Thursday, May 27, 2010

And My Wallet Wept... (New Arrivals and Fitting Room Reviews)

Hi everyone and happy Friday (it'll probably be Friday by the time most of you read this)! I hope your week is going well. Mine's been pretty busy, but not overwhelmingly so - just the perfect amount of busy.  Yesterday, after work, I was in charge of the kiddos, because my husband had some well-deserved and necessary alone time coming to him (he had a work assignment to complete and also had been watching the kids a lot over the past week.  What does a Carol do, when facing down a few unassigned hours with the children?  Go on a field trip of course - to the mall!


So, to my credit, I honestly did not intend to go into Anthropologie.  But Rowan wanted a corn dog from Hot Dog on a Stick, which is in the food court, which is directly (almost) opposite Anthro, and I had to walk past it on my way back to the parking structure and well, it's like there are sirens - dress form sirens - singing to me and I couldn't - resist --.

Anthropologie is my kryptonite.  Seriously.  Here are some fitting room reviews:


When I saw the Tiny Windows Dress ($118) for the first time, it was on one of the British Anthropologi(e)st's fitting room reviews, and I literally gasped and exclaimed aloud, "What is that dress?!"  If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know how I love my shirtdresses - the Beda, the Reed, the Deja (Theory).  So, you can only imagine that when I was passing by the entrance of Anthropologie, trying to resist the pull of its siren songs, I was completely done in when I saw the Tiny Windows Dress, hanging demurely (oooh, at least it wants me to think it is, I'm sure...) on a rack, front and center. I grabbed two - one in each color, and well, you can see the result above.  I'm wearing a size two, and it pretty much fit me perfectly.  There was just the teeniest tiniest bit of pulling around the buttons, but that's okay - I feel like it gives the illusion that I have a chest!  Speaking of, women who actually do have a larger bra size than me (I'd estimate about 90% of the post-puberty female population of the world) might need to size up.  This dress fits very much like its cousin, the Beda, and is made of the same type of textured fabric.  The only thing that stopped me from buying this on the spot was that I couldn't decide which color I liked better.  Sandra, lovely reader and Anthro-employee was working that day, so she weighed in - she likes the pink/rose (which looks much more like an orangey-salmon to me) better.  I was sort of leaning towards the lavender myself.  What do you think?  Which should I get?  (Oh, and should I return the Oratory Dress to get this?  Or should I keep the Oratory, and - whimper - not get this?)


Here is the much-blogged Sunwashed Dots dress ($128).  I spotted it in the store and was already gravitating towards it, and Sandra grabbed one for me, so here it is.  This is the size 2, and I think it's okay...but not great on me.  I love the pop of green in the sash and I like the length of the skirt...but for some reason, it didn't make my heart sing.  There was just no love.  Note that the skirt hit right above my knee (and I'm 5'2"), so taller women should keep that in mind, if they're also trying the size 2.


The Perilla Dress ($128) looked so wonderful on Rosa, Roxy, and Michelle Q, I couldn't resist taking it out for a spin.  I love the little trio of rosettes at the waist, and the wrap-style isn't terrible on me (wrap-styles are really hit or miss for me - I blame my smaller frame and narrow-ish shoulders), but while it makes everyone else look fabulously curvy, I thought it made me look like I had a tree-trunk for a torso.  Sigh.  At an angle (see photo, above right), it's not so bad.  But, I can't be standing, angled-off to everyone I talk to, now can I?  Too bad...this is a pass for me.


Here's the Breakfasting Dress ($138) in a size Small.  Obviously way too big on me.  However, I thought that if I'd had the right size, this could have been a definite possibility.  I liked the cut and the detailing and enjoyed how the black band at the waist - well, gave me a waist.  Definition is good!  I was a little thrown off by the waffle-knit texture of the fabric (hmm...the type of fabric my husband favors for his pjs), but overall, I'm eager to see if I can't track down an XS in this dress somewhere, because if it fits, it might be a keeper.


