Thursday, November 4, 2010

Mother-Daughter Anthro (Fitting Room Reviews)

Hi everyone! So, about a week ago, I had lunch with Maya from Kinzie Says and we squeezed in a little bit of shopping as well.  Maya is super sweet and super cute, and I'm so glad to have met a new shopping buddy.  She helped me by taking some of these photos, and giving me feedback on the fit of things.  Here are some of the things I tried on, followed by a little fitting room review session I did with Kate and some of the kids' clothing that Anthro is carrying for the holidays.


A reader requested that I try on the Poppy Options Cowlneck ($78), and I'm glad she did, because I don't think I would have noticed this top on my own.  I'm wearing the size XS, and I really liked it on, though as you can see, it's definitely tunic length on a shorty like me.  It's a very light knit fabric (rayon) with little cap sleeves, so won't provide any warmth for the winter months on its own, but you could easily layer a long sleeve tee underneath, to good effect.  It's machine washable, which I also appreciate.  I liked it both loose and belted, and this is definitely wishlisted for sale.


This is the Pinafore Pullover ($168), and I didn't expect to like this as much as I did.  I'm wearing the XS in the above photo.  On the hanger, it has the look of a chunky knit, and well, I was dubious about the fit and flare of the waist.  It was surprisingly flattering on, giving me a distinctively curvy, hourglass shape, which was kind of fun (I even look...well, like I have a chest!).  It's a little pricey for me right now, so it'll have to wait 'til sale time, or at least until the temps fall under 70 degrees F (which seems so unlikely with the 90 degree temperatures we're experiencing here in San Diego).  


Here are the Hellebore Sweater Skirt ($118) and Echoing Folds Cowlneck ($48).  I tried on the XS in the skirt and it fit well - though a wee bit long, hitting me at the bottom of my knee.  I loved it as soon as I put it on, and I especially loved the little nailhead studs that run in lines down the front and back of the skirt.  The colors are surprisingly neutral, and this sweater skirt does better than most other sweater skirts, in hiding unflattering bumps and bulges.  In fact, the wide knit waistband rests against the waist in a way that sort of allows the rest of the skirt to fall in flattering lines around your hips - at least this was the case for me.  The skirt is hand washable, which is an added bonus (this means, of course, that I'll be ,machine washing it on delicate cycle and hang-drying it).  I bought this on impulse, but I don't regret it at all. 

I'm wearing the Echoing Folds Cowlneck in an XS, and found it to be a nice, drapey top.  The fabric is very thin, and though seemed on the sheer side when held up against light, is fine on, with a nude bra underneath.  Because I'm narrow-shouldered and petite, I personally like a top that's got more structure around the neck/bust - otherwise, I end up feeling sort of swallowed up by the fabric.  But if you're looking for a drapey top like this, I recommend it. It's comfortable, and has a great price-point, and will probably layer nicely under blazers, jackets, and sweaters.  While the cowlneck is loose, the bottom half of the shirt is more fitted, which is nice, as it prevents the top from having too much volume.  It's a pass for me, but might really work for you.


This is the Firewarmed Shift ($118), and I'm wearing the size 2.  Wow, did this dress do nothing for me or what?  Between the drop waist and the boxy shape...well, I don't know what to say.  So I won't.  I think this is one of those cases where a picture speaks a thousand words. Pass for me.


Here are the Hop, Skip, Jump Skirt ($78) and Raining Lines Henley ($58).  I'm wearing the skirt in a size 0 (edited) and the top in a size in an XS.  I loved both these pieces, and together, they have such a great casually youthful feel. Please note that on me, the skirt's waist fit me at my natural waistline, and as a result, the bottom hemline seemed shorter and I'm only 5'2."  On taller women, this could verge on mini-territory.  The skirt itself is made of a very fine-wale corduroy that's almost like a velveteen, and there are some wonderful quilted panels on the sides of the skirt and at the waist.  I had a hard time leaving this behind, in spite of the fact that it's a lot like the Finishing School Skirt...but I have to say I think I definitely like this skirt better.  It's sassier, in length and fit and the color is much more vibrant.  While it may not be nearly as work-appropriate (for instance, I would never wear this to go see clients), it's just so much more fun.  Wishlisted.

I brought home the Raining Lines Henley in the solid navy, because it's sch a good top.  The sort of faux-cowl-like gathers at the neckline are very flattering and I love the way the top fit - so slimming!  Also, the cotton is really comfy and navy goes with pretty much everything.  I wish they had a dark red or burgundy version too.  


Kate is modeling the Schooner Dress ($88), in size 12-18 months.  She's definitely on the smaller side for her age in terms of height and weight (around the 25th percentile) so is petite like her mom.  Still, you'll notice that a lot of these baby items are pretty big on her.  I loved this dress on Kate - it has functional buttons down the front and an attached sash that ties in the back.  The colors and details are terrific.  And it's machine washable (which all infant clothing really needs to be).  Totally wishlisted for sale (and hoping it'll happen before the holidays, because how cute would she be in these at holiday parties and get-togethers?).

