Wednesday, June 2, 2010

We've Got the Funk (Fitting Room Reviews and Sale Lament)

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday!  I am undoubtedly in a total funk, trying my darnedest not to succumb to the Anthropologie sale.  There are so many great things on sale this week!  I mean - these are the things I wanted to see go on sale a few weeks ago at the "Tag Sale."  I can't begin to tell you how hard I'm fighting right now, to keep from hunting down my wishlist items that have been reduced: the Daily Gathering Dress, the Rose Mallow Tank, the Pallas Athena Tank, the Sprinkled Shells Tank, and the Endless Chevrons Dress.  I did, however, misbehave at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale, and really, the Anniversary Sale is just around the corner (July!), so if I want to shop that at all (I do, I do!), then I need to exercise restraint now.  And Kathryn, bless her truest-friend heart, is also abstaining from the sale, in solidarity with me.

Of course, this doesn't stop me from keening a dirge-like lament for my lost wishlist pieces.  Meanwhile, I have to remind myself that I have a closet full of pretty clothes and that Anthropologie will always have new pretty things to pine after.  So, with that in mind, here are some fitting room reviews:


I already wrote about how I came to exchange the Vanilla Bean Blouse (worn with such aplomb by Kathryn here) for the Raccoon Rumpus Blouse ($88) in our last post.  However, I didn't say much about the fit, etc, so I'll go ahead and cover that now.  I'm wearing a size 2, and it fits beautifully.  The swiss dot fabric is a little sheer, but I wore it here, with a nude bra (I'm wearing a black bra under it in the above photo), and as you can see, it was fine.  There's a side-zip on this top, which allows for the more fitted look and a thick waistband that helps define the waist.  I particularly like that there are a few strategically placed stitches at the neckline that keeps this surplice top from gaping open at inconvenient moments (which can happen).  I also really love all the pretty details - the short, puffy sleeves and the ruffles along the neckline.  In an amusing side-note, I told my son that I had raccoons on my top, at which he replied, with a perplexed expression on his face, "But they look like cats."


A reader requested that I try the Rock Slide Skirt on for fit, a few weeks back, and when I saw that it had finally shown up in one of my local stores, I took it with me into the fitting room.  I'm wearing a size 0 in these photos, so I'd say it runs a wee bit big, as I usually wear a 2 in most of Anthropologie's skirts and dresses.  At first glance, I was a little concerned that all those ruffles would add unwanted volume to my hips and thighs, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that this wasn't the case, when I put the skirt on.   The skirt itself is well-constructed and the colors are really lovely.  What I didn't love about the skirt is the waistband - the bottom part of it curves in a dip over my abdomen, that sort of accentuates the curve of my belly (hmmm...not something to which I want to draw attention) and if you look at the photo above left, you can see that the fabric wrinkled in a strange way right around the "pooch" of my tummy, making it more noticeable.  So, while this skirt is really cute and the quality is good, I'm definitely going to pass on it.


I first saw the Transparent Shallows Chemise ($88) on the fitting room attendant (a tiny, willowy, golden-haired woman) and when I admired it on her, she insisted I try it on as well, and grabbed one for me.  I'm wearing a small in these photos, and while I think I could have sized down to an XS, the small was fine too.  The top half of the dress is smocked, allowing for some flexibility in sizing, and the skirt is flowy, which is also nice.  I might seek out an XS in this, to see if it's any shorter, as this one grazes the floor on me, and being 100% silk, it'll be hard to keep the hem clean otherwise.  The colors of this dress are gorgeous - I'm always a sucker for things with greens and blues in them - and this dress ranges from vibrant teal to a cool chartreuse.  I tied the sash in the back, as you can see in the photo above right, but the product shot for this has it tied in the front. It's actually marketed as a swim cover-up on Anthro's website and not a dress, which may be due to the fact that the skirt is not lined.  I found this to be a little problematic, as it kept sticking to my legs (static cling?) but when I asked the fitting room attendant about the one she was wearing, she said she didn't have that problem at all - and her skirt did look fine - it flowed about her legs beautifully, with nary a cling in sight.  Maybe it was because of the way the dress had been stored, or maybe it was just me.  The price point for this pretty little number is really quite reasonable for Anthro, but this dress is really limited to summer, as it's thin and strapless to boot.  Really beautiful, though.


