Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Massive Boden Try On - Part 1

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 schoolgatestyle@yahoo.co.uk.
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  1. Oooh wish I was coming - LOVE the sarong skirt! xx

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    1. It's great isn't it? Didn't expect to like it as much as I do! Ax

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  2. oh my goodness I don't know where to start! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the sarong skirt - that is my most favourite item ever!

    I love the blue floral shift dress

    I think the maxi skirt is amazing on you

    Are the maxi dresses really low that you'd always have to wear a vest top?

    Fiona

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    1. Haha - glad you like. It's so strange to be wearing summer clothes when it's still cold outside! The maxi's might be ok on someone else but I am freakishly short between my neck and cleavage so almost everything needs a vest to be decent! Ax

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  3. Loved this post! Have to say my favs are the cute retro feel sarong skirt, the maxi skirt, peter pan collar that you liked and the ''christening'' dress. Gorgeous pieces and I hope to see you in those trousers again for they're gorgeous! Have fun on Thursday! xx

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  4. Sound like a great night planned, I went down the page saying I love the cropped jeans, I love the skirt, I love the... no wait I love them all :0)

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  5. Some lovely pieces here. My favourites are the first trousers, the maxi dress and the dress you say would be nice for a christening. How on earth are you going to choose?

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  6. OMG, Avril. This is stunning, and I am insanely jealous that you all can have these shows! (Johnnie, I would happily do one in DC, just saying!)

    I will post this blog post at my FB page and I will definitely be linking to this post in my next Boden Weekly Review Roundup. My readers are going to be so stoked to see all these pretties on you. :)

    You look gorgeous in the jersey back/woven print cotton front dress. Lovely lovely lovely!

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    1. Thank you for the mention Dina - i had lots of visitors from your post. Really appreciate it xx

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  7. I love your trousers in the first picture! Such a quirky print.

    Emma x
    http://beautyandrags.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. Hi Avril! great pieces, I'm sure there is going to be one massive dressing up frenzy at the party! I really love the bistro crop trousers on you and the last skirt and cream top are gorgeous too! xx

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  9. Wish I was coming - I would really like to see some Boden clothing for myself and try on. The alium print is lovely on the trousers - you should get those as they really suit you.

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    1. I got them in the plain white in the end...I chickened out basically :) x

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  10. Yay! Finally my browser loaded the photos! Worth waiting for as some gorgeous pieces! I adore the cropped Bistro trousers & they look awesome on you! Ooh you are going to have so much fun! :) Ax

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  11. Lovely items and nice prints. I've never bought any Boden but always like the look of their stuff. Is the quality good? Hannah x

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    1. Hey Hannah, the quality is mostly good - that's why the parties are great because you can get a good feel for that. I thought one or two items seemed expensive but mostly, the patters, colours and fabric feel about right for the price. Ax

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  12. Arrived via Dina's FB link (thanks D!) & have posted in the Boden FB groups I belong too as well so they all come over & check your post. The yellow/ turq maxi dress is stunning. Hope your party goes well- good luck!

    Louise
    Whatlouwore365.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you SO much Louise - really appreciate you doing that. Looking forward to the party now - just getting the house re-arranged for my delivery! Will pop over to your blog when the madness has died down, Ax

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  13. Oh I do love a marathon trying on session, u must have been in heaven, and there's more to come! Looking forward to Thursday, and seeing sme stuff in the flesh never been up close and personal to Boden before!

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    1. Cannot WAIT to meet up - hope I am not all stressed out and we actually get to chat. See you tomorrow, Ax

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  14. I am a massive Boden fan and have so much of their stuff. I absolutely love the two jersey tops on you (even the one you're not sure about!). They are stunning! Also love the red/purple maxi dress and the halter neck maxi dress. Have a great Boden party!

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  15. Love the Bistro crops on you Avril - perfect shape and that colour really suits you too. Boden party sounds fun! xx

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    1. I'll let you know after it happens...right now, I'm excited...on Friday, I may be having an early morning gin - haha! Ax

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  16. Love the two patterned blue dresses, I'm excited to see the pieces IRL :)
    S xx

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  17. The bistro trousers are fab on you and love love love the sarong skirt. Hope the party goes well xx

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  18. Oh my word, so much gorgeous stuff! Loved the trousers on you .. the wraparound dress .. the linen top. Just lovely. So wish I was able to pedal up the M1 to you tomorrow, but just can't fit it in. Maybe next time. I've always wanted to see Boden clothes in RL. Enjoy the party, I'm sure it will be a great success. Helen

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