It's that time of year! The time of year that Anthropologie releases its holiday selection of ridiculously cute clothing for small children. This past weekend, I visited Anthro and can you believe I'd actually forgotten that these items might be in-store?
I know, I know...have I mentioned that work's been crazy lately?
So, here we go. Without any further ado, some Kate-sized fitting room reviews:
|Laughing at Mom's efforts to snap a non-blurry photo of her....|
Kate's wearing a size 2T in both the skirt and top. While I totally loved the Tussie Mussie Skirt - it was huge on her. The skirt was practically falling off her hips, and if you look closely at the photo below, you'll see her diaper is peeking up over the waist of the skirt. Kate is on the petite side - I think at her last check-up, she measured in at around the 50th percentile for height and 25th percentile for weight - so take my review of sizing with that in mind. I will say, however, that up 'til now, I haven't ever found a 2T sized item that she couldn't wear - and well, I'll put it right out there. This skirt? She couldn't wear it. Not unless I pinned the waist to shorten it some. The good news about the larger sizing is that if I did buy it (which I hope to, eventually), she'd be able to wear it for at least two years. Wishlisted for sale time (second cut).
The Malted Tweed Cardigan is by far my favorite-est thing Kate tried on that day. Again, she's wearing the size 2T, and it fit her pretty much perfectly. Note that the sleeves hit at her wrist, and I'm going to guess that by next year, this sweater might be "short" on her arms. It's beautifully made, from a soft, nubby wool blend, and the ribbon is too cute for words. Its double-layered bubble-hem effect is created by the fact that when unfolded and laid flat, this sweater is all one piece. The inner layer is like a vest, with buttons and no sleeves. The outer, "top" layer has the sleeves and closes via ribbon. I absolutely love this sweater - there's something so classic and When We Were Young-Christopher Robin about it, if you get what I mean. It's reamingly expensive for something Kate won't be able to wear for more than a few months (basically costs as much as a full-priced grown-up dress), so I'd really only be able to consider it on second cut. Fingers crossed, and wishlisted for sale!
Sweetest Pup Cardigan & Twisty Tulle Bubble Skirt:
Again, Kate is wearing size 2T in the sweater and skirt. First, the skirt. Totally confusing and weird. The two things that occurred to me as I observed Kate in these items were, 1) my 2 year old does NOT need to be wearing a mini skirt - ever, and 2) did I get this on her correctly? On the hanger, it sort of hung...well, straight. But once I pulled it up to her waist, it was doing this weird twisty thing, and while I'm well aware that it's behavior is reflected in its name, I couldn't help thinking maybe it was me? That if I could get it on her correctly, and not quite so twisty, it wouldn't be as short? (See model shot here, on the product page for comparison.) I tried, truly, to straighten it out and lengthen it. No luck. Also, there's an interesting bow/tulle appliqué that's cute in theory, but once on the child, really just looks like a mess. I couldn't get this off her fast enough. Absolute pass for me.
The cardigan features a darling critter print and interesting tulle ruffle down the button placket, and some tulle appliqués in the shapes of flowers (practically invisible) on the side. Not my favorite, but I didn't hate it either. I don't think I'd pay $88 for it. Wishlisted for further consideration at sale time.
Dotty Little Frock:
Kate has a darling liaMolly dress from last year, which she still wears, that reminds me of this dress, in terms of general shape and cut. Like last year, I find that her current size, 2T, is far too big for her, but unlike last year's dress, this one's cut is not nearly as flattering for her toddler-shape. Kate doesn't have a waist to speak of at this point, though she does have the most adorably (and age-appropriate) round belly. The waist-tie seems to actually be shooting for the waist, and maybe if she was, say, three inches taller, it'd work. Also, in terms of fit, the neck-hole was too small. Kate does have a larger head, but really, this was kind of ridiculous. I barely got it on her, and had it been a smidge more difficult, I would have given up, as continuing to try to get the dress on over her head might have caused injury. So, fit considerations aside, I still have to say I was disappointed by this offering - I really love liaMolly and was hoping to pick up at least one, if not more dresses for Kate from this brand, as we've had such a good experience with last year's dress. The color and patterns were really pretty, but I found the bow and high neckline fussy looking and the flared cap sleeves slightly awkward. Definite pass on this dress for me, but hoping to find the Flitter and Flutter Dress for Kate to try soon. I think that one could be a winner! Fingers crossed!
That's it for now. Thanks for reading, and have a great Monday!