Browsing the Boden sale I happened upon an item that I would usually scroll past, but for some reason this tunic gave me pause.

The tunic (or is it a pinafore?) an item I would usually scroll past because it’s navy (dark and plain); very figure-hugging (eek lumps and bumps); requires layers beneath it (would my boobs fit?!); and would show a lot of leg.

But like a good online shopper I read the reviews: women with a similar figure to mine (that  is, an hourglass with a generous bosom) had raved about the frock. They said that it was very flattering for curves, and one even said it was so generous on the bust there was a gap!

At £30, it was a mega-bargain in the sale, so I thought ‘why not’? My wardrobe needed something different (lots of purple? Me?!). Plus it could always be returned if it looked dreadful.

It originally retailed for about £60 I think – it seems to be sold out now. I’m writing this post not to tease you, but to show you that it is worth going outside your comfort zone to try something new, especially if your wardrobe needs a bit of a shake-up.

The two ways I have styled the tunic also shows the value of a plain piece – it can act as a canvas for mix-and-match bright colours and accessories, meaning lots of mileage for your wardrobe.


Here it is! It fits my curves perfectly, and has pockets! (so useful and underrated in dresses). My boobs fit in with no problem. Yes it’s a little short, but I’ve been working out hard so why not show off my pins? Underneath the tunic I’ve popped on a burgundy long-sleeved Breton, again by Boden.

For a bit of interest I added a multicoloured floral statement necklace by White Stuff.

A few days later I popped the dress on again, this time with accents of mustard yellow.

The day was so dreary the bright yellow helped cheer me up, and I felt fabulous!

The yellow long-sleeved Breton is by Boden again (they are so soft, and fit well), mustard cardi by Boden, and the statement necklace is from Oliver Bonas.

What are your tips for getting out of your style comfort zone?

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2 comments on “One Boden Tunic, Two Ways”

  1. Love this Leigh I had a stylist (@stylistmum on Instagram) go through my wardrobe with me recently and I’ve realised how much I value plain pieces like this one! Love a striped top too, that much was evident in my wardrobe overhaul. Your pins look fab and I’ll definitely be checking out Oliver Bonas for a statement necklace and Biden of course, love their stuff #sharethejoy

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