Sunday, August 18, 2013

OOTD/Review: Boden Daisy Jacquard Dress.

Happy Sunday, all! Since today is the last day of the Catch of the Day (sad face), I figured I would put up one last review of an item currently in the sale, the Daisy Jacquard dress in coral.

Since I wore it last night to church and dinner, I also figured I could make this post a two-fer ootd/review post.

First up will be the ootd portion followed by the review.

Day: Saturday, August 17, 2013.

Where:  Mass followed by a Vietnamese restaurant.

Ease of Wear: (3.5 of 5 stars--5 being the most easy to wear.)  Big points for comfort to the dress which is very easy to wear, especially since dresses like this sometimes can be a bit too fitted on my lower half.  This time, Boden has given the skirt portion just a bit of a flare meaning that the skirt skims my hips instead of embracing them so closely.  Bravo, Boden, for keeping us pear shapes in mind when creating this sheath dress.

I did minus a point because my J. Crew sandals felt off at the beginning, one of the straps felt tighter than I remembered it, and because I had to fuss with it so much, I dinged the whole outfit.

Cool Factor: (3 of 5 stars--5 being the coolest.)  Hmm, it's a beautiful garment in a gorgeous shade of orange, but not super cool.*  Very memorable, though.  I look forward to bringing it with me to wear to a wedding I am attending in California at the end of this month.

*The Brady Bunch would have loved it, though. 

Anecdote from the day:  Right before Communion, the cantor fainted!  We have a choir loft where she sings from alongside the organist.  Since we sit in the nave portion of the church at the very back (kids often need to be *taken out*), Rex, CW, and I had prime view of the poor lady crumpling to the ground.  Barely anyone noticed, and I was FLIPPING out.  Fainting can be a sign that something serious is going on, and in the past when I have fainted (always during pregnancy), I had to go immediately to the doctor.

Anyhow, the lady was escorted out, thank goodness, but it was really scary not being able to help her, even though I know it wasn't my job to help her.  I really hope she is fine.

On another note, singing without a cantor is interesting.  They really do help lead the congregation, and their job is really underappreciated, if you think about it.

Daisy Jacquard Dress. I figured this dress would have little give, and based on the measurements, I figured I would need the 8 L, with the likely possibility that I might have to exchange for the 10 L since the hip measurement seemed to be on the smaller end of my "comfort" zone.

As it turns out, the sizing is fab-u-lous.  The bust fits well, not too loose, as can often happen in Boden dresses.  (This may be an issue, though, for you if you have a larger bustline, though--and it has a side zip, which I know can make getting items on and off a chore.)  The waist is tight enough for definition, but feels less fitted than it looks.  The skirt portion is an a-line that looks more like a straight skirt due to how the pleats were added at the waistline.

It also has pockets, woo!  :-)

The entire dress is lined in a very soft synthetic material in a matching shade of orange.  It will be wonderful for wearing with tights, which means this can be a winter dress, even if the color evokes any season *but* winter. 

Side view.  There is a tiny poof there at the waist right by the pockets, but considering what other dresses and skirts have had from Boden in the past, this barely registers as anything other than shaping, lol.

The skirt portion at the waist is where I had the biggest fit issues, which I wasn't expecting.  I think since I have a shorter back length and a slight sway back, I had a bit of pooling of fabric right below the waistband.  This is particular to me, though, and since most women I know at my height aren't as short in the torso as I am, you should be fine and not have the weird pooling of fabric.  And since I don't care because really, who in their right mind is going to fixate upon one bit of fabric while I am out and about?

Back view.  You can see the bit of fabric pooling here.

Otherwise, I love the back view, so forgiving!

The fabric is very interesting.  It is a jacquard, which is a type of fabric that is woven together to create shapes and designs, but it is not a jacquard made from a traditional fabric, like silk or wool.  Instead this is a poly/cotton blend, with a bit of stretch thrown in for good measure.  The fabric will stretch, which I love, but since the lining doesn't stretch, I don't really see the point.  If Boden really wanted to make best friends will all us ladies, the would do a stretchy jacquard dress lined in a stretchy material that is also tights friendly.  That can't be *too much* to ask for, can it?  ;-)

The material also feels and looks like a retro dress from the late 60s and early 70s, especially in this coral shade and the green/yellow shade (which may be why those two shades are in the sale and not the ice blue shade).  Definitely very Carol Brady!

Daisy Jacquard Dress
Daisy Jacquard Dress.  Hey, coral isn't selling out!  Oh, well, maybe now that it has been seen on a body IRL that isn't a size 2 and nearing 6 feet tall, and people can see that it really isn't a scary bright pumpkin orange, more people will consider this shade??? 

It is $111 with all the discounts, but as long as Y7P1 is still available and working as a code, you can grab the dress with an additional $25 off.  (See the bottom paragraph of this post for more info on the code and a link to the sale.)

Okay, all, that's it. 

I won't be around till late tonight, since we are going to Richmond to visit Rex's kindergarten teacher, so if you have any questions, it is possible you won't hear back from me till later.  I find it easier to respond to questions at my facebook page, so if it can't wait, go ahead and drop a line there!

BTW, if you are only buying a few items, the code Y7P1 (THANK YOU SO MUCH, Jaclyn, for the info!) will get you $10 off $50 or $25 off $100.  As far as I can tell, the code was still working as of yesterday.  It may get pulled, so do keep that in mind.  Use the code on the shopping bag page, btw.
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