While winter is in full swing, I still rotate in my favorite lighter jackets by layering up underneath. A long-sleeve thermal (my family is hooked on these Jockey waffle ones...we each have the full black pantset and look like ninjas slithering around the house) plus a thick turtleneck sweater can make a trench feel just as substantial as a wool coat.
I've gotten a number of questions about Boden in the past, but held off on ordering as their sizes go down only to 2P. For those who aren't familiar with the brand, Boden is a British retailer known for their casual basics, often in fun colors or patterns like this coat. Even though I knew this trench would be roomy on me, I decided to try it to at least experience their quality and sizing.
The quality of this jacket is very good in my opinion. The outer is 100% cotton and is "showerproof" (water-resistance is very much appreciated here in New England). The inside is fully lined with soft fleece for the torso and hood, and a satiny-feel polyester inside the sleeves. There's a detachable hood, zipper plus button front closure, and side pockets lined in more fleece (a nice surprise for cold hands!). While taking the sleeves apart to slim them from the inside, I noticed that several seams are sealed from the inside with plastic-y tape, which I'm guessing is to aid in water-resistance.
The shape of this coat is mostly straight with a slight bell silhouette. The material weight is between light to medium, and the cotton outer is more rigid as with most water-resistant trench fabrics. My ideal jacket style is more fitted and waist-cinching, but I think this is an adorable (love the oversized dot print too) and functional option for those who can fit the sizing.
As previously noted, I usually take two sizes down in American brands so this coat is roomy on me throughout. I did slim both sleeves by 1.5 inches (per this tutorial) and folded them up 1 inch in these photos. For sizing reference, I had a 5'2" friend who is a 2P in Ann Taylor / LOFT also try this on, and it was snug on her with the sleeves being a tad short. I would estimate this jacket in sz 2P fits similar to between an American 0P-2P or H&M 4-6, depending on how snug you like your items. I would also guess that as with most brands, their knit, stretchy pieces may run more on the smaller end. See this knit dress fitting nicely on Sydney in a size 2P.
Measurements of my 2P (please factor in some width the lining takes up): 14" across the shoulders, 17.5" across the chest, 16.5" across the waist, 30.5" length, 22" sleeve length, 6" original sleeve width. The measurements for every size are listed for each item under the Measurements tab > Garment measurements section, and I found them to be pretty accurate.
What are your experiences shopping Boden? I'm also interested in hearing what U.K. ladies think of the brand!