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Boden sale roundup thread - what was a star buy and what will they have to give away?

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Northernlebkuchen Thu 03-Jan-13 13:28:19

I got my (final- honest) parcel today and thought it would be fun to summarise (I lead a very uneventful life!)


Navy Padded coat for dd3 - BRILLIANT. Looks lovely one and so soft and warm

Raindy Day mac for me - I got the charcoal patterned one and it's beautiful. Feels great and am in love with the pattern which is less aggressive in the flesh than on screen. For £35 - bargain

Cord Placket dress in petrol - love, love, love this - beautifully lined and flattering

Emma tunic dress - I now have three blush


Casual jersey dress - it's cheap for a reason. Nice and warm but so dull, so, so dull

Drapey jersey top - also yawn

Lottie tunic - the trim at the top came too low down on my fairly short self so cut bust in two - not a good look.

Anybody else?

NorthernLurker Tue 08-Jan-13 19:27:13

Do you know what size she is? If you know that you can sort available stuff by size and save yourself a lot of hunting.

NorthernLurker Tue 08-Jan-13 19:28:42

The wrap top is nice.

NorthernLurker Tue 08-Jan-13 19:31:44

Or this twist top. I have big boobs and find either style enhances grin

Mrsap Tue 08-Jan-13 19:35:01

Cripes. Talk about sheep. I have just ordered the Emma. Will post if I send it back tho.

mixedpeel Tue 08-Jan-13 19:42:09

Thanks northern, I like both those. Exactly the kind of thing I had in mind, the sort of thing you can pull on but make you feel great. I would guess she is a 16/18. Sorry to pester you, but would you think that as they are stretchy styles, the 16 would be ok?

Having read the rave reviews of the Emma dress from those of you with boobage, I'm wondering whether to risk getting that for her. It's available in the charcoal in a 16L, which I'd be tempted to go for, to make it more of a dress than a tunic. Though to be fair she's got pretty good legs envy

NorthernLurker Tue 08-Jan-13 19:49:13

If going for the drapey I would go 16, with the wrap I might be inclined to go 18 so it isn't tight on the hips. Sure try the Emma. Everyone else has grin It's really comfortable.

cakeymakey Tue 08-Jan-13 22:34:20

After substantial weight loss last year, and a shrinking wardrobe to match, I felt inspired for one last dip in the boden bran tub after this thread. Shouldn't have bothered really - just another REALLY big parcel to pay for return postage on...

Tried the Rainy Day Mac in green, but looked like I was hiding in the undergrowth.

The placket cord dress with the print was a lovely shape, but felt the pattern just screamed don't do it. So I didn't.

The Guernsey Tee I felt was a safe bet - I mean, what could go wrong. But it was so boxy and huge it made my norks look enormous. I just wish for a nice breton with a bit of shape and maybe even elastane to cling to the right bits...

Ordered the Johnnie B suede ballet flats, which were lovely and soft, apart from a hideous hard (maybe plastic?) toe. They hurt and went back.

Success with the Cable knitted dress (not much discount though). I liked this earlier in the season, and decided to go for it in petite, (I'm 5.3) Tis lovely and very soft - I hope it doesn't shrink though.

And another vote for the Emma dress purchased earlier in the season at non-sale price sad, I wear the one in charcoal all the time, its good for the largish of nork and slightly hourglass girl....

notjustamummythankyou Tue 08-Jan-13 22:40:21

"Tried the Rainy Day Mac in green, but looked like I was hiding in the undergrowth."

grin grin grin

brighthair Tue 08-Jan-13 22:46:53

Is it bad that I'm keeping the Emma in both sizes? grin
The 18 is slightly too draped across stomach but flattering on fat day. The 16 fits perfectly everywhere. But tbh there's not much difference, and given I really like it I might as well keep them.. blush

SerendipityAlways Wed 09-Jan-13 09:10:56

The Maya dress was a real winner, So good I got it in the blue and the black!

NorthernLurker Wed 09-Jan-13 20:56:20

grin at Brighthair - not unreasonable at all!

