Gorgeous! Embroidered Pier Dress & California Iris Dress

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I spotted a couple of new dresses in-store that just made it to the website. First, the Embroidered Pier Dress ($188) above. I wanted to try it on because this dress just looks so fun! I was worried about the vertical sash -- would it make me look wide? Probably didn't need to worry. This Floreat piece's slightly high waistband was very flattering on. I normally have to size down in Floreat's tops but I felt comfortable in my normal size 8 dress. I also really appreciated that the top of this dress goes a bit higher than many of the strapless dresses Anthropologie carries. I could wear a bra under this very comfortably. The back has a small basket-weave smocking pattern and a cute bow tie. The bow is a bit smaller than the online product shot would have you believe. As a bonus, this dress comes in both regular and petite sizes online!

My second gasp of the day came courtesy of the California Iris Dress ($148). This is another Floreat dress. I love the bee-esque color combination of the dress, and the pattern running down the seams is very eco-chic. I was disappointed to find a cross back on this dress...very annoying! The straps could be re-sewn without too much trouble but who wants to do that? So an x-back bra would be required. In this dress I was able to size down to a 6. On me, the ruching detail around the bustline didn't quite sit the way I wanted it to. The high waist gave my hourglass shape a bit of a boost but the pleats on the front of the skirt created a bit of a pooch. Pretty as it was this dress is a pass for me.

One off-topic note: the April catalog is up. Stream of consciousness coming tonight!