I have received two mini Boden catalogs, a large mini Boden/Johnnie B. catalog, and two regular Boden catalogs. My sister in law has received a mini-Boden catalog with a really cute insert on Boden that I plan to scan and share with you all as soon as possible.
I have only received the fun skirt. While I love it, I want the other items. They are coming from Britain, so I get it, but please, Atlantic winds get that ship to our shores FASTER!
Reminder, if you would like to see an item on me closer up, please click the photo itself. If you would like to be taken to the Boden website, you should click on the Boden stock photo of the item (usually a model in some "Boden" pose). There are a few downloaded photos in the "stylist" section and they do not lead to Boden's website, but I need those to show how the look will come together, plus it allows me to clip them to polyvore so I can create a set to put into this post later on...
The current promo I have running is 10% and free ship/returns. If you have anything else (usually in a catalog), you can still use that if you go through my links, you would just have to change the promo code in the shopping bag portion of your checkout process.
And without further ado...
Fun Skirt. Also available in a fun taupe mod pattern and a purple geometric pattern.
Everyday Tweed Mini. Gymrat1279 did a review polyvore of this skirt (she got the lovely robin's egg blue version), in which she said: Fits TTS. I got the same size as I get in J. Crew skirts. I also got it in the Long length so I could wear it to work (as it is normally a mini.) It hits about an inch above my knee in the long length (I'm 5'7.) It is a bit more A-line than the J. Crew skirt but I would still feel that it could be classified as a pencil skirt in the long length.
British Tweed Kilt. Gymrat1279 also reviewed this in her polyvore (comments section), and she said of it: It's TTS and I love it. Unfortunately I had to send it back to get the long because it was shorter on me in the regular length than it appears on the model and I wanted to wear it to work. If I didn't need a longer skirt for work, I would have kept the regular. I got it in the brown.
Wrap Jersey Top. Louise (of the very fab blog Running on Anthro--which is on a hiatus) has this to say about this top: The Wrap Jersey Top in Olive Dizzy Spot is my favourite item of everything received. The colours depicted on the website are spot on and the viscose/elastane mix fabric is pleasingly thick for an autumn top. Obviously I tried it on over my bump but even so it reached the waist band of my (low rise) shorts so anyone long in the body or looking for a longer top rather than a tunic would be onto a winner with this one. The neckline is quite low as you can see from the website but a simple cami or even a stitch would prevent any inadvertant flashes of underwear. I can't wait to wear this one once the cooler weather arrives later this year and at £28 on preview promotion I would highly recommend it! Normal size UK8 (US 4).
Uplifting Tee. Louise also reviewed this tee for which she says: The Uplifting Tee in Peppermint Spot is very pretty for £20, it's essentially the same shape as last autumns Pretty Ruffle Tee but slightly narrower through the waist (I have both in a UK8, US 4 and held them up to one another for size comparison) and not as "slubby" in texture. It's a smidge darker IRL than I was expecting from the website image and the dots are a creamy colour. There's a 2 week wait on nearly all sizes in Peppermint, Grey & Pewter on the UK site so it looks like this'll be a popular choice for the pretty colours and twisted neckline detail plus the "low" price point (for Boden!). I did notice in my catalogue that the Pewter colour option has mustard coloured dots not white/cream so be sure to check the zoom as I hadn't noticed this on the website. A solid if not spectacular choice, one up from the much more plain essential tees.
Ravello Top. Louise may not have been able to try the top on (yay, baby!), but this review is still very informative! I didn't try the Flamingo feather Ravello top on properly as it wouldn't stretch over my bump but it is very pretty IRL, I think the flamingo and navy feather colourways will be the most popular. I did feel that for the discounted price (£39) the silk/viscose mix material was very thin and almost fragile as if it would be prone to snagging. IMO not worth the preview price but on a really great COTD (Catch of the Day) code combining deal it would be a lovely option for the office with a pencil skirt.
Drapey Jersey Top. I KNEW Anita Brikman (my girl crush from WUSA 9) was wearing Boden the other day, but since I didn't 100% recognize this top, I didn't take a photo of the screenshot. She looked great, it fit her exactly right, and the ruby showed up as very pretty cherry red on my HD screen. If I can find a screengrab from the internet, I will absolutely post the pic. :) And you had better believe if she wears it again, you all will see it! (She often re-wears her Boden, you go, Anita!)
Printed Cardigan (OT--Doesn't Vanessa look SO PRETTY in this pic?). Louise has this to say: The Printed Cardigan in Scarlet Animal and very thin for that price. 100% extra fine merino wool but machine washable at least. The colours are stunning and true to the website. I was torn between the taupe and scarlet options but picked the right one! The pink & red animal print really pops against the navy background and will look great with jeans or belted with dresses. It won't keep you warm (it was a touch itchy but it is summer after all) so in the deep winter will be a good one for layering over stripy tops or shirts. As with all my Boden knitwear I went up a size to a UK10 (US 6).
Also, I was asked to help a fellow Boden babe/JCA, Jruby18, out with styling the Show Stopping tunic. Of course I was super-flattered, and decided that I needed to give her two looks! :) One is more dressy and probably great for a date or party, while the other is more casual and outdoor friendly. I hope that this helps!
So, here is how I would style it dressy:
Start with a nice thick pair of tights (not leggings so the look is more streamlined) in a hue of black or if you have them, an olive shade, like in the tunic (Casual).
And here is how I would style it casual:
I hope that helped. Be on the lookout for the polyvore set, all!
LINKS TO THE ABOVE LOOKS:
Show Stopping Tunic.
Rosette and Chain Necklace.
You all have a great night. I cannot wait till even more reviews start coming in. Yes! :)