Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Two Pretty Dresses (Anthro Fitting Room Reviews)

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Hope you're all doing well. Here are a couple fitting room reviews from my short visit there, this past weekend, with Vida. If these two dresses are any indication of the direction in which Anthro is headed for the latter half of fall and winter, well...my pocketbook could be in a bit of trouble....



This is the Unconditional Osier Dress, and I'm wearing it in an XS. The dress was one of the first that arrested my eyes, when I entered the store and began my quick scan for new arrivals. I couldn't remember seeing it online, but the silhouette and the pretty lace-like quality of the fabric seemed very promising, and I quickly pulled an XS to try on. Once I had it on, I seriously didn't want to take it off. The dress fit really beautifully. It consists of two layers - a lacy outer layer, made of what resembled a brown burnout felt (sort of like burnout velvet, only...not) over a black slip. The neck is a sort of scooped boat-neck (cut wide, rather than low) and the bodice is fitted, with a side zip. The skirt is slightly shorter, stopping an inch above my knee - taller women may want to take note when considering this dress.  I'm short-waisted and 5'2" and I can only imagine that on a taller woman, both the waist and skirt might hit higher than they do on me. The drawbacks of a dress like this? Well, it isn't a particularly child-friendly dress. I might worry that things could snag and damage the mesh backing of the lace. There are no pockets, and it's dry clean only. Did these things deter me? No. The dress came home with me that day - it was love, and it didn't hurt that I had an event to attend later that evening. (More to come on that.)

Detail of the flocked lace overdress.

Glinting Persica Sweater Dress:


I picked up the Glinting Persica Sweater Dress on Vida's recommendation, and really, she didn't have to try very hard to persuade me - after all, what's not to like about the pretty, soft colors, simple shape, and work-appropriate length? I'm wearing this in an XS in these pictures. This dress is made of a substantial knit wool-blend, allowing it to lie smoothly against the body, unlike some sweater dresses that seem to want to show off every unfortunate lump or bulge (you know, the kind that sends you scrambling for your Spanx?). I had absolutely no complaints about this one. It's a pullover style, so there are no zippers or buttons to fuss with. I don't remember any pockets (booo!), but the dress is hand-washable, which is nice, if you're trying to keep your dry cleaning bill in check. There's a little cut-out in the back (check out the product shot if you want to see it), to add interest to the dress and the fabric has a fairly subtle metallic thread woven through the floral print. The skirt hit directly at my knee and the waist hit me at the very top of my hips (as I've mentioned, I'm short-waisted), but I found the fit flattering, if not completely perfect. Overall, this is a lovely dress, and I'm definitely wishlisting it for sale time.

So, what do you think? Did you pick up anything at today's sale? I know Kathryn's torn over the Across the Lands Dress. Or, do you find yourself lusting after the new arrivals instead?

10 comments:

  1. Okay, so the Unconditional dress looks so amazing on you, it's so beautiful, and before coming here, I was just salivating over it on the Anthro site. So happy to see it on someone, especially you!! I've got my eye on the blue colorway but you make the brown so enticing as well! Yey for a new dress and can't wait to see how you dolled it up!

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  2. You look absolutely stunning in both dresses. Wowza! Special thanks for reviewing the Glinting P. dress, my short-waisted, petite sister! Good to know I stand a chance with this dress I've been crushing on for weeks.

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  3. Wow! This dress is so pretty!
    I have the same fabric (only in black) from more than a half year and was wondering what to do with it. it is so delicate that I was affraid to ruin it. Now I`ve found an inspiration.

    I need to make some dress of it :)

    And it looks like it was made perfectly for you.

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  4. I love both...they look amazing on you. I also purchased the Osier dress and love it to pieces :-)

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  5. So excited to see the Osier dress on you! It was my favorite in the catalog and I'm so excited to hear it doesn't disappoint. This might just be my birthday discount purchase. :)

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  6. Wow, that Osier dress never jumped out at me online, but it looks stunning on you!  I may have to check that one out...

    Thanks for the reviews!

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  7. I recently bought the Unconditional Osier Dress since I have a wedding to attend soon. Do you think the Osier Dress is too casual for a wedding? I'm still debating...I saw the blue version on-line too, but the brown is so much cuter don't you think? :) I love Glinting Persica Dress too...but not enough to buy at full price. Both dresses look great on you!!

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  8. I am in love with the Osier Dress. It looks great with the Precise Bow Belt. I'm hoping I can get it on sale!

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  9. That lace dress is so so so beautiful!

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  10. Oooh. Love the Osier dress on you Carol. Also love these photos and that camera. Is it new? I'm so jealous! (of the dress and the camera:)

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