Despite my overdraft, I sneaked in a little Boden delivery this week. But it doesn't really count as between some late returns (that were credited to my account rather than refunded) and a gift voucher, I had enough to treat myself to a few things that I was still wishing for in the sale.
I kept it neutral and looked for classic pieces as per my 2014 resolutions...and here's how I got on with what arrived.
First up, the Evie Bag in Tan. I've been hankering after a tan handbag for a while now and ordered and sent back the drawstring one from Boden a couple of months ago. I really wanted a cross body so I've been keeping an eye on the Evie in the sale and it seemed stuck at the £59 level so I bit the bullet. Just as well as it's currently out of stock in the tan but available in other colours. Keep checking back if you want one and phone their customer services also. They can nab you a returned one before it hits the site if you're lucky!
|Evie Suede & Leather Bag - Boden|
And here it is in the flesh...mirror photos today as I'm home alone!
The suede is so soft - that's what won me over. It's not a rigid bag - quite pliable and fits loads - much more room inside than the Canonbury Clutch. I like the top handle too - which gives you the option of taking the long strap off.
Verdict - KEEP
The second item is the Lightweight Button Back Jumper. I've been keeping an eye out for a nice grey jumper and I loved the detail of the buttons down the back. It's more fitted than the other button back jumpers on the Boden site but stock is limited - only a pink/grey pattern is left. I ordered it in the Dark Grey but can't show you the website photo as it's no longer available in this colour. Here's the closest I can find on google:
|Lightweight Button Back Jumper - Boden|
and here it is on me:
So I ordered a 12 as the reviews indicated it came up a bit small but it comes up a LOT small! It looked tiny when I took it out of the packaging and while it fitted, it's a little too neat for my purpose. I think it would work great with a pencil skirt or tailored trousers for work but it was too neat to layer over a shirt or long sleeved top.
The buttons down the back didn't help as they were gaping a bit because of the neatness of the fit. I've never understood why so many button back tops are not sewn up at the back. It is pointless having usable buttons right down the back of a top or jumper. They are impossible to close up and when they gape, it makes your back cold!
Verdict - RETURN
Third item was the Emma top in grey. I've loved my navy version of this as worn on this post but again, the sizing was neat (or else the Christmas selection boxes are catching up on me!) so I ordered the grey in a 14.
|Grey Emma Top - Boden|
The grey is more of a marl than the photo indicates and I would say it's darker too. Here it is on me..
It's a perfect fit...and I've ordered the navy in a 14 now. At only £10.50, I think it's a great buy. Not for everyone but it gives me the illusion of a bust and skims over the mum tum. If you're busty, it's probably not going to work as well as it's quite narrow over the rib area.
Verdict - KEEP
Last item is the Bow Front Blouse in ivory. I tried this on at my party in the plum colour and loved it but I wanted a brighter colour for spring and thought it would work well with my navy jersey jacket from Next. Here it is on the website where it's a bargainous £20 at the moment:
|Bow Front Blouse - Boden|
and here it is on me:
I really wanted this one to work and I dithered over it the longest. I tried it with my navy jacket and it was just ok. I stood in front of my wardrobe and thought about the things I wear the least and patterned blouses are the main culprit. They're just a bit too dressy for my lifestyle and a bit too distinctive to wear frequently with the same bottom half. I concluded that while it looked nice with my faded jeans, that was its only option for me. I would find it too prim and proper with navy trousers or jeans. Right about then, I realised I was trying too hard to think of ways to wear it. Always a cue to return.
So what do you think? Did I do the right thing?! I'm consoling myself with the thought that it will be lovely to have some credit in my account to spend when I'm fading half-way through Frugal February!