Sunday, January 29, 2012

Compeer-able (Fitting Room Review)

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!

20 comments:

  1. Oooo! I love that color/dress on you! :-)
    I ended up buying the black last week and plan to try and style it as a 3 season dress..I love the different look of it.

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    1. Thank you! I bet the black is great too. I also think this will definitely work for three seasons - especially in SoCal. :)

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  2. Hi Carol! I think that shirtdress looks fantastic on you, and I may have to track it down at my local Anthro to try on. Unlike you, I adore my Compeer Dress (that's why it's on my recent Anthro Favourites post). It was my go to dress this past summer, and what made it even sweeter is that I bought it from a community member for $50. Maybe it's time it gets a little sister. (:

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    1. Hi dajana! Thanks so much. =) I saw your photo in the Compeer- it looks so great on you! And what a great deal you got on it!

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  3. Oh... I really love how the dress flares in that last picture. I'll definitely be waiting to try it on for the summer time! Sad Boston weather doesn't allow for fun dresses right now.

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    1. Aw, you know - I have to say that there are definitely days when I wish we had a proper winter here, just so I could have more opportunities to wear winter clothes. And so that I'm less tempted to spend on new spring arrivals. ;)

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  4. I think the big failing for the compeer was the neckline, and this one certainly beats it by a mile. I love the collar and full button-up. Still a little uncertain about the asymmetrical hem, but it is a fantastic length on you and sooooooo cute with those boots and a skinny belt. Very nice february/seasonal valentines-y purchase!

    February is going to seem like a veeeeerrrrrry loooooooong month now though! You might need to go back in to anthro and run a few more reviews of new dresses for us deprived folks!

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    1. Haha, you know, it's funny that you mention the boots, because when I picked up the dress and held it up to myself in front of a mirror, it was the fact that I was wearing these boots (and that they looked so good with the dress) that made me decide I absolutely needed to actually try it on. Imagine, if I had been wearing flats, I might have just put the dress back and walked on!

      February IS going to seem like a very long month, you're right. Sigh.

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  5. Good choice! It looks great on you. As another petite I liked how the front hits right above the knees. I just tried the dress on in black yesterday but decided to purchase the short version of the column dress instead. I'm just thankful February will be a short month! ;)

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    1. Oh, the Pieced Column dress is a great choice too! I'm keeping that one wish listed for March. And I'm also thankful that February is a short month - especially in light of the fact that January seems to be going on forever!

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  6. The dress looks fantastic on you Carol! I love it with the belt!!

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    1. Thanks, Sayaka! I thought the belt worked nicely, despite the high waist. :)

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  8. This dress looks great on you. I like the looser fit better than the Compeer.

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    1. Thanks, Pamela! I agree - the Compeer made me feel a bit like a sausage. :P The more loose and flowy cut of this dress is much friendlier. :)

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  9. love the boots. where did you get them? what are they?

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    1. Hi Kelly - thanks! I got these boots from Nordstrom last year, and they're made by Alberto Fermani. They have some similar ones in a slightly darker color this year: http://bit.ly/AbcVSM and it looks like Bluefly has some that are also similar-ish: http://www.bluefly.com/Alberto-Fermani-turtledove-distressed-leather-boots/SEARCH/311904401/detail.fly

      Hope that helps!

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  10. My gosh! Such a cute dress! Probably bigger belt in tan or beige will look better?

    xoxo Maria

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    1. I bought this dress too...and had the belt conversation with the SA....wide didn't work..skinny seemed to look much better :-)

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  11. Thanks for doing this review! I haven't been on the anthro site in a while, so haven't seen this one yet. Definitely wishlisting in this color for a sale :)

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