This is the Breakfasting Dress, ($138) which I reviewed in an earlier post.  I tried an a small in that past review and found it to be too big for me.  I found an XS (in photo above) this past weekend, and as you can see, still too big for me.  It's really a shame, because I did like this dress, and if it had fit well, it would definitely have been on my wishlist.  As it is, it's a definite pass for me.

17 comments:

  1. Stay strong, Carol! I sat out several sales. I did cave for this one. It's hard to decide between what you love and what you like, especially when the price is so nice. And Anthro is always coming out with beautiful things, and they will often reuse a design. So if it's not meant to be now, it doesn't mean it won't ever be in your life.

    Stay strong! I'm rooting for you!

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  2. That's the same excuse I use, Carol! Anthro will always have cute things coming so I just have to be patient! I'm passing on this sale but thanks for the review. I don't know why but I'm just loving the chemise on you. Not a lot of people can get away with longer dresses like that.

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  3. Thanks Tien and Cindi for the words of support. What did you get, Tien? I think if I were getting anything, it'd be the Daily Gathering dress...I feel like I waited forever for that one. But I'm resolving to resist.

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  4. I will be strong with you and sit out this sale too! Although, that's not saying much since I did head over to J Crew today...totally a different story. Doesn't mean I'm not rooting for you, friend!

    Although, I will be singing a different tune if/when I get my birthday discount in the mail. You know the Perilla dress and Spanish Steps cardi haunt me in my dreams.

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  5. Carol, I'm with you- I'm on a mandatory shopping ban, scrounging pennies for a big event later this summer, and it's torture! The Raccoon Rumpus blouse is SO darling, I want to cry!

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  6. I got the Filtered Rays Blouse and Starry Eyed Skirt. I'm hoping the blouse fits because I ordered a sm. The xs were all gone and I really wanted it. If it's too loose, I'll just get it altered.

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  7. It's not just you: that effing (!) Transparent Shallows Chemise wouldn't stop winding about my legs and very nearly tripped me!
    The Raccoon Rumpus Blouse is definitely on my wishlist now and it looks fab on you!

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  8. That Raccoon Rumpus blouse looks perfect on you. Thanks for the reviews. :-)

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  9. Carol did you decide which color Tiny Windows Dress to get?

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  10. @Tara B. and Michelle Q - Well, it's good to know we're all in this together. =D Tara, I think the Raccoon Rumpus will be around when you're off your shopping ban. Too many people seem to be freaked out by the raccoons (which I find so cute!).

    @Tien - Oooh, I can't wait to see you style those!

    @BA - Okay, so it's not just me. I want to know if there's a solution (besides wearing a slip, which is an awful thought, since it's supposed to be a light, airy, summer dress). Is there a solution?

    @jcrewphd - thank you!

    @Sara - I haven't yet, and I have some time, because I'm on this shopping ban until at least mid-July. Oh, I'm so conflicted - I personally love the lavender, and yet, everyone is telling me I look so much better in the coral. I noticed your comments ranged along the same lines! Weird, right? What to do, what to do?

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  11. You look so cute in that blouse and I'm cracking up about your son saying they looked like cats! :-) I tried to be good today and only got the Button Bin cardi that I've been waiting for forever. I did try on a few things though and put some pictures and reviews on my blog.

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  12. Carol--Go with your gut feeling. If you like the lavender, get that one. They both look good on you, but what really matters is the one YOU feel best in.

    Personally, I can't wear red even though everyone tells me I look good in it. I'm just not comfortable in red. For what it's worth, I love the lavender on you.

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  13. "But they look like cats"-- lol, that's too funny!

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  14. The chemise is SO PRETTY on you - those blues are gorgeous!

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  15. Kathryn did you ever try on the Two-Wheeler Shirtdress? If you did, what size did you need in it? Thanks!

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  16. Hi Sara! I never did get to try it on, so I'm not sure what size I need...did you ever decide between the 2 and the 4?

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  17. I never did make a decision...I found a 4 in stores a few days ago and tried it on again and still felt like it was too loose. I belted it, which helped, but I'm still undecided! I might just order both sizes since shipping is free :)

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