“ Bright & bold clothing for boisterous children. „
In the days before I had kids, I had ordered clothes from Boden but not found them very flattering so had nothing more to do with them until a friend bought my baby girl a red and white spotty dress for her birthday and from then on I was away!
Styles: The clothes are well-made, hard-wearing and really distinctive with bright spots, stripes and colourful prints - often all on the same piece of clothing! The tops for toddlers are extremely cute with applique double-decker buses, dinosaurs and cats just to add to the fun. The trousers are great for crawling babies and it takes an awful lot to make a hole in them! The clothes are mainly 100% cotton so not harsh or irritable on little ones' skin.
Older kids' clothes are great too, though the boys' designs tend to run to skateboards, electric guitars and slogans. Girls' clothes can tend to particularly fit long, skinny kids and this caused a bit of a problem in my household as we may be tall, but we're not skinny! That said, my daughter has been wearing a pair of culotte skirt/shorts ever since we bought them a year ago - even in the wintry weather!
Service: The customer service offered at Boden is excellent and there is a no quibble returns policy within three months of receiving the item so lots of time to try on all the different sizes and colour combinations before you make your mind up!
Quality and care: The clothes wash extremely well and keep their vibrant colours - I think the only thing that has happened was fraying at the bottom of trousers and sometimes at the stitching of necklines after things had been worn to death! They have then been passed on or sold to happy customers as there is always a lot of life left in them, despite what my kids have put them through!
Looking back at the photos of my kids the Mini Boden clothes have meant a lot to us and I am still sad my little boy has grown out of his brown starry hoodie as it was so cute and warm! Boden has lots of sales and reductions throughout the year so I get a t-shirt which my daughter loves in four different colours for a bargain price!
I'm not a big fan of the whole babies in jeans type thing, so when a mini Boden catalogue landed on our doorstep I immediately fell in love! The colours are bright and bold, and the appliqués are adorable. I felt nervous ordering for the first time, I'd only ever bought kids clothes in shops at the time - so knew what the quality was like before buying.
When my items arrived - they were amazing, good quality thick cotton and bright colours. The kids loved them and so did I! No mini adult clothes in site! It was also free delivery and returns, and the clothes are guaranteed to last for a year - a big thumbs up when you have a little boy who loves nothing better than to scuff his knees!
A couple of things that don't get the thumbs up.. This company relishes in the "best of British" theme but I was shocked when their items arrived and were made in China or Bangladesh. I found this disappointing because the prices aren't a lot less than other fair trade items
Sizing can be a bit unreliable - some items in the same size on the ticket were different sizes up against each other.
All in all, I would recommend making the jump to Boden clothing, I don't think you'll be disappointed at all.
It's often said that childhood is a short and precious time. There's a lot of pressure to grow up quickly and, in the world of children's fashion, lots of clothes appear to be mini versions of adult garments, sequins, short hems and all. Apart from style, there is also the issue of colour. It would be hard not to have noticed the 'pink problem' for girls as Barbara Cartland appears to have hijacked some ranges leaving no room for the rest of the colour spectrum. Boys have their own issues as their clothes tend to veer towards baby blue for new borns then sludge green/brown for anyone out of nappies. Then there are the slogans - since when was it ok to make the pre-literate mobile billboards for adult jokes?
My baby is waiting to pop out but with a niece, a nephew and some opinions on children's wear, I feel qualified to discuss mini-Boden!
So, first off, what is mini-Boden? My last review was about adult Boden so I'll repeat some of the detail here.
**What's it all about?**
Clothing company Boden trades primarily on-line, ably supported by quality catalogues (women's, adults, mini) that you will receive numerous times per year. Founded in 1991, their men's range was the first to be established. This was followed by women's (see my earlier review), then mini-Boden and then finally the teen range 'Johnnie B' which I have no experience with. If you live in London, there is a shop. From time to time, Boden also hire halls for a mass sale. Expect to queue out of the door an hour in advance. At the Chester one I went to, the mob stampeded straight to the kids wear tables with items being scooped up with no regard to style, price or size. There is a shop on e-bay, as well as a healthy trade in auction items.
