Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Return of Side-by-Sides (Fitting Room Reviews)

A couple weeks ago, Kathryn and I got together to hang out with Roxy, who was in Los Angeles for a few days. We headed out to Anthropologie at the Grove, and while there, we thought we might resurrect our old side-by-side reviews. Thanks to Roxy for snapping many of these photos for us - it was such great fun to spend the evening with her. Enjoy!

So, here's the Scrolled Column Dress, another rendition in the line of Bailey 44, slanty-over-lapping-stripes/layers-dresses. I'm wearing this in an XS, and it fit me comfortably. 

Did I find this dress as magical as I've found the other Bailey 44 dresses? No. I felt...lumpy in it. So sad. I blame the lace, which was lumpy-making to begin with. This dress totally illustrated for me why I  generally eschew body-conscious silhouettes (this one and this one excepted). Pass for me. 

Kathryn here. Oh my God, Becky. Look at her butt. It is SO big.

So that's my first thought, looking at myself in these side by side pics of this dress. Unlike previous iterations of this dress, I felt like this one didn't have the miraculous figure-fixing qualities that we've come to know and love about this style...rather, I felt it was lump-enhancing and...well, lump enhancing.

It's not the worst dress in the world, but it's far from my fave. Next!

Mariposa Lace Dress:

Well my darling, I do declare that I find this dress just precious. This frock is just the type of dress I love - pretty and feminine with a lovely fit. I'm pretty sure I tried on a 4 in this dress, though I could be mistaken. Whatever size Carol tried on, I tried on the next-next biggest size. (i.e. if she tried on a zero, I tried on a 4, or if she tried on a 2, I tried on a 6)

I feel like this is a perfect dress to wear to a nice wedding reception. If I didn't already own the Spinning Lace Dress from 2010, I would covet this one. However, since I am not made of money (that I can tell) I will have to pass on this pretty dress. But I do like it quite a lot!

I tried the Mariposa Lace Dress on in a size 0 (which means Kathryn was wearing a size 4) and it fit like a dream. The waist hit true, the skirt right at my knee, and overall, I thought it was very, very pretty. I actually have a wedding reception to go to in a couple weeks, so am considering this dress for that event. Though...I wish the color was just a touch more...distinctive. Otherwise, I have no complaints. The top of the shoulders are cut inwards, slightly, which makes bra-wearing slightly tricky, given that the cut out in the back prohibits wearing a racer-back bra. I might have to go with a strapless which I kinda hate. It is, otherwise, super pretty, and I love how Anthro styled it with a collar-style necklace in the product shot. Also, the dress is available in a petite size, which is nice. There's a side zip and it's hand-washable. Wishlisted for further consideration.

AG Polka Dot Ankle Stevie and Openwork Sweater Tank

I don't know what it is, I just can't do printed denim. I guess it's a personal thing. I thought maybe I could do it with a polka-dot print (since I lurve polka dots), but I still can't do it. I guess printed denim just isn't my thang. Or my thing. The fit of the AGs is nice though, and for reference, I'm wearing a size 28.

The sweater tank was a piece I grabbed to try on over the jeans. I liked the idea of the tank quite a lot (especially the thinly knit and transparent side panels); however, I definitely liked this tank better on the mannequin than on myself. I think it's because I was hoping for it to fit me like it fit Carol...more of the garment covering my torso. But I don't think this tank works as well on my frame because I'm longer-wasted. Oh well. Pass.

You already know that I love the printed denim thing, so I am seriously loving on these AG Polka Dot Ankle Stevies. I'm wearing them in a size 26, and as you can see, the length is great - I love that the AG Stevie never requires any hemming and look cute folded as well, if you want them a little shorter. Totally wishlisted for sale time.

Contrary to Kathryn's opinion, I thought the Openwork Sweater Tank fit her a whole heck of a lot better than it fit me. I really thought I was rather swimming in it. In the side-view shot above, you can see how it particularly seems to balloon in the back. Also, I found the sheerness of the backside of this top off-putting (see photo below). And well, call me lazy or overly particular, but I'm not all that interested in wearing a tank under a tank. So this one's a pass for me, though I do have to say I think the gold version of this top is a particularly pretty color.

Detail of the "open knit" back half of the Openwork Sweater Tank.

Ah, the Tulip Lace Shell. We couldn't stop eyeing Roxy's shell that she had layered on over her pretty little Madewell dress. I'm wearing a size Small, and while I feel like I could have 100 lace tanks to choose from at a lower price point from Forever 21, I quite like the look of this one. I love how it looks layered over a tank and I love the subtly layered and open back. This tank went home with me, though it's still on the "think about" pile as I'm still not sure I want to make the $68 commitment involved with this tank.

I tried on the Tulip Lace Shell in an XS and well, I blame Roxy. I blame Roxy for wearing it and looking so darn cute in it all night, and then I blame Roxy for telling us how great this top is. Though, she was telling the truth. It really is. I also brought it home, and I have to admit, I didn't wait to see if I could commit. I pretty much wore it the very next day. I've worn it about three, maybe four times since I've bought it. The XS fits very comfortably, and while I wish it was just a touch longer, I still love it. It's a cotton blend, pull-on styling, and hand washable. I have actually machine washed it since (hang to dry) and it was fine.

Here are the three of us wearing our Tulip Lace Shells together:

Okay, I just have to say that I am peanut butter and jealous - Carol's eyes are the cutest half-moon shape EVER!

Haha, so that would make me and Roxy...Wonder Bread? ^_-  Kathryn's got ridiculously adorable dimples - 'nuff said. And really, how darling is Roxy? We had such a great time together - wish we all lived closer together so this could happen more than once a year.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I love this!
    You make me wish that I too had a best friend, who adored Anthro, and we could go play dress-up together :)

  2. I love this too! How fun! And that last picture of the three of you is darling! Everyone looks awesome in that top! I might drink the Tulip Lace Shell koolaid too, haha!

  3. I'm so glad you brought back your side-by-side reviews. I find this extremely helpful in determining how an item might fit me. Plus, it's so lovely to see the two of you together.
    And with Roxy's smiling face! You three put a smile on my face today. Thanks!

  4. I was bored with everything in my reader until I saw this. I just love your side-by-side reviews and it was great to see Roxy, too. Happy weekend, ladies! (:

  5. ah delirious with pleasure at seeing these delightful side-by-sides again! And that you even have a beautiful trio of lace at the end! I just love this shell with the mint layer!

  6. I love your side by side reviews!!! AG polka dots in navy looks great on both of you. What jeans are you both wearing in the pics with the Tulip Lace Shell? Love that you three got to hang out together.

    1. Thank you! I'm wearing the AG Stilt jeans. I love 'em. :D

  7. Carol, I love the jeans you're wearing with your tulip lace shell! What jeans are they?

    1. Thanks, Vanessa! I'm wearing AG Stilt jeans. They're an absolute staple in my wardrobe. I highly recommend them. :) Hope that helps!

  8. So glad you are doing these reviews again! Love how adorable you two look in everything. :)

  9. you should both buy that lace shell, those are such cute outfits! and I want one now too...

  10. I am so glad to see the two of you side by side, doing reviews! I love this feature!!

    I agree with you about the Scrolled Column dress. I tried on the Ines column (which is the same dress as far as I can tell but in ivory) and it was not magical the way the stripey ones are.

    I love the polka dot jeans on both of you so much!