Sunday, March 19, 2017

Boden: Mid-Season Sale Reviews. And More...

I'll get to the "and more" I refer to in the title in a moment, but first...

Boden rolled out their mid-season sale and for once in a really long time, the deals are actually quite good.  Nice items, popular, too, are actually at a decent percentage off, maybe not 40% off, but a whole bunch of them are at 20% to 30% off.  Woo!

And to make it even better (bear in mind this may go away), apparently the code that the affiliate program gave me for the month of March is working together with the mid-season sale, so it's like Boden has decided we're in 2012 up in here (last time I believe they let us do that!).  (Use 8R3F on the shopping bag page!) That there is my "and more" of the title.  My hope is that no one even bothers to read my blog anymore but hardcore Boden fans, so that the powers that be at Boden won't realize this has happened.  That said, I am thinking they'll figure it out without little ole me telling you all, so be aware the awesome could disappear.  ;-)

Okay, I have worn quite a few of the recent purchases in the past two months (eep, two months without an update), and want to share them with you all.  Thank you to Boden for starting the sale when I am off work.  During the week I am lucky if I get an instagram photo up, so I know I wouldn't update the blog.

Here are the reviews!

Fleur Fitted Dress. Size 8 Regular.  I chose to get the 8 regular rather than the 8 long because I have seen Boden run to a longer hemline, and though I could get away with wearing this below my knee, I didn't want to take that chance.  I chose right since the silhouette is exactly right finishing at the knee.

This dress is superb.  I was not in love with the price of this one, but when I put it on and realized what it did to my figure (hey, it's not a pear shape in this one!), and felt how comfortable it is (has a touch of elastane for stretch in both the lining and the outer cotton fabric), I was okay with the price.  The price now is about $9 less than I paid for it (the extra % off really helps there).

It has a back zip and the sleeves end just above the elbow.  The fabric is a basketweave cotton fabric, so it is thick and textured, but it isn't too heavy nor structured.  This is not a drapey dress, by any means, but it wears well.  It was only a touch wrinkled when I got home, too, and I had worn it all day.

The pattern is stunning.  I love border prints and this is one of the prettiest I have ever seen.

My original instagram was here.

Fleur Fitted Dress.  The navy one is selling out and nearly all sizes in regular are gone.  The white one has more availability, for now.  I think the white one would be very nice for a spring wedding guest, so it may sell out in the future?

Rita Ruched Dress.  Size 8 Regular.  Again, I went with an 8 regular, because the long would have been too frumpy for me in this sheath shape.  Though I often wear 6 in jersey dresses, I won't in Boden's sheath shaped lyocell or ponte dresses, since they are usually too tight on my hips in that size.

This dress is similar in aesthetic to the Fleur Fitted, but has some obvious differences.  Though they clearly both feature pink border prints, this one is vine-y, and more saturated with the rose hues than the fleur.  The sheath shape is also similar, but this fabrication (a lyocell) means it drapes much differently, and hugs the curves in a different way, as well.

The dress is a pull on, which bugs, but it's a better choice than having a zip back there weighing it down.  There is a slip lining, and while I appreciate it, I think it runs a touch short in comparison with the hem of the dress's outer fabric.

The color of the skirt solid portion is a weird muddy dark grey color.  I like the color, but it isn't a pure grey, brown, or black, so bear that in mind.

Rita Ruched Dress.  Not even close to selling out.  The price right now (with the additional % off) is nearly 50% off, so I'd call that a really good price.

Posy Shirt Dress.  Size 6 Long.  This one I have done a review on, so this is mainly to show you how it looks on me.  I want you to ignore the very light pale stockings.  I wanted to wear this dress, along with my bright red coat on "National Wear Red" day for woman's heart health, but that day was SO stupid cold, and I couldn't make this work with darker tights, so I rolled with my flesh-colored tights.  LOL.

Anyhow, this dress just fits me in the waist, and my waist is very small in comparison with my hips, so I would caution you to purchase the size that fits your waist.  The dress otherwise fits me well.

Posy Shirt Dress.  This is proving popular.  It is a very lovely print and an unusual, unique take on the shirt dress, so I can see why it is selling well.

Sorrento Jersey Dress.  Size 8 Long.  This dress also had a review, so this is to show you it on me.  I really love this one so much.  Though I am not showing my hands in the pockets, they are great, deep, and don't add any bulk to the hip area (score!).  It was obviously worn by me as a coverup on our vacation to the Turks and Caicos, but I definitely have plans to wear it to school.  It is a versatile piece, so I definitely recommend it (if you can get it in your size).

Sorrento Jersey Dress.  This one is all sold out.  Popbacks happen, but they are not assured.  If you see it, in your size, with this sale, and you want it.  Trust me.  I have hopes that its popularity means that Boden will reissue it again in other seasons in solids and in other beautiful prints.

Ischia Halter Neck Swimsuit.  Size 6.  Since I carry all my weight below where the swimsuit's leg openings are, I went with my smaller size in Boden.  (I can wear a 4 or 6 in J. Crew for comparison.)  I have a very small bust (32B) and a short torso for my height, so swimsuits like this are fine.  I don't need bust support and the shorter length is fine for me.

Having said that, the reviews are very much weighted on the side of this one being too short overall, and the bust support being far too little.  I would recommend this suit to people with my type of frame.  (Or if you are a very slender type, with a short torso.)  This would likely not be your best choice if you hold your weight in your bust and/or have a long torso.

I like how the halter draws the eye upward, and the very subtle print variation on the bust seaming was another added bonus.  I personally had to tie the ties at the halter neck super tight, but again, I am very short up top.

I hate my back view, but considering my hatred, I only semi-hate this shot.  (My husband did this without me knowing  Though I would love to shrink my upper thigh area, I can see that this suit doesn't make me look super huge, either, so I'll take it.  If you have a smaller hip area, and can carry off this suit in your torso and bust, I know this one would likely look AMAZING on you!

Ischia Halter Swimsuit.  This one is definitely not selling out.  I was glad to have bought it when I did, since I had a reason to wear it early in the season, but I bet most of you could wait.

Juliette T-Shirt.  Size 15-16.  This is another "I've already reviewed" review, so really, this is mainly for you to get a look on it on a human.  ;-)   It is quite comfortable, and though a more slim fit than Johnnie b. tops in the past, it still fits my size 6 fine.  (That said, I just received the Nadia tee, and it fits much less slim, so I think it may be a style design in the Juliette.)

Juliette T-Shirt.  Not sold out in the grey birdie print or the white one, but the blue one is almost all gone.  I think the grey is so cute, so I don't get the love for the blue, but whatever.

Okay, that's all for now.  I hope this maybe helped some of you!

Do you have any items you are loving in the mid-season sale?

Remember, I don't know how long that Boden will allow the additional 15% off (with the code 8R3F), so at any moment, it could return to "just" a mid-season sale, with good deals, but no additional % off.
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