Boden Isla dress in blackwatch check

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Boden Isla dress in blackwatch check

autumn outfit: tartan dress and green coat

Boden Isla dress: blackwatch check

Well, would you look at this: I’m finally over my lurgy (Well, more or less: I’m still hacking up a lung or two on a semi-regular basis, but I’ve spent the last week feeling like a consumptive orphan in a Victorian workhouse, so this is a picnic in comparison…), and out of the house, wearing clothes that aren’t elasticated and/or designed for sleeping in! Yay, me!

While it’s a small victory that I’m actually wearing “real” clothes again, however, as you can see, I’m sticking firmly to my comfort zone, with another full-skirted Boden dress. Well, you can’t help what you fall in love with, can you, and this month I fell in love with a dress called ‘Isla, in a wonderful blackwatch check. Although I live in Scotland, I tend not to wear tartan very often, partly because some tartans can be quite garish, but mostly because I don’t want to help perpetuate o the whole “redheaded Scot wearing tartan” stereotype. Which I guess I just did anyway. Whoops. It’s OK, though: I know I can trust you guys to know that Scottish people don’t ACTUALLY wander around in kilts all the time (We have indoor toilets now too. Well, some of us do, anyway…), and this particular print is anything but garish, so I allowed myself to be tempted.

This is actually the second time I’ve worn this dress since it arrived, the first time being with the green tights and boots I wore in this post… which ALSO featured a full-skirted Boden dress. I actually liked that combination better, but I figured the same style/brand of dress (This is actually the same cut as the Amy dress, but in a thicker, wool fabric…) , with the exact same tights and boots might be a little bit lazy even for me, so I decided to switch things up a bit with this not-at-all similar black-tights-and-boots combo. What can I say? Autumn: it’s kinda kicking my ass. As usual.

Anyway, before I go, I have to make my usual disclaimer for autumn/winter outfit posts, which is that yes, I was wearing a coat (although, again, it was bizarrely mild when these were taken, so it was actually no hardship to take it off for a few quick photos), and if you don’t believe me, here’s the evidence:

autumn outfit: green plaid dress and green coat

autumn outfit post

WEARING: Boden ‘Isla’ dress (c/o) // La Redoute Coat // House of Harlow sunglasses // Buffalo shoe boots*

books by Amber Eve
  • That dress is so beautiful and I have major hair envy over the colour of your hair, it’s so…I would like not to use the word beautiful here again but I feel it necessary. EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL DAMMIT!

    November 19, 2014
  • I love me a bit of blackwatch! I’m currently eyeing up some blackwatch trousers on Collectif’s site but shhh don’t tell anyone as every time I get the money to buy them they’re out of stock again!! I think if I were you I’d go out of my way to wear tartan all the time, because why not? But that’s coming from someone who has literally bought no less than six different tartan items of clothing in the last month or so, so maybe don’t listen to me… This dress is beautiful though and glad your lurgy is going! I’m also wondering if you did those beautiful hair curls on that snazzy machine you just wrote about..?

    November 19, 2014
  • Annabelle


    Gorgeous outfit, Amber!
    I’m a real Bodenista (in fact, seeing you on Pinterest with one Boden outfit drove me to Foreveramber and Shoeperwoman, and here I am now, reading your posts and smiling almost everyday.
    So as soon as I discovered both, the Amy dress and then the Isla dress, I knew you would look so good in it: exactly your style. For myself, I’m not sure it would look as great, and as I bought so many stuffs in the Autumn Winter collection I had to stop. For instance: today leopard trench, pink canary warf pencil skirt, ravello top in leopard again. And I hesitated to slip in my leopard mary jane but I knew this morning it would be a bit to jungleyyyy. So, weakness for tartan for Cici Marie and you, leopard obsession (only in Boden) for me. I had never imagined myself wearing one piece two years ago. Incredible.
    Well I’m so glad to see the Isla dress on you! And no, you’re not too Scottish!
    I’m very happy to know you feel better, seing less posts let me guess you were quite ill. What can prevent you form writing except a very very bad illness.

    November 19, 2014
  • Your pics look great. Much better than on the boden web site. Ordered mine a few days ago. It’ll arrive sometime next week. Fingers crossed it’ll fit as I never ordered from boden before. Mine is from the other end of their size chart though.

    November 19, 2014
  • Fran


    Blackwatch check looks lovely with your hair, so :p

    November 19, 2014
  • Nellie


    You look lovely. After your post with the Boden Amy dress I have been torn, since I fell in love with the Isla dress as well. I ordered the Isla since it is wool and I am cold all winter here in Utah. Thank you for introducing me to Boden. I love the modest cuts that I think look more classy. I don’t know how you do it, but your posts are often just what I was looking for 🙂

    November 20, 2014
  • Great outfit; I particularly love the coat! The Scottish stereotypes do make me laugh. And the whole thinking haggis is actually an animal?! Brilliant. Now that I no longer live in Scotland, I feel I need to wear some form of tartan at least a few times a year to remain loyal to my country! xxx

    November 21, 2014
  • I’ve been after the perfect tartan dress all season and I’m in love with this one!! <3 Gisforgingers xx

    November 23, 2014
  • Sindy


    I love the dress and boots! Does that particular site ship to the US?

    November 26, 2014
  • Stella


    I’ve just been to their website and their dresses are gorgeous! Thank you for the discovery. I wonder what the fit is like with these? The measurements on the size guide seem to run a little large, wonder if I need to size down…

    December 16, 2014
  • Thanks for your blog. Love your outfit post and the posts about blogging are very helpful. The Isla is a gorgeous dress, even in the largest size.

    December 22, 2014