I wear a bit of Boden (for example today I have on a navy drapey jersey top and silver ballerinas from there) and I think as long as you the plainer bits (absolutely nothing described as 'fun' or featuring any kind of large offensive jazzy appliqué) I don't think you'd be recognisably 'Boden'.
I find the quality good and the stuff is useful for everyday. I actually think a lot of their stuff is less recognisable than, say, White Stuff.
Ah, you see I do wear Whie Stuff as I like the drapey style.
It's only that Boden is mentioned so often on here and I wondered if it really is 'all that'.
I need a short term, post-pregnancy, pre-diet wardrobe and I want a few quality items rather than loads of shit, which is what I tried to do last time (but failed, bought shit). I hate clothes shopping so catalogues are looking really good right now.
I wear a fair bit of boden for work, especially the nicer wrap dresses (last season had some awful prints). But for out of work, i only wear something like the hamptons t-shirts with denim skirt, and the plainer tops. The thing is all those brands, boden white stuff, fat face are all worn by the same types, so they know what you are wearing and likely to be wearing the same at some point.
Joe browns is pretty shocking quality for the price. very thin cottons, jumpers that get holey quickly etc. ive only brought the plus range before (gone from a 26 to a 14/16 recently) but i can't see that the normal range quality is any different.
The good thing about Boden is that you can resell it on Ebay at a good price when you've finished with it. So if you're an Ebayer & planning on only wearing the clothes for a short period you'll be able to get quite a bit of money back - particularly if you buy during the current mid season sale & get an additional 15% off with the RE15 code.
I'm only asking really coz I got a letter saying they were willing to bribe me with a tenner off on top of the 15%, plus free delivery. The only thing that bothers me is the way people comment on here about it.
And, like I said, I'm rather desperately in need of some new stuff.
I say go for it. I have a good number of the more plain, solid colour pieces and wear them all the time. Get a lot of compliments too. They have a good amount of items that flatter curves and dont make one look boxy.1
I think if you go for the plainer stuff you are ok, if you buy a spotty coat then people will say 'theres one of those mums'. TBH i don't like Boden, just not my thing but i buy the dd some boden bits and have found most of it to be good quality. I like Joe Browns but it is slightly over priced.