Special occasions and dressing up go hand in hand, a bit like Boden and our love of colour. From weddings and parties to nights out with friends, there’s always an excuse to add some vibrancy to your look. ShinyThoughts blogger Lucy Nicholls demonstrates how to work a kaleidoscope of colour into your outfit for a variety of events.
“I’m Lucy Nicholls – social media girl by day, lifestyle blogger by night over at the colourful London-based blog ShinyThoughts.
“I’m normally found sporting denim, trainers and printed tops, but I do relish the opportunity to don a dress and flirt with my feminine side when the occasion arises. This year, not one but TWO wedding invitations have dropped through my letterbox, which means it’s time for me to outfit-plan.”
“Being known for my vibrancy means that I consider colour no matter what the event. It could be adding a shoe in a poppy hue or making an impact in a colour-block coat (luckily Boden has the perfect one for me this season). I also live in separates, so if there’s a winning skirt and top combination that I can wear and then style differently at event number two, then I feel pretty pleased.”
“My favourite piece from the Boden occasionwear offering this season has to be the beautiful gauze skirt with embroidered polka dots. You can wear it so many ways, either styled with a fitted Breton or a loose silk blouse. See how I wore mine below.”
“This outfit feeds my fantasy of living like a Sixties icon, if only just for a day. Pairing the beautiful layered skirt with your day-to-day knitwear gives it a more casual feel, with the pastel shade and luxe yarn ensuring your ensemble remains feminine and suitably special. Put on your dancing shoes and twirl the evening away.”
“This beautiful broderie anglaise dress wouldn’t look out of place at an Italian wedding but if you’ve got to make do with somewhere less exotic, so be it. Colour co-ordinating it with your accessories will help it look considered. I love these chunky acetate and wooden jewels, adding a Scandi touch to the whole look and keeping it thoroughly modern.”
“Sometimes a classic can’t be beaten and that’s where the LRD (Little Red Dress) comes in. I’d wear this outfit to an event where there’s dancing, as the whole look is made to move. Layer up your necklaces for a further pop of colour, but keep your coat in a contemporary neutral.”
On the lawn
“A cooler cucumber than the LRD, the LWD (Little White Dress) is garden-party perfect. Play on the feminine shape by wearing with heels or ballet flats. Match lips to accessories with a red bow clutch and grab a scarf and get creative! Drape loose around your neck or cinch in your waist and go retro glam.”