Saturday, October 2, 2010

Just a Couple Newly-Arrived Dresses (Quickie Fitting Room Review)

Hello all!

I hope that your weekend is going well!

Well...being the lazy person I am, I love me a good ensemble dress. When I spotted these two new arrivals in my store, I begged the Husband to let me run into the dressing room to try them on "real quick."

(...and if you ask my husband, there's no such thing as "real quick" when I'm trying on clothes.)

I feel I should warn you all, though - I wasn't feeling my best that day. Trying on dresses when I felt like "Bloatarella" might not have been the greatest idea in the world, but I'll do my best to be as objective as I can with my reviews.

Vapor Rise Dress ($158, shown in size Small)

I guess now that the Rising Vapor Dress has finished rising, we're left with the completely different Vapor Rise Dress.

Although the product page on Anthro's site says it's by "Lil," I could swear it's by Sparrow. (As evidenced by the camera phone pic I sent to myself with the subject line, "Sparrow.") This dress reminds me a lot of the Black Halo Bouquet Cami Dress from a few years back. The skirt portion is a merino wool that feels like a sweater and is unlined and stretchy, with a fair amount of give. The top is a blouse-y silky chiffon that balances out the more fitted skirt. For a small-chested gal like me, I like the effect this silhouette creates.

I feel like this dress is missing a little skinny belt that the Black Halo Jackie O and Bouquet Cami dresses have which help to cinch and define the waist area, but that'd be easy enough to add if you wanted. The Small fit me well enough (even in my bloated state), so I'd say this dress might even run a little bit big. Top this puppy off with a nice little blazer and you've got a sleek, polished look.

Overall, I was very impressed by how comfortable I felt in this dress. And as I said before, I always love insta-outfit dresses like this one. I'd feel a little guilty buying it, as I already have the Black Halo. I'm going to go ahead and wishlist it though, for future consideration come sale time. Because you never know when you'll "need" a good dress... *wink*

Stylist's Eye Dress ($168, shown in a size 4)

So here's another pretty little ensemble dress by my favorite hit (but sometimes miss) brand, Moulinette Soeurs.

I was immediately drawn by the gold thread details that run throughout the skirt. They add a beautiful sheen to the fabric. The top is two layers - a ruffly chiffon top layer with a cami attached underneath for extra coverage.

The slight problem I have with this dress is that I'm normally a size 6 in pencil skirts (or an 8, depending on the brand!), but anywhere from a size 2-4 in tops. This would be okay if there was some stretch in the skirt, but there isn't. As a result, the size 4 in this dress fit great up top while the skirt felt uncomfortably tight. I was able to successfully sausage myself into the size 4 for a photo, but I wouldn't say I was happy with the result. However, I'd be afraid if I sized up to a size 6 that it'd be way too big and baggy on top.

See how the fabric pulls through the hips and thighs?

I feel like what makes Black Halo dresses (like the Jackie O. and the Bouquet Cami) such slam-dunks in my book is the cut through the bodice. The thick band pulls you in and creates an extremely figure-flattering effect. That's what's missing in these two dresses I tried on, especially the Stylist's Eye. If you have absolutely no figure flaws whatsoever, this dress should fit you quite nicely. However if you're like me and you have a booty and have a tendency to carry a little bit of a "food baby" at all times (which may or may not be caused by the last meal you ate), then this dress won't really help you hide that.

Can't deny the pretty details, though if I had to choose between this one and the Babergh Dress, I think the Babergh would win.

I hope you like this little set of reviews! Before I go, I just want to echo Carol's post yesterday and express my heartfelt thanks for all your nominations and votes for our little blog in the Anthro Blogging Collective's 2010 Blog Awards! I don't have the gift of expression that Carol has, but please know that I'm very grateful for all your kindness!

Have a great rest of your weekend, and as always, thanks for reading!!


  1. You look fantastic Kathryn - as always! Have a great weekend!

    xx Vivian @

  2. Hi KAthryn - Bloatrella? Nonsense!! you look slim in these photos.
    Hehe, i know exactly what you mean by being "real quick" in the fitting rooms. I take ages in the fitting rooms, so i always tell my husband to go do his own thing and meet me back in the store in 30mins (or more!).
    I think the rising vapor dress is the better one out of these two. Not only is it more flattering, there is much more potential in it. You can add pops of colour as it is a classically coloured and cut dress.
    I am not too fond of the skirt of the Stylists Eye - it's a bit too "granny-like" for my liking! The bodice is pretty though.
    Thanks for the reviews!
    aussie anthro addict

  3. Kathryn, I absolutely love your reviews because you are sized very similar to me (2-4 on top, 6-8 on bottom, although I am quite a bit shorter). I was wondering if you tried on the Snowy Egret Shift?? I fell in love with the print, but it was very unforgiving for my shape.

  4. Hi Kathryn, I sent an email to you awhile back at I just re-sent it in case it's lost somewhere in your email box. If that's not the correct addy, please let me know.

  5. @Vivian - Aww, thank you! You have a great weekend too!

    @Jen - Haha trust me - there was some major sucking-in-action in those photos. But thank you! And I'm contemplating getting my husband a better smartphone so that he can at least amuse himself while I'm in the dressing room! ;o)

    As for the Rising Vapor vs. the Vapor Rise (the names still crack me up) - I feel that they're two different looks. While the Rising Vapor may be easier to add pops of color to, another girl may not be as into the ruffles of it. the Vapor Rise provides a more sleek and structured look. So I'd say it really depends on the look that a gal is going for. =)

    Thanks for reading and commenting, as always! =)

    @Lauren - Aw, thank you! I'm glad that my reviews are helpful! It's very validating to hear. =) I haven't gotten to try on the Snowy Egret yet, as I haven't actually been in a store in a couple of weeks. I had to beg and drag my husband into Anthro the other day, so I was lucky I was able to even try on these two dresses, haha! Next time I'll try to sneak into an Anthro without him, so I have more time. =)

    @gigiofca - Sorry about the delay in getting back to you! I've messaged you back. =)

  6. That first dress looks like a million bucks on you! And the Stylist Eye was totally on my radar when I saw it pop up online, I'm not sure about the top material now that I see an IRL picture...hmmm, hopefully I'll be able to try on the petite version if I make it to the store...Thank you (and patient hubby!) for the reviews!

  7. Kathryn, I think you look stunning in both dresses, though I know what you mean about the skirt on the Stylist's Eye (this has happened to me more than once with Moulinette Soeurs - the Here and There dress, for example, was a huge disappointment).

    Mainly, though, I'm writing to tell you that you just moved up to my #1 favorite blogger with your "food baby" admission. *high five*

  8. Kathryn, may i ask wher you get the bow necklace?
    It looks very nice on you!

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