Monday, August 31, 2009

Reviews: I went, I saw, I tried stuff on


You know you're in love with a store when you end up there without meaning to. I was innocently on my way uptown when my subconscious pulled me off the 1 train two stops early at 50th Street. By the time I realized the error I was already above ground. Well, I said with a shrug, may as well head on over to Anthro I guess. What a detour. Force me to go, why dontcha?



I was really surprised at how much new stuff was out just in the week since I'd last been there. I was also surprised at how much was gone -- not sure if items sold out that quickly or if I just lost track of them. I don't know about anyone else but I frequently miss the items that are folded below the table tops and such. If it's not at eye level I tend to miss it.

The dress above was front and center downstairs. It was on a dressform with a yellow or lime green belt to accent. One shoulder is basic tank dress and the other is draped, Grecian-goddess style. I have not seen this dress on the website so I'll call it the One-Shoulder Migration Dress ($58) for now. UPDATE: Found it! It's the Million Monarch Chemise ($58). Hilariously this is apparently meant to be worn as pajamas. It's by Anne Pinkerton and resembles her Early Blue Chemise ($58). I really wish this dress had come out two months ago. Not only is gorgeous, it's comfortable and lays very well. This is the medium on me above. The length is great, hitting me right at the knee. This would have gotten a ton of wear in July and August but now I'm too ready for fall. So back to the rack it went.



I guess I had dresses on the brain. The next frock I tried was Floreat's Dark Bouquet Dress ($148) which for some reason Anthropologie is hiding on their website right now. This halter-top dress looks white but is more of a light grey. There is a lot of stitchwork going on in this dress. Upside-down chevron on the skirt. Ripples on the bust. A bouquet detail that says "here's my left hip!" (But it looks like it's my right because I took this photo in the mirror...) I have the 6 on and it fit everywhere except my chest. I would size up to an 8 and head to the tailor to be more comfortable were I buying this. With a cardigan this could be a great work-friendly number that would transition to night well. To my wishlist you go!



Finally we have the above masterpiece from Tracy Reese's Frock! Fall 2009 collection. The talented Ms. Reese calls it the Charlotte in Black Clover but Anthro perfers to call it the Emerald Cut Dress ($298). Let me tell you ladies, with a push-up bra I was ready to buy this in a heartbeat. Until I looked at the price tag anyway. The green color matches my hazel eyes well. The cut is very flattering to curves. My waist is practically disappearing! The skirt is a bit voluminous but somehow everything remains in balance with the modest cut of the top. This dress has a bit of a Alice in Wonderland vibe to it that I dig. I could tame it with a black cardigan or plum or perhaps intensify it with yellow, or red, or orange? I tried on a 6 and while I'm totally locked and loaded I don't mind. I don't think I'd size up to an 8.

So what do you think? Will any of these dresses be as tempting for you?

13 comments:

Kim said...

Roxy - you need the Emerald Cut dress! It looks fantastic on you; so flattering!!! I also love the Dark Bouquet Dress. Weird that they're hiding it on the site.

prettydaisy said...

I love, love, love the emerald cut dress. It is currently on my list and it looks great on you. I very rarely get to go to an actual anthro store so I was very delighted to see you tried this one on. I am wondering how the slit below the back button feels and if by chance it showed any bra back and hooks. Thanks for picking that one! (the price is a killer though, i need to decide if it is worth saving for)

roxy said...

Thank you Kim!

prettydaisy - I did not mind the slit on the back a bit, and on me at least the slit ended at the very top of my bra strap so it wasn't visible unless I bend down to pick something up. Up on the shoulder yes a bit of your straps will be visible from the back but if you position them slightly inwards on your shoulder they will disappear. This dress is in my opinion totally worth saving up for. Hope that helps!

prettydaisy said...

absolutely! any info I can get before ordering online is very helpful

Anthropologie Addict: Natalie said...

That dark bouqet dress looked AMAZING on you! Love it.

Georgine said...

Ok, call me a weirdo, but you look great in the middle dress (dark bouquet is it?). If I had a chest like yours, I would totally show it off in that dress. Of course, I don't so maybe I am just jealous. OK, enough gushing. Hey, how is the first dress only $58? Is it made of plastic?

Sandrine said...

Hi Roxy :)

I adore the Emerald Cut dress on you! I spotted it on the website for myself but the price makes me think about it twice... My true size is between 6 or 8 (34B), do you think I should downsize to a 6 or stay with an 8? Is that dress TTS?

I also really like the Million Monarch Chemise as a dress! But is has a Summery look I agree.

The Dark Bouquet Dress is really cute, but not stunning. Maybe it's because of the neutral color. I would keep my money for more exceptional clothes (like the Emerald Dress ;).

roxy said...

Natalie & Georgine -- thank you both. :) I think the Million Monarch chemise is inexpensive because it is rayon. At first I thought it had to be a mistake - an Anthro dress for under $100?? - but it's true! Such a vibrant print. I may grab it for next year. Please don't tell anyone I'm wearing pj's outside...

Hi Sandrine! I think the dress is true to size. It is very structured so I would recommend sticking to the 8. (If I end up being wrong, let me know.) You will love the dress!

Rosa said...

Roxy, the Emerald Cut Dress should be yours. You look amazing in it.

roxy said...

Thanks Rosa. :) Your dog! SO CUTE!

amers72 said...

Found your blog today after shopping at anthro. and picking up the dark bouquet dress.It was displayed but I had a heck of a time tracking it down in the store. I really like it and think it is a keeper. Love the emerald cut dress! I am a sucker for anything green as well but hear you on the price.

roxy said...

Welcome to the blog amers72! I'm going back for the Dark Bouquet Dress this weekend. It's too alluring to pass up...and then I'm saving my pennies for the Emerald Cut Dress.

prettyface said...

Sure this is an old post but I saw you in the Dark Bouquet dress and HONEY- you look HOT and curvy! That dress looks like it was MADE for you- I understand you may not feel comfortable showing that much on top, but seriously, that looked sexy, not trashy. Just my opinion. It makes me WANT to hunt down that dress now. haha