Friday, April 2, 2010

It's a Good Friday (More Anthropologie Fitting Room Reviews)

Hi everyone!  Hope you've all been well these last couple of days.  So, this late afternoon, I went for a short hour to the UTC mall in La Jolla.  There was a male sales associate at the Anthropologie there, and he had done this great thing, where he layered two scarves together around his neck and knotted them so beautifully!  It made me wonder if we (women) can do it too?  He was super tall (I felt like I had to crane my neck back to look up at him) so, that might have helped him pull off the bulk.  It might be too much for me, with my petite 5'2" build, but one of these days, I'll try it, and ask you guys to tell me if it's bulky for me.

I went in, looking for some of the new spring arrivals that the Anthropologie-minded blogs have been buzzing about the last week, and found a couple of them, but also came across other things too.  Here are some of the things I tried, but didn't buy (I'm working on setting a small monthly budget for myself, and have resolved to try and stick to it):

This is the Hustle and Bustle skirt ($98), which I've been eyeing for the last month.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I realized I don't have a lot of good colorful skirts to wear with with my cardigans, and this certainly fits the requirement of being colorful!  I was intrigued by the interesting details in the design of the skirt - there are some diagonal pleats that cross the front of the skirt from one hip to the gathered ruffled flounce at the bottom of the skirt.  I tried on a size 2, and it fit very comfortably, so I'm going to say that it runs TTS to just a tiny bit big, as last week, most skirts I tried on in a 2 fit snugly.  These details are so lovely, but get a little lost in the print of the skirt.  The diagonal pleats also add a tiny bit of bulk to the front of the skirt, because they can bunch a little.  I didn't find it to be too problematic, though if you have a bit of a tummy (which I still do but definitely did a few months ago, when I had more of my post-pregnancy weight), you definitely want to try this on, before buying (don't ebay for it, until you have, despite the half-price auctions).  Also, I was slightly surprised to find that the skirt is shorter than I expected.  The gathered portion of the skirt hit above my knee and the hem of the flounce hit at my knee.  For a skirt with this sort of shape, it might be too short for taller women.  I really like it, though, and am going to put it on my wishlist for further consideration.   

This next piece isn't on the website yet, but I believe it was priced above $100 - I want to guess $128 or $148?  I remember being disappointed by the price, because I liked the skirt, but felt the asking price was too high.  I tried on a size 2, and it fit beautifully.  The skirt was full, black cotton on top, and with a heavy band of diamond-patterned embroidery on the bottom.  Like most skirts from Anthropologie, there's an underskirt as well, which contributes to the shape.  This skirt hit just above my knee, so it'll be a little shorter for taller women.  All in all, a pretty skirt, well-constructed, that would be easy to incorporate into any wardrobe.  Just a bit dear for me right now, with my newly established shopping budget.  Will wait for a sale, but can't imagine that it'll be easy to find when it finally gets reduced.

Here is the Silken Pathways Dress ($168). I know that women who are small-chested are supposed to have more luck with strapless dresses, but I always feel like they're just going to slide right off, because I have nothing with which to hold them up.  This dress was no exception.  I loved the print, loved the vibrant colors, and found it, with it's slightly empire-waist, to be very comfortable.  I did have on a 4, and I think could have sized down to a 2 with no problem, which might have made me feel  This dress belongs on a beach in the mediterranean, or anywhere, I think.  It hit at my knee, which will give it a slightly shorter, more summery feel for taller ladies.

So, here's the much-blogged about Salty Seas Dress ($138).  I tried on a size 2, and was shocked by how tight the bodice is!  I couldn't help think that this dress, despite it's darling lobster print and summery shape, was going to end up on the sales racks sooner than later, because if the bodice is tight across my chest, it's just not going to fit other women at all.  Also, the black ribbon straps were too big for me and sort of sat loosely over my shoulders - this probably won't be such a problem for others, unless they're short-waisted like me.  Too bad - it's super cute, otherwise.

This is the Homegrown Dress ($158), in a size 2.  It's pretty much the exact opposite of the Salty Seas dress, in that the bodice for this one was way too big (at this point, I started to feel a bit like Goldilocks) for me, and sort of gaped in an unattractive manner around the neckline and shoulders.  Too bad, because it's so springy and gorgeous - a perfect dress for Easter weekend, don't you think? Added bonus?  It's machine washable!  Sigh...some things were just not meant to be.  I also have to think that the universe was trying to help me stick to my new frugal budget, for what it's worth.

