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How can anyone afford to dress themselves in Boden?

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Prosecco Sun 06-Sep-09 09:27:54

I got a catlogue in the other day and the prices were through the roof. I know it's talked about on here a lot , but am I just not buying decent clothes if I don't pay these prices?

castille Sun 06-Sep-09 09:30:55

Offers and sales. I don't think any sane person ever pays full price for anything from Boden, do they?

hf128219 Sun 06-Sep-09 09:31:48

Decent clothes are what look good on the individual. Not how much they cost.

franklymydear Sun 06-Sep-09 09:33:27

because I'm quite well off grin - some people are you know wink

LynetteScavo Sun 06-Sep-09 09:34:48

NOt all Boden clothes are decent,which is why they are talked about alot.

And if they were cheap we wouldn't covet them.

Sometimes they really get it right though, like the kids winter coats....

lucykate Sun 06-Sep-09 09:37:16

sale time, discount codes, etc. have never bought anything from there at full price.

cyanarasamba Sun 06-Sep-09 09:38:27

I get the odd thing in the sale - got pair of trews for £17 and a jumper for £25 last time. Jeans normally £25 in the sale and v good quality. No way would I pay full price. Don't normally bother with shoes or accessories from there.

Over a few seasons this builds up and means my "best" clothes are mainly Boden. I don't buy a lot of clothes but I also keep a look out in New Look, M&S and H&M for things which seem to be well-made.

Last time I went shopping noticed a lovely new (to me) range in Debenhams called Mantaray. If you like Boden you might like this?

www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/category_10001_10001_65747_-1

Prosecco Sun 06-Sep-09 09:42:54

Thanks all. I have seen the offer of the day thing but I don't check every day. It si the shoes I think I am most shocked about. Did see a lovely pair but could not justify £100. Are they ever in the sale?

piscesmoon Sun 06-Sep-09 10:09:24

I can never see why people are so keen on Boden.

LynetteScavo Sun 06-Sep-09 10:24:55

YOur right the shoes are mnega expensive...but they are also the best shoes I have ever worn.

They are in the sale, but I picked up a pair of £180 boots for £40 at one of the Boden travelling sales when it was near me.

All boots were £$0 and all shoes were £20. I've never been so excited in my life! grin

cathcat Sun 06-Sep-09 10:30:56

Boden travelling sales? shock
Where? When? How can I find one?

LynetteScavo Sun 06-Sep-09 10:34:38

The next one is in Oxfor...next week I think.

They only let people who live in the area know about them. (someone correct me if I'm wrong)

They are a maaaaad scrum. You have been warned!

traceybath Sun 06-Sep-09 10:38:28

Shoes get massively discounted in the sale.

Mimi1977 Sun 06-Sep-09 10:42:14

It's all relative though isn't it? Some people may think M&S is expensive and others wouldn't think twice at buying Gucci.

For me, Boden is my everyday stuff for my basics and I don;t think it's expensive but reasonably priced for the quality. I have boden jumpers and dresses in my wardrobe that I've had for several years. The cheaper high street ones have faded, bobbled, shrunk etc so for me I'd rather pay more for longevity.

I am completely baffled however by the love/hate relationship people have with boden and people seem so passionate about it. I saw a thread on here once about people being aspirational who bought it which just made me laugh!! They're just clothes and we all have different budgets, backgrounds and lives which affect our style but can't see it matters which end of the spectrum you sit.

LynetteScavo Sun 06-Sep-09 10:51:10

Mimi, have your Boden jumpers really not bobbled?

The boden jumpers I bought four years ago went quite horribley bobbly. Am I safe to buy them again?

LynetteScavo Sun 06-Sep-09 10:51:54

So what would someone who bought Boden be aspiring to, exactly? hmm

franklymydear Sun 06-Sep-09 12:02:42

Personally I aspire to size 14 clothes that make me look a size 10 - 12 grin

HerBeatitude Sun 06-Sep-09 12:04:15

Um... they earn a lot of money?

Just a suggestion. grin

MamaLazarou Sun 06-Sep-09 13:38:37

I can honestly say I have never laid eyes on a Boden catalogue. Hmmm... perhaps I am missing out on something, as they seem to be very popular on here. My favourite mail order clothing companies are La Redoute and Bravissimo.

cathcat Sun 06-Sep-09 14:17:05

MamaL, be careful with those Boden catalogues. Once you are on their mailing lists you will get about 154 catalogues a year from them grin

Heated Sun 06-Sep-09 14:20:01

Most people, I think, shop here there and everywhere rather than decking themselves out head to toe in Boden. Nor do they pay full Boden prices, there is always some discount available. For dh & ds the tops don't shrink but last and last, so no false economy & they fit my skinnies but Asda's cords are as good as Bodens any day.

Heated Sun 06-Sep-09 14:21:05

Have had 6 already this season. They also have conferred a doctorate on me grin

beaniebgivesupontheDMarsery Sun 06-Sep-09 14:29:12

this, for example, mings.

I have never got the appeal of Boden.

Pogleswood Sun 06-Sep-09 14:29:54

Agree with everyone who's said some people have the money,and some only buy on sale!

Had a "Please order from us again" mailing from Boden once,with Johnnie Boden saying "we've missed you here - what can we do to encourage you to order again",and I couldn't quite make myself reply "sadly I'm not your target market income-wise but if you could make everything cheaper..."

purplepeony Sun 06-Sep-09 15:07:35

I'd say their clothes are mid-range in terms of price. Cheaper than Jigsaw which has now gone sky-high, about the same as Kew, and more expensive than Next ( trashy now imo) and M&S, Top Shop, H&M etc.

For certain women of a certain age they fill the gap in the market.

I make use of the offers- got jeans for £33 and a cashmere cardi for £40-ish- they got my roder wrong twice so they took £20 off and I already had a 20% discount for it.

Guess it depends on your income- my BF buys Armani jeans at £150 a go and thinks nothing of it, as she says they fit her and last for years.

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