Sandra brought me the June, July, August Dress ($148) and I'm wearing it here, in an XS.  I love the bright colors and vibrant print of this dress, and it's hard to describe how soft and smooth the fabric is.  It's a pullover style, and I thought it would be a fun, easy, comfortable dress to throw on, when you want to look good but just can't be bothered.  I did think it could use a new belt, so I asked for one, and was brought a couple.  In the first picture (above left), I'm wearing the Looping Lanes belt (had to hold it taut in the back, because it was a size M, and too big for me) and below, left, I'm wearing the Acquainted Bands belt.  


Here's the June, July, August Dress with the Acquainted Bands Belt - look at how beautifully braided this belt is, in the back!  There's so much interest in the braid of this belt, compared to that of other braided belts.  I really love it.


Here is the Camilla Dress ($138) in a small.  I thought I'd grabbed this in an XS, but when I was in the dressing room, I realized I'd grabbed the wrong size.  As you can see, this is too big on me.  Still, I could see the promise in it.  I really like this creamy-white color and while it's not as striking as the navy version, I like that the lace embellishment is more subtle and less I'm-Wearing-Lace-On-My-Dress.  Wish-listed for a sale.

25 comments:

  1. Hi! I'm a new reader and wanted to let you know your reviews are helpful and funny!

    And to weigh in on the color dilemma for the first dress.....I'd go with the lavender color. It's a really pretty color and is just enough neutral that it has more versatility than the coral color, but not so neutral that it winds up being boring.

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  2. I say keep the oratory dress (it's slightly lavender, no?) and get the pink/salmon version of the tiny windows dress- I think the color really warms your face :)

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  3. I like the pinky salmony tiny windows dress. It looks great on you and the color looks good with your skin tone. It's such a nice bit of color.

    I just picked up the Vappu Dress last night in the blue skirt. Once it was on, I couldn't resist.

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  4. hold off on buying the tiny windows dress... it actually doesn't do anything for me and, besides, you already have several shirtdresses. do you want to be a one trick pony?

    BUT! since i know what it's like to really want something, and no one can tell me to wait a little when i'm dreaming of a certain dress.... i'd go for the pink color if i were you... from the pictures, it looks like the lavender washes you out a little.

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  5. I think both colors of the Tiny Windows Dress look great on you! I would say return the Oratory Dress and get the Tiny Windows Dress because you've loved it since you first saw it and I think you'd be disappointed to pass it up.

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  6. Which dress do you love more? Go with that one. And get the color that you love. Personally, I really like the salmon better on you in the Tiny Windows Dress, because it makes you look much more lively, however if you're not going to wear it, then don't bother. Go with what makes you feel fabulous.

    That Antiquated Bands Belt - swoon! And what's that, the SA *brought belts* to you in the fitting room? That never happens to me! They usually take any and all belts off of my person before giving me a room. "Not allowed" they say, with an eye of suspicion. What's your secret? Super charm? Promises of coffee from the Starbucks around the corner? I swear I don't want to filch belts, I just want to see a cinched waist on my outfits, lol. And it's nearly *impossible*.

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  7. Darn it, Carol! You're teasing me with all those purdy dresses! Don't you know I don't live near an Anthro? Just kidding!!! All those dresses look GREAT on you! Even all the white dresses that were big on you look great! I can't wait for my trip next week to Anthropologie!

    I love the lavender Tiny Windows on you. They both look awesome on you, but if you love the lavender you should get the lavender. Then you should get the Oratory in the orange color. Problem solved. Just get the 2 dresses! Tiny Windows in lavender and Oratory in orange! ;o)

    Yes, I'm wondering as Diana Draw is...what is your secret for getting belts in the dressing room?

    Have a good weekend!

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  8. Thanks for doing the reviews! Honestly, I'm not too fond of either of the tiny windows dress colors...I mean in general, not on you spefically :) I think I would keep the oratory dress...the color is so much more vibrant.

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  9. OMG thank you thank you thank you for doing a review of the Tiny Window Dress. I was waiting for someone to review it before this weekend since I planned on purchasing it in Santa Monica. I love the pink/salmon on you! It definitely works better with your skin tone.