More shots of Kate in the Schooner Dress.


Here's Kate in the All Wrapped Up Dress ($88), also the size 12-18.  This dress seemed even bigger on her than the last one.  I think it has to do with the longer sleeves - which I think are supposed to be half-sleeve length?  I didn't love this one quite as much - and I think it may be due to the sleeves.  They're...odd.  Anyway, there are three buttons in the back, and another attached sash.  This dress is also machine washable. (That's Rowan in the background, above right, pretending to be swimming or flying or something...tummy-down on the wooden stool. Kate was thoroughly fascinated.)


Here, Kate is wearing the Captivating Clusters Dress ($88) from Field Flower for Kids by Wendi Reed.  This dress is also marked 12-18 months, but it's huge on Kate.  She was swimming in this one, and I think if I were to buy it for her, I'd go at least one size down - maybe even 2.  I probably wouldn't buy this dress though, because - wait for it - it's dry clean only.  

Um...dry clean only for a toddler's dress?  Maybe if you're Suri Cruise?  I don't get it.  It's super cute, and on sale, I'd have totally purchased this for Kate, if it weren't for that.  Oh well.

Thanks for reading!

46 comments:

  1. The first top looks amazing on you, especially with the belt, and I cannot believe how adorable Kate is!!! The Schooner dress is an absolute winner!

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  2. Kate is so adorable I can't stand it!! :)

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  3. That Hop, Skip, Jump skirt outfit looks smashing. I also like the first top belted.

    Your daughter is a doll and she looks just like you! The Schooner dress looks so cute on her. And thumbs up for being machine washable.

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  4. OMG, your mini-me is adorable, especially in the Schooner Dress. She needs a contract to model for anthro b/c she's selling me on those kids clothes, and I don't even have a kid!

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  5. Oh Carol, you do realise that by featuring your daughter's fitting room reviews, that she has stolen your spotlight? hehehe. Omg, Kate is soooooo adorable! She looks so good in the Schooner dress! Are you able to create a new blog just on her??! Name it:
    "Inpursuitofprettylittlethings.blogspot.com"
    Cheers
    Jen

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  6. Your daughter is cute as a button. What a sweetie and how adorable are those pretty dresses. I absolutely love the Hop, Skip, Jump outfit on you. I've seen the skirt, but haven't tried it on-but thanks to you, I think I will. Thanks again for sharing your reviews.

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  7. Your little mini-me is just the cutest, I will keep my fingers crossed the Schooner makes sale before Christmas for you and her!

    I LOVE that first top/tunic on you Carol and as for the little red skirt, has your husband seen that on you?! Wowsers! Looking hot :)

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  8. Kate should seriously be in the next Anthro catalog! I would buy the clothes and I don't even have kids yet!

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  9. OMG, Kate is absolutely adorable and picture perfect. She makes me want to reach through the screen and give her a big hug!!!

    The Hop, Skip, and Jump skirt looks awesome on you with boots!! I also need to go check out that henley. I like the look of it. If that skirt was just a titch longer, I'd go for it. Maybe with tights it wouldn't be so scandalous on someone a bit taller.

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  10. Hi Carol- I love your blog it's really helpful for someone like me who is so completely clueless on what to buy and how to put an outfit together. Both you and Kathryn do a great job!
    Your daughter is so adorable! She is just the cutest thing! Anyway, I love the Hellebore Sweater Skirt but what top would you wear with it and shoe/boots? I live in New England and it's cold already. Any ideas are most appreciated! Thank you!

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  11. Ohmygoodness, Kate is the cutest ever!!! Just absolutely adorable - thanks for sharing her cuteness with us :)

    That last outfit with the henley and the skirt is wonderful! It's so flattering and still looks comfy and wearable - I've been looking for a good henley, I'll have to check this one out! :)

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  12. Seriously. Cutest little reviews. Your daughter is so so cute. I have two small boys 3mths and 2yr and that would have never happened. (Plus, the boy side of anthro kids is not as great as the girls, sadly)
    You look fantastic. How did you lose your baby weight?

    Dry clean only infant clothes?!?!?! That is just madness...

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  13. your little girl is so adorable, especially in the schooner dress.

    love the henley on you! going to have to try that one on =)

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  14. WHOA! I canNOT stand it. She is like your little doppleganger, so amazingly amaaaaaaazingly cute! :)
    and dry clean only for children? me thinks not!

    -elizabeth

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  15. Oh my, Kate is just the cutest little munchkin!!

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  16. wow, your daughter is too cute!! love the last dress on your daughter but can't believe it's dry clean only! too bad.

    my fave outfit of yours is the Hop, Skip, Jump Skirt paired with the Raining Lines Henley. perfect fall colors and they really bring out your figure.

    kileen
    cuteandlittle.com

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  17. Oh my goodness, could Kate be any cuter in those dresses!?! She is such a doll! Btw, looking at the photos reminded me how fantastic you look in the Hop, Skip, Jump skirt-- you might need to grab that :)

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  18. SQUEEEEEE, Kate is adorable! I wish Anthro had more clothes for boys so I could buy a ton for my nephew. She is so cute, I want to pinch her cheeks!

