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The Nancy Dress

Boden Nancy Dress

Boden nancy dress in blue riviera print

Boden Nancy dress in blue Riviera print

I pre-ordered this dress so long ago that by the time it turned up, I’d almost forgotten about it, so it was a little bit like getting a free dress, only in a way that wasn’t even remotely like getting a free dress. If you see what I mean.

Having waited a long time to get it, however, I was sure I’d have to wait even longer to actually WEAR it (yes, this is going to be about the stupid weather again: sorry.), so no one was more surprised than I was when I woke up on Monday morning to blue skies and sunshine. “That’s ‘Nancy Dress’ weather if ever I saw it!” I proclaimed confidently, completely ignoring the lessons I’d learned from my bare-legged adventure just a couple of days earlier.  So fickle is the UK weather, however, that it actually WAS warm enough (although only just) for bare legs this time, so even although I felt ever so slightly silly wearing a cotton dress in March, it was no sillier than I usually feel, so I decided to just go with it. I mean, that one day might’ve been spring for all I know, and it would’ve be a shame for this dress to have missed out on it, no?

So, as you can probably tell from this and my gingham trousers post, I recently became a huge Boden fan. In all honesty, Boden is a brand I hadn’t really paid much attention to until last year, but I’ve come to see them as kind of a British J Crew, with lots of preppy/classic basics, some stand-out pieces like this dress, and a whole lot of stuff that falls into that “Things Audrey Hepburn Would Wear If Audrey Hepburn Did a Lot of Her Shopping Online” category. It’s all very “me”, in other words, so you probably shouldn’t be surprised to see a bit more from Boden in the coming months.

I’m also going to dare to hope that you’ll be seeing a few more of those blue skies, but that’s probably just wishful thinking. Still, at least I got to wear my dress. I mean, that’s the main thing, right?

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[Wearing: Boden ‘Nancy’ dress in blue Riviera print // F21 cardigan (old) // New Look shoes (REALLY old) // Gucci sunglasses*]


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  • char
    March 26, 2014

    Mine arrived last week and we really have not had any Nancy dress weather. It was rather like getting a cute little present!

    • Amber
      March 26, 2014

      We’ve been really lucky so far – I just keep reminding myself that we’ve had snow at this time of year before, though, so it could easily happen again!

  • Mana
    March 26, 2014

    So jealous, I’m still wearing heavy sweaters with trousers here, it even snowed yesterday! Fickle March weather.

    That dress is lovely and I definitely want to give Boden a look, I wonder if they ship to the states.

    Fashion and Happy Things

    • Amber
      March 26, 2014

      I think they have a US website – probably cheaper than paying for international shipping/customs etc!

  • Tracey
    March 26, 2014

    Maybe if I order Nancy I’ll get some nice weather back.

  • Nicola
    March 26, 2014

    Love that dress, such a nice vintage print


  • Heather B.
    March 26, 2014

    Very cute! I love the colors!

  • Emma
    March 27, 2014

    Hi Amber, Love the dress, is this the petite fit or the regular?

  • Ruth
    March 27, 2014

    Love that print! Something I imagine a chic 60s Spanish lady would wear.


  • Tara
    March 28, 2014

    Really love your dress Amber, I just sort of want to jump into the fabric and go for a holiday haha what other site would you recommend for Audrey Hepburn type clothes? I’m a teeny, tiny bit obsessed 🙂

    xx Tara

    • Amber
      March 29, 2014

      Other than the retro reproduction brands (Bettie Page, Stop Staring etc), I get most of my clothes from the high street – Zara, Topshop, etc! Luckily there’s tons of that kind of style around right now, which is very, very bad for my bank balance!

  • Corinne
    March 30, 2014

    It’s lovely!! Stop link me to online shops. You will bankrupt me, Amber!

    Corinne x