January 21, 2015

Boden's London-themed prints

When I was little, my favorite movies included Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland so recently I introduced Emilia to them. She was mesmerized and so we now spend a lot of time singing the songs and talking about the themes even when we aren't re-watching them. When we listen to the records (which I have on vinyl thanks to my own record collecting and nostalgia) she tells me she wants to go to London. I do too! Maybe some day? Because I love a theme, I've been excited about Boden's London-themed "Westminster" and toy soldier prints. Because they were released last fall, they are now on clearance! Sadly, the extra 20% off clearance promotion from last weekend has ended but hopefully they will run it again.

From digging further I discovered that the Westminster print has been offered by Boden in many seasons prior. I've been trying to track down the Easy Scoop Tunic in the Westminster print since I learned of its existence. In the meanwhile I did buy the Millie Skirt and Classic Shirt in the alternately named but similarly themed "City" and "London" prints. Initially I had hoped to Frankenstein together a shirt dress which sadly resulted in the above still-obvious separates. A previous catalog showed them together and it actually looked like a dress. But I don't have the ability to produce catalog-caliber styling so the tailoring just looks off. They will have to function separately as separates for me.

I also covet the Rainy Day Mac in this print but am going to hold out hope that maybe I'll score one at the next Boden Sample Sale (presumably in May, if they stick with their usual timing). If you are curious about sizing on these  Boden pieces, I am wearing an 8R in the skirt (which runs big) and a 10R in the shirt (which runs a bit small at the bust and hips). 

One of my other "city" printed garments, a Kate Spade Lilith "City Lights" skirt has always felt a bit too formal to wear on a regular day. I like that these Boden are a bit more casual. But I still need to figure out a plan for wearing the separates separately. Hopefully I will come up with something soon!


Cbrown said...

These are super cute! I love Boden but I find the dresses super hit and miss. I ordered 4 dresses in the UK clearance and I know I'll be lucky to keep one of them. They don't seem to mind terribly though.

Lou (whatlouwore365) said...

You might struggle getting hold of that tunic as they had major production issues with it - the shoulders weren't sewn very well and kept unravelling on the ones they shipped early thanks to preview orders. It was basically out of stock all that season and they recalled / refunded anyone who had the same issues.

Jesspgh of Consume or Consumed said...

Thank you for the information, Lou! That's disappointing but not surprising to me. I actually had some issues with my bird print easy scoop tunic dress (the fabric seemed to run even though it hadn't been snagged) and had to exchange it. It's a shame because the charming prints and shape of the easy scoop are exactly what I like in a dress. Hopefully they will fix the quality issues going forward!

Jesspgh of Consume or Consumed said...

Thank you! I too ordered four pieces from the Boden clearance (albeit US) and wound up returning all of them. It's a shame but like you said, they are very good about accepting returns.


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