Reviews: Pratia Tank, Climbing Cowlneck, Bayeux Top, Hourglass Surplice

Saturday, January 16, 2010


The bubble hems, they are back! I pretended not to notice it and instead focused on the pretty petals of C. Keer's Pratia Tank ($68). It comes in grey as you see above or white. I grabbed the white version to try on.



It's double-layered which is great because it's not sheer! I tried on a medium and found this top true to size. The outer layer of the shirt is cotton with a raw edge neckline. The flowers were standing up straight more than the product shot shows. I found this really weird, aren't droopy flowers normally the issue? I'd probably want to press these down to smooth the bulkiness. There's good coverage in the front and the back and the bubble hem is pretty loose.

Bubble hems aren't a great shape on me so I'm not in love with this top...for myself. In general I think it's well-done and ready for spring. Pass for me but hoping it works for you.



I'm really glad I had a chance to try on C. Keer's Climbing Cowlneck ($48). I had no idea it was selling so fast until Lola mentioned it in the weekend community post. At Anthro $48 is almost a steal so I can see why. The positive reviews are helping. In-store this