Sunday, September 12, 2010

Back with more Anthropologie Reviews!

Hello out there to all of my lovely readers! I hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend. I'm finally back with some Anthropologie fitting room reviews, and I'm quite pleased with some of the items that I tried on. In fact, some of them will be coming home with me at the end of this month when I get paid!:)

Ever since I saw the September catalog, I have been lusting after the gorgeous Ruffled Plaid Dress by Floreat. Despite very mixed reviews in the blogosphere, I was determined to give it a whirl, and I am so glad that I did, because I LOVE it! I grabbed a 0 and a 2, since Floreat tends to cut very narrow through the hips, but found that the 0 was the perfect fit (surprisingly). The skirt portion fit well in the 2, but the top was HUGE and the armpit area was gaping several inches away from my body.

Unlike a lot of bloggers, I had absolutely zero issues with the itchiness factor. My skin just isn't that sensitive, I guess, and I wasn't even slightly uncomfortable. The fabric quality may not be amazing on this garment, but the overall look is beautiful. Even with my big booty, I could comfortable walk in this, too! The only thing I plan to do that, in my opinion, will greatly improve the line of the dress is to sew down some of the ruffles on top, as they project several inches away from the bustline and give it a rather strange look when viewing from the side. Other than that, I adore everything about it and can't wait to buy it!

After being tipped off by another blogger, I decided to scope out a "mystery dress" that is appearing in some of the NYC Anthro stores. Hasn't landed a spot on the website yet, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time. It's from Twinkle By Wenlan, and at $298, it carries a pretty steep price tag, but it is a gorgeous piece! For reference, I tried on the size 0, which fit like a dream. These photos do not do it justice, as the lighting is very poor in the fitting room. The top is cut in a kimono style, featuring the most gorgeous cream silk, and the bottom is a beautiful chartreuse (yellow/green) shade that is not being captured in these shots. There's a black tie that you can either wrap around the waist or tie in the back, depending on which look you prefer.

The skirt is pretty poofy, so I can see how some may feel it accentuates hips/thighs/backside areas, but I absolutely loved the look of this! It is such a beautifully crafted dress, and while I can't justify $300 for it, it will be mine once it hits the sales racks!

As a side note, I REALLY wish Anthro would start steaming their garments before putting them out on the floor! I think it's ridiculous to charge $150-$300 for a dress that looks like it was run over by a bus! Really detracts from the look of things one is trying on.

Next, I grabbed this rather strange looking dress on a whim, simply because the green color was so gorgeous. As for the dress, well, eh...not so much. Pretty much a disaster, if you ask me! I didn't even get the designer of this one, probably because I thought it looked so ridiculous once I put it on! Seriously, the corset look on the bodice was smashing my boobs in the most unattractive way, and it looked like some reject costume from an 80's music video, in my humble opinion. Pass, pass, pass!!!!!

Taking a break from the dresses, I've been dying to get a look-see at Deletta's Loosely Looped Tee. I was hoping to scope out the "purple" version in an XS (which is actually closer to a pink shade than a purple, but I digress), but the store didn't have my size, so I tried on the grey version instead.

I absolutely adore the look and design of this top, but I have some serious issues with the flimsy material and quality! Seriously, the fabric was paper-thin! You could see the lines of my bra, so one would definitely need a cami/tank underneath (unless you enjoy showing your underwear to the world). Come on, this piece is nearly $60! Now, it may not be haute couture, but I sure do not consider that CHEAP for a t-shirt, so what the hell is up with the Forever 21 quality of the fabric? Why is Anthro chintzing out lately on their fabric choices? I would honestly rather pay a little more and not have to LAYER under even the most basic t-shirt/blouse that they sell. It's a shame, as they had so many cute summer tees that I passed on due to this very same issue. Okay, rant over!

Well, that about wraps up my latest round of reviews! Hope you enjoyed them! Let me know what you think!

