With my Boden party this Thursday (if you're in the area, please come!), I received two early boxes of stock. These are the high summer items that are about to hit the catalogue and are not currently included in the party set yet. I'll add them to the set when it arrives with me so that mine and subsequent parties have the latest stock. But in the meantime, I get to play with it all so I've tried on literally everything that arrived in a 10 or 12. Even items I'd not normally consider ordering - like skirts - yes, I even got my legs out for this post. That's dedication for you :)
First up - the bistro crop trousers. These are fantastic. I have them in white already and the fit is brilliant, they are a lovely weight of fabric and the colours and patterns available are great. Suitable for work, casual wear and going out.
I'm a 12 in these - they do seem to come up a little bit small (says she in denial). This is a new allium print pattern in blue and off white (available later this week).
Next up, a halter-neck jersey dress. Fits perfect in a 10. Great dress for a pear shape and super flattering length.
Skirt number 1 and loving it. It's called the sarong skirt. It zips up like a regular skirt but has a cute tie detail at the side. Beautiful bright colour and very flattering on. Comes up small. I'm wearing a 12.
Next, a couple of items that didn't work so well on me. The navy shift dress has a gorgeous neckline but the material just doesn't hang nicely. I seem to need a 12 on the hips but it feels like it would be too big on the waist if I sized up.
Then we have the sleeveless version of Boden's famous towelling dress - perfect for the beach. I can see the point of this if you live or are holidaying somewhere warm but in my mind, the fabric is still too heavy for hot weather, I think it's one of those items for a chilly Donegal beach - with sleeves and a hood - not without!
Back to items I liked. This next one is a dress length but is made more like a t-shirt/tunic as it's got a jersey back and a woven/material front. The little cap sleeves are jersey also. It's so comfy and I adore the pattern. It's a little big on me in the 12 so I would go for a 10 in this one.
Next up a stunning ruffle wrap dress that was a joy to wear. Such gorgeous jersey and with lovely detail like a button on the neckline to prevent too much boobage exposure. Perfect summer item - throw it on and you're dressed! This size 10 is too neat for my liking so I'd be happier in a 12.
Below the dress are two jersey tops. The first (on the left) I didn't like on the hanger but loved it on. I would size up to the 12 as it felt a bit neat across my waist. The one on the right I DID like on the hanger but didn't like on. It was a bit too long as a tunic but too short as a dress. Lovely detail on the neckline and a great colour but I couldn't see it working in my wardrobe.
The jersey maxi dress was next on my list. I had featured on the blog recently in a dark purple so these two patterns are new to the range. The red/purple was my favourite colour of the two but in a 10 was a bit too short. The yellow/green is a 12 and the length was perfect without being much bigger in the bust/waist.
Another great dress here - perfect for a day event like a Communion or Christening. It's a beautiful shift style with great structure to it - it's a heavy sheeny cotton with some piping detail. In this one, the 12 was too big (I'm holding it in at the back!) so I would order a 10 in it.
Skirts again and another one that while I loved the pattern, I didn't think it would look nice on - but I was wrong. A really pretty print for the summer with some lovely muted colours.
This next top was my most favourite item. I love this style of top - high neckline, collar and sleeveless - a great shape if you're not busty. It's white linen with cream stitching and detail on the collar and around the hem which was difficult to pick up in the photos. I'm wearing a 10 here which fits me but feels slightly neat. I'll order in the 12 and see how I get on.
And finally, a maxi skirt. Loved the shape of this but the print felt a bit too big. Gorgeous colours though.
So that's my Boden try on Part 1. When the rest of my stock arrives tomorrow, I'll do another quick post showcasing my favourite pieces.
Meanwhile, only the items I've linked to are currently available on the Boden site. The rest will launch on Thursday and I'll add the links when they do. Meanwhile, if you are too far away to come to the party but want to order anything virtually and support my nominated charity in the process, drop me a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.