OOTD: Boden ‘Isla’ Black Watch Dress

After a year and two months, I can finally debut my second favourite dress (my favourite being the vintage green velvet dress): Boden‘s ‘Isla’ Dress in Black Watch!

Boden Isla Dress

Walking on glass at the Tower Bridge Exhibition

I was browsing Instagram’s Explore page at the end of 2014 when I noticed this beautiful Black Watch dress on Forever Amber (one of my favourite fashion bloggers), who was regrammed by Boden, a British online fashion brand. The popular Black Watch tartan has always been my favourite as my two favourite colours are blue and green. Although the price tag cost an arm and a leg at £149 (plus shipping, then times two for Canadian Dollars, all just before Christmas!), I felt it would be a worthwhile investment as I knew I would have plenty of occasions to wear it. It is now £41 on eBay and yes, it makes me want to cry a bit.

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Isla is a dress made from wool, lined with polyester. The sleeves reach just above the elbows and the hem of the dress is knee-length. The dress arrived in a thick plastic protector with a hanger in a cardboard box, nicely wrapped with polka dot paper. (My cats later adopted the Boden box as their new bed.) Since I’m between a 6 and an 8 UK, I was a little worried that 8 would look a little baggy on me (didn’t help being small-chested either). I later bought an elastic belt that seemed to solve the problem. (Unfortunately, I lost that belt and now wear the dress without a belt.) Since this is a circle dress and the dress isn’t very heavy, I would highly recommend wearing a slip or petticoat under the dress. Just in case it happens to be quite windy that day, It’s probably best to wear a longer coat to prevent a Marilyn Monroe moment. As you can see from this Instagram video I posted, twirling raises the skirt above the knees and I should have tucked that nude petticoat under the black slip.

I wear this dress at least once a week, sometimes for work or simply to visit a museum. I wear it during autumn and winter but also during spring, when it is still somewhat chilly. It is definitely too warm for summer!

A close-up of the print:

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Walking in the dress:

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