Hello, everyone, and happy Thursday! Can you believe the week is nearly over? Me neither. I've been suffering from a migraine the last couple of days and can still feel a dull ache and pressure simmering under the meds I've taken, to try and cope with it. When I was a kid, I used to think math class was the bane of my existence. Now I know this isn't true. Migraines are the bane of my existence.
Still, I've been sitting on these fitting room review photos for a couple weeks now, and I've decided since there's just a few of them, I'd go ahead and write them up for you. These reviews cover my favorite type of garment - the day dress. If I was going to be allowed to wear only one type of outfit for the rest of my life, the day dress is probably the type I'd choose. Typically, these are dresses that are casual enough to wear during the day (ostensibly at work or home or to run errands around town, etc), but often versatile enough to dress up for evenings too, should the case warrant it. Anthropologie usually carries a terrific selection of day dresses - over 2009 and 2010, there were so many great ones. This year, I feel like the choices have well...not been as compelling. But, we're only halfway through the year yet, and still, there's a lot to be said for what they have been carrying. Here are a few I tried on recently.
This is the Kumo Leaf Dress, and I'm wearing it in a size 0. I actually felt this one tended toward a little big, so very petite ladies might find themselves sized out of this one. Overall, it fit okay - and as it's all cotton and machine washable, I'd probably wash and dry it in hot water a time or two, and see if shrinking it a bit helped at all. As it is, I liked the dress, but didn't love it. There's a removable belt at the waist that's held by belt loops, functional buttons down the front, and while I can't remember clearly, I'm pretty sure there were pockets. This dress is versatile and appropriate for any number of occasions, including a day at the office to grocery shopping. Wishlisted for further consideration at sale time.
The Readymade Dress is a fantastic, summer-ready day dress. Cute and simple and easy to both wear and care for (machine washable, whoo!), it's high on my wishlist. The only catch? I kinda feel like $128 is a lot for this very casual, not very versatile dress. Putting it on, my first thought was, "I love this! It's so cute!" My second thought was, "Wow, it's really really casual," as in "maybe-even-too-casual-for-the-office" casual. I'm wearing this in the size 0, and I found the fit to be comfortable. The top was not overly blousy on short-waisted me, the way I was afraid it might be, when I viewed it on the hanger (always a danger with ensemble dresses) and the skirt hit right at the knee, so it was a good length. It's got pockets and a side zip. I see that it's already sold out online (boo!) but am fairly certain that it'll be in stores still (right? *fingers crossed*). I'm going to hold out a teeny bit longer while I weigh whether this is actually worthy of being a full-price purchase, or whether I'll see if it makes it to sale ever. What do you think, friends? Should I bite the bullet and buy it now, or should I wait?
Here's another ensemble dress - the Wayfarer Dress - which I'm wearing in a size 0. I have to say, I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did, when it was on, because on the hanger, I found it to be decidedly, "meh." Once I was wearing it, I found it to be much improved. It has a decidely "safari" feel to me, and overall, I found it to fit well. A word of caution, though, for the longer-waisted women out there - it's a pretty short-waisted dress. It felt a little short, with the waist of the dress hitting barely above my natural waist, on me, so I can almost imagine that if you're 1) longer-waisted and 2) have a bigger bust than me (not unlikely), then this dress might almost verge on an empire waist sort of look. The dress is cotton, machine washable, has a side-zip, and pockets. It hits all the necessary points for a good day dress - wearable to work, wearable to the grocery store, could be worn to a less-dressy dinner out. Wishlisted it for further consideration at sale time.
Well, that's it for now. Just a quick reminder that our shopping event at Anthropologie is coming up next week, on Sunday, June 12th, from 5-7 PM. It's sure to be a fun event, and we're planning on grabbing dinner together afterwards at one of the nearby restaurants, so if you're local to the San Diego area, please come and join us. RSVP to me at carol.prettythings [at] gmail.com to let me know if you're coming.
Thanks for reading!