My friend Liss joined me for about an hour of anthropologie this week. It mostly involved me walking around going, “This. This. Uh, really? This. This,” as I gathered up items and she took them from me to put in a dressing room. Like I said, my response to stress was to try on ALL the things! Or at least 15 of them. Thanks, Liss.
Sorry about photo quality – stress also meant forgetting my camera.
Away we go.
Peplum Ponte Tank
I actually loved this. The material is the same as the Noon and Night and Basketweave dresses. I love the fit and the flow and the adorable wavy peplum. This is a medium, so it fits true to size, too. What I didn’t love is that the back is scooped lower than the front, which is not a good look for me. Sadness. It’s so cute and such a lovely color.
River School Skirt
I’ve been intrigued by the photo fabrics going around lately, so I had to try this. (First I grabbed up one not on the site, which was like a patchwork of photos, saying, “How often can you wear flowers and a castle at the same time?!” Melissa pointed out there was a reason for that.)
The colors are super bight – almost neon, really. I’m not sure what I could wear with this. I tried on the 6, which fit pretty well, although it tugged a little. In the end, it was cute, but not really something I could see in constant rotation.
Sunblaze Lace Skirt
Again size 6, again true to size. I love the color of this, although the fabric reminds me of upholstery and I didn’t like the waistband. The beige background is pretty much the exact color of my skin, and I felt naked in this, even though I knew I wasn’t. Not for me.
Tied Illusion Pullover (Hi There from Karen Walker made-in-kind)
Look. I realize it’s goofy and cheesy and retro in an odd way, but I don’t care. I loved this. It’s so 70s, in a way I actually enjoy. I’ve been trying to find a sailor top that wasn’t boxy and sheer for ages, and this is so close to what I wanted. The gold trim is very sparkly, and while many reviews call it itchy, I didn’t notice. This is a small, so I’d recommend sizing down. The reason it didn’t come home with me is because while it’s not sheer, it is boxy. I see that it is available in an extra-small, which probably would have fixed the waist issue, but possibly caused problems in other areas. Sigh.
Sequined Migration MiniSkirt
The love I felt for this skirt cannot be described. It’s a shimmery gold material, very thick and sturdy, with gold embroidered birds all over. It’s the perfect holiday skirt – if Meg and I were doing our annual holiday jaunt through Chicago this year, this is what I would wear. But – it was $150, full price. If it was $88, I’d have been all over it. But it came down to this and another item that was on clearance, and I had to go with the other item, knowing I could get it later.
BUT. It’s not on the website! Only paired with other tops. This strikes terror in my heart. I was going to be responsible and wait for sale, but if it’s not on the website by next week, I may have to drive back over and buy it full price. (YAY it’s listed now!!) I’d kick myself if I missed it – I can see so many ways to style this all fall and winter. Anyway, size six, true to size.
Pilcro Stet Slim Straight Colored Denim
I had thought I’d grabbed one in 29 and one in 30, but I somehow missed and they are both 29. There is something about red denim in general that lacks stretchiness – I feel that the turquoise didn’t look bad in a 29 (although I would like to try them in a 30), but I feel the red need at least a 31. Hello, knees!
I really loved these, though. Both colors are so vibrant and lovely. I cringe at the idea of spending $98 on jeans, however, so they are wishlisted for sale time. I don’t even know which color I would choose – the turquoise is amazing, but I’ve been wanting to have red pants for awhile now.
Jojo High-Waisted Shorts
So adorable! So retro! So not me. I had to size up into an 8, which fit my waist and hips fine, but the inseam is just too short. It made me feel uncomfortable. Perhaps a 10 would have solved that, too, but I didn’t think it was worth trying. Great style for me to admire on others.
Revisionist Impressionist Dress (Tracy Reese, made-in-kind)
So, yeah. Can you see my face? This is what came home instead of the gold skirt. The patterns on these dresses vary, but I think this one is perfect. Great balance of colors, and the pink flowers almost form a belt line. I hadn’t quite realized how busty I look, hmm. Oh, well. The neckline is going to require me to fiddle with bra straps – either pinning them in or sewing in my own loops to keep them in place – or wear cardigans. Which I’d probably do anyway – it’ll look great with at least 5 of the ones I own. And it’s probably a bit too dressy for work otherwise – not that it’ll stop me.
I sized up into an 8 and the chest is a tiny bit roomy, but not too bad. I love the cut of the fabric and the shape it gives me. There’s a little crinoline in there for poof, which I adore. Buying this almost makes up for not getting the Mompos Dress last year. And, perk, I now have a very good idea of what size to hunt down on eBay if it ever goes below $200!
Best of all – thanks to my parents and friend Rory for gift cards, plus it being on major sale, I got a $300 designer dress for $75. Thanks, guys!
Akebono Halter Dress
Love it. The fabric is cheery, it’s well constructed, it’s not too low cut and it fits true to size. If I could make it work appropriate, I’d be all over it.
I wanted to love this so much. It’s got the peter pan collar I’ve been wanting, it buttons up over my chest in my normal size and the skirt is a great color. But it’s so short waisted! It’s practically a babydoll dress. Not attractive at all. Total disappointment.
Frothed Dots Dress
I can’t find this one on the site yet, but it comes in blue and yellow and runs about $160. That feels wildly overpriced for what is basically a white cotton dress with a gauzy overlay. Still, it’s growing on me. I love the sleeve detail and the neckline. I think it’s a little short waisted for me, though. Maybe worth another look come sale time.