How to Build a Work Wardrobe at… Boden

Welcome to our new series, How to Build a Work Wardrobe At ___. Today, we’re looking at how to build a work wardrobe at Boden — you can also check out how to build a work wardrobe at Nordstrom (and view the entire series how to build a work wardrobe here eventually).

Boden is one of the readers’ favorite places to shop online for workwear, and with good reason — most of their workwear is machine washable, has friendly sizing up to size 18, and also offers tall or petite size ranges. Some of our favorite pieces for work include:

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How to Build a Work Wardrobe at Boden: Their Ottoman Line of Dresses!Everything in Boden’s Ottoman line is beloved, particularly the short-sleeved Elsa dress (and its longer-sleeved cousin). It’s got sleeves and is fully lined AND machine washable — and all for $148. It comes in sizes 2-18 in regular, petite, and long sizes. Elsa Ottoman Dress
How to Build a Work Wardrobe at Boden: Their Silk-Blend Fancy TeesIf you’re looking for a silk-blend t-shirt/blouse hybrid to wear under suits, you must consider the very popular Ravello (which comes in both crew neck and v-neck versions, pictured). (Also very popular and similar: the jewel-necked Ravenna top.) The Ravello comes in solid colors as well as prints and is machine washable, and all styles feature pleats at the neckline and a keyhole at the back of the neck. The tops are $75 full price, but there are often sale styles (and lucky sizes) as low as $22. Pictured: Ravello Top
How to Build a Work Wardrobe at Boden: Their 60s-Inspired Line with Heavy Stretch CottonTheir Martha line is ’60s inspired, with most pieces featuring a heavy stretch cotton that resists wrinkles and is machine washable, and most of the tops featuring rolled collars. There are Martha dresses, tops, and even a skirt to match the tops. They all look lovely for work (but please leave the beehive out of it). Pictured: Martha Dress
How to Build a Work Wardrobe at Boden: Their Classic Two-Button BlazerIt’s not exactly tweed blazer season, but we’ve featured the Elizabeth blazer a number of times in our roundups for velvet blazers and other winter blazers — it comes in fun colors and fabrics, and you can currently find lucky sizes on sale for $79 (down from $198). As part of their new ponte collection, Boden also offers the Elizabeth blazer in ponte — and it’s winning rave reviews. (The Elizabeth has two buttons — which is probably better for you if you’re busty — but the Emilia blazer only has a single button, and is also very popular.) Pictured: Elizabeth Blazer
How to Build a Work Wardrobe at Boden: Their Classic Dress ShirtIt’s not exciting or sexy, but Boden’s classic shirt (pictured here in polka dot but also available in white and chambray, as well as eight other prints) wins rave reviews, as noted in our recent roundup of the best dress shirts for women. It’s 100% cotton and machine washable, has a semi-fitted shape, and is currently available in regular and petite sizes 2-18. The Classic Shirt
Finally, do consider the shoes at Boden. I always think of one of my best friends when I see Boden’s shoes — she absolutely loves colorful, quirky, beautiful heels — and I think a lot of these would be a great statement shoe to liven up your basic neutral sheath dress or suit. (But, an important note: All of the pictured shoes also come in basic black.)

Pictured: leopard / hot pink with scallopsgreen T-bar / red ankle strap

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Comments

  1. heatherskib :

    I’ve had to move away a bit from Boden. They’re moving more and more towards synthetics, sizing has gotten funy, and they’re cutting off their larger sizes. I’m sad to see them go, because I’ve loved past pieces.

  2. I love Boden, all thank’s to the HIVE. My issue is that I DO like to try thing’s on in PERSON, and that is NOT possible on the WEB, so I limit the things I buy from Boden to those I can give to ROSA if they are to small for me. She fits all of my size 2’s that are to small for me. I should buy size 4, but I am VANE, and therefore ONLEY buy size 2 or size 0, hoping that I can squeeze into them. I hope that my tuchus can be remedied now that I have done NOTHING all weekend but eat! FOOEY!

  3. AND they seem to have stopped stocking a lot of the more basic, work appropriate Ottoman dresses… in favor of insanely-patterned jersey dresses.

  4. Anonymous BigLaw Associate :

    I can’t wear Boden because everything is too short, and they don’t make my size in longs. :/

  5. I’ve lurked some on Boden’s website but never pulled the trigger.

    Tel me about their sales cycle and when they mark things down.

    • heatherskib :

      You can usually find a coupon code anymore. When they mark things down, they are generally ineligible for coupon codes, except a few times a year when they do seasonal clean outs.

  6. How is Boden pronounced exactly? Long or short “o”? I’ve always wondered….

  7. Whenever I want to buy something there, they are out of UK 12 long. :( So, I’ve not gotten to try their clothes yet. Do the dresses have much room in the bust at all?

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