Cashmere, Champagne and Cornflake Milkshakes At Boden

If you’ve never been to England and somehow maybe via the force you end up at a Boden press day then you’ll have the pleasure of indulging in those quintessentially Great British experiences all rolled into one. Think Swallows and Amazons meets Carry On meets Mary Quant and the Beatles at the seaside or the local chippie. For AW16 founder Johnnie Boden transported us to his Johnnie’s Milk Bar in the heart of Soho. From shepherds pie to fish and chips, champagne  to cream and jam scones, it was London in the 60s with a little bit of twist and shaking via the 50s and DJ Lauren Laverne manning the decks, complete with a tom-Boden-ola at a Harvest Fete and cornflake milkshakes with candy-striped straws. Whew! I love the fact that Johnnie Boden was there in the thick of things…after all what’s the point of being a founder if you can’t have fun at your own Milkshake Bar?!

imageWhether you are into a Boden print and all things British heritage or not you will love the new season coats, the raspberry and school uniform green shades and that hint of the 60s in the new shapes and patterns.

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I have a few firm yearly favourites from Boden some of which I am lucky enough to snap-up with a generous voucher we are always given. If you don’t have and want a Breton stripe top in your life make it a Boden one in soft, lovely 100% cotton. The fact that 3 of the women in my office are now all sporting a Boden breton having seen me in mine means I can’t be wrong.

Here I am last year in my long sleeved one. (Long sleeve breton top £26.50)

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… and here I am at the weekend in my short sleeve breton top £24.50….

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Cashmere knits in good basic colours as well as those seasonal brights are also in my must- buy list. This is me (below) at the press day in my black cardi which doubles up as my jacket and rolls up (actually scrunches up) into my tote on those is it or isn’t it going to freeze over days. For AW16 you can snap up a slogan “Lovely” cashmere knit. If my jumper calls me “lovely” every day what’s not to love?
 
Cashmere crew neck cardigan £99.50
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Finally I love their clutch bags. If I didn’t have to carry a bag during the day I wouldn’t bother, which is why I love using clutch bags by day and night. Boden’s animal print ones never touch sides long enough to be snapped up but I have some good plain pieces one in a silver woven leather the other a black foldover style. I use these on my coffee run, evenings out and for my ‘gym’ bag at barre class. I do love these sumptuous suede pieces £79.50 on site right now. Back to my Milkbar biccies that were in my goody bag … www.boden.co.uk