The star of the show this month is undoubtedly that gingham coat. It’s beautiful! I fell in love with it on the brand’s Instagram feed and couldn’t get it out of my mind. I decided to order it with a portion of my tax return so I didn’t feel as guilty about adding yet another coat to my collection. If you haven’t already, sign up for Boden’s emails to stay abreast of discount codes. I saved 20% on the coat, which was a not-so-insignificant amount of money. As always, mini reviews, links, and the price I paid are listed below.
See this year’s sartorial additions here.
- Nike ‘Daybreak’ sneaker in rattan ($68) – These are so comfortable! I bought a pair in light blue last year and they’re starting to look too worn to be a “fashion sneaker” and have been relegated to walking shoes.
- Boden ‘Bonnie’ gingham coat ($264) – This coat is gorgeous and is extremely well made from the matched pattern to the beautiful lining. I used the True Fit Size guidelines and they were correct for me. The coat is fitted in the shoulders and does have extra room in the torso, but it doesn’t look loose. It’s just a really beautifully cut, ladylike piece that you’ll have forever. I can’t say enough good things about it and I just can’t wait for it to get nicer out so I can snap some photos to share with you! (I’ll admit, though, that I’m nervous about this becoming too large. I’m actively working to lose weight and am down five pounds already, but I don’t think the smaller size is going to work. I’ve kept the packaging in case I need to do an exchange in the next month or so.)
- Boden blouson cotton top in black ($38) – This is such a flattering top! It has the ease of a t-shirt, but in an elevated shape with the ruched scoop neck and three-quarter length sleeves that you can dress it up for work/Zoom calls.
- Tuckernuck black stretch crepe shirtdress ($168) – I’m an event manager and we’re getting back to in-person programming. Unfortunately, the pandemic pounds made it so that my regular go-to pieces for work events no longer fit. This wasn’t cheap, but I wanted something that felt elevated and well made that I could easily wear to every event in the foreseeable future. My dress doesn’t open quite as nicely at the placket like the one in the image and has a mandarin collar effect, so I’ll need to iron it so it lays open for a more flattering look. I’m 5’6″ and it hits right above my knee. I went with a medium and it does seem like it runs large, but the sizing will likely be forgiving when I shed more of the weight.
- Target fabric storage box ($17) – The pattern on the top of these storage boxes doesn’t line up with the bottom, so steer clear if that’ll bother you. Otherwise, these are pretty cute for some hidden storage on a bookshelf.
- Vintage wine glasses ($15/set of six; find them on eBay) – I always believed that any glass could be a wine glass if you put your mind to it, but I do feel like more of an adult after finding a cute vintage set. 😉
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