Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Reviews from a One-Eyed, One-Horned, Flying Purple People Eater (Fitting Room Reviews)

Good Evening, Everyone!

I hope you're all doing well! It's been awhile since I've done fitting room reviews, and I was lucky enough to stop by Anthropologie (wassup Newport?!) this evening, so I thought I'd share them with you!

Apologies for the way my hair hangs over my eye - I do have two eyes, I promise!

Mullany Dress (by Eva Franco, $258)

(shown here in size 4)

I see that Cat also posted her review of this dress for Jen in Australia tonight! Well, what can I say? This dress makes me ridiculously happy. It fulfills everything that I was hoping for from the Chocolate Chip Dress that came out earlier this year. I tried on a size 4 and a size 6. The 6 was way too big on top, and while the 4 fit me fine I think this is one of those dresses that I could size all the way down to a 2 for. (maybe even a 0!) I'm teeny-tiny on top, and the full skirt is roomy enough to accommodate my size 4-6 hips. You can kind of see in both photos that there's excess fabric on top.

(profile of size 4)


(photo of the size 6, for reference)

The construction of this dress is just wonderful. The belt is no flimsy little belt - it's very well-made, almost to the point of being a little bit on the stiff side. I suffered the same issue with the side zipper that I seem to encounter with all dresses with side zippers - it got caught a little while I was zipping it up. But check out the details of the fabric, with the polka-dots woven through:


One thing missing from this dress that 98% of all Anthro dresses seem to have? Pockets! There are no pockets on this dress. ("But where will I put my hands when I'm feeling awkward??")

I can't even adequately express how much I want this dress. If it was $100 less, I'd pull the trigger no doubt. But $258 is sooo steep for me. Maybe I'll talk this over with Carol and see how she'd feel about this dress for co-ownership. Gah! I am in love, and I need this dress!

(*ahem* I also need someplace to wear it, but that's another story...)

(...maybe if I ever stumble into an Anthropologie catalog?)



Sugar-Coated Shirtdress (by Edme & Esyllte, $128)


Oh, look...a shirtdress. I never wear those. *wink*

So I had liked this dress when I saw it on the website, but I was much less enthralled once I had it on. It might've been because this dress was an absolute pain to pull over my head, even after unzipping it all the way and unbuttoning all the buttons. I just don't like fighting with my clothes that much. (...unless they're ridiculously cute and completely transform me, making me look like Angelina Jolie...jussayin')



(pockets!)

I tried on my normal size 4, and it felt pretty true to size (though still somewhat ill-fitting) once I successfully had everything in place. I thought the covered buttons were a nice touch, but the ribbon sash was kind of sad - all wrinkled and limp. The self-tie sleeves were more annoying than they were cute. I actually had to untie them to try the dress on, and then I needed to ask a SA for help in tying the sleeves once I had dress on. Ultimately, the pattern was a little too overwhelming for me, and...well, to be honest, I felt a little old lady-ish in it. And with Fall/Winter being my favorite seasons to shop for, I think I can find something else I can spend $128 on. Pass for me.


Vestiges Dress (by Girls from Savoy, $148)


I was excited to see this one in the store, as I'd been waiting to try this one on.

I have to say - for an ensemble dress, this one's really pretty. I have on a size 4, and it fit TTS with the A-line skirt substantial enough to accommodate my hips. The top is really ruffly and there's some nice detailing around the collar and through the bodice. And I adore the stitching detail at the bottom of the skirt. The fabric is substantial and feels worth the $148 price tag.



Personally, I feel like this is a look that I can create from pieces that I already have in my closet...so I'm going to have to pass on this one. But I'd recommend to anyone to give this one a try!

Acting Out Skirt (by Cartonnier, $88)

Okay, so I'm late to the party on this one...but better late than never, right?

I admit, I wasn't a huge fan of this one in the light gray, but once I laid my eyes on the Sapphire and the Black Motif I was immediately interested.

Holy crap, this skirt is insanely flattering. I tried this on on a 4 and in a 6, and I couldn't even get the zipper up on the 4, haha! Which actually makes sense, as I usually wear a 6 in pencil skirts.

All the photos shown are of the Black Motif, in size 6:

Outfit ideas, anyone?

(shown with the Fiiiiiiiield Gaaaaaaaame!)
(also with the Breeze Along Cami, which is on sale!)



The Black Motif is very tweed-like takes on a charcoal grey hue. The fabric itself incredibly soft, yet very substantial. I was actually petting the skirt in the dressing room, it's that soft. (yes, I'm a nerd) I tried the 6 on in the Black Motif, and it fit like a glove. I was never sure what I thought about the ruching in the sides in photos online, but in person I loved what they added to what could be a boring pencil skirt. I was already formulating 1,576,994 outfits I could make with this skirt...

