Back to Basics

Back to Basics

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Boden basics  don’t have an expiry date, thanks in no small part to the A-grade quality and seemingly endless spectrum of colours and patterns. Trends come and go but quality classics last a lifetime.

Kelly Eastwood of The London Chatter, together with her best friend Katy Wickremesinghe, describe their favourite buy-now-wear-forever pieces from the range and reveal how they like to style them.

What do you like about Boden’s Basics range?
Kelly: “You can’t go wrong with a Breton stripe; it’s an iconic style that suits everyone. I also love the metallic thread detail woven into one of Boden’s Breton styles, giving it a unique and unexpected twist. The classic colours of the range also work so well together, giving you endless ‘mix and match’ possibilities. It’s the range that keeps on giving.”

Katy: “I always have room for a Boden Breton and skinny-fit jean in my wardrobe. The bright tees are in beautiful muted tones and have very flattering necklines which suit all body shapes. The long-sleeved t-shirts will be a staple item for me as they are so soft and wearable.”

Kelly Eastwood and Katy Wickremesinghe The London Chatter Bloggers Boden basics

Kelly Eastwood and Katy Wickremesinghe


What occasions do basics work best for?
Kelly: “What occasions do basics NOT work best for?! Good quality basics give you a great outfit foundation – start simple and add accessories depending on the occasion.“

What are the key ingredients to a good basic?  
Kelly: “Versatility. I see nothing wrong with wearing a T-shirt or Breton that you would usually expect to see worn casually with jeans, tucked into a smart, high-waisted skirt and worn with heels for an evening out. I love that kind of unexpected comfort and relaxed elegance.”

Katy: “Fit and comfort are essential. I like anything that doesn’t lose its shape or crease too much, a great basic will look as good at the end of the day as it did at the beginning.”

Kelly Eastwood The London Chatter blogger how to wear Boden Basics breton top and jeans

Kelly Eastwood


What are the essentials pieces in your wardrobe?
Kelly: “Boyfriend jeans and khaki trousers are my go-to for a relaxed look, pairing them with flats or heels depending on the occasion. I also have around 20 white oversized, soft tees and piles of cropped cashmere cardigans in all the colours of the rainbow, which serve me very well. ”

Katy: “I spend a lot of time with clients through my job working in PR and I’m regularly at art fairs or fashion events, so comfort is key. I’ll always have a pair of flats to hand, ideally ones smart enough to go from day to evening. I’m rarely without a classic oversized cashmere jumper in pale grey or navy.”

Kelly Eastwood and Katy Wickremesinghe what to wear to work in PR

Kelly Eastwood and Katy Wickremesinghe


How would you describe your off-duty style?
Kelly: “It’s a real combination.  From tea dresses with sparkly shoes to boyfriend jeans with baggy jumpers or denim shirts and printed trainers, it’s all about personality and having fun. No matter what, I always accompany my look with a strong red power lip.”

Katy: “Classic with an eclectic twist. I add flair to classic pieces by mixing them with bold extras. Colour is essential, you will rarely see me in black. Coral or pink always features somewhere!”

Kelly Eastwood in Boden Zip Ankle Skimmer jeans

Kelly Eastwood