Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Boden Weekly Review Roundup: First of 2014.

Good Wednesday afternoon!  We are snowed in here for the second day in a row.  Since my kids had Friday last week and Monday this week off anyhow, this has turned into quite a little mini vacation for them.  I am a tiny bit ready for them to go back to school, but I have definitely enjoyed the time off from the school run, if I am being 100% honest here.  ;-)

Okay, so a lot has occurred in the time since the last BWRR.  As many of you already know, Boden both rolled out their spring line (post on it here) and set up another preview for their Summer line (post on it here).  Since I wrote the post on the Summer preview, they have updated the Boden Preview site to include mini Boden.  They also updated the women's section with items that had originally been in the Spring Preview (some of my picks from this post had summer items in it) that did not roll out with the Spring line.  So if you want a second chance at some Summer items that you thought you couldn't get for the 20% off, like the Erin Dress, you have another go at it. 

I had canceled the items from my spring order that were these summer items and was all set to accept that I lost my chance on them at the lower price, but I am glad to see I have another go at it.  Yippee!  Not all the items I canceled are there, but there are a couple, and that is good enough for me.

You can receive the 20% off with free shipping by using the code PRV3, by the way.

Before I get into the actual reviews, two blog friends took a closer look at Boden items from the spring line.  Liz of What Liz Loves wrote two separate posts on "How Boden does Vogue."  Part one can be found here and part two can be found here.  Fashion Mommy takes a closer look at the London Tales from the spring line looks here.

Onto the reviews!

Regular Boden:

Sophia Sweater (Jumper). Size 6.  From the looks of this picture you would think I would have nothing but utmost praise for it, but we can't stop short because this sweater is so long.  (Oh, I tried there.  LOL.)

Anyhow, this sweater is very lovely, barring its insane length, and it is still a keeper.  The color is vibrant and beautiful, and the knitting is a bit unusual (more of a purl than a knit, if you knit, you will understand that).  The yarn it is made from is super cozy, a blend of cotton and wool. 

Here you can really see the length.  It was so long I basically chose to wear it as a shorter tunic.  It is possible that since it is made from a cotton/wool blend that it will shrink with the wash, but since I line dry and cold wash all my items (outside of undergarments, of course), it may not shrink.  It looks fine as a long tunic, but I was surprised by how long it was.

The model was seated in the stock photo, so that may be why I was tricked into believing it was a shorter sweater.  The copy on Boden's site clearly mentions how long it is, but I must not have read it.  Ah, well.  Here I am seated on the railing to my stairs, and it looks shorter. 

Bonus is if you are a gal with a long torso...on you this sweater should be long enough, which I *know* many of you have taken issue with Boden for in the past.  I may be fine with their shorter offerings, but I know that many of you can't wear items that short without exposing belly.  So yay for that!

Side View.  My hubby really liked this outfit (and my hair).  The look of the sweater is quite preppy, so if you are a fan of traditional preppy looks, this is probably going to be a winner in your book.  The sweater also comes in a classic navy and red (orange?) for those of you who prefer less bright options.

If this sweater covers my bottom, I guarantee you it will cover yours.  LOL. 

Sophia Sweater
Sophia Sweater.  The red (orange?) shade is looking low in stock in some sizes. You are good to go in the other sizes and colors.  Oh, and now I see the length.  I don't know that this full shot was in the preview, though.

Penny Loafers
Penny Loafers.  I wore and briefly reviewed these in this post (first outfit). One thing to note, the only review at Boden mentions that the green shade is a bright green, like stoplight green instead of the pretty mint you see at the site. The navy is definitely true to color, fwiw.

Must Have Tee
Bistro Short
Must Have Tee, Bistro Short, and Button Back Sweater.  Even though I haven't worn them out in real life yet, I took a few photos of these three items here at this post.  To get to the Button Back Sweater page, please use the link embedded in the name as my affiliate program does not have this one in their directory.

Soft Leather Bowling Bag
Soft Leather Bowling Bag.  Liz was gifted this beauty by Boden (cough, cough, wouldn't mind the peach one myself, Mr. Boden, wink wink) and has worn it as part of an outfit here and reviewed it here.

Clearance Boden (items that are still available):
Military Wool Jacket
Jacquard Roll Neck
Embellished Ballet Flats
Military Wool Jacket, Bistro Wool Crop, Jacquard Roll Neck, and Embellished Ballet Flats. I wore the Military Wool Jacket as part of an outfit here, the Bistro Wool Crops are on me here and here, and I wore the Jacquard Roll Neck and Embellished Ballet Flats here.  Use the link embedded in the Bistro Wool Crop name to get to that item as my affiliate program does not have those in its directory.

British Tweed Blazer
Canonbury Clutch

Honeycomb Stitch Sweater
Westbourne Sweater
British Tweed Blazer, Canonbury Clutch, Bistro Crop Trousers, Honeycomb Stitch Sweater, and Westbourne Sweater. What Lou Wore has shown all of these pretty clearance items off in these posts:
1. Tweed blazer here as part of an outfit and her original review can be found here.
2. The Canonbury clutch can be seen here.
3. The Bistro Crop* and Honeycomb Sweater are here.  You can also see the Honeycomb sweater here.
4. The Westbourne jumper can be seen on Lou here.
*Use the link embedded in the name for the bistro crop trousers as my affiliate does not have that link in its directory.

Flowerburst Necklace
Boho Boot
Jewelled Tunic Dress
Flowerburst Necklace, Boho Boots, and the Jewelled Tunic Dress. What Liz Loves showed off these items in these following posts:
1. You can see the Flowerburst Necklace on her here.
2. The Boho Boots can be seen here.
3. The Jewelled Tunic Dress can be seen here and here.

Westbourne Sweater
Westbourne Sweater. Joanna wore her very cozy looking sweater here.

Sparkle Knitted Jacket
Emma Top
Fair Isle Cardigan
Sparkle Knitted Jacket, Emma Top, and the Fair Isle Cardigan. School Gate Style shows off her outfits featuring these items in these posts:
1. You can see both the Sparkle Knitted Jacket and the Emma Top on Avril here.
2. The Fair Isle Cardigan is shown on her here.

Okay, that's all for now!  Thanks to all of you for your patience in waiting for this current BWRR, and thank you to all my blog friends for their amazing reviews/ootds featuring yummy Boden clothing.

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