**More about mini-boden**
Boden maintain a separate children's catalogue known as mini-Boden. This contains the following:
*Baby wear (0-3)
*Girls wear (1.5-12)
*Boys wear (1.5-12)
The website also has these categories. Items sold include underwear, tops and bottoms, swimwear, coats, shoes and accessories. If you have a formal event, wedding, christening, party etc, you'll also find some smart options for your child too. The girls dresses are particularly sweet.
**Style. Look and feel**
The Boden identity is all about colour and pattern. For adults this can result in some wild designs. To quote my earlier review of the adult range, 'there's a fine line between standing out and looking like a crazy lady'. However, if you are aged under 12 with pudgy cheeks and a cute button nose, you can probably work that Boden look. As Boden has such a clear brand identity, the clothes are very obviously Boden. This can be a good thing, however, it can also look a little foolish if whole families are clad in the brand. Take care if you are holidaying in Cornwall or Southwold and your toddler is wearing Boden. You may end up taking the wrong child home.
There is no place in the mini-Boden catalogue for slogans nor miniaturised versions of adult fashion. Pink sneaks in to both the girls and boy's range but has to take it's place in a spectrum of alternative colour ways. There's a good choice of solid colours, patterns and appliqués. The overall feel, in my opinion, blends tradition with modernity and a touch of innocence to deliver a look different to the high street options.
** Price and quality**
I did warn you in the title. It's an ouch. To clad your baby's feet in Boden socks will cost a whopping £1.14 per foot. Or 23p per toe. Wow. And baby's don't have a great reputation for actually keeping their socks on. In terms of a T-shirt for a 4 year old, a ballpark figure is about £12 whilst a pair of shorts for an 8 year is about £20. I have bought for my niece and nephew, for friends and most recently spent a £50 gift voucher on items for baby-Lozster to be. The quality, I would say is good to excellent. The trousers I bought (full price £12) seem a little thin whilst a pair of dungarees (full price £20) seem great quality, thick fabric and beautifully finished off. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, or in this case, the removal of the pudding after it has been sloshed down the front of a garment. My sister reports that items for my niece and nephew have washed and worn well, though there is no predicting exactly what your child may throw at them. In terms of value, it's worth pointing out that in the baby range, the clothes claim to cover an age range more extended than most so the price per wear could be lower than other high street garments. I chose items in 6-12 months (other shops do 6-9 and then 9-12 months) - whether I will get this wear out of them remains to be seen but I am hopeful!
** Sales, sales, sales and discounts**
Boden sales are as predictable as rain on a bank holiday. Expect to get about a third off to begin with, then, if you are lucky, the price may go even lower than that. Boden often offer free postage and returns plus a percentage off prior to the sale. Once your e-mail is in their grasp you will be informed of offers on a regular basis. Free postage/returns and 10% off is always on offer through the website Mumsnet too.
If your child doesn't destroy their clothes, and given the general high quality there is a good chance they won't, there is a very lively trade in Boden items being auctioned on e-bay. These items are sought after and although they obviously depreciate, they hold their value better than a high street or supermarket brand.
** Website and customer service**
All is pretty standard and in order on the website. It's easy to browse and arranged in logical sections. There is a guide to style and fit. Your order will be acknowledged and sent out promptly in beautiful packaging.
**So, will my baby be a Boden baby?**
If my numbers come up on Saturday's Lotto than Lozster junior will be a Boden baby. Failing that, he might get the odd item in the sale. I know my little un is a boy. If I was expecting a girl, I might be more inclined to pay the Boden premium to avoid the pink avalanche and make sure she had age appropriate styles. I feel this is less of an issue for boys. One thing I am certain of though - those Boden baby socks won't be popping through my letter box any time soon!
