Friday, April 2, 2010

You Say It's Your Birthday, It's My Birthday Too Yeah - Anthropologie Fitting Room Reviews and Birthday Discounts

I am so lucky to have co-workers who are so kind and who know me so well. They chipped in and got me an Anthro giftcard for my birthday this year! Yay! (you gotta love the funny little giftcard holder it comes with, eh?) In addition to this fun Anthro giftcard - I also happen to still have my 15% Anthro birthday discount.

It so happens that Carol's birthday is just a month after mine, so she also has her birthday discount to think about.

Readers, it's important to do "research" to ensure proper use of such a fabulous discount opportunity.

So I'd had my little giftcard and my discount card in my possession for quite some time, not knowing yet what I'd like to splurge on. I happened to be in Los Angeles for an appointment the other day, and the appointment let out just in time for rush-hour traffic. Boo! Oh well, I decided to pass the time doing two things I love most - eating and shopping.

I made my way to the legendary Apple Pan, longtime home of tasty burgers and fries. To make a long story short, the burgers are indeed phenomenal, as is the apple pie (which I enjoyed, a la mode)

I mention this because I was pretty darn full by the time I went to Anthro to try on clothes. Note to self - don't try on clothes after gorging on burgers, fries and pie. With ice cream.

But hey - what better way to walk off dinner than at Third Street Promenade, at one of the biggest Anthropologie stores I've ever seen?

That's right - shopping is exercise. Mmhmm.

So first up, I tried the Spring Tweed Skirt by Mise en Scene by Ruffian (Item #023117, $148):

My first thought was, "Holy crap, why is this skirt so tight? Did I eat that much??" (the answer to that question is "yes," by the way.) Then I realized - I'd accidentally grabbed a size 4 instead of a 6. Oops. I've found that Anthro sizing is kind of all over the place, when it comes to the different brands and styles. So in full skirts, I can size down to a 4 (or even a 2, in some cases), while in pencil skirts, I regularly need a 6. I'd probably be more comfortable in a 6, for this one.

This skirt is a pretty little mini, with happy pastel pink and purple threads running throughout the fabric. It's a strange skirt to put on, though. The buttons are hidden on the inside of the waistband, so you have to kind of struggle to fasten them properly.

Here's a profile:

Here it is, with the Molded and Melded Tee:

And here it is, with the top half of my OOTD (Caslon Ruffle Tank and Banana Republic Cardi):

The lining is pretty too:

Overall, a pretty skirt, but there was no real love here, for me. Back to the rack it goes.

Next up, the Dreaming in Green Skirt by Eva Franco (Item #020029, $148):

I thought this skirt was super flattering on, and I just loved the color. The cut was reminiscent of the Twilit Skirt - cut to flatter in all the right places. At 5'8" and 130 lbs, I fit comfortably into a size 6.

Here's a profile of the skirt:

I dig the kick pleat at the back, too. This skirt is on my wishlist. There's love here, though I'm not sure I love it at full price.

It paired so nicely with my Caslon tank top and Banana Republic cardigan:

...but does it look better with the Free Flow Tank..?

Speaking of the Free Flow Tank (Item #013042, $78), I finally got a chance to try this ever-wishlisted item on:

...aaaand I love it as much as I thought I would. Love. Decisions, decisions.

For kicks, I also tried on Molded and Melded Tee (Item #013119, $48)

This top got many mixed reviews, including one from Carol here. So I wasn't expecting much. That said, I was surprised I didn't hate it when I put it on. I rather liked it, actually.

Hm. I may put this one on my wishlist, after all. It's not bad, and it'd pair with several of my pants and skirts nicely.

Last but not least, I tried the Wind Catcher Dress by Moulinette Soeurs (Item #033055, $168)

This one's more of an occasion dress than an everyday dress, but I love me a strapless dress with a full skirt, so I couldn't resist trying it on.

I grabbed a size 4, and it was a little big on top - but I'm kind of used to that, with strapless dresses. The top is a bizarre design, as it's not solid - there's a slight gap in the middle (between the two cups) where you can stick your hand right through it! The ribbon tie also isn't the greatest quality ever.

It's a pretty dress,'s a "like" not a "love," for me. Pass, for now...

Thanks for putting up with my long post! I'll leave off with today's OOTD, my casual look for an L.A. interview:

(ew, sorry for the crazy-eyes in the photo...)

I love my Caslon Tiered Ruffled Tank ($28) from Nordstrom. It's the perfect underpinning and is extremely versatile. I wore it with my Hudson Triangle Pocket Bootcut Jeans and my trusty old Banana Republic Cardigan (similar here). Easy-breezy, and totally comfortable for running around L.A.

Carol will have some more Anthro fitting room reviews shortly. Until then, happy shopping, all!


  1. I totally love the shirts you tried on!!! I almost bought a ruffled one like the free flow tank but i realized that the ruffles were slanted and it honestly just didn't look right. I wish you had tried on the Molded and Melded tee in coral. I think that would look great on you!

    For some reason the way you describe how the dress works makes me think I wouldn't be able to figure it out. HAHAHA

    Thanks for keeping us fashionable!

  2. Been reading for about 2 weeks, and love the blog so far!

    I believe the "free flow tank" you tried on is in fact the balletomane tank-- the free flow doesn't have a contrast bow. HTH!

  3. @shira - Thanks! The Molded & Melded got really mixed reviews from people, so I really was surprised I liked it as much as I did.

    @Nada - Thanks for your comment! Actually I own the Balletomane tank, and I'm wearing it in my OOTD here:

    And if you click the link for the Free Flow Tank (or even search for "Free Flow Tank" on Anthro's site), you'll see it directs right to it. Sorry for any mixup, but HTH!

  4. hi kathryn

    i'm trying to figure out if that molded and melded top is the white or oatmeal? and do you happen to remember what size?


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