Now for the items that actually did work out for me from my Boden sale order: two shirts and a blazer. I have the Vintage Sun Top from last year, which has a Peter Pan collar and fabric covered buttons up the back.
The Silky Vintage Top available this year is similar, except it doesn’t have the collar and it has princess seams up and down the front, with two vents at the hem. My first pick for the shirt was actually the blue vertical stripes, but the blue floral was $30 cheaper, and just as pretty, so I went with that one. It’s actually a bit more blue in person than it is showing in the photo above or on Boden’s website.
It’s a good fit in a 6, and it washes well, even though it’s a viscose-silk blend. I actually managed to run over it with an iron right after it came out of the dryer and that restored it to its pre-washing state. I didn’t notice any shrinking.
I ordered the Betty top on kind of a whim. I was in need of a white/off-white/ivory blouse and at the end of the sale, Betty was marked down to something like $26.
It’s a light, whispery top that’s a bit on the sheer side, but not as sheer as the plain white version of Boden’s sleeveless shirt this season, which I ordered and returned. The Betty is also very blousy, making it a good tucking in shirt. You could wear it untucked with slim fitting pants, but that’s not really my style.
Like the Silky Vintage top, it washes well and I didn’t notice any shrinking after washing, skipping the dryer and ironing it while still damp. I may go back for more colors.
Last item is the Fleur Tux. I’m too lazy and it’s too hot to snap a picture wearing a long sleeve blazer, so you’ll just have to trust me that it works. The tuxedo jacket is made of lyocell, a type of rayon fabric. It’s got a really soft hand and drapes well. My only gripe about it is that it has a single hook and eye closure, which has a habit of coming unhooked.
At the time of writing, all three items are still available, in the clearance section of Boden’s website.