I'll end this post with a quick little plug for an amazing Etsy jewelry designer that I recently made a purchase from! Her store is called Adornments by Wendi Cupp and she creates really beautiful, unique pieces at super affordable prices. Notice the gorgeous necklace in the photos below? Only $20 and I receive compliments left and right when I wear it. You ladies should check out her store!

Well, that's all I've got for now. Have a wonderful, relaxing Sunday afternoon!


  1. Wow - the ruffled plaid dress was MADE for you! Thanks for adding a dress that I didn't even know existed onto my wishlist - that mystery Twinkle dress, I need it! Was it TTS for you? See you soon - come on October! :o)

  2. Yes, I took a 0 in that mystery dress. Very TTS, as the skirt is super puffy. I tried a 2, as well, but the fit on the top was much nicer in my regular size.

    I can't wait to see you in NYC!!!

  3. That ruffled plaid looks awesome! what a great transition piece. That will look great with boots too!

  4. Love the Ruffled Plaid Dress. It's been Wish Listed. Let me know how tacking down the ruffles works for you. I would probably have to do the same due to the Boob issue.
    Was it TTS?

    Not liking the Mystery Twinkle by Wenlen. Too Genie looking for me.

    You tagged dress three perfectly. Looks like your wearing a corset on the outside of a dress.

    Very pretty Etsy necklace.

    I finally got my Babergh. Yeah! The size 4 fits like it was made for me. See my Friday Post.

    I re-ordered the Phlox and Coral in a 4. Arrives tomorrow. Have you purchased the coat yet?

    My 12mp Olympus camera hit the driveway. I have to step back to my 4mp Kodak. Darn!


  5. Hi Laura, yes, I'd say the Floreat dress is very true to size. Some people took issue with how form fitting it appears, but I love that look in a dress. Sometimes get sick of all the same A-line, tent-like dresses that Anthro cranks out, LOL.

    LOL about the genie comment. It's a dress that people will either love or hate. I happen to adore it, but respect the fact that it's definitely not for everyone!:)

    I actually decided to pass on that coat, because I feel like it might have a bit too busy of a pattern for my taste. Let me know how it works out for you! I think you'll be much happier with the 4.

  6. I think the plaid dress looks really nice on you. And I like the sleeves on the mystery dress.

  7. The first dress is just amazing on you. I never gave it a second look before, but now I think I need it! The mystery second dress is cute, but I'm not sure where I'd wear it and for $300, yeah I don't want to have to dry clean it before I can even wear the thing! LOL at the third dress - good for you for posting pictures!

    And that necklace is awesome! I'm totally checking that seller out!

  8. I'm a sucker for mustard! Love the second dress you tried on.

    <3, natasha

  9. I just tried the Twinkle by Wenlan dress at my local store yesterday, and like you, I love it! It makes me think of the early 80's but not in a bad way, and it feels vaguely eastern somehow. But it is so dressy and my lifestyle is pretty casual, so there is no way I could justify it at full price. I adore the top especially and I wish I could find a blouse cut like that.

  10. Yes, the top portion makes it, in my opinion! I definitely want this dress and can figure out someplace to wear it, but it's gotta be 50% off before I can consider it.

  11. oh my goodness...i love love love the ruffle plaid dress on you - it is absolutely perfect! everything else looks blah compared to it!
    thanks for your reviews
    jen @

  12. You look very sexy in that first dress, it hugs your curves quite nicely. This post makes me want to go try on a bunch of pretty dresses at Anthro now. :)

  13. That top dress is so perfect! It fits you like a dream :) love it and this blog xx

  14. Thanks everyone! I will be picking up the first dress this week, thanks to all of the wonderful feedback.:)

  15. oooh love the first dress!! and the one with corset detail is fabulous! xx

  16. love the first dress,really different xx

  17. Wow what an amazing set of outfits some really stunning dresses xoxo

  18. loving the first dress and the color of the second..the green is totally made for u

    follow if u like what u see?


  19. That plaid dress is just perfect on you! beautiful!