Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Alta Vista (Fitting Room Reviews)

Hi everyone!  Hoping you're all doing well - and benefitting from the sale this week.  I admit that my curiousity was piqued when I saw Kim's report from her store last night, and that this morning, when Kathryn sent me a text telling me to check out Roxy's list on EA, I got...um...excited.  But!  I didn't run right out there!  ...Because I was working.  I waited.  Didn't dash over during lunch.  Finished my work day, fed the kiddos, and then went to Anthropologie.  I was rather hoping for a Torsade tee and thought I might try on the Tecolote tank, but found when I arrived, the Torsades had sold out (if there were any to begin with), and the Tecolote, though really pretty on, was impossible to style with a cardi, because of the height of the flowers on the tops of the shoulders.  So, I tried on a couple new arrivals and an older but still full-priced top instead.  Those photos are included here with all the other tops I've tried on in the last few days.  Here are some "views from the top" (apologies for the varying photo quality):


This pretty top is the Tambour Blouse ($98), which I'm wearing in a size 2.  This one is TTS, and really so delightful!  For some reason, when I saw the product shot on the website, I thought, "Meh."  But in the store, it seemed so much more interesting, and on, it was really lovely.  There's an incredible amount of detail on this blouse, from the ruffles to the covered buttons, the lace at the waistband and the eyelet flounce-y/peplum-y bottom half.  The little cap sleeves are adorable, and the lightness of the cotton fabric (I'm pretty certain it's lined) make it great for summer heat, but with a cardi thrown over it, it would be just as nice for spring, fall, and SoCal winter.  I find the price rather prohibitively high (you could buy a dress for that much...maybe) but if you're in the market for a top like this, I highly recommend it.  I've wishlisted it for a sale.



During one visit to the Fashion Valley Anthro, Sandra introduced me to that store's selling manager (oh, I can't remember her name!).  She was this ridiculously cute woman (reminded me of Chloe) and she was styling this orange Lariat Laced Tank ($58) under the Hello Sunday Blazer with a pair of dark skinny jeans.  I loved the entire look, and while I don't think I have the panache required to pull off the Hello Sunday, I thought I could definitely work the Lariat Laced Tank into my wardrobe.  So, after thinking about this top for a few days, I decided that I'd go in, try it on, and if it worked well, I'd take it.  I think it looks all right, don't you?  ^_-  This knit tank is a really nice, orange - not too bright or neon-feeling.  It's a good grounded color, and it's machine washable, which I adore!  Just a note - I'm wearing a small in these pictures, and I bought the small, because I preferred the way it sort of wrapped and draped, in the slightly larger size.  The XS kind of hugged me weirdly, and the asymmetrical straps seemed highlighted in a less attractive manner in the smaller size.  This may just be the way it fit on my body - Kim wears an XS here, and it looks just fine on her, so I don't know.  


The Once and Always Tee ($58) is another top Sandra thought I should try out, as on Friday, when it had arrived, it seemed to be moving pretty well.  While working the cashwrap, she'd sold at least a few of them.  I'm wearing the XS, and it fits TTS.  It's certainly eye-catching - but to be honest, I had glanced at it on the rack, and decided it was a little much for me when it came to the embellishment.  The accordian-pleated ruffles made me think of some exotic insect's wings (have you seen Theo Jansen's kinetic sculptures?  If not, check out the video at the end of this post, and you'll understand where I'm going with this), and while the top has good bones, (nice fit, flattering neckline, fun ruching on sleeves, etc), I ultimately decided I couldn't do it, as 1) the top was way too sheer, and I'd have to wear a cami underneath it) and 2) there was something almost...funereal about the way the whole thing is so - overly ruched.  I apologize to those of you who love this top - I'm really quite certain there will be at least one, if not a few bloggers who get this and rock it and totally make me change my mind.  But until then, this one's an absolute pass for me.


This is the From the Meadow Tank ($98), which I have on in a size 2.  This little cotton top has a side zip, a nicely nipped in waist, and seems to be an easy, flattering piece to wear.  As you can see, there's a little room in the bust area, for me, but that makes sense, as I'm a smaller-chested woman.  I liked the color of this top, and might have considered wait-listing it for sale, but I just can't get past the giant flowers - they made me think of the tissue paper flowers we used to make in grade school, during art.  You know the ones I'm talking about?  In fact, in my mental notes, before I knew the name of this top, I was calling it the "TP tank" or something like that (TP standing for...well, you know).  If I look at these photos from a certain angle, I feel like there's some strange, calcified growth sprouting from my left breast and shoulder.  Which is...not the look I'm going for.  So, yes, pass for me.  Again, I'm sure other women will look amazing in this.  I may just be too small-boned to do it.


This is the Craft and Creation Top ($58), which I tried on in an XS.  I've been wanting a decorative ivory-colored shell, ever since trying on the Leifsdottir tank with Kelly all those months ago, but haven't been able to find anything that quite fit the bill - or me for that matter.  This one falls in the latter category.  As you can see from the photo above, right, this top is really long.  Tunic-long, even.  It was similar to the Climbing Cowlneck in that it has a cowlneck, and then it fits more snugly across the ribs and belly.  The loops of fabric (chiffon, satin, and jersey, according to the website) that sweep across one breast and shoulder are pretty, but I think in my case, overwhelm my narrow-shouldered/short-waisted frame.  This top will no doubt be gorgeous on Kathryn, but for me, it's a pass.  My search continues....


