How can anyone afford to shop in Boden?!

(87 Posts)
Elfina Tue 19-Aug-14 18:47:26

DH and I are both on pretty good wages, but I'm shocked at how expensive it is! Even in the sale it's pricey.

So who shops there? Maybe I'm just being tight?!

PenisesAreNotPink Tue 19-Aug-14 18:50:47

I think it's quite good value in the sale.

Theres a vast gulf now between reasonable quality shops like Jigsaw/joules/Boden/kew etc and cheapy shops like Primark and new look

If you shop in Primark everywhere looks expensive grin

Bowlersarm Tue 19-Aug-14 18:52:00

I shop there. The DSes wouldn't be seen in it now, but I still get a few things for myself every season. It seems to last forever.

LightastheBreeze Tue 19-Aug-14 19:01:54

I can often get a top under £20 in the sale and have had lots of trousers/jeans under £30 in the sale. All have lasted well.

I have also had some of the handbags, usually with 50-70% off.

This makes it very comparable with places like Next, Debenams, Marks, etc and better quality.

I generally buy stuff each sale time and because they trot out similar styles each year it doesn't date. Also never really in fashion either grin

atticusclaw Tue 19-Aug-14 19:04:58

I buy stuff in the sale. It's much better quality than lots of the high street shops.

Hassled Tue 19-Aug-14 19:07:01

The stuff does last well but nevertheless, it's overpriced for what it is. What I buy, I buy in the sales.

Gillybobs Tue 19-Aug-14 19:08:49

Always a discount code on the go and the sales can be good, it's the only stuff I buy that lasts and lasts. Not into the crazy patterns mind you

321zerobaby Tue 19-Aug-14 19:09:04

Depends how many clothes you have. I buy one or 2 Boden dresses a year, normally wait for a 30% deal, and will where them for several years. If you are a fashion shopper who buys something new every week or so, then it would work out expensive.

morethanpotatoprints Tue 19-Aug-14 19:13:43

I wouldn't be seen dead in it tbh, over priced and boring, its all the same.
I have heard its good quality though, but I'd rather have something a bit less drab.

Gillybobs Tue 19-Aug-14 19:14:31

I've never heard it described as drab before, quite the opposite!

ZaraW Tue 19-Aug-14 19:20:34

Boden does some really great basics. I love the Bistro crops they fit so well and the quality is fantastic. I would rather buy less but get higher quality items.

polyhymnia Tue 19-Aug-14 19:20:42

No it's certainly not drab! On the contrary, they have way too many garish patterns.

It is possible to avoid these with effort, though and I think price wise they're pretty good value. I always buy with a discount -15% at worst but often 20% or better. At those prices, there is very little difference between Boden and M and S, where I used to buy back in the day but no longer do.

And the great majority of their stuff is good quality and washes and wears well.

polyhymnia Tue 19-Aug-14 19:22:37

PS Also agree I wouldn't want to compromise on quality and would prefer to have less clothes than do that.

Elfina Tue 19-Aug-14 19:25:06

I guess I'm thinking more about the kids clothes never buy myself anything anymore. How can people afford £30 per cardigan?!

dexter73 Tue 19-Aug-14 19:27:54

It is good quality and can be worn by younger children, then sold on ebay for a good price afterwards. The £30 cardigan probably has a very small cost per wear by the end, and was probably bought with a discount code anyway.

Fairylea Tue 19-Aug-14 19:29:12

I only shop in the sale. It is very good quality though and things I have purchased years ago seem to wash and wear and wash and wear forever.

LittleBearPad Tue 19-Aug-14 19:29:59

The Boden clothes that DD has have lasted for ages. The Next/Mothercare/Gap clothes look far more worn sooner.

Notso Tue 19-Aug-14 19:35:03

I've never bought any for myself but have for the kids. They send me a couple of £10 vouchers and discount codes are always around.
Have posted about it before but DS1's Boden coat lasted three years was around £15 with discounts and sold on Ebay for £30.

choirmumoftwo Tue 19-Aug-14 19:38:26

Just got a lovely Boden top in a charity shop for under a fiver. It's the only Boden thing I own!

Bowlersarm Tue 19-Aug-14 19:46:25

Children's Boden lasts for ever. I had loads of it which i passed down from ds1 to ds2 to ds3, and even after three children some of it could still go on to friends. The quality is usually excellent.

aubreye Tue 19-Aug-14 19:52:03

Love Mini boden for my girls and DS2. DS1 is a bit old for it in his opinion.

SinglePringle Tue 19-Aug-14 19:55:56

I'm not a fan of Boden at all. Either drab or garish. And just not my style.

But I hear the quality is great and I think £30 for a cardigan is very reasonable. I don't wear cardis but for say, a jumper that was going to be worn and washed on a regular basis? Very very reasonable.

What Dexter and Notso said.
DDs Boden gear is bought with 20% offers or in the sales, washes well, lasts ages and is sold on for good money on ebay when outgrown.
Cost per item works out at less than supermarket / Primark for far nicer quality gear.
Their viscose mix wrap dresses and wool trousers are staples in my work wardrobe and last years. The drapeyeness/fabric quality/fit of the dresses in particular is far superior to M&S and Next alternatives. Only Phase 8 on the High St comes close on quality but they tend to have less discounting so work out more expensive than Boden. Boden dresses that I have not worn much have sold well on ebay.
HTH smile

RaisingSteam Tue 19-Aug-14 20:03:30

I think sale prices are OK for the quality, very carefully chosen (less hallucinogenic) things are OK for work. Kids PJs are a staple in this house, wash and last excellently. I guess it is drab but I have to find four outfits a week for my dull job and it's OK for me.

alemci Tue 19-Aug-14 20:05:30

I like it, good for basics, good selection of colours and styles. great sales

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