Mini Boden is the best part of being a Mum! I've also bought Mini Boden as presents for friend's children as I love the clothes and the patterns but since having a little girl I've also realised how practical and hard wearing they are.
I really don't like pink and I think a lot of baby girls' clothes look so uncomfortable with all the frills and fuss. Boden is the exact opposite of this, the clothes are well designed and are quite simple even though they look stunning. The designs tend to be quite similar each season with variations on their standard pieces but they never disappoint. Their clothes are bright and funky and appliqué designs are a big theme.
The clothes I have had for my daughter has worn well and still look brand new despite being washed several times. She always gets complimented on her outfits and I will definitely continue to buy Boden for her.
A couple of things to note; never buy Boden full price as there is always a money off code and free delivery and returns floating about and Boden sizes do tend to come up on the large side.
I have been in love with BODEN for many years but only rarely indulge in buying Boden items for myself. These days, I am more likely to pick up a second-hand Boden skirt on Ebay ....
MINI BODEN, however is a different story. The new Mini Boden landed on my door mat today and I immediately sat down and started leafing through the "Girls" section, making a mental note of those items I found most attractive (most of them let's face it), what my daughter would love, what would be perfect to go on holiday ......and then it hit me! My daughter has just turned 13, even last summer a size 14 was a bit of a squeeze....our Mini Boden days are over!!!!
If I looked back at our photo albums I would be reminded of all the lovely funky dresses, the gipsy skirts, the stripy t-shirts, the comfy pedal pushers and spotty swimsuits she has worn over the years. So what makes Mini Boden so special?
Above all, I love the fabrics, the prints and the colours. I love the flowers, the stripes and the spots. I love them mixed together in every colour of the rainbow. Surely children are too full of life to be dressed in drab boring colours!
I love the designs and how practical and well thought-out every item is.
Pockets, elasticated waists, pull it on and off. These clothes are designed with children in mind.
I love the styling and all the cute little details.
The quality and the finish are superb. The colours do not fade, the trousers do not shrink, and the buttons do not fall off. These are seriously and deceptively robust clothes.
I have never had any problems with my orders. The website is excellent and allows you to zoom in and get a very good idea of what your items will look like. You can see clearly what is available and what isn't. Delivery is swift and returns straightforward. If you ever need to call them, Boden customer service is excellent.
Undeniably, prices are a little higher than what one should pay for children's clothes but I believe they are still good value for what you get. You can often get 15 % off your order and that helps a little that helps. I might be worth mentioning at this stage that Boden sells really really well on Ebay and that once your children have grown out of their Boden fineries, you will be able to recoup some of the cost through Ebay and make enough money...to order more stuff from Boden!
In an attempt, I guess, to retain customers like me (mums whose daughters are growing up fast and are not little girls anymore!), Boden have created the Johnny B range. It is aimed at teenagers and tries to fill the gap between Mini Boden and Boden. I have failed to fall in love with Johnny B. To me , it has not captured the essence of Boden and I will not be purchasing anything from that collection.
- My Opinion Piece -
I thought Boden was a bit up itself due to the prices. A lot of the families I nannyed for dressed their kids straight from the Mini Boden catalogue and although I thought they looked cute I could never see myself justifying the huge prices they would pay in order for my son to look cute.
Then I realised the prices weren't too far off what I was already paying - okay, a little extra ;) - and the clothes I was buying weren't really up to any great standard; they would fade with washing, shrink and tear etc.
- Some Background Stuff -
Mini Boden is part of the Boden brand, founded in 1991 and is a mail order/internet company that specialise in women's, men's, teens and children's clothing both in the US and UK and according to their website they ship off an average of 12,500 parcels per day from their warehouse. Mini Boden launched in 1996 offering children's clothes to the range and brand.