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  19. Oh.my.goodness. She is a pint sized serving of perfectly adorable! She should be on the cover of the Crew Cuts magazine. :)

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  20. Erm, little Kate is TOO CUTE for words! :-)

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  21. OMG! A budding fashionista! She is just too adorable!

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  22. I'm seriously having a too cute fainting moment right now. If all babies looked like Kate, the world would be a better place! I want myself a Kate!

    I ordered the hellebore sweater skirt in a M yesterday and can't wait for it. It truly looks gorgeous on you. I loved everything on you and even the boxy shirt dress, I think can work with the right belt. Nothing could look bad on you, carol!!! :)

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  23. You are just cruel for posting pictures of your daughter in those adorable clothes! I've been swooning over them already just from seeing them online and hanging on hangers in stores, but to see them on an actual short person? ADORABLE! I need a kid. Stat.

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  24. Your daughter is so adorable! I couldn't help but smile! :)

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  25. Your daughter is adorable. I wish I had a little girl to dress up. Mine is 10 and not into that any more. My baby boy is actually wearing a sweater from Anthro right now and it says to dry clean and I have always delicately washed it and then laid flat to dry. It has been fine for that. I know its a risk though.

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  26. Kate is soooo adorable! Her hair is so cute. I'm thinking about cutting my little girls hair like that. Thanks for the reviews. I have those items wishlisted for my daughter....and now I know what size to get for her.

    I love the boots your wearing.....where did you get them?

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  27. Kate is a cutie! Where was Anthro for kids when my little girl (who's 6 now) was a toddler? My girl always wishes that they made Anthro dresses for kids her age. I can only hope that happens in the future, though my bank account would hate me forever.

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  28. Kate is so adorable!! She's going to make a great shopping buddy and fellow Anthroholic someday! ;-)

    I love the Raining Lines Henley too. I want it in the color you got and also the purple striped version.

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  29. Kate is so so cute!!!

    I love that Pinafore Pullover, I really hope it goes on sale because it is too pricey for me, too, at full price.

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  30. How darn cute is that? You must get Kate one of those sweater dresses. I wanted to get one last year, but I only have 2 boys. Now, if Anthro made boys clothes (besides the 2 sweaters/hats) I'd be a happy mom.

    Thanks for the reviews. I love the Pinafore and Hellebore! And I just rhymed if I'm saying them both correctly. :\

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  31. Anthro needs to hire your daughter as their model tout de suite! She is so stinkin' cute!!!!!! LOVE those first two dresses on her!

    Oh, and so are you. :)

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  32. I love the Hellebore Sweater Skirt on you! Your daughter is soooo cute! I have a 3 year daughter and I might have to get her one of those dresses after seeing them on your precious girl.

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  33. I squealed when I saw the pictures of Kate. What a beauty!

    I also think you look amazing in the Hop, Skip, and Jump skirt (although personally, I wish it was longer), the Hellebore (worth the full price, imo), and the Pinafore Pullover (I really want this one and I would totally pull the trigger if it was $128, which would still hurt, but $168? OUCH. Just can't do it for a single item).

    Thanks for the reviews!

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  34. Kate is totally adorbs! Girls are so much fun! Hopefully I'll have a girl one day. I loved the Pinafore pullover on you!

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  35. DYING FROM THE CUTE!!!! I sent this to my mom and we oohed and ahhed over your baby girl for a long time!

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  36. OMG, your little girl is so adorable! I can't take it!

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  37. Kate is so gorgeous! How were you ever able to change her outfit 3 times? I'm guessing bribery ;-)

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  38. I have to say I just smiled when I saw the pictures of Kate. So adorable like a little doll.

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  39. This is the cutest post EVER!!! Your daughter is adorable.


    http://ninaslittleblackblogofstyle.blogspot.com/

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  40. Getting her addicted to Anthro so young. Are you sure this is a good idea? ;)

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  41. You look fabulous in the red skirt and henley top, and Kate is just adorable! :)

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  42. I don't even know where to start I have so much LOVE (love, love, love) for this post. First, Kate - she is ADORABLE!!! You totally need to get a little Anthro stash going in her closet.

    And the pieces you tried on have me swooning. I really (really, really, really) want the Pinafore Pullover and Hop, Skip, Jump Skirt. THe Hellebore Sweater Skirt I don't even recall from the website, but I love it on you - how pretty! You look fantastic Carol!!!

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  43. hi carol! love the reviews with kate. adorable!

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  44. This is the cutest post ever! I love the new line of children's, but your daughter makes them even cuter! Love the Hellebore Sweater Skirt on you!

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  45. OMG! HOW ADORABLE is Kate! LOVE LOVE the Schooner dress on her! What pretty colors! And she's got all her poses down! :) Love a little fashionista!

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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