If the velvet slipper fits

In my own festive fairytale I have been asked to represent Boden – one of my favourite British brands – as an ambassador and style some of their amazing pieces over the next few months to inspire festive outfits and beyond. 

I have always admired Boden’s classic, great quality clothing and feel it really reflects my quintessentially British style, so I’m over the moon to be involved in their newest campaign. Their seasonal collection is full of the most beautiful of basics, like cosy cashmere and thick coats, as well as groovy party pieces that capture the essence of Christmas with satin and shine. 

The hardest part was deciding which items to go for, and in the end I opted for a mix of staples that will be on repeat in my wardrobe and more glitzy, festive fashions that’ll see me through party season this year and for years to come. I wanted everything I chose to suit my personal fashion down to a tee so I could slip them right into my daily rotation and feel I’ve been super successful in doing so! 

I’ve always dreamed of owning some cashmere, so this seemed like the most obvious place to start, and Boden’s cashmere jumpers are all machine washable too. I love the oatmeal tone of this gorgeous knit and would definitely recommend it in terms of comfort and practicality. I went for a medium because I prefer a slightly bigger fit and am so pleased with how it looks and feels – the material is so soft it feels like I’m being hugged constantly and for this chilly spell that’s just what I need.

The neutral colour means it goes with absolutely everything – especially tucked into my best denim jeans, and as a crew neck it’s going to be a dream for layering over t-shirts and under chunky coats and blazers. Paired with heels it becomes a saviour for parties on cold nights, and with trainers or boots it’s transformed into the star of a casual winter outfit. 

Satin is having a moment, that can’t be denied, and while I’m adoring all of the funky colours and leopard print I’ve seen on the high street, I want a skirt that will have a place in my wardrobe forever and not just for Christmas. 

Enter the Epsom midi, the answer to all of my silky navy prayers and the most flattering, floaty skirt I’ve ever worn. The material is buttery soft and the rich colour catches the light wonderfully. I’ve tried it out with trainers and a t-shirt for a day-time vibe and it works just as well as it does here all glammed up. The skirt also comes in mustard if you’re feeling a little more adventurous…

Admittedly Boden is a little more on the pricey side, but this bodes well with my new mission to adopt high quality, versatile clothing that will last, rather than impulse-buying fast fashion fads that are likely to only be worn a handful of times. 

JUMPER, SKIRTHEELS (all Boden) | COAT New Look | BAG Vintage | HAIR BARRETTE Accessorize

Last but not least, I’ve had my true Cinderella moment in these insanely pretty velvet slippers (ok, heels). Ironically they were actually quite painful to wear in, but what shoe worth its salt isn’t? 

Never before have I seen such a classy and yet cool pair of heels that can make even the likes of me look elegant (until I fall over in them). The laced effect and dainty little bow offer a kind of ballerina-chic and I’m so on board with that. With my pearly hair barrette and vintage accessories I feel appropriately dolled up to be going to the ballet (or staring in it, aside from the dancing part, obviously).

The chunky heel height is spot on – my stiletto-wearing days are over (already) so I’ll be grabbing these for every party to give any ensemble that added bit of sparkle. Without a doubt they will be the key to this year’s Christmas day look – yes I’m one of those people who has to have a special get-up just to lounge around the house in while opening presents and stuffing my face with cheese. 

Thank you to Boden, who have made my yuletide wishes come true (fashion wise at least), I’ve linked everything above if you want to prep your looks for those fab Christmas parties. Now pass me a mulled wine.

Lily x

ph. Beth Langworthy

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