The Sapphire feels like a cotton twill and is a lovely deep teal color. I liked it, but it felt like the kind of material that would pick up any trace of lint and pet hair. Combine that with the dark color, and you have a recipe for disaster. I guess it didn't help that it was the 4 I tried on in the Sapphire, and I couldn't even zip it up.

So, erm. Can you guess which color I took home with me? =)

Which leads me to...

Remaining Lilies Cardigan (by Field Flower by Wendi Reed, $128)

Yes, Carol already tried this one on here. But this is the first time I've been to Anthropologie in several weeks, so today was the first time I've gotten to lay eyes on this lovely cardigan in person.

Oh boy. I know Carol didn't love it, but I adore it. I have a ton of cardigans, but none in this color. I really really really really really really really wish it weren't $128, because that's what's stopping me from buying it and wearing it tomorrow. I love all the detailing from the silky ribbon trim to the floral applique. (and I normally hate applique like this) I even love the little floral detail on the one sleeve! I had on a Small in the fitting room, and I thought it fit rather nicely - not boxy at all. WANT.

So, the question is - is this cardigan special enough to justify a full-price purchase? Help!

Chilled Ripples Shell (by Floreat, $118)


So I'm not going to lie - I tried this one on without any intentions of purchasing it whatsoever. I mean, come on. It's $118. But it was so darn pretty that I wanted to take it into the fitting room and play with it. Just for a little while.

I took one look at the billowy silk and grabbed a 2 to try on. For those that are small on top like me, I'd say it's safe to size down. The fabric itself is pretty sheer, so I'd definitely recommend a nude bra underneath - possibly even a cami, just to be safe. It looks absolutely fantastic tucked into a pencil skirt, and I imagine it'd be a pretty versatile piece in general. I'm wishlisting this one for sale...maybe even second markdown, if it makes it that far.

Blurry photo (sorry about that!):

Say hello to my little black bra:

(told ya - it's pretty sheer!)

(confession: I kept typing the name of this top wrong - from "Rippled Chills" to "Chilled Nipples" to "Rippling Chilled Nipples" - I should refuse to buy this top because of its silly name!)

(...except iowanna refuse to buy it, because I have to confess that I like it. It's pretty!)

Well, that about sums up this round of fitting room reviews. I hope you enjoyed them as much I as enjoyed trying on all these pretties!

Have a wonderful day!

20 comments:

  1. the Mullany dress is so lovely but does it warrant the hefty price tag?! It does look great on you though.
    Not sure about the lillies cardi, it is very unique but I personally wouldn't fork out full price for it but that is why fasion is so great, one woman's pass it another woman's must have : )

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  2. Question:

    the Sugar-Coated Shirtdress: the catalogue shot shows the sleeves rolled up and a brownish color peeking through... do you remember if ("in real life") there is another color material lining the sleeves for that effect?

    i love shirtdresses and i never really go for browns and golds but this one got my attention because of the slight '70s-ish vibe to the pattern.

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  3. The first dress is just gorgeoous on you!!!!

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  4. Kathryn you crack me up! Love your witty prose. I love the Mullany/Remaining Lilies combo. You look fantastic in everything.

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  5. YAY!! Anothing acting outter! :) I feel you're so much more smaller than me but the 6 fit me fine as well. I decided in the end that I wanted to exchange it for an 8 for post pregnancy. HAHA I'm not even married yet, but I'm planning for post preggos???? Anyway, it is one of the most flattering skirts ever. I'm glad you decided to get it. At $88 are you kidding???

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  6. I love the Mullany Dress on you! You look adorable! I wonder what it would look like with a crinoline under it to make the skirt a little fuller. On the website it looked like it had a fuller skirt, not that it doesn't look good as it is.

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  7. @Louise - Thanks for your kind words! And I'm right there with you on the prices. I've paid over $200 for a dress before, but those dresses have generally been evening dresses. I'm not sure this one counts as an evening dress. I do love it though, and if it was about a $100 I would pull the trigger. As for the Lilies Cardigan, I'm very conflicted about it as well. If it was about $30 less, I'd be more tempted to pull the trigger at full price. Oh, but I love it...

    @Miss JR - The sleeves of the Sugar-Coated Shirtdress are lined, about 2 inches up from the bottom. So if you roll the sleeves up far enough, the contrast will show. The pattern is really retro and fun - I just don't have it in me to pull it off. But I'm sure there are plenty out there who it will work for! Hope that helps! =)

    @Jcrewcrazy - Thank you very much! =D

    @roxy - Thanks! Sometimes I'm not sure if my brand of sarcasm translates very well, so I'm happy to hear that I was able to make at least one person laugh. Yay!

    @Cindi - Yes! Acting Out Sisters, unite! I seriously fell in LOVE with the skirt. Super-duper flattering, and I totally agree - the price tag is great, by Anthro standards. I can't wait to see how you style yours!