- Experience -
I bought a cosy sweater in the winter time from the Mini Boden collection and really wasn't expecting much - it looked good and it was fit for purpose so I was happy with that.
However, on it's arrival the product far exceeded my expectations. It was made of thick, heavy material that was warm and would keep a draft from blasting up my son's top.
It was the best quality material I have seen on any children's clothing and I was impressed when the jumper didn't bobble after many washes and to this day looks brand new. The only downside is that my son outgrew it quicker than I thought he would - and the neck opening was always quite snug.
The jumper wasn't something you see everyday and that's why I like this company so much; they strike out to be different and it seems they beat their own drum when it comes to fashion; with heavy influences from their Danish cousins Katvig and Molo.
Kids can be kids and that's what I love as a lot of the shops that sell kids clothes seem to want to dress them for a night out on the tiles rather than offer parents a sweet, innocent look for their children. Which MB does so well but without patronizing parents or designing clothes that just aren't practical - their clothes have few fiddly buttons, no silly pockets or snappies where you least expect them and this is something I value in kids clothes.
Not only does this company dare to be different but they make clothes that stand the test of time. There aren't a lot of my son's clothes I will keep behind as they have gone to rags but the Boden clothes I will as they are practically like new, even after being worn a number of times.
- In Conclusion -
I would 100% recommend this company to any parent who wants their child dressed in high quality clothes that will stand the test of time. And on top of that will look unique and childlike - as kids should look!
I am now happily awaiting on another delivery... from Boden that is! ;).
I love Mini Boden. I don't usually shop for childrens clothes online but there are very few boden shops around and once I saw their catalogue I was hooked.
The childrens clothes are extremely colourful and stand out from other shops. On several occasions I have asked a parent where they bought their childrens gorgeous clothes from only to find out they were Boden.
The clothes are very expensive and it does always make me think twice about buying something. However the quality is great - you can wash and tumble dry and they still look good and therefore can be handed down to siblings.
I have found that the childrens sizes come up quite large but often there is adjustable elastic in the skirts and trousers and some of the sun dresses ever have buttons on the straps to enable you to shorten/lenghten as the child grows. This means you can often get 2 years out of the item.
T shirt/long sleeve top fabric is good quality and quite thick and the colours are really bold.
I have had to order some things and wait a few weeks for them to come into stock as they can run out of items quickly but the website should tell you if there is a wait and if so how long.
Boden often supply discount codes so you should never have to pay full price. Also look out for free delivery and returns as otherwise you have to pay for both of these.
If you have never tried the Mini Boden Range but are considering it I would recommend giving them a go - only problem is you'll become hooked and want more!
Mini Boden, the childrenswear range from Boden is additively gorgeous!
I have been shopping online/mail order for 7 years now and I find their clothing range and service almost faultless (the almost bit? -I'll get to that in a minute!).
What they do very very well is produce very good quality, hard wearing clothes that do not fade and fit very well. They do have a particular style - lots of stripes, polka dots, vintage floral, appliqué, towelling and velour in bright fun colours.
Their customer service is very good, helpful and friendly giving advice on sizing of particular garments etc over the phone. I have also twice been provided with a £10 gift voucher for items taking a long time to get into stock. Once was when I ordered a nightie for my daughter (pricey but so hard to resist!) as soon as the seasons catalogue came out, it was not delivered until a couple of months later but I got £10 gift voucher for waiting, the second time the item was out of stock so I was refunded and given the £10 voucher - brilliant!
For my 11 year old boy the fleeces and combats are amazing - they come out of the wash looking fantastic despite the amount of trees he climbs and mud/grass stains he gets over himself.
For my 6 year old girl (where do I start?!) I could buy everything but try and set a limit - she happily circles every other item in the catalogue which you receive 4 times a year for each season.
The 50's style dresses are divine and she loves all the slogan tees and towelling shorts.
