I get so excited when the Boden previews are launched – then EVERY season I regret placing a preview order. They arrive way after everyone else’s orders that were placed at the beginning of the full season launch, as the orders are always shipped from the UK. Remind me next time not to bother with the preview orders. Anyway mine just arrived today. To add insult to injury one of the large boxes (mainly my son’s Fall trouser collection) was damaged – it may even have been tampered with – and the Canonbury leopard clutch that I had sneaked in the order was missing. There is now a delay on the clutch and I won’t have it in time for my birthday dinner this weekend – sob!
The clutch is about the same size as the folded leather clutch from last season – but this season’s has great compartments inside – much better for organization. It still comes with the detachable strap and the wrist strap so you can use it as a cross body bag or a clutch. Now if only the leopard print clutch had made it!
The stripy merino jumper is a lightweight, box shaped jumper. Great for transitional weather. I love the colors and the elbow length sleeves. The button back is okay – I think I’d prefer it plain like the front though. This is a US 8 so I’d say it fits very true to size – it is slightly shorter than some may like.
Now for some fun with shoes! I am completely smitten with Zara’s new season collection, full of masculine silhouettes. I was torn between two pairs of boots so ordered both to compare. They are what I would call Fall boots – they aren’t really to be worn with socks so they’re the type of boot I can wear here till it gets really cold in late November.
The first is the suede pointed shoe boot. Definitely not everyone’s cup of tea and I am still undecided. I really want to love them. They are proper winkle pickers – with the pointiest of points, but I do feel a bit dressed for Halloween in them…I think they will look fabulous with my tartan cropped trousers or with grey skinny jeans and a slouchy black jumper. Bear in mind I am trying them with shorts here – not how I would ever style them!
The second pair are the sling back boots. Much less aggressive looking and a nod to all the cut out boots we’ve seen this year. They are fabulous quality and have a little western thing going on with the toe. I think they will be amazing once the soften up.
Both are in my regular Eur 39 and fit great.
So there you go – boots and jumpers while it’s 85 degrees outside!