Review of Mini Boden Kid’s Clothes-Spring/Summer Collection 2011

Photo of the Mini Boden Rouge Spot Funky Print Dress
I was one very happy lady when Boden offered to send me a selection of Mini Boden products of my choice to review here on My Mummy Reviews!  Deciding what to review was such a hard choice as they sell SOOOOOO MANY beautiful things! I knew I wanted to choose the quintessential Boden polka dot and floral prints…so that narrowed the choice down…but only slightly.  I spent absolutely AGES deciding on what I what I wanted to review.

Photo showing the Mini Boden packaging.

In my original selection I chose to order a cute Strawberry Spot Towelling Zip-Through hoodie in age 3/4years, a Pink Vintage Rose Hotchpotch T-Shirt in age 3/4 years, a stunning dress called Pink Vintage Rose and the Rouge Spot Dress. When the items arrived the hoodie was slightly large but perfect for my daughter to wear with the sleeves rolled up for now and then as normal when she was a bit bigger.  Thankfully the Hotchpotch t-shirt was a perfect fit but unfortunately the Pink Vintage Rose dress, which was a size 3/4 years, didn’t fit my 20 month old daughter as it was far too small across the chest. I couldn’t even get the buttons to meet.  My daughter is large for her age but not so large that I would expect to have to buy bigger than a size 3/4 years for her to wear at 20 months old.  The Rouge Spot Dress that I ordered in size 3/4 years didn’t fit either due to the narrowness of the capped sleeves. In the end I decided to return and re-order the Rouge Spot Dress in the next size up of 4/5years and I opted to return the Pink Vintage Rose dress and instead replace it with the Rouge Spot Towelling Beach Dress in age  3/4 years. Luckily when the replacements arrived they all fitted superbly.

Photo showing the Mini Boden Pink Vintage Rose dress

So in the end here is my list of review products from Mini Boden:-

Photo showing the Mini Boden packaging.

I am very impressed with the quality of all the clothes , just not so happy about the sizes. I would recommend that if you choose to order from Mini Boden that you order one or two sizes above normal and then hopefully they will fit.   Do read the measurement charts though on each garment description as you will then hopefully be able to accurately judge which size / age will fit your child.  As you’ve guessed…I didn’t do this and went by age instead.  Don’t make the same mistake as me. Get a tape measure and get measuring!

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Pink Vintage Rose Hotchpotch T-Shirt

The hotchpotch t-shirt is absolutely beautiful and my daughter has worn it so many times! It has washed really well and she gets lots of complements on it. The Hotchpotch t-shirt is one of the signature Boden pieces and each season they do it in different prints. You can see the current designs here.  The t-shirt has some stretch in it so it seems very comfortable on my daughter. I love the print as it is so shabby chic and very Cath Kidston-esque! The hotchpotch tops are normally £17.00  but they are currently on sale at £11.00. I think the tops are quite expensive at the original price but I would pay the sale price of £11.00 as the top is great quality and the prints are so pretty.

Photo of the Mini Boden Rouge Spot Funky Print Dress

The Rouge Spot Funky Print Dress is such a summery dress and my daughter looks so cute in it. The size I ordered is wearable now but I think it will fit her for a few years to come as there is enough room in the body of the dress and the length will be fine whether it is long or short on her. It is currently long on her but when it gets shorter it will make a perfect top. The dress is made of a lovely soft cotton and it washes very well. The dress is made to a high standard and it is originally a fairly expensive child’s dress at £26.00 but it is currently on sale at the fair price of £15.00. It is lined and has a concealed back zip. I love the a-line shape and the button and pocket detailing.

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Strawberry Spot Towelling Zip-Through

The Strawberry Spot Towelling Zip-Through has been worn nearly every single day by my daughter.I absolutely love it and would definitely purchase one again. I highly recommend it as it is light enough to be worn as a summer jacket but will keep your child warm when the evenings get colder. The hooded jacket fastens with a chunky front zip and it has two front pockets. It is available in various prints which includes a fabulous rouge spot. This has been washed nearly ever 2 -3 days and the stains nearly always come out and the jacket doesn’t take long to dry. It would be perfect to put on at the beach or after swimming. Mini Boden also sell lovely towelling sweatpants that you could buy to make an cosy outfit with the zip-through jacket. The jacket normally sells for £24.00 but at the moment you can buy it in the sale for £14.00.

Photo showing the Mini Boden
Rouge Spot Towelling Beach Dress

Finally the last item I received to review was the fun and fabulous Rouge Spot Towelling Beach Dress. It is just perfect to take with you when you go swimming as you can just pop it over the top of your child’s swimming costume to keep them warm on their way to the changing room. It is equally as good to use at the beach for the same purpose. It is very similar to a ‘swimming poncho’ except that it has long sleeves. I really love it and would recommend it to you all! The quality is excellent and much better than other towelling ponchos /dresses I have seen on the high street. It is expensive at the normal price of £28.00 but it is currently on sale at £18.00 which is much better. This has to be a summer holiday essential! You can view the other available designs here.

Photo showing the side split on the Mini Boden
Rouge Spot Towelling Beach Dress

You can view the Mini Boden size charts here.

Boden is a designer brand and therefore it does have a price tag to match. The clothes cost far more than I would normally consider paying for kid’s clothes but when they have a half price sale, like at the moment, I would definitely consider spending the money and stocking up on some pretty clothes for my daughter.  Another great thing about buying Boden clothes is that they have quite a high resale value on auction sites like ebay. This means that you can sell them on when your child has outgrown them and make some of your money back. 

Boden was started back in 1991 and has grown and grown in popularity up to this day. You can read their ‘About Us ‘ page here. I have always coveted Boden clothes so it was lovely to be given the opportunity to review them for My Mummy Reviews. Thanks Mini Boden!



Photo showing the Mini Boden
Strawberry Spot Towelling Zip-Through

Boden also sell clothes for Women and  Men . There is also the Johnnie B section that caters for teenagers.

The postage charges within the UK start from £4.00 and you can read their returns policy here.

You can browse all the Boden items online but if you prefer a paper copy of the catalogue then you can order one here.

Photo showing the Mini Boden
Strawberry Spot Towelling Zip-Through

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