Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Couple of Dresses, A Couple of Skirts (Fitting Room Reviews)

Hello all, and Happy Sunday!

I hope you're all doing well!

After being knocked off my feet for four days with the flu, I finally managed to drag myself out of bed long enough to make a guest appearance at work to play a little catch-up. (I'm sure you can all imagine how fun it is to come back to work after being sick for almost an entire week - it's great! ) Anyway, after putting in a couple of hours at work and getting absolutely nowhere, I decided to relieve some stress and drop by Anthro to see what new arrivals they might have.

Surprise! I managed to try on a couple of things...

(...and, in case you're wondering, I was feeling lazy and still fatigued from that after effects of having had flu, so I didn't feel like putting on my contact lenses.)

Mystery Girls from Savoy Dress ($158, Style #20077566, shown in size 6)

I'm a total sucker for dresses with poofy skirts, so when I saw this dress I knew I had to try it on. When I saw it was by Girls from Savoy, I knew I had to grab a 6. That turned out to be a good idea - while I'm usually a size 4 in most dresses (and I was actually a size 2 in the Sun Shades!), the 6 fit me like a glove.

This is a true strapless dress, as there were no removable straps that I could see hiding anywhere on this dress. The skirt is nice and poofy (with pockets!), and the waist cinches in for a flattering and feminine silhouette. The light blue embroidery against the navy cotton gives the dress a nice touch. It's worth noting that the bodice fit me pretty tightly, and I'm not exactly the most well-endowed girl, if you know what I mean.

It's not a bad dress...but I already have last year's Height of Summer dress in navy, and the silhouette and color are too similar. So this one's going to be a pass for me, but I'd encourage people to give it a try!

Mystery Edme & Esyllte Dress ($158, Style #20472254, shown in size 6)

This dress looked interesting to me on the hanger, so I grabbed it at the last minute before heading into the fitting room. Once I tried it on though, I pretty much couldn't get over the feeling that I was wearing an apron. The thick grossgrain ribbon straps makes it possible to wear a normal bra underneath, but the fact that they're contrasting white straps kind of makes it look like your bras straps are showing. And...again, I can't help but think this dress looks like a giant apron.

The skirt positively droops in comparison to other dresses like the Sun Shades and the mystery Girls From Savoy dress. And from the side angle, I kind of feel like the dress reminds me of a tablecloth for a picnic table...

It doesn't look so awful from this angle, and I like the little gathering detail at the bust. I also like the contrast ribbon belt that goes with the dress. This dress doesn't feel very "me" though, so it's a pass.

Cultural Heritage Skirt ($128, shown in Size 6) with the Winner's Circle Tee ($48, shown in Size XS)

Oh boy, now here is something I love! I adore this skirt! I find that I often love pieces by Yoanna Baraschi...the little details are just to die for! I just love the little polka dots on seersucker-like fabric with the contrasting waistband of larger polka dots. There is a slight shirring detail along the hip area along with contrast red stitching.

I had to take a size 6 in this skirt, which is my normal size in pencil skirts. Like last year's Acting Out Skirt, this skirt sucks you in and flatters your figure in very happy, feminine ways. After watching the movie "Amelie" my mind is dreaming of wearing this skirt with a button-up and a cute little cardigan. Oh, the possibilities...!

Just look at all that polka-dotted goodness! What's not to love??

This skirt is so totally wishlisted. (*singing* Biiiiiiirthday haullllll...)

The tee reminds me a lot of last year's Molded and Melded Tee, except this year's model is much less fitted. As a result of its blouse-y fit, I was able to fit into a XS just fine.

Fantastic Field Skirt ($88, shown in size 6)

I expected to like this little pencil skirt by Moulinette Soeurs a lot more than I did. I can't really say that there's anything particularly wrong with it...I think it's just that I liked the Cultural Heritage Skirt so much better.

Actually I don't think this skirt fit as nicely as the Cultural Heritage Skirt either. It's a teensy bit shorter and (I feel) a little less flattering than the Cultural Heritage Skirt. The pattern is nice enough, there just...isn't any love here for me. Pass.

So as it stands, my current birthday wishlist consists of:

1. Take Action Dress
2. Sun Shades Dress
3. Cultural Heritage Skirt

Not too bad...though I still have another month to build my list of birthday goodies..!

Well, I hope these reviews are helpful. As always, thanks so much for reading!


  1. that first dress looks darling on you Kathryn. As for the second "apron" dress, i kind of wished the designers got rid of that large white print on the skirt part - i think it ruins it. Otherwise, it would have been right up my alley!
    Thank you for these reviews!

  2. Finally! Someone who tried on the Fantastic Fields Skirt

    I love it. I love the bold pattern and colours so I'm pretty sure I'll buy it :P

    Also that sun shades dress was cute.... Thanks for trying it on!

  3. Thanks for the reviews! Glad to hear you are feeling well. The Cultural Heritage skirt is so cute! Definitely on my wishlist now.

  4. I love the polka dot skirt on you! Your figure is amazing to begin with and that skirt just accents it 110%!! Love love love!

    Glad you are feeling better :)

  5. ah! i want that mystery dress. it's sooo pretty! i really wish it was up for sale on the website :(

  6. I'm glad to hear you are feeling better:)

    The Cultural Heritage skirt is adorable. It looks great on you! I'm glad to hear it is similar to the Acting Out skirt as that is one of the only pencil skirts that has worked for me. Yay for polka dots:) Can't wait to try it on - thanks for the review!

  7. I thought the same thing when I saw that E&E dress in store today, it screams apron to me. Though i can see this looking cute on the right person. I think you look cute in both Cultural Heritage and Fantastic Field! Thanks for the reviews!

  8. I love the 1st dress & first skirt. They look so great on you. Hope you stay well & work zips up soon.

  9. I bought that first dress today! I'm swooning still, and it looks AMAZING on you!!! Gorgeous!

    I also tried the second dress on and it was a disaster. The cotton felt so cheap.

  10. Glad you're feeling better - something icky is going around my office, and I'm just praying I don't get it!

    The polka skirt is too cute on you - definitely a good contender for your bday discount!

  11. Love the last two outfits! The top is super cute and you look great in pencil skirts!
    Hope you feel better. :)