Okay so downside is price - when you walk into george at Asda, Primark etc you get used to being able to pick up a wardrobe of clothes for £30, you have to forget this when shopping at Boden as you are likely to spend this on one item especially on the larger kids clothing.
But - you can get some of your money back when selling back on ebay because it does keep it's price because of it's status and because a lot of the time it is such good quality the child can have outgrown the item and it looks hardly worn.
Other slight downsides are postage is rarely free although sometimes you can get special voucher codes for free postage and returns etc and it also seems a bit slower than other mail order companies I use ie you can wait about 5-7 days from ordering before you receive the garments.
Despite this I'm still giving 5 stars because I love them and you can rely upon them to produce fantastic clothes season after season which do not have to be saved just for the parties.
I very rarely get excited about things, but I must admit I squealed with delight when my parcel from Mini Boden landed with a satisfying thud through my letterbox.
Having recently discovered this amazing childrens range, I was eagerly anticipating delivery of my daughters new clothes, and was not disappointed to receive the brightly coloured delights.
Boden specialise in funky prints and gorgeous colours, which are a bit different from the usual childrens wares being plyed on the high street trail. They offer countless colour options and both a baby and a childrens range.
The baby range isnt as comprehensive as the childrens, but thankfully I was looking for clothes in the 18-month bracket, so was able to avail of the bigger choice.
I ordered a few layered look t-shirts and summer dresses, and my shopping experience was made all the sweeter, as most of the items were at sale prices.
This was a good thing really, because as a stay at home mum, my budget really couldent rise to the full prices, with a dress averaging at around £22, and a t-shirt at around £16.
Having said that, a few full price items did manage to jump into my basket, forcing me to buy them and tell my hubby they were half the price!
Boden trades mainly online, but does have two shops in Hanger Lane and Walton-on-Thames. The company was founded in 1991, with Mini Boden following in 1996, and Baby Boden in 2007.
The clothes are extremely popular and things sell out very quickly, even at full price. You have to be extra quick if you want to grab any sale bargains.
I fell in love with a sold-out Mini Boden dress and tracked it down on Ebay, where I paid above the odds for it second hand, which just goes to show how desirable certain items are. The clothes have a good resale value on Ebay, which consoled me somewhat when parting with a large sum of cash for my daughters summer wardrobe!
Boden are excellent to deal with. Their website is easy to use, delivery is reasonable and items are dispatched quickly and are well packaged.
Added to that, the clothes are of a decent quality, wash well and fit my average sized daughter perfectly.
I cant actually fault Mini Boden at all, apart from the price of course. But then these are not everyday clothes by any stretch of the imagination. While mainly casual in design, they are so unusual that they really are worth splashing out for on occasions.
I will be spending more money on the website before summer is out Im sure - just dont tell my husband!
Mini Boden make unusual, high quality clothing for young girls and boys. They are quite expensive to buy, but well worth the money.
I have found that as my daughter has got older, the clothes in some of the shops we used to buy from have become far too much like mini adult clothes rather than deisgned for children and I have struggled to find things for her. With Mini Boden, the clothes are definitely children's clothes and do not make them look old before their time.
They do a range of high quality items and you will probably find it hard to choose which of the lovely things to buy. That is if you are allowed anywhere near the catalogue by your children who are busy making lists of the gorgeous things they would like to wear!
The clothes are expensive, but last and wash really well. Most of them have waist adjusters so that they fit children of different weights and they a lot of them can also be tumble dried. I have found that they don't go bobbly and don't fade in the wash as well.
The only problem we have had is that you need to order pretty much as soon as the catalogue is delivered if you want to be able to get the items as they are very quickly out of stock.
With regards to the cost, look out for special offers. If you don't order for a while, they will send you money off vouchers and I seem to recall a few times where you have been able to get an item for a pound if you buy two more things. You could also look on ebay for second hand bargains that don't look second hand. In fact ebay is a good place to sell on your Mini Boden things and make a bit back that you can then spend when the latest catlogue comes out!
