Monday, November 14, 2011

Kate & Anthro (Mini Fitting-Room-Reviews)

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!

Swish! Swish!


 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!

19 comments:

  1. Sara-You, Me and AnthropologieNovember 14, 2011 at 2:58 AM

    Great poses Kate!

    Every time I go in Anthro, I walk by that last dress she has on, hold it up, and say to myself, "Why don't they make this in adult sizes?" I'm glad she reviewed this though because now I know I'm not missing out on much :)

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  2. Eeee! So cute! I love the Christopher Robin sweater - why on earth can't they make that in my size??

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  3. That was just the most adorable post to see on a Monday morning!

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  4. Too cute!  I LOVE that cardigan, hopefully it goes to second cut and you can grab one for Kate.  I too loved that last dress when I first saw it in the store, but yeah too much going on there.  Hopefully the Flitter and Flutter dress will work for her, it's gorgeous!  Can't wait to see a review on that one.  :-)  I will say that I was very disappointed that there don't seem to be any offerings for boys this year.  I missed out on the Mr. Fox sweater for our son last year and was hoping to find an equally cute item for him this year...likely the last he'll be able to wear any of the Lia Molly pieces. 

    Thanks for the cute reviews.  :-) 

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  5. So cute. I am bummed that they did not release any boy clothes this year though! :( I was able to get some adorable sweaters for my boys on 3rd cut last year and was hoping to do the same... major bummer.

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  6. Oh my word, your little girl is so adorable!  I always love seeing her on here.  The outfits are too cute. 

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  7. Oh my goodness, she is too adorable-- I just want to squeeze her up! That Malted Cardigan and skirt are so cute-- fingers crossed that you can snag them for her!

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  8. OMG Carol!  Kate is the cutest!  I just had my 3rd over the summer and after speculating it was a boy, it turned out to be a girl!  And I can finally get some sweet little girls clothes at Anthropologie!  But I noticed online the sizes start at size 2.  I wanted to start her on Anthro ASAP!  What happened to the sizing in months (6-12 months) like in past years?  Well, no doubt my little girl will be on the petite size, too, since she graced us with her presence 9 weeks early!  Oh well, there's no reason I can't buy now (on sale) and save for later.  Oh, are you keeping Rowan busy with a little treat bag?  That's what I have to do with my boys, or their I-Pods/my I-Phone.  Thanks for the reviews, Kate!

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  9. Look at your mini-me! She's adorable.

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  10. Oh my. Cutest post to date!!!

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  11. Awwwww. Kate is simply adorable!!! Thanks for brightening up my Monday!

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  12. Kate is a little fashionista...just adorable!! The little girl cloth are so cute!! The fact that it's limited time only makes is very irresistible too...I need to take my daughter to try some things on too :) 

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  13. LOL. Kate does not look happy about the bubble skirt. She's so adorable in everything but I like the first outfit best :)

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  14. ack!!  Little Kate just blew my cute circuits- I'm gonna have to stay away from cat videos for at least a week now ;P

    I love the Tussie Mussie skirt- such great swirly potential, as Kate demonstrates.  It looks lovely with that adorable bell-shaped cardigan.  sigh. 

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  15. She is too cute!  I adore all the kids items every year but was bummed they didn't do any boys items this year.  Have you tried any of the Joyfolie shoes on Kate?  Would love to know her/your opinion on these. I absolutely love them, although antho is nearly charging double what piperlime is charging.  In fact, I may have even snatched up a few pairs this morning as piperlime is offering a 20% off promo plus 10% cash back through ebates.  No little girl of my own to dress in them but they will make great Christmas presents for sure!

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  16. Adorable!  Made my day!

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  17. These are so precious, I esp. love the second photo- too cute!

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  18. Oh my goodness, I want to give Kate a huge hug, she is so cute!  
    The two cardigans are so adorable, but pricey!  Dang, those are adult clothing prices!  I bet some of those pieces will still be around for sale.

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  19. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cutest cuteness. She's so darling! Such pretty clothes, too.

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