Closet Confidential | Boden ‘Nancy’ dress in blue Riviera print: review

Closet Confidential offers you a peek inside the Fashion Police closet, seeing what we’ve been buying, what we’ve been returning, and – most importantly – what we thought of it. Today, Chief of Police Amber takes a look at Boden’s ‘Nancy’ dress in ‘blue Riviera’ print, which you may remember as a former Dress of the Day candidate

Boden Nancy dress in blue Riviera print

Boden ‘Nancy’ dress in blue ‘Riviera’ print, £89

Boden Nancy dress in blue Riviera print: review

Boden Nancy dress review

I pre-ordered this dress as soon as it appeared on the Boden summer preview site. I was totally won over by the pretty landscape print, as well as by the 50s-inspired wide neckline and full skirt. The dress finally arrived last week, and here’s what you need to know about it:


As I mentioned, this was pre-ordered from the preview site, and although I wasn’t keeping strict track, it took around 8 weeks to arrive. This is often the case with Boden, who tend to manufacture limited amounts of their clothing, meaning that popular pieces sell out quickly, or have to be pre-ordered, often with a long wait. On the plus side, the website is pretty clear about how much stock is available and how long you’ll have to wait for it. Both times I’ve pre-ordered something which has been wait-listed, it’s arrived a few weeks earlier than I expected, so they do appear to be working hard behind the scenes to make sure you get your item as quickly as possible. Also, your card isn’t debited until the item is despatched, so at least you’re not handing over your hard-earned cash weeks before you have something to show for it.


This is a lightweight summer dress, and although it IS fully lined, the main thing you need to know about it is that the fabric is fairly thin (Both layers are 100% cotton), making it more suitable for summer than for early spring. (With that said, I’ve already worn it this spring, layered up with a cardigan, and didn’t have any problems with it.)


Ten out of ten for appearance: this dress looks exactly like the product shots and has a gorgeous, vintage feel to it: super-summery, and very easy to wear either casually, or in a more dressed-up kind of way.


I should say here that I’ve ordered quite a few pieces from Boden over the last year or so, and find the sizing always runs a little large. With this dress I ordered my usual size, and while the fit is fine, it’s not perfect: the waist and bust are both a little looser than I’d ideally like, so I’d say this is generously sized, and you might want to consider sizing down if you have a small waist/bust.


You’ll be unsurprised to know that I love this, and, having already worn it, there’s no chance of it going back: a keeper!

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