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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

My Boden Winter Staple - Off Duty Merino

So you all saw me trying on the Off Duty Merino jumper before my Boden party and I truly was smitten. 
Well, the very same day, I got an email from Boden, asking me to get involved in a project they are running in conjunction with Stylist.co.uk. As part of this, I had to pick a Winter Staple item from the current collection. Well, guess how long it took to reply to that one? On Saturday, my Winter Staple arrived and since then I've been getting increasingly excited about how much wear I'm going to get from this jumper - it's got endless possibilities. Today, I share a couple of looks to prove this

First up - with faded Maison Scotch jeans and grey ankle boots..this is going to be a popular outfit. I love its simplicity.

Add a pop of colour with my Cole Haan (ancient) pink leather bag and a great scarf and you're good to go..
Now I've had some emails about this jumper as many of you are interested in it since I first featured it. It's not cheap - even with 20% off, it comes in at just over £70. But it is 100% Machine Washable Merino Wool - so you're buying a quality fabric for a start. 
I am not normally a fan of chunky warm knitwear (apart from when it's baltic outside!) as I think it mostly adds bulk but this jumper hangs so nicely, it doesn't do that at all. It is a boxy shape so is best suited to wearing with a slim fitting trouser or jean. If you prefer a more fitted top, the Favourite Roll Neck is a neater fitting option (but size up!).
Overall, I feel for a piece of knitwear in a classic shape and colour like this, it's worth paying a little more for. The reviews online tie in with what I'm saying too so do have a read of them if you want more opinions. Oh and it comes in cashmere too if you're looking for something to add to your Christmas list!

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  1. Oh my ... that jumper looks AMAZING and even from these pictures I can see it's so super soft - I want to stroke the jumper!!

    Fiona
    x

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    1. It is really lovely and soft...shame you're too far away to do any stroking ;) x

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  2. I tend to avoid chunky knits for the same reasons but this looks fab, a real winter staple.

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    1. I think this addition brings my jumper count up to 5 - it's not an easy category to join in my wardrobe but this one ticks all the boxes x

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  3. It looks fab Avril. The colour is lovely on you and I love all your ideas. Lots of inspiration-thank you, Liz xxx

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    1. Thanks Liz and right back atcha! Love your blog too x

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  4. Hi my dear! This really is a super versatile and stylish item for Autumn and Winter and it goes so well with a variety of different colour jeans too, you made a fabulous choice to have this piece!! xx

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    1. Thanks Sharon - I'm so pleased. Already have plans to wear it again tomorrow! x

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  5. Really love those Clarks boots! Think it will be great with your Maison Scotch patterned jeans too. I had a jumper in this shape from Uniqlo last year and wore it to death.
    x

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    1. Thanks Nic - yes, almost wore it on the post with the MS jeans but I am featuring them again later in the week so didn't want to bore everyone with them! Might wear that combo tomorrow though...x

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  6. Gorgeous jumper!! Wish I could wear something like that but high necks just seem to make my chest look huge!!

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    1. Well, you are more blessed in that department than I but you are petite too and have such a lovely tiny waist so you'd be better going with a more fitted jumper. Looking forward to seeing what you picked up from Boden - hopefully see u at the weekend x

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  7. Just love the 1st one, with the rolled up jeans and grey ankle boots.....simple but a great look. Xx

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    1. Isn't it - so easy to throw on and you're ready to face the world! Thanks for dropping by lovely. Adoring your knitwear on the blog today! x

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  8. I love the first combination. Simple as it comes. And I remember Joanna (Poppy's Style) having something very similar in black last year which had me hankering after a black version. And you say they do it in cashmere? Yum-meeeee.

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    1. They do indeed, tho funnily enough, I found the cashmere to be more irritating on my skin for some reason? I'm a bit funny with wooly jumpers but this merino one is not scratchy or tickly at all. Must have a look at Joanna's blog now - I bet she had this one! x

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  9. Love that style jumper for casual wear and keeps you warm enough without having to add a coat whilst shopping etc!
    ~Anne

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    1. Exactly Anne - perfect when you're driving most of the day, as I do. Thanks for dropping by and for your lovely comment! x

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  10. Love that jumper - colour, shape, fabric everything! Also love all the ways you have styled it ... my fave is the first one. Love the simplicity. And LOL to Fiona but I agree .. it does look like the kind of jumper you'd want to stroke :)

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    1. Aw...thanks Helen and haha at the stroking...I'm DEFO not wearing this jumper to the meet-up or it could get a bit weird :) x

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    2. Oh, that's really made me laugh! You in the middle .. and Fiona & I on either side, wine in one hand and gently stroking your sleeve with the other LOL!!!!

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  11. Love the jumper Avril, I'm wearing that rainbow scarf with a grey jumper today too, so loving that outfit. It will go with loads though, grey is such a grey colour! X

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    1. Thanks Trea - and I'm so pleased you like your scarf! It really does go with everything! x

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  12. The jumper looks lovely- did you size down or get your normal size?

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    1. Hello there! I got the S, which I took to be a 10....I had read reviews about the XS being a bit short in the arms...I'm sure it would fit in the body but I didn't want it snug in the neck or the arms. Hope that helps! x

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    2. Thank you! Think I might invest after your fantastic blog!

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  13. I love the rolled up jeans n boots in the first pic! Jumper looks amazing with them! It will go with loads I'm sure! Ax

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