When I saw the Secret Garden Blouse ($98), I was immediately drawn to it.  The colors, the dainty details...I had a good feeling about this one, and I think my hunch proved correct.  I'm wearing the size 0 in these photos, so I'd say this top definitely runs a little big, as I wear a 2 in most other tops.  It's strange, because this top is made by Floreat, who also made the Tambour Top which has a similar sihouette (reviewed at the beginning of this post), yet, I wear a 2 in that one.  I'm afraid smaller women will definitely be sized out of this.  Fortunately, I just make the cut-off, because I love this.  I feel like there's a timeless, almost vintage quality about this top and the way it's been embellished.  The colors are so pretty, with the use of melony-reds (they're not quite orange nor are they quite pink or salmon...) in the flowers and the waist band.  It just makes me happy to look at it.  ^_^


Last, but not least is the Flowering Pasture Blouse ($128).  Obviously, this one has been around for a little while, and I'd been wanting to try it on, ever since I saw it on Jan here.  I really loved the color of this top, but it's very sheer.  So much so, that I'd definitely wear a cami under this, in just about every circumstance.  The billowy, blousy fit is very romantic and summery, and I see it working well untucked over jeans and tucked into a skirt for the office (see photo, above right).  I do feel the price is too high, but when it goes on sale (soon, I hope?) I'll definitely snap it up, if at all possible.  Wishlisted!

My kids were with me today, as you can see in the photos above (Kate's hanging out in the infant carrier at my feet in a few of these shots) and Rowan begged me to take a photo with the two of them in it.  They're noisy (I'm sure the customers in adjacent fitting rooms wonder who let a troop of monkeys loose inside Anthro and if you're ever one of them, I apologize for the disturbance!) but they're good sports and I love 'em a million times more than my clothes (this is in case they ever read this, when they're older).  ^_-

Theo Jansen's kinetic sculpture:



13 comments:

  1. Congrats on 200 followers!
    The Tambour and Secret Garden Blouses look just lovely on you! I was afraid there was going to be a little much going on with the Tambour Blouse but it looks great on you.
    I actually quite like the Once and Always Tee (though sheerness is always a dealbreaker for me) on you. Makes me think of Jack Skellington again! But on a more serious note, I think it wouldn't seem so OT if it had been released in the Fall, seems a bit out of place at the moment.

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  2. I heart the Once & Always tee and have both the grey and purple on my wishlist - but so far have failed to pull the trigger bc I too was thinking, maybe it is too much? In the too much going on sense AND too much for a tee shirt sense. Here's hoping for another early-to-sale item!

    However, you do look super-cute in that top.

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  3. The Secret Garden Blouse looks so cute on you! And the Tambour blouse too. I'm a little afraid of the length on me since I'm so short but maybe they would be ok. I also really like the Lariat Laced Tank. I need an orange shirt. The fit was great on you!

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  4. I love the Tambour Blouse! Actually, I love almost everything!

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  5. I didn't even notice the Once and Always tee until I just saw it on you and now I want it! I know you passed on it, but it looks so much better on than it does in the pictures online that now I am considering snapping one up for myself. :)

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  6. You look great in everything :) The Tambour Blouse is by far my favorite...I think I need that in my life ASAP!

    Thanks for all the reviews!

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  7. Great Reviews! I really like the Tambour Blouse and orange Lariat Lace Tank. They look great on you! I can't wait to try them on. I also know what you mean about taking kids into the dressing room. It's nearly impossible to take my two boys with me. It can be utter chaos. I keep thinking I need to make an activity bag for dressing room excursions.

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  8. I'm with everyone that I love the Tambour Blouse on you. $98 though is pretty steep for a dress. You can buy a dress for that! :) I'm going to check out the sale today because I sat out yesterday...I was trying to be good. ;) We'll see though.

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  9. Thanks for the reviews! They are really helpful since I live 1.5 hrs from the nearest Anthro. I also love the way the Tambour and Secret Garden Blouses look on you and have put them on my wishlist (for a sale or retail therapy). Your kids are so cute and seem so well behaved (in the picture). I have not dared to take our 1.5 yr old to the fitting rooms yet!

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  10. I love Theo Jansen. There's a Ted Talk he gave a while back, and I was just in awe.

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  11. Carol, you have the most wonderful kids! They are adorable.

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  12. I fell in love with the Tambour blouse the moment I saw it online -- the color! the style! the details! -- and I absolutely love how it looks on you! You're right though, the price is ridiculous for a top but it'll definitely be the first thing I snag on sale :).

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  13. My heart belongs to Floreat! Oh those blouses are wonderful on you! And I totally love the Lariat Laced Tank you bought, you look great in it - I'm guessing it will be super versatile too!

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