Boden’s 1960s Winter – Love!

This season, it seems like Boden is taking us on a journey to the 1960s, British style. I can’t help but look at the new collection and be transferred to the time of Marianne Faithfull, Georgy Girl, Jean Shrimpton and Julie Christie.  This is the 1960s of Kitchen Sink drama’s and gritty realism, tweeds and  shift dresses, a time when Mary Quant ruled and every button was huge!

Boden has taken a raft of those classic cuts, the simple shift dress, the collared tunic designed to be worn as a sexy mini, and those patent shoes with the just high enough heel to enable you to dance the night away. They have added warm, primary bright coloured coats with upturned collars and the one wardrobe essential from the 1960s that has remained a staple for every decade since, the polo neck jumper. They have also increased the decidedly British heritage feel by using tweed from Abraham Moon & Sons in Yorkshire, in  three heritage checks and a marvelous moss colour. Overall, a collection that looks totally classic, and yet ultimately modern.

Take your sixties style  inspiration from a couple of the decades icons, Julie Christie and Jean Shrimpton.

Julie Christie

Jean Shrimpton

60s Coat WE355 £199.00 

British Tweed Shift WH377 (Was £139.00 ) now £118.15 

Collared Tunic WK770 (Was £89.00 ) now £75.65

Favourite Roll Neck WK763 (Was £49.00 ) now £41.65 

Iris Dress WH378 (Was £99.00 ) now £84.15 

Sixties Heels AR540 (Was £99.00 ) now £84.15 

Trapeze Jacket WE359 (Was £169.00 ) now £143.65 



1960s style lust – Karen Gillan in We’ll take Manahattan

Last night saw the screening of the much-anticipated BBC4 drama ‘We’ll Take Manhattan’. This was the story of the photo shoot that shot 60s model Jean Shrimpton, aka ‘The Shrimp’ to fame, and changed the nature of fashion photography as we now it. The photographer who created this iconic work was of course David Bailey. Shrimpton and Bailey naturally fell in love and became one of the most iconic couples of all time.

The programme was fabulous, with Doctor Who star Karen Gillan making a totally gorgeous Shrimpton. Now, Karen is no amateur in the style stakes, with an eclectic personal style that includes wearing rather clumpy shoes to the NTA’s on Wednesday. But I totally fell in love with her early 1960s wardrobe that she wore in ‘We’ll take Manhattan’. First of all, I adore green, a huge colour for this season and one that has a shade to suit most skin tones. Combined with camel, it creates a chic palette that has a very grown up feel to it.

And then there’s that lush, glossy hair, tied with a range of flowing headscarves that frame that beautiful face. On Karen/Jean these look super stylish..I’d probably look more like Brigitte Jones if I attempted to wear one, but this is still a strong, stunning look.

I also love the fact that this is actually a rather pared down look. Accessories are kept to a minimum –  a scarf, a pair of seriously cool shades, tiny delicate pieces of jewellery. This isn’t the 1960s dollybird look – it’s much neater than that, and all the better for it.

This is a look that would be great this Spring, where colours are going to be brighter, and retro shapes are still strong.

Get the look – 1960s

Orange Bib Front Shift Dress Now £35.00 


Liza Mix Print Fit and Flare Dress

Ellen Daisy Mesh Insert Sleeveless Shift Dress 

Twist Side Shift Dress £50.00

balenciaga Backless dress 

Cashmere Crew Neck Jumper £139 

Brown paint Dip Border Scarf £16 





Why don’t you have a fabulous August…

August already…where does the time go? The final true Summer Month is now upon us, and you may well send some of this month on a beach in a far-flung destination. But here are some more hints and tips for enjoying a truly stylish month.

    • Enjoy a Creme de la Mer radiant facial, followed by afternoon tea in Harvey Nichols in the Mailbox. This pamper session will cost £50and will be available throughout August.
    • Go see Captain America in order to steal style tips from the super-stylish Hayley Atwell with her incredible 1940s wardrobe. (released 29th July).
    • Go  see Glamour of the Gods – a selection of wonderful Hollywood portraits dating from the 1930s to the 1960s, which is currently showing at the National Portrait Gallery. Tickets cost £6 and Pre-booking is advisable.
    • If Glamour isn’t your thing, then dig out that vintage Black Sabbath  t-shirt and get yourself to the ‘Home of Metal’ exhibition that is currently showing at selected museums and venues throughout the Midlands.
    • Worship at the altar of the Rock and Roll Cobbler. Terry De Haviland is celebrating 50 years in shoe business with a pop-up exhibition in Selfridges, London. The shoes are amazing – read a review on this site.
    • Get yourself a day on the beach – I recommend my  favourite beach in Aberdovy – amazing white sand and the Dyfi Donkeys nearby! Perfect for a late Summer’s day.
    • Check out some of the most iconic shots in fashion in the book ‘Duffy’ (£45 ACC Editions). This features iconic images of Jean Shrimpton and Brigitte Bardot.
    • Buy and devour The September Issues – traditionally the most exciting and important issues in the fashion year. Look out for Kate Moss and her wedding shots, along with a Carrie Bradshaw style wedding shoot in US Vogue – highly anticipated.
    • Check  out the new Lucy in Disguise store. This August sees the opening of the new Lucy In Disguise store at 48 Lexington Street, London, W1. Go and have a look at the new fashion hotspot.
    • Make sure you have your ticket for Style in the City Birmingham, as this is the month you can get an upgrade for the gold ticket – complete with a meet and greet with George Lamb.
    • Molton Brown, Bullring are holding a second travel event in store on Saturday 6th August. Customers are offered complimentary hand and arm massages, and the store continues its travel offer, if you spend £40 or more in store you receive a  milk cleanse bar set worth £15 absolutely  free!

Have a fabulous Month folks!