This review is for Mini Boden as I have only bought clothes for my two young boys from Boden. I would describe Boden as selling casual clothing for kids in classic designs that can be worn season after season. This makes them great for handing down to younger siblings.
The quality of clothing for Boden is excellent but the price tags that comes with it rather expensive. None of the clothes are particular smart in my opinion they tend for focus on causal day wear or beach wear for kids yet but summer short sleeve t shirts start from 14.00 in smaller sizes and £16.00 in larger sizes. Board shorts are £20.00 in smaller sizes up to size 3 and £22.00 in larger sizes. I have to say while the design and quality are outstanding I find £20 is way out of my price range for a pair of shorts.
Boden season after season is relatively predictable. You can guarantee you'll see similar themes year in year out. Example include skull and cross bone pj's, star patterns, stripy t shirts. While they are very nice expect similar items to crop up time and time. I have some boys pj from around 3 seasons ago a Twin Pack Pyjamas 1 red and navy strips the other pale blue with dark blue skull and crossbones, flash forward winter 2009 and twin pack of pj's are stripy red and light blue and light blue with dark blue skull and cross bones with a stripy hat so you get the idea.
That's not to say that I don't love Boden I do. If my budget would allow I would kit my boys out head to toe in Boden season after season. There clothes wash and wear great, they are comfy and retain there value second hand as I have seen many items going for crazy amounts on eBay. My boys always look fab in Boden and I would certainly recommend them.
I have shopped at Boden and Mini-Boden for a few years now and although their clothes are generally more expensive than what is available on the High Street, I love what they have to offer.
Mini Boden offer great quality items and great customer service although once you've shopped with them once you tend to get inundated with new catalogues every other month!!!
I have bought my daughter some great outfits from Mini Boden and I've learnt to order early as a lot of the more popular items go out of stock very quickly. I like the fact the online shop does give you an indication of stock levels and delays (if any) but I would like to see the introduction of an email update if an item you wanted does come back into stock.
Sizing can be an issue, it can be hit and miss in terms of whether an item runs true to size, small etc but the customer review section is generally a good reference guide which I use when ordering.
I've only ever had one complaint regarding quality of a product and after one email, a replacement was on it's way to me ... excellent customer service !
I would definitely recommend Mini Boden to other parents. The outfits are very distinctive and great quality, delivery is very fast and garments are well wrapped and although there is the issue with the number of catalogues they tend to send through the post they are also very good at sending out discount codes too !
I have been recently purchased my first order from boden and to be honest if it was not for a superb offer I wouldn't have been able to afford it.
The boden brand has been around since 1991 and started out with just menswear, children and ladieswear were added to the range by 1994.
Mini-Boden is clothes aimed at the middle-class sector, as the price tags would stretch most of working class wallets.
I would not pay £32 for a cardigan for myself let alone my 2 year old daughter, however the quality is very good and the range has an excellent resale price on ebay.
I love the quirky style and bold colours, I like my children to look like children and not mini adults like soo many of my friends kids.
I was lucky enough to recommend six of my friends to boden and in return they gave me thirty pounds worth of credit to spend, with the use of ten pound of a thirty pound spend. I got forty pound of mini boden clothes for free.
What a freebie!!!!
I managed to just about get a pair of slouchy sweatpants and a teddy zip though top which cast me nothing.
The clothes have mad pattens on which, I say are unique to the clothing range and I haven't seen simular items in my high street shops.
The winter range has a lot of corded trousers which again you don't tend to find on the high street anymore.
Boden is a a great clothing company but unfortunately only for me if I have money off codes as I can't afford the high prices normally.
I love Mini Boden and their clothes are stunning. I hadn't heard of them though until a couple of years ago until a catalogue arrived on the mat and it turned out my friend, who is a big fan, had nominated me and 5 others for a catalogue and to get £15 off her next order.
