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Mar 13

Catalogue Shopping is Back- Boden USA

Posted on Friday, March 13, 2009 in Shopping Spree

I remember going to JC Penny with my mom when I was young and fingering through the 1000 page catalogues in the back of the store. I remember Eddie Bauer had phone stations set up along a wall for catalogue only orders. Catalogue shopping seems to be a concept of the past, but since I discovered Boden…I think I might reconsider the advantages. 

I will admit that having this blog gave me the first level of validation to order $1k worth of items and the magazines enticing offer of 15% off Plus free shipping & returns sealed the deal. No harm in trying right? I ordered solely from their spring collection and since my thermometer read 28 degrees this morning, I am in no hurry to put them all on! 

Good thing it is not spring, b/c the order takes a minimum of 2 weeks to arrive. My rather large order arrived over 6 shipments and I am still waiting on 2 items estimated to arrive in April. My husband at one point said, “it wouldn’t be a normal day if there wasn’t a Boden bag in the mail box.” 

Now you ask, am I happy with my order and I give it a 90% satisfaction! 

I have 90 days to make my decisions and ship the items back so I still have all the pieces and deciding based on what else I have seen on the local shelves of my favorite stores to keep and send back. 

The best thing about Boden is the women are very honest about their feedback. If you take two seconds to read the comments you will read a person’s evaluation with your similar body type and see if they liked the piece and order accordingly.

Once you know your size with Boden’s fabrics and styles I imagine the success rate will be very high. Whether you have tummy, chest, thigh or a butt thing…the styles are darling and there is something for everyone! 

I found the styles to be mature and current; preppy but fashionable. I thought the price points were spot on and I was happy to pay $58 for a cute sleeveless top and $98 for a fitted jacket.  I keep going back to the catalogue and wish I had bought a few more things that are fitting like gloves, but maybe I will wait for the Summer Catalogue and shop locally to fill in the rest of my wardrobe gaps. 

I bought….wide leg drawstring pantsuptown chinos, wide leg cotton turn ups, textured cotton blazer, double layer jersey dress, rivera dress, Ibiza kaftan, merino tunic, uptown top, tie back shirt, crinkle jersey shirt, printed cotton top, vintage rose top, textured Henley, favorite V-neck cardigan, chino short, suede top plimsolls, & a skinny plaited belt

The sizes are UK sizes so get comfortable with a size up in number! I found the clothes to be well made and look forward to many more seasons with Boden

P.S. I am considering keeping12 out of 18.