Guest post: Reviews by Hometown Queen (from London!)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Proving that Anthropologie is a brand with fans worldwide, this morning's guest post comes from London. Meet Hometown Queen, who visited Anthropologie's Regent St store and sends us some reviews. She also just started her own Anthropologie blog dedicated to the UK perspective. Check it out (after you read this post of course).

I made my weekly trip to the Anthropologie store on London's Regent Street just yesterday and it looks like some of the new pieces have already been out for a few days: here's the British scoop! Right away though, I must apologise for a few things: a) the shocking quality of the photos - I blame it on not having eaten anything. b) the fact that I never take my boots off, I actually have a phobia of trying on clothes without a pair of high heels on to back me up. c) The pained look on my face most of the time, just chalk that one up to the whole British thing. And just before we crack on, a word about my sizing: I'm using the American standard to make things easier. I'm a size 6, generally, with a 36-27-36 set of measurements and, ahem, a generous amount of "bosom". And on with the show.

First up was Odille's Swathed Gingham Blouse ($78/£48) in green; they had the black and yellow variations which I might try on next time. I'm afraid I did actually have front shots of this top, but I just looked like too much of a prat to live, so you'll have to satisfy yourself with this! The shirt feels like cotton so I was surprised to find it's actually a blend - but it is machine washable which is a definite thumbs up in my book. It doesn't feel as though it'd get too warm in the summer.

I was impressed with the coverage, usually wraps like this are a no-no with any amount of boob. It ties comfortably, and more importantly, securely - my chances of accidentally exposing myself seemed slim. I found this to be true to size, but recommend pairing with a pair of formfitting jeans or a pencil skirt as it's slightly voluminous around the middle, not enough to drown your figure but enough to cause a missing waist alert if you wore it with a full skirt (like I did).

Next was the oddly named Fragmented Pipevine Dress ($148/£118) by Maeve. This was seriously cute. It fastens up the front with snaps, no zip or anything - rather terrifyingly you can take it off with one great, downwards pull in a bodice ripping move, so I might be a little nervous about something coming undone, but then it's so pretty... It ran true to size and fitted nicely around all the curves. I have to say that I'm not hugely taken with the print - it doesn't exactly scream "Spring, Glorious Spring!", does it? However, again, it is machine washable, so woo. Weirdly, I'm pretty sure that the belt (which you can hardly see) was a loose fabric belt whereas on the website it seems to be part of the dress... hmmm, maybe I'm just losing my marbles.

The Lime Juice Dress ($138/£128) by Girls From Savoy looked very cute on the rack but doesn't seem to do much on anyone, does it? It's very mumsy, would be my complaint - the only bit of skin the dress shows is a small v at the neckline which is then hidden by the excess frills around the neck. And that neck tie - a safety hazard! I had a potentially very embarrassing situation when I tried to yank this off over my head but forgot to undo the neck and spent the next two minutes flailing around like a dying fish trying to shuck it off. Fits true to size but think you need to have a leaner frame than I do and a big belt in order to make it work.

The Optimist Dress ($148/£118) from Moulinette Soeurs was tried on earlier by Ali but thought it would be helpful to see how it looks on a different shape. This is another adorable dress - but, dare I even say it, too adorable? I can't stress how lovely the belt and the fit of the dress are. There's an exposed zip, which I think is an attempt to modernise it, which doesn't bother me but might bother some. But at the end of the day, I felt like I'd just waltzed out of the von Trapps and, unless you're Julie Andrews, that's not necessarily a good look.

Lastly we have one of the more contentious pieces on the Anthro website at the moment, RicRac's Rising Vapour Dress ($118/£88). Firstly, the material is simply lovely, the jersey soft and stretchy and the chiffon very floaty and slightly ethereal. The colour of the dress is a mid-tone grey whilst the chiffon is a slightly smokier, almost brown tinted grey. I thought this dress fit great, I wouldn't have any other size. Now the contention: the ruffles don't go around the whole dress. This seems to have caused some people great distress, going by the Anthro reviews, and I must admit I was a little taken aback when I saw. I took it off and relegated it to the "no" end of the rack but then felt compelled to try it on again. And you know what, reader? I bought it. Now I'm still ever so slightly on the fence - a toe on the fence, if you will. I thought I'd leave it to you lot to see what you think.

Well it's been a pleasure, and who knows, if this goes down a treat I may be back with a second batch (including the Blooming Sapphire Wrap Dress ($148), Emmer Corset Top ($78) and the Four Petal Cardi ($88)).