Thursday, June 17, 2010

1+1+1=Fabulous Outfits! (Fitting Room Reviews and an OOTD)

Hi everyone!  Hope you're all having a great week so far.  I took the last couple days off of work, sort of impulsively (I'm sort of in holding patterns right now, on most of my projects, so thought this would be a good time to take a mini-break), and took advantage by going to the mall this afternoon to do some long-put off fitting room reviews.  I actually had quite a bit of fun with this set, because once I got in the fitting room, I realized that some of the items I'd picked up could be styled together in really fun ways!  Here's what I came up with:


This is the Height of Summer Dress ($98) in the green colorway.  To be truthful, in these photos, and in real life, it looked like a teal-blue to me, more than a green...but if maybe it was just the lighting?  This strapless Maeve dress has been hanging around for what feels like months now, but I always walked past it, because it's...well...fairly unexciting.  And when you look at the first photo (above left), you can see what I mean.  I'm wearing the size 2 here.  It's a very simple dress - it's empire waisted with a band of elastic under the bust and some tiers (almost like wide, horizontal pin-tucks) around the bottom part of the skirt.  There are detachable straps and pockets, a side zip, and the back of the bodice is smocked.  Easy-peasy, but unmemorable.  I brought in a Beaded Curtain Belt ($58) with me, to try with a different dress, but thought it might lend a little interest to this one (photo, above right).  And you know?  It really did!  I thought the two looked great together.  Then I glanced around my fitting room and my eye landed on...


...the Art School Cardigan, by Tiny ($88).  I first espied this cardigan at the Carlsbad store when I visited with Kathryn a couple weeks ago.  You can see the photo I snapped of it on a display that I sent to Roxy for her Store Inspirations feature here.  I tried on the size small in these photos, because the XS looked really tiny when I checked it out on the hanger.  Interestingly, when I put the small on, I felt it was really big, at first. However, once I foldeded up the sleeve some (it has an extended cuff - you can see it in the product shot on the Anthro website), and it was buttoned, it wasn't so bad (photo, above left). Still definitely looser fitting, rather than fitted, but that's actually okay, I think. The next time I'm in the store, I might try the XS on, to see if I like the fit of that better. This cardigan is a knit, rather than an actual sweater - meaning, there's no yarn of any kind involved.  The fabric is really soft and the whole thing is seductively comfy - I can imagine throwing this on when I'm lounging around the house on the weekends, or over a tank top and jeans, or over a tee and leggings or over...well, you get the point.  I again, added the Beaded Curtain Belt, (photo, above right), and I have to tell you, I really kind of loved this outfit, and am already trying to work out how I can own it.  


Detail shots of the cardigan's one embellishment - which I love (so cute!) and the belt.  Just a note about the belt - the body of the belt itself is made up of little wooden beads, so it's not super stretchy.  Also, I have a belt from last season with a similarly-wrapped buckle.  I love that belt, and it's super cute, but I have noticed that the edges on the strips of "leather" wrapped around the buckle have begun to fray, which is really annoying as I've owned it for under a year.  I'm fairly certain actually, that my belt isn't made with real leather, but this one, according to the website, is - and if that's the case, you may not have that sort of quality issue with this one.   


The next item I tried is the Insouciant Tank ($58) in ivory.  I tried on the XS, and as you can see, it's a little big on me, so smaller women may be sized out of this one.  The neckline is gorgeous - I absolutely loved the placement and layering of the ruffles, and the contrast of matte and satiny layers.  The top is pretty sheer in this color, but with a nude bra and tucked in, it's not so bad.  Here's my big issue with it - the gaping armholes.  For reasons defying understanding, Bordeaux decided to make this tank racerback (...because you're going to engage in strenuous activity which requires free, unhindered motion of the arms and shoulders in this top?...) and then cut the armholes really low besides.  For me, if I was wearing this on it's own (without a cardigan or other topper), I'd have to use some strategically-placed tape to keep from having a wardrobe malfunction.  As it was, in order to take the side photo (see above right) without flashing everyone with my bra, I had to carefully position the fabric first.  That's how bad it is.  