Here's that universe in action, again.  Here's the Two Wheeler Shirtdress ($128).  When I saw this dress in the UTC Anthropologie window, my heart gave a little leap of joy.  I'd been eyeing it online for a couple weeks, wondering when it would appear in my local shops, and was so excited to try it on.  I just made a beeline for it, once inside the store!  I had pictured it to be like a short-sleeved version of the wonderful Reed Shirtdress, which I absolutely love, with a darling bicycle print!  What's not to love right?  Well, where do I start?  First of all, I tried on my normal size 2 dress and the cuffs on the sleeves are tight.  Uncomfortably, bordering on painfully, so.  Look, I'll be the first to admit that my arms are not the willowy things they used to be, when I was in my 20's, before I had my children.  But they're not that bad!  Also, there seems to be a lot of extra space in the shoulder area - the shoulder area was cut as though for a size 6, I thought, not a 2.  The rest of the dress was fine, but eclipsed by these two negatives.  I was sad.  I couldn't get it off fast enough.  Sigh.  

Here's the Painted Roses Tunic ($78).  I tried on the small, and it fit very comfortably.  The fabric was super soft and felt great against my skin.  I really loved this top, except that it was a touch long on me, as is appropriate, since it's a tunic made for women of all sizes, and not just those who are 5'2".  Still, I wish it was a teeny bit shorter, because I'd be all over it otherwise.  This isn't really something you can take up either.  Ah, universe, there you go again...

This is the Mango Chutney Corset ($78), in a size 2.  I was attracted to it because of the bright colors (love the fun orange plaid) and the exposed zipper, which gives this top a bit of edge, which I like.  At first, I didn't think I was going to be able to get this top zipped up.  But then, I realized that it's supposed to be snug, like a...corset. The back of this top is smocked, so it stretches.  I forced the zipper up, and then kind of pushed and pulled it around, until everything seemed to be in the right place. was an amusing process.  Once it was on, I liked it a lot - the waist nips in flatteringly, and well, I love the colors.  This one is definitely going on the wishlist, for further consideration.  (How cute would it be with a little white cardigan thrown over it?  So summery!)

Last but not least, here's the Sprinkled Shells Tank ($88).  Oh, I love, love, love this top!  It's so pretty!  So comfortable!  So flattering!  The shell-buttons that are scattered across the shoulders and collar give this garment some heft, which isn't a bad thing.  The eyelet fabric is also quite nice, and not too sweet.  And this is one of those tops, where while I bemoan it's $88 price tag, I can actually understand why it costs so much.  It looks like a lot of work went into it.  My birthday is this month, and I got my birthday coupon in the mail, so I've got to decide what I want to spend it on.  This top will definitely be high on my list.

I'll close you out with the items I had hoped to find at the store today, but couldn't:

Hope you all have a great Easter weekend!


  1. thanks for the reviews! the sprinkled shells tank IS beautiful, but I have sworn off any more grey sleeveless tops (repeating to myself: need color, need color...), and am similarly on a new budget for clothing.

  2. Thanks for sharing the reviews.

    I'm surprised by how well the Hustle and Bustle skirt looks, I really kind of want it now. It looked strangely shaped on the web site and hanging on the rack, but looks quite lovely on you.

  3. Awww... too bad about the Bicycle Shirtdress. It's so cute on you. Maybe if it goes on sale, you could get skits put into the cuffs? Just a thought. Definitely not a full price purchase if the shoulders and the cuffs are the wrong fit.

  4. I agree with Tien..the Bicycle Shirtdress looks really great on you. Its a real disappointment b/c I would've bought that dress for full price. The Hustle and Bustle skirt is very lovely...
    I like your shoes too! they look comfy!

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  6. @Shares - I really had a hard time putting down that shell tank! It's so pretty! Maybe next month...

    @Lisa - thanks! I'm also thinking I'd like to pick this skirt up too. It's on my wishlist for sure - hopefully I can get it before it goes away.

    @Tien and Linda - I was so disappointed by the poor fit of the Two Wheeler, because I was also willing to pay full price for that one. =( Maybe I'll try your suggestion, Tien.

    @Jonesy - Thanks!