    I also love Camilla Dress on you as well. Not to tempt you into another purchase, but I think it fits your style. :)

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  10. Thank you so much for reviewing the Tiny Windows Dress! I've been dying the past two days waiting to see it on a human! I'm so thrilled to see it's actually lavender - I LOVE IT!!!
    I am obviously quite partial to the lavender, so that's the one I think you should get. I have to try to find it in stores to see what size I need.
    Thanks again :-)

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  11. I think I prefer the salmon shade in the Tiny Windows Dress on you-but either shade would be lovely, it's a great dress. Also the June,July August dress looks great! I love the colors-and look how well your Seychelles shoes go with it too! By the way...can you tell me about those shoes? I am debating ordering them in the Pewter, or possibly Black-are they comfortable? You seem to wear them a lot so I am assuming they are comfy...

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  12. Looking so cute in both colors is a good problem to have - you can't go wrong, no matter which you choose! I am SO hopeful that I'll get to the store tomorrow and they'll have some of these pretty new arrivals!

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  13. WOW! the {{Tiny Windows Dress}}} fits your little frame perfectly!! i'm excited for you. good taste with belting the {{ June, July, August Dress}} very good taste.

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  14. I tried the Camilla dress on yesterday and I'm in love...my wallet also weeps!! I like the coral color tiny windows dress on you, makes you look perkier! Have you seen the Secret Treasure Dress? Yet another beautiful shirtdress!

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  15. I think we have exactly the same dilemma. I am also asian and I love the lavender. It kinda wash both you and me out but we still love it. I have to admit that the salmon looks better on (for you) but I still like lavender! Sorry that I am not so helpful. I just want to say I know exactly how you feel : )

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  16. My vote is for the coral pink color! It is more lively and fun!

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  17. Thank you for highlighting the Antiquated Bands Belt. The product shot fails to show the belt's best features. I have an unworn Looping Lanes that is going to be exchanged for this beauty ASAP. And my vote is salmon/coral in the great lavendar v. salmon debate. Both look lovely on you but I agree with the prior comments about it working better with your skin tone.

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  18. The salmon colored Tiny Windows dress really pops on you. The Lavender does tend to wash you out. I love the Antiquated Bands belt. Get what you love. I loved the Sunwashed Dots dress from the begining and it's now mine. Unfortunately I hurt my foot and have been in an aircast so....:-(
    I even have shoes that would go wonderfully with the dress.

    Let us know what you decide.

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  19. I actually like both colors of the Tiny Windows Dress on you. It's true, the coral color does pop on you, but there's something about the lavender dress that I really like too. I don't think you can go wrong :)

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  20. Oh, DEFINITELY the coral color Tiny Windows Dress!!! The color really looks beautiful on you! And it's perfect for this time of year!

    The lavender is pretty (and lavender is my favorite color), but it looks like more of a gray-lavender. It's very muted, so I don't think it would do much for anyone's coloring.

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  21. Thanks for these reviews! I wanted to see reviews on that gorgeous Tiny Windows Dress. Shirtdress definitely work for you. This fits you like a gove! I like the coral on you.

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  22. Adorable in all of them, BUT I vote for keeping the oratory dress. It's gorgeous! And perfect for summer! And it's gorgeous! Oh ... I said that already. GORGEOUS! Don't return it! Then it'll be homeless ... :-(

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  23. I guess this won't be helpful at all but I really like both colors of the Tiny Windows dress on you for different reasons. My real purpose in commenting is to tell you that I had totally decided to pass on that dress until I saw it on you. Now I don't even care which color I get, all I can say is that it MUST BE MINE!

    Oh and P.S. I'm with Sharon - more details on those adorable shoes please!

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  24. WOW! the {{Tiny Windows Dress}}} fits your little frame perfectly!! i'm excited for you. good taste with belting the {{ June, July, August Dress}} very good taste.

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  25. Hi! I'm a new reader and wanted to let you know your reviews are helpful and funny!

    And to weigh in on the color dilemma for the first dress.....I'd go with the lavender color. It's a really pretty color and is just enough neutral that it has more versatility than the coral color, but not so neutral that it winds up being boring.

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