September 15, 2014
Boden Must Have Tunic review
I was smitten with many of the prints offered by Boden in their fall catalog. I seem to always covet one of everything from Mini Boden but lately I've been pulled to buy for myself as well. It can feel risky to order from Boden because I'm far less familiar with their pieces than I am my other brand standbys. And with no brick and mortar options (unless you count the Boden sample sales), I'm loathe to risk the ship fees. Thankfully, they often offer free shipping and free returns with coupon codes so I reserve any buying for then. I also bought a few gift vouchers via Rue La La and Plum District, enabling stackable discount savings (since the vouchers are often good deals in their own right).
With a few vouchers burning a hole in my pocket, I ordered the above "Must Have Tunic" in the deer print. Yes it is twee, but I figured it would be a cute option to wear to Music Together class with Emilia or for general errand running. I hoped it would be long enough in length to potentially wear as a dress but it was too far above my knees for my comfort zone.
The color was saturated nicely and the print was as cute as it promised in photos. But the fabric was pretty lightweight. Too lightweight for the kind of coverage I prefer and to guard against chilly fall weather. I am wearing a size 10R which is a good fit overall and true to size. The extensive reviews on the site helped me make an informed decision on which size. Generally, I find many Boden pieces to run large but this one didn't.
With a $98 retail price this is just too spendy for me (even after coupon codes and vouchers). If it was lined in the skirt or torso I would probably feel differently. But I'm sending it back and planning to use the gift credit on something that is work-friendly or for more Mini Boden.