Reviews: All Seasons Shirtdress, Larkspur Capelet Dress, Akebia Dress

Thursday, January 28, 2010

One can never own enough pretty dresses, a mantra Anthropologie seems to subscribe to as well. Despite being cold January has seen four straight weeks of beautiful frocks. My arms still hurt from carrying so many around the store to try on.

Anthro introduced the All Seasons Shirtdress ($98) by Odille via email recently. The dress has that country bumpkin feel to it, especially in the yellow. I prefer the navy color but chose the yellow to try on since it photographs better in the dark caves that are some of Anthropologie's dressing rooms.

Since Odille tends to run tight in the bust I sized up to an 8. If you're not busty your true size will be perfect. The v is pretty deep -- I would be fine with no cami on the weekends but for work I'd want something underneath. The dress has two long slant pockets and ties back with a generous sash. This dress is going to wrinkle something nasty. Take care when packing this for trips. At least it's machine washable. Another great thing is the length. I love how it hits right at the knees. It makes this dress so much more versatile. The shoulders don't thrill me but everything else about this dress does. Wishlisted in navy.

You've already seen Corey Lynn Calter's Larkspur Capelet Dress ($188) on Ali. I decided to give it a go as well drawn in by the pretty floral print. I grabbed my true size 6 and found it a bit oversized. But I would not size down to a 4 because the bustline was already pretty revealing even with the lace inset.

This dress is a bit tricky to put on -- you have to position the capelet correctly and it's all pullover. The material is a beautiful silk and I love the way the skirt portion drapes. The ruffled hem is a nice detail. What I do not like is the capelet. I wish this dress were a tank dress or even short sleeves might be fine. But the capelet takes it away from practicality and into costume for me. Beautiful and well-made, but back to the rack.

Moulinette Soeurs' Akebia Dress ($168) has a print I'd expect to see on a bathing suit. It's a vibrant print but a bit overwhelming on a dress. I land between sizes in this brand so I grabbed an 8 (one size up). I found it to fit well.

The skirt portion of this dress is pretty cool with its tiered layers of ruffle. I particularly like that the lowest tier is inset rather than outset. It keeps the dress from looking like a Christmas tree. I could have done without the ruffle on the bodice -- but can you even see it?? The print has so much going on it almost blends right in. I want to find the wallpaper of this exact pattern, stand in front of the appropriate spot and disappear. With a cardigan over it this dress is a winner. Plus it's too meta awesome to pass up. Wishlisted.