for a boot, the combination of the chunky sole and solid heel work well on the Carnaby boot (£129). These could be worn with trousers, jeans or skirts and for me the charcoal would be more versatile than the black ones.
Boden’s now famous Bistro crop trousers would be my choice for a pair of trousers. Preferring to keep print and colour on my top half, I would probably opt for a plain navy pair – but the animal floral, mosaic tile, jacquard and metallic ones do have a certain charm about them….
So, has anyone already dipped their toe in the Boden Autumn collection?! I fear that taking that initial step my result in rather more of a dunking, than a dipping.