Happy Friday all!
In case you missed it, I wrote up my winter/holiday picks at this post. I received the Tulip Party Dress yesterday and realized that while it fit, it was a touch too close for my liking in the hips. I started a thread at my facebook page lamenting the fact, but on the advice of my facebook friends, I went ahead and reordered the size 8 R (since the 8 L is out of stock). Really wish I could have had the 8 L, but maybe a little leg at the high school reunion isn't that bad of a thing, right? ;-)
I should get the picks post up for the Spring 2014 preview, but it is a slow process. The 20% off promo (PRV3) is set to expire on November 18, so I can guarantee you all that I will get the picks done well before then.
There are a lot of reviews here today (yay!!!), so let's get our boden review party started...
First, though, let's help a blog friend out...
Advice needed from Boden fans for another Boden fan, Anna. She asks:
Hello, I was wondering if somebody could help me out. I got the Paris blouse and love it, the fit is perfect in my usual size, I love the design, color and pattern (got the navy with mushrooms). However, I had reservations ordering it as it's made of rayon and I've never had a good experience with rayon pieces (they always shrink even if they are supposed to be machine or hand-washable). I now saw two reviews on Boden site commenting on how the top shrunk to the point of being unusable after washing. So I pretty much made up my mind about returning it, but I thought that before doing it I'd ask here if anybody here washed their blouse and how it turned out. How I wish Boden used a different fabric for this beautiful top!
I responded that I didn't have any direct advice since most of my rayon has not shrunk, but I understand the worry, since I have read stories of items shrinking (mainly in length) over time. I baby all my rayon and rayon blend items because of that, but I realize that even with a gentle touch, my rayon items' days are numbered.
Any advice out there???
I am really glad I ordered this when I did (in preview) as all the tweed shades have completely sold out (occasional popbacks of course).
I chose to buy the 8 L and while it fits, it is a very close fit. I feel kind of va-va-va voom in it, which wasn't necessarily what I was going for, but in the end, that's my hangup since I can objectively see that the dress makes the most of my curves and doesn't overemphasize my larger bottom half.
The dress is fully lined in a black poly of some sort, very silky, which is nice for when wearing the dress with tights.
It is actually a mix of fabrics, including cotton, and no wool. This means, though, that it can be worn in warmer months, which if you are in a place like VA, is more of the year than not.
I forgot to clip the vent thread there at the bottom of the dress and it split upon my attempt to use the facilities. Whoops. I always forget to clip those threads. Tell me I am not alone. ;-)
CW sang the Marine Corps anthem constantly in the three week period leading up to the assembly, and I *still* catch her humming it to herself. I see a future Mrs. Marine Corps or a future Marine Corps troop (she can be one herself, ya know!).
I chose to add a pop of color by wearing the orange bonbon coat since all the grey/sage/black was a bit blah.
Chic Tweed Shift. So sold out, but popbacks come and go...just keep a hawk eye out for them.
Military Wool Jacket. Wore it for real a few weeks ago, hate the cold, but love all the awesome outerwear I have in my wardrobe! (Photo of the ootd is near the bottom of the post.)
Ava Dress. Check out new mom Monica in the Ava Dress. She looks so good! Congrats again on the birth of your darling daughter, Monica! :)
Amelie Dress. As you know by now if you read this blog's every single post, I chose to purchase the Amelie dress in brown because of "Baroness" That Damn Green Dress. She looked so good in hers, I figured I at least needed to see if it would work for me. (It did! I wore it in NYC last weekend--take a sneak peek at it on me below this paragraph.)
Hannah Dress (praline color), Printed Button Back Sweater (Jumper) (no affiliate link, use link in name), Notre Dame Skirt, Bistro Pants (Trousers), Montpellier Top, Hannah Dress (berry color), and Winter Audrey Dress. See all the above on the wonderful Lou here (Hannah dress praline), here (for the button back sweater), here (for the Notre Dame skirt, Bistro pants, Montpellier top, and the berry Hannah dress), and here (for the Audrey dress).
Off Duty Sweater (Jumper), and Canonbury Clutch. See the two items on Avril here at this blog post.
St. Ives Sweater, Westbourne Sweater, and Desert Boot. See them on Joanna here (for the sweaters) and here (for the *very bright pink* boots). :-)
Boden Reviews Page Reviews. (Thanks as always to the people who contributed reviews!).
Libby Dress. Above you see two images of the lovely Evi wearing this dress in red. She looks amazing in it. If I didn't already own two LouLou dresses (sickness, I know), I would be all over this one. I will live vicariously through Evi instead, who also had a written review to accompany her photos.
I received the Libby dress in red today. The colour is very very very
bright(which I like but it's not everyone's cup of tea) The cut and
fabric are very similar to last year's Loulou dress which I also have.
Some reviews said the waist was too high but I think it's okay on me.
I'm 170cm,pear shaped and my measurements are 91cm-71cm-110cm (I don't
know it in inches,sorry).
The measurements in inches/feet are 5'6" tall, 36"bust, 28" waist, 43" hips. She is nearly my measurements! Evi, whatever you like I am likely to like, so keep those reviews coming (I selfishly say, lol). :-)
Libby Dress. Not selling out completely, but many colors/sizes are super low stock or sold out. Depends on the color you want.