Still, look how cute this top is, paired with the Heatwave Shorts ($58)!  Ever since I saw Cat and Kathryn wearing these, I've been wanting to give them a try.  And they're great!  I'm wearing a size 2.  They're the perfect length for me, with a 3.5" inseam, and the pattern is so cute!  Oh, if only the tank didn't have those awful gaping armholes, I'd have brought both pieces home with me.  I love how cute the two pieces look together.  Now, yesterday, we styled the Annika Cardigan for Amy, but as I'd never tried it on, I'd brought it into the fitting room with me.  I threw it on over the Heatwave Shorts and the Insouciant Tank, and voila!  Instant (and super fun) outfit.  The print on the shorts really played well with the simple lines and colors of the cardigan, and the ruffles of the tank softened the whole thing up nicely.  Just one note - the Insouciant tank's ruffles sort of caused some bunching underneath the shoulders of the Annika (see photo, above right).  I would, therefore, suggest you try a tank or tee without that kind of volume on the shoulders, if layering with this cardigan.  I should mention that I tried the XS in the Annika and it fit really well.  This sweater is much lighter-weight than it looks, and has a pretty softness in person that doesn't really come across as well in photographs online.  I've wishlisted it for sale time.

More to come later - thanks for reading!

14 comments:

  1. Great reviews! I'm excited to try the licorice lanes skirt myself. It looks adorable on you.

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  2. I love the art school cardigan over the dress! I wouldn't normally try on long cardigans because I'm so short but it looks great, so I might have to try it next time. :-)

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  3. I love the belt, the shorts, the Annika Cardigan, and the Licorice Skirt. That Licorice Skirt is tempting me so badly! I see it looking great on bloggers, store mannequin, SA's, EVERYONE! I think I might just have to give in and get it...

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  4. I really love the dress on you. I always like the strapless dresses that curve up a bit in the middle. Hope you're able to get it. It's a great color for you.

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  5. The cardigan/belt/dress combo is perfect! You are making me want it.

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  6. I love the shorts on you and with the cardigan, it just helps completes the look. The height of summer dress also hangs right next to the doorway at my anthro and I never got the urge to try it on. I feel the same way about it...just kinda unmemorable. Something at Old Navy will prob be cheaper. hehe.

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  7. Do you mind sharing how much you weight and how tall you are? What size do you wear with Anthro items? I've a very small and petite frame, and I've always wondered if Anthro's xs would fit me. I don't have a store closeby me. For reference, I'm 5'3, 102-5 lbs.

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  8. Such an interesting and detailed review! Loved reading it through. Can't wait for more. Both outfit (the final layer versions, with Cardigans) are super cute. This almost looks like a step-by-step guide on how to do layering. :) Love it. I'm following...

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  9. I''m loving the Height of Summer dress on you too - you look adorable in it, and the color is great on you!

    I MUST ORDER THE HEATWAVE SHORTS!!! Sorry for yelling, but I need to get through to myself - what am I waiting for?!!! They are perfect on you, Carol!

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  10. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your heat wave shorts outfit. I must find all those pieces and duplicate. Great reviews! And, by the way, you look fabulous today!

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  11. LOVE those Heatwave shorts on you! I am *this close* to buying them - you get them too and you, me and Kathryn can be triplets! LOL!

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  12. Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

    @Jan Russell and Michelle Q - seriously, why haven't you bought them yet? What are you waiting for? Better not be me, because I've pulled that trigger, already. ;)

    @Vicky - thanks, I'm so glad that you found the reviews helpful. =)

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  13. quick question about the fit since the heatwave shorts have gone on sale, is the waist tight or loose or just fitting? It looks like it fits on the low waist on you.. is that right?

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  14. @Hannah - They fit comfortably - not snug, not loose - just right (I sound like I'm doing a reading of the three bears). They do fit lower on the waist, so yes, you're right.

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