Back in the summer of 2010, I was obsessed with the Tracy Reese's Compeer Dress, but after months of thinking about it and waiting for it to go on sale, that very pretty frock ended up being a bit of a disappointment.
I tell you this, because yesterday, I was killing time at the Grove in LA (the DH and Rowan were attending the Fitness Expo, going on at the LA Convention Center), and that included a visit to Anthropologie (of course...) and that is where I came across the Four Corner Shirtdress:
I'm wearing the Four Corner Shirtdress in the size 0. Similar to the Compeer, it's a shirtdress constructed of a riveting orange-red cotton eyelet. Unlike the Compeer, it's unlined, and not nearly as structured. It has an empire waist, functional buttons that fasten down the length of the dress, an asymmetrical hemline (the skirt hit me about 1" above the knee in the front, and a couple inches below that knee in the back). There are little pleats and tucks at the front and back of the dress, that keep the voluminous skirt from feeling sack-like. My friend Lisa, whom I was with, was dubious about the dress on the hanger - would it be too tent-like? We (and that included the sales associate working the fitting room area, who had yet to see the dress on), were all pleasantly surprised. (Okay, I admit that I had hopes for it from the start - which is why I decided to give it a try.) The dress has pockets, is machine washable, and is my February purchase (I know - it's not even February yet! But it will be, in a couple days! And you know my weakness for shirtdresses...). I'm going to guess that most will feel that it's worth waiting for sale on this item - the dress, despite it's many details, feels more like a $70 dress, than its full-price. It's definitely a spring-summer item, and wouldn't be very useful at all, in most winter climates. But here, in San Diego, we've been having a remarkably mild winter, so I'll be able to wear it immediately.
And a shot of it belted (belt not included):
It's love! And I promise to be good for the rest of the month (haha, and by that, I mean February)! Pinky-swear!
Hope you're all having a great Sunday!