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ok, what is it with Boden....

(46 Posts)
pickyvic Wed 26-Aug-09 18:45:55

why is everyone a boden fan? what am i missing....?
im a size 14, pear shaped but a 14 for both tops and bottoms...
im having a look at boden website and the stuff is lovely but quite pricey and im not sure alot of it would suit my shape/size

would anyone like to shed light on why i see so many threads raving about boden? im quite happy to be converted!

belgo Wed 26-Aug-09 18:47:52

I also wonder this, I'm a similar size to you, and Boden just doesn't appeal to me at all. Mainly I think because clothes always look completely different on me then they do on the picture.

millenniumfalcon Wed 26-Aug-09 18:49:56

i don't think most people - even on mn - do like boden's adult stuff, do they?

Wafflesnaffler Wed 26-Aug-09 19:09:35

Hmmm I do see what you mean pickyvic, I have been wondering the same. It's not that the clothes don't look nice - they do, and look like they would suit a certain body shape very well. It's just odd to consistently see so many threads about one shop in one place. That's the bit I don't get.

purplepeony Wed 26-Aug-09 19:10:23

I like some of Boden but nothing appliqued and heavily patterned.

The reason I like B is because I am early 50s and refuse to dress mumsy in Country Casuals and Alexon.

I can buy plain well fitting trousers/jeans from B without hideous logos ( as in NEXT), and jazz up the basics with jewellery etc.

I don't think it has much to offer the under 35s, tbh, but for us oldies it does offer some good basics, which are just a tad nicer than M&S.

warthog Wed 26-Aug-09 19:12:01

boden = smug

purplepeony Wed 26-Aug-09 19:15:42

warthog- Johnnie's succeeded then- he was trying to make us all aspire to be middle class and upper middle class, and buy into that lifestyle- sounds like he's done a good job on you!

warthog Wed 26-Aug-09 19:18:38

gaah i'm a mum in denial. i would love to wear funky-street-urban-whatever-the-latest is but really i'm too fat and too old. i'm just a grumpy moo. confirmed by the last hair cut where i asked for a modern sleek style and got a crap bob.

<bad day. or pmt.>

plantwoman Wed 26-Aug-09 19:31:00

i like it for the kids - in the sale - can't afford it otherwise, it is good quality and washes well. however IMO the adult stuff is strictly for those who have their summers at their holiday home in Rock....or wish they did grin
alot of it the same as the kids stuff but in big sizes...

MrsMattie Wed 26-Aug-09 19:32:01

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ifyoudontlikebodenyouaremad Wed 26-Aug-09 20:46:59

join us? you must be joking thread is as dull as dishwater Boden rocks!! and a size 14 will look lovely in most Boden clothes for whoever asked about it

lucykate Wed 26-Aug-09 20:52:31

tbh, i think the main appeal is down to the fact that it's mail order. on mn, you have lots of mums with young kids, whose worst nightmare is dragging little ones round the shops when you need new clothes. tis pricey, but most purchases are either during sale time or using a decent discount code.

pickyvic Wed 26-Aug-09 21:42:13 im wondering what the m.... stands for ifyoudontlikebodenyouare what?!

ive looked at the website and still not a convert. never thought about the baby clothes though....just kept seeing loadsa boden threads and thought theyd all be for adult clothes. i think if you are very slim some of the dresses would be lovely but the price!!

ill stick to my next directory as im a skint!

IsItMeOr Wed 26-Aug-09 21:54:33

I don't think I've been on any of the Boden threads before, but couldn't resist this one.

I am 14, and I do like some of Boden's stuff a lot. Partly for what lucykate says, as I hate, Hate, HATE trailing round shops, even before I had ds. The quality is generally very good, and you can usually get a discount (always 10% for MNers). I like that everything isn't always black or grey. I like the pretty floral patterns. After a few seasons, I've got a pretty good idea which of the things will suit me and which just won't sit right.

I have just splurged on a cashmere cardigan (machine washable) in a lovely green colour and it is soft and beautiful and hides my post-pg tummy. I don't feel at all mumsy in it.

The quality of the baby clothes is good, although it should be at that price. You can sell it second hand on ebay for good prices.

MaggieLeo Wed 26-Aug-09 21:59:11

I thihk it's because it's advertised on this site. If say Monsoon or Kew advertised here, we'd talk about those shops more.

I look at boden on line, but I've only ever bought things for the children in the sale, and I never would even have done that if it hadn't been for this site (mn) advertising it.

I don't feel I'm tall enough for boden. Most of the clothes seem to be long tunics, dresses which can't be shortened due to pattern or they're knitted, the trousers all have turn ups or are a bit voluminous.. there is no shorter leg lenght.

Jonnie doesn't realise people under five 5 exist.

ADifferentMe Wed 26-Aug-09 22:11:28

Boden's appeal for me:

Mail order - I'm 45 minutes drive from decent shops and work full time, don't like spending precious weekends trawling round shopping centres. The catalogue and website are far better than other companies' efforts. I also love White Stuff but have to see the clothes in the shop before buying to get a real idea of what it looks like.

Their stuff suits me! 47, size 12, 5'9. I like dresses and they fit me well. Much as I love young, casual stuff on other people it looks ridiculous on me. I look dreadful in black but I also wouldn't wear some of the more bizarre applique/hotchpotch stuff.

It suits my lifestyle - don't have to dress up for work but wouldn't want to wear jeans all the day, I spend a lot of time outside/on the beach.

My DDs are just a bit too old for the clothes, but everything they had lasted for years, washed well, got passed on to other families looking new and didn't make them look like mini hookers.

It's expensive but the most I've ever paid is 20% off - don't know anyone who pays full price.

I'm embarrassed to say I do go to Cornwall on holiday!

MaggieLeo Wed 26-Aug-09 22:15:44

how do you get the 20% discount?. there'd be the odd thing might tempt me with 20% off.

if you're 5.9" and size 12 then yeah, you would look great in their stuff. made for you really.

GrimmaTheNome Wed 26-Aug-09 22:19:52

Maybe if you're short you're supposed to buy MiniBoden grin.

I can't think why else they do age 13-14 in some of the cutesey styles. Little girls, yes. Flowery mummies, yes. Teenage girls? Surely not!

llareggub Wed 26-Aug-09 22:23:50

You just wait for Johnnie to send you one of his emails or catalogues. Sign up and you'll probably wait about 5 minutes for an offer to drop on your doormat.

My theory is that Johnnies's policy is to list all the clothes at 20% more than he really wants for them and then reel us in with one of his many offers. I've never bought anything at full price.

MaggieLeo Wed 26-Aug-09 22:31:24

well, I did notice that girls' purple boots (in size 38) are £58. women's purple boots in size 38 are £179. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

MaggieLeo Wed 26-Aug-09 22:32:07

it's true llaraeggub. You couldn't walk into Monsoon and start horsetrading!

lilacpink Wed 26-Aug-09 22:39:43

I like their double-layer tops for work, and I love most of their girl's clothes for my DD (particularly dresses). The rest of it appears to be designed for tall anorexics and/or colour blind people (sorry if anyone loves their bright floral cardies!).

mumtoted Wed 26-Aug-09 22:54:35

None of their styles are flattering for anyone with big boobs. Not just this season, always. We have a Boden store nearby, tried on loads of stuff, never suits me.

cheesesarnie Wed 26-Aug-09 22:56:39

i love it but only buy second hand.i cant afford new.

MaggieLeo Wed 26-Aug-09 23:15:28

those knitted tank tops aren't for the booby that is for sure.

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