I can't believe what Boden have done with my returns from my last order. I returned two items totalling £34. The order came in a box - because the rainy day mac is quite bulky. For sending it back I used a bag I'd managed not to rip to shreds grin because the box would have been way too big. I didn't remember what order it was from but I now think it must be from November when I ordered the drapey jersey dress for £59. I put a returns label on, wrote the order number on that and included the returns sheet in the parcel. I know I did that because a) it isn't lying about anywhere and b) I am very OCD about checking and double checking that kind of thing. Sent it off on Friday and yesterday I got an e-mail saying we've processed your return. Casually clicked on it to check and registered it said you've returned your drapey jersy dress. Which is hanging in the wardrobe upstairs!! So I rang up and was on hold for ages and upshot was they've made a note in my account to say the dress has been refunded so don't refund her again if she DOES actually return it and also not to refund the two items I've sent back because I've had that money but the advisor said she had spoken to her supervisor and they would just leave the fact that they've refunded me £25 too much! grin Mind you they have made plenty out of me in the past.......grin the only thing I can think is that the bag had some sort of bar code on it and that's got scanned not the items IN the bag but it's all rather odd. Fortunately odd in my favour - like Boden Monopoly - Returns error in your favour, collect £25 and remember it's gone back on your credit card and you can't just spend it on tops

Dancergirl Thu 10-Jan-13 00:29:16

Their customer service is good I must admit. I've had a returns parcel go missing in the past. I had a proof of postage but they didn't even ask to see it, they just asked me what I'd returned and they refunded me. I was v honest but I might not have been and said I'd returned hundreds of pounds worth!

Clary Thu 10-Jan-13 00:43:12

Aaah I got the rainy day mac too, it's a replacement for one I have had for at least 4 years and worn until it is threadbare.

I hummed at £72, bought it at £48 then saw it for £35 so bought it again and sent the first one back! (unworn).

I love it actually, am surprised that it was still there in all the sizes as usually that means a truly duff pattern but I really like it.

Just hope that I don't see someone else everywhere wearing it - that happened with my old one (at first anyway - I have seen her off now! hah!)

NorthernLurker Thu 10-Jan-13 00:52:29

Which pattern did you get?

I'm embarassingly passionate about mine........

HokeyCokeyPigInAPokey Thu 10-Jan-13 06:51:05

I got the green rainy day mac as well. I wasn't sure if it was a keep due to the pattern but actually I really like it.

And I figured at that price if I don't wear it I can sell it on eBay and make my money back!

mirpuppet Thu 10-Jan-13 16:37:21

Emma doesn't suit me but i see the price for the charcoal still seems to be falling

Emma Tunic Dress (Charcoal Marl)

RedwingWinter Thu 10-Jan-13 16:50:40

I ordered the Emma in charcoal earlier today. I fancied the red too but at the time they only had it in 12R not L. Also ordered that floaty cardi in black. Thanks for the recommendations smile

cardoon Thu 10-Jan-13 16:53:40

Just got my emma tunic in charcoal and the fabric is much more lightweight than the red one - not sure if I like it as much.........hmm

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 10-Jan-13 18:08:45

Northernlurker, I cannot tell you how pleased I am with the Emma dress - I have just ordered the red as well blush. It is the most flattering dress ever - perfect cut for the ample of nork and rotund of belly. grin And it is most certainly not a tunic - I am 5'8" and it comes to my knees.

Not so impressed with the twist front tops though - they will probably be going back, although I will try them with a better bra first. I felt that they overemphasised the bosom, to the extent that that was all you saw.

NorthernLurker Thu 10-Jan-13 18:43:20


The Emma is going to be the mumsnet dress isn't it.........

brighthair Thu 10-Jan-13 19:02:02

I did wonder that when wearing the Emma with the MN scarf yesterday if I was going to be accosted...

polyhymnia Thu 10-Jan-13 19:03:47

Real shame the Emma didn't work on me - it could cope with my big bust but not with my height as well!! Glad everyone else is enjoying.

slalomsuki Thu 10-Jan-13 19:17:45

Hate to say but I did see an Emma with a mumsnet scarf yesterday. Scarf was looped in an arty way as per the YouTube link we also had on site for a while.

Didn't dare ask her name though.

NorthernLurker Thu 10-Jan-13 19:23:01

grin Brilliant! I'm thinking of wearing my red emma to work tomorrow with my rainy day mac - which is SO warm

wewereherefirst Thu 10-Jan-13 19:29:49

I just clicked on the Emma dress in Charcoal marl- £86! Johnnie can sod right orf, it's nice, but not that nice!

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