There are clothes for every occasion and I like that they have a really good cross section of practical and pretty. And I'm such a traditionalist when it comes to clothes for kids, that the clothes actually are for kids and not for 6 year olds pretending to be 16. Sorry if I come across as old fashioned but I'm tired of seeing kiddy clothes so obviously modelled on these glamorous celebs and the like.
I had never actually ordered anything though until this summer when I fell in love with a beautiful vintage rose summer dress, complete with net petticoat, which sounds a bit twee but was stunning. Because their clothes are great but they are very pricey. I was still hanging out from ordering despite, by this point, having had about 10 catalogues from them, that in desperation probably they offered me £10 off my first spend. This was the sweetener because, as great as their collection is it's soooo expensive. And to kit out a child with just a few essential basics really I would easily have spent approx £200. And if you're doing that every season and in a new size you have to have plenty to spare. But I succumbed and the dress was so fab, that with my tenner off it wasn't too bad.
I had no problem with the online ordering, all very straightforward and the dress came well packed and in good time.
I would have no hesitation in ordering again, I only wish I could afford it! The catalogues keep coming but I'm too afraid to open them now and some I've just put straight in the recycling. I think they enjoy torturing me, go on just take a peek inside. They do sent a ridiculous amount of catalogues. One a season would be enough.
I tend to browse more for second hand Mini Boden on Ebay. It seems to hold it's value very well so it's a good place to sell on if you've got outgrown stuff, it will certainly get snapped up and make you a few bob. I did get a pair of funky cords for fiver the other week, which would have cost about £24 new. So chuffed about that.
So I have no complaints about their product at all and it's quality, if only it was just a bit cheaper. We would be the Boden catalogue family. I dare you to have a peek at their website and see how long you can resist. Or request a catalogue, if a friend doesn't recommend you for one first, but be prepared for lots of retail torture.
But the children will look GORGEOUS!!
Boden is a clothing retailer which is available mainly online but does have 2 shops (Walton-on-Thames and Wembley). It caters for men's, women's, and children's clothing, although I have only ever purchased childrens (Mini Boden).
The brand has a very strong "family" identity with all letters/catalogues having a foreward by the founder "Johnny Boden". I really like the style of their catalogues which is quite informal, fun and chatty. The catalogues usually come with some sort of offer (free delivery, money off) and if you haven't shopped for a while these offers tend to get stronger.
The children's clothing really is consistently excellent quality, it washes well - keeps shape and colour, and continues to look new after repeated washing.
The style are up-to-date, quite funky but always stylish. Attention to detail with all trims (buttons, back neck tape, waistbands, stitching) is unbeatable. Their trademark tops are stripey cotton tees with colourful applique designs (animals, fruit, vehicles - just big fun designs). My favourite recent buys are a stripey blue and white top with a crochet elephant - so cute - and a towelling all-in one suit perfect for putting on after swimming.
The price of mini-boden is mid/high range, great for a special outfit but a bit pricey for every day. We always shop when the sale is on as the discounts in sale are very good and you never feel like you're only being offered the dregs of what is left at the end of the season. Tops average at about £15 full price and £7-10 in sale. Bottoms around £20 and £10-12 in sale.
Sizing follows the industry norm, and I have always found them to be on the generous size. (I have only bought upto and including 12-18months so far). The quality of these garments is so good that they will always outlive the amount of time you can use them for, so perfect for hand-me-downs.
The only downside I can think of with Boden is that they operate a "backfill" orders system, i.e. if they have run out of an item but are expecting more soon they will take your order, this only becomes a problem if they are then "let down" by their suppliers. This has happened to me twice, they don't take your money and will send you a polite apology letter but it's a bit annoying if you have bought several bits to make an outfit. The thought of this happening definitely would not stop me shopping with them.
The website is very user friendly and there is also a customer order telephone number.
Packaging is excellent, items come in lovely boden tissue, delivery is quick (mine average 2-3 days) and returns are free.