Spring inspirations: Boden

There’s some cute stuff in the new Boden catalog. Spring seems possible today, since it’s sunny and not too cold here, rather than wet and freezing. So here’s some springy ideas.
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More fall inspirations: Boden

OK, first things first: Boden has a series of outfit/wardrobe ideas which is great for SWAPpers and wardrobers and … well, everyone. Lucky had a similar “30 items for 30 days” spread in their new issue, but it was way too east coast and dressy (and skinny girl) for the way I dress, so Boden’s is much more me. It would be faster for me to pick out the pieces from Boden that I *don’t* like, but here are a few that particularly caught my attention.

This dress reminds me of something Cmarie would sew – classy and interesting.

The ‘smartish’ and ‘favourite’ tops this fall have gathered sleeves at the cuff, a nice up-to-date detail.

Related to the Duro but not so overused. I have a couple of short-sleeved solid-colored tops shaped like this that I’ve worn like crazy this summer. If I were to make this I’d eliminate the ties – I find they are just something to fiddle with and annoy me.

I love the shape of this, and the button placement.

With its bubble hem and gathering, this would be a great LBD for holiday parties.

I bought a top at H&M in London similar to this, but with a different neckline, that I’ve been wearing to death. I’d make this in cotton or rayon, though, not wool.

Don’t you have some knit remnants to use up?

Fall inspirations, round 2: Boden

I love Boden’s clothes and hope to visit their store when I’m in London in a couple weeks (woohoo). But they’re rather pricey (ok, I’m cheap) so I don’t own that many of them yet. Here’s some of the nice stuff in their fall catalog:


Cozy wrap sweater livened up with a contrasting stripe tie. You could do this with the kind of ribbon used for ribbon belts.


Finally, a shrug with some length, that won’t make anyone C-cup and over instantly look like mound-o-boob.


You knew you kept those fabric scraps for a reason, right? Super-easy to do, even to a purchased top.


The godets are made of a contrasting fabric – anything too bright would be clownish, but these earthtones make it work.


Who doesn’t love a peplum, and the front pockets (or maybe they’re fake welts) incorporate gathers.