    @Debbie - Thank you! I can't lie - I love the Mullany. I'd love to try it with a crinoline slip underneath, so I could get the same look as the images online. I was actually wondering, where would I get a good crinoline slip?

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  8. HEllo Kathryn..
    This is jen from oz. NAWWW you ladies are so sweet!
    I will have to post some pics up of myself in Anthro ( i bought about 5 anthro dresses my last visit to the states)..but the thing is it is winter here and it is so damn cold right now to wear them :-)
    I tried to buy TWO anthro dresses last night, the Mullany and the Compeer (prob the two most expensive dresses on the site right now...why oh why!)...but the delivery charge was $86AUD!!!! omg...so im still debating. Don't worry, i will probably be $700AUD poorer by this weekend. oh my. hehehehe...it just means no local sydney shopping for a while thats all!

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  9. oh and by the way....love that blouse on you! (WELL, they all look good on you actually)

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  10. The Vestiges Dress - *swoon*. So pretty. It's been on my wishlist for a while so thanks for the review.

    LOL@the Chilled Ripples permutations. Maaan, now I can't get those out of my mind! :P

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  11. I loved the Acting Out Skirt on you- isn't it so flattering and makes you feel sexy all over? Well, that's what happened to me anywayz!!

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  12. I would totally share the Mullany with you if I lived close enough - SO CUTE! And that cardigan is very pretty on you, the colors are perfect!

    The (ahem) Chilled Ripples is pretty, but I've seen so many less expensive variations - there was something similar at H&M just yesterday...

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  13. @Jen Vintageglamm - Yay! I hope the review was helpful! And thank you for your kind words! Oh gosh, I am AFRAID of the Compeer Dress - that one looks like it's right up my alley! Must...resist...

    And $86 AUD for shipping? Gosh, I shouldn't ever complain about shipping again!

    @Diana Draw - I'm glad the review was helpful! I may consider the Vestiges once it hits sale myself! And LOL, I swear, we should have a contest to see who can come up with the craziest Anthropologie-like name. I'd love to see what people come up with!

    @DEA - Thank you!! You're so funny - it totally *does* make you feel sexy all over! I'm so stealing that term. Hope you don't mind. ;o) Gotta love a skirt that actually manages to make you feel sexy. $88? Yes please!!

    @Jan - Thank you, thank you very much! (imagine I said that like Elvis. It's cuter that way) I am infatuated with the Mullany. Positively twitterpated, I say. I just wish it wasn't so expensive.

    Do you think I could wear it to the grocery store? ;o)

    And I totally hear ya on the Ripp-er, Chilled Ripples. I think I might hit up H&M to see what they've got. Thanks for the heads up! =)

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  14. Hi! Love your blog and you two dolls!!! I met ran into and met Carol in Fashion Valley yesterday on the way to Anthro..she had just left! And thnx to DEA the Beda is on its way to ME on sale AND b'day discount! yay!

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  15. These reviews were so much fun to read! I smiled all the way through.

    I have the Acting Out in the gray, and I am totally in love with it. If you're going to get one piece from your reviews set, get the Acting Out in the black motif. You won't regret it.

    The Mullany is gorgeous, but I'm one of the few just not that charmed by it, largely because I don't think most of us would get a lot of wear out of it. And with that price tag, I'd want more versatility.

    I'm as undecided as you about the Remaining Lilies. It's over-priced, period. And yet . . . it's a very unique, attention-grabbing design and the fit is surprisingly flattering. I keep going back and forth over using my b-day discount to get it. Even with 15% off, it seems over-priced, but will this one take as long to get to sale as the Field Game did? If so, I don't want to wait. But if it ends up on-sale within the next three months, I'll kick myself. So, I'm torn.

    Lauren

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  16. I think the Sugar Coated Shirtdress actually looks really lovely on you! I can see what you mean about the old lady-ishness, but I think the colours compliment you really well.
    I also love your combination of the Mullany Dress and the Remaining Lilies Cardigan! I would hold fire on buying just yet, the way sales have been going at the moment it might well end up on sale...

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  17. well well well...i caved in and bought the Mullany! i didnt buy the compeer however, because it would mean extra deliver cost! i am still thinking about it though.
    I cant wait to get it! i will hopefully post pics when i get it. seeing its in the middle of winter here, i'm thinking of pairing it with black tights (or stockings) and maybe a plain cardi. i also wonder whether i can use my black bow belt instead of the thin one. oh well...time can only tell!

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  18. Hi Kathryn,
    They are selling the Mullany dress for EUR 35 on anthropologie.eu. I don't know if you can have it shipped to the US when buying it on the european site, but EUR 35 is definitely below your USD 100 treshold!
    Isabel

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  19. Can you write more about the fabric you used for this wonderful dress! All the best!

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