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Friday, November 27, 2009
Reviews: Night Blooming Dress, Albertine Dress, Fire Flowers Dress, Reveille Coat
If Anthropologie carries dresses that fall into different types, then the Night Blooming Dress ($158) is definitely a roxy dress. A friend brought this over to me in-store and said, "this is you." From the hammered silk top to the textured skirt I was oohing and aahing.
I wasn't wearing the best bra for this dress but I still loved it on. I tried on my true size 6 and it fit perfectly. The waist comes up a lot higher on me than the model due to bustiness, sizing up may help this if you're concerned. To me the waist was still fine. I would definitely wear a belt with this. I love that the skirt is a bit less dressed up than the top, meaning I could wear this for work and play. The pockets on the front don't add any bulk. I love this but I'm out of budget for the month so for now it's on my wishlist.
The next dress I tried on was Moulinette Soeurs' Albertine Dress ($168). Though it feels pretty soft the print on this dress looks like something straight out of the late 1980s or early 1990s to me. I'm not loving the sheer top either. We caught Hackers yesterday on TV pre-Turkey while editing this post and it struck us as something that Kate would wear (or I guess Dade in that one dream sequence).
This dress was a mess from the beginning. I tried on an 8 and while the dress was too big on me the lining was too tight. It was a huge pain to get on. Once it finally was on the midsection just looked like a big, bulky mess. This dress clearly was not made for my body type. At all.
Despite that failure I tried on one other Moulinette Soeurs dress. It's not on the website yet -- thanks to Natalie from Anthropologie Addict for the sneak peek pic. Update 12/11: It's there now! It's called the Fire Flowers Dress ($138).
This dress has a very pretty cinching/cloth medallion effect at the waist on the left side. I tried on an 8 and it was too big. I'd buy this in my true size 6. Strange how two dresses from the same brand fit so differently. The sleeves are an odd length but it works against the dress to accentuate the tiny waist the cinch creates. This dress has a really classic look to it that I like. To the wislist!
I ordered the Reveille Jacket ($128) last week (along with the now sold out Goldilocks Bag which I love). I was expecting something completely different from what I got with the jacket, so I waited a couple of days before reviewing it. I was expecting a structured, textured, slightly stiff cotton but instead the outside feels like a sweatshirt. That was very disappointing. It really cheapens the jacket to me...I feel like I overpaid. I could see a knockoff of this jacket showing up at American Eagle for $80, and I'd feel better about that amount.
Otherwise the jacket is very cool. I ordered a medium which fit but I would exchange for a large if I was keeping this. I couldn't fit anything besides a cami under the medium comfortably. The jacket is lined with thermal and has two stages to closing it -- the thermal layer which will keep you warm into the low 50s and then the button layer you see. I like how the jacket looks but again the cotton kills it for me. The collar is floppy. I have no idea how they popped it for the product shot. The sleeves are very cool and overall the look is right. It just feels wrong to me, so it's going back.
On a sidenote, for any Anthro fans living in NYC, don't use their expedited shipping! I tried it on the Reveille Jacket/Goldilocks bag order and it took almost a week to get here. However, my sale order that I placed on Tuesday of this week is already here via regular shipping. During a holiday week no less. Not sure why this happened but I'll be sticking with standard shipping moving forward for sure.