I just received a Boden ponte skater skirt and I love it! I normally go
for pencil skirts because they flatter my rather straight figure.
Pleated, full skirts I often find frumpy. Not this one. The fabric is
quite thin and the skirt is unlined but it falls perfectly and does not
cling to tights. I ordered 12L rather than my usual size 10 (UK, sorry,
not sure about American sizes) because many reviewers said it was rather
short so I wanted it to fall on my hips and cover my knees. In fact,
the long length makes it respectably long even when fitting tightly to
your waist, which I the point of this skirt. So if I the overseas
shipping costs were not prohibitive, I would exchange it because it does
fall below waist than it should on me. The skirt was 40 per cent off in
mid-season sale so it was a great deal. I am wearing it here with heels
but it works great with flats, too. So all in all, highly recommended.
Ponte Skater Skirt. Wowza, nearly all gone. As per usual, check back for popbacks, as they do happen.
Leather Gloves and Bejewelled Sweater. Lizzyt shared her reviews of these two items with us. She would also love some thoughts on how to style the bejeweled sweater, so if you have some ideas, definitely share them in the comments!!! :-)
Must Have Tunic,
Retro Tunic Dress,
Libby Dress, and
Must Have Tee.
Must Have Tunic - I was
afraid this may look maternity on me, but I really loved the pattern and
color so I tried it anyway. It does indeed make me look like I'm
expecting. I have a very long waist and this just hit too high. The
scoop neck was also too low on me. It was dress length on short-legged
me. The fabric was nice and comfy. Poorly suited for my shape, but would
work well on straight and boy figures I think.
Sweater - I love this sweater. I love this type of neckline, the color
is beautiful, and the fabric is soft and warm. Comfy, cozy, and cute, I
want them all.
Retro Tunic Dress - This fits like a long
Audrey Sweater. I also love this, for all the same reasons. However, I
hate the pockets. Not the zippers, those add interest, but the actual
pocket that adds weird lumps to my body. The fabric is just not thick
enough for the actual pocket. A+ otherwise and I'm getting the pockets
removed. The Regular length is an above knee dress on me, bit baggy
thorough the middle but hugs my chest and bottom in a classy sexy way.
TTS to slightly big.
Jumper - Comfortable, cute, and a good price. I liked the look and
feel. However, I wasn't paying attention to item descriptions and didn't
know about the metallic threading in the sweater. I'm not blingy with
my clothing really and I knew that bit of sparkle would make me pass it
up, so back it went.
A bit small, I ordered a 6 and it fit great.
Dress - I ordered this in a Long so the waist would hit where it needed
to. Good call as it was perfect length. The hem hit me at high-mid
calf. That's fine, I had been planning on getting it hemmed. The navy
color isn't very rich, it actually looks like a faded purple. I sent his
one back. It looked nice on my body and I did like it. The fabric was
heavy and comfortable and it was warm and my style. It just wasn't
special enough for the price. I'd love to catch this one on sale though.
TTS to a bit big. I wish Boden made 2L.
Have Tee - This is what makes Boden great. I didn't order this. I had
ordered the Must Have Tunic in Fig and they sent me this tee by mistake.
They immediately refunded me for the tunic and told me to keep the tee
on them. Love you, Boden!
Anywho, I like the color and the fabric is
very light and comfortable. It's extremely casual and very big in the
body with snug arms. If I had bought this, I wouldn't be keeping it.
Since it's a "gift" I wear it layered under other items. Because it's
thin, it isn't bulky and works well under slim sweaters.
1-2 sizes too big.
it! I tried pretty much everything I wanted and fits in my life from
their winter range. I'm looking forward to Spring and have my eye on a
few items in preview.
Jersey Harem Pants. Size 15-16. After loving and wearing last spring's version of these (see them here), I pounced on the navy star version during the fall preview. They fit exactly like last spring's. I wore this to go take Angus to a Little Gym class and to get our car repaired. The freaking van took forever, so I ended up running a bunch of shopping errands during that time, thanks to the shuttle they have at the VW dealership. The whole outfit was super comfortable, thankfully. I am wearing last spring's Sparkle Skye sweater (you can still get
this fall's version of the Skye Sweater) and last spring's suede brogues here, too (you can still get
this fall's version of the Brogue).
Jersey Harem Pants. Not selling out the way they did last spring, but bound to be super popular once the clearance time comes. I chose, btw, to not have my harem pants be as oversized as they have them on the teen model. Maybe at 15 I could have done it, but not now. No way, Jose. If you like that look, size up.
It fits exactly like I would want it to, not too tight, yet not too loose. Looks really nice with leggings or skinny pants, but I don't think I would ever attempt the dress in tights.
There are pockets, too, and they are fairly hidden. I used them quite a bit during the day, fwiw.
Sally Sweater Dress. Fully stocked, so you can probably wait...less likely to be as popular since it is a fairly trendy item and won't work for everyone's lifestyle.
Boyfriend Jeans. Took my pair out for another spin a few weeks ago. (Halfway down the post, btw.)
Okay, you all still around? Lots there, huh? Thanks again, all my blog friends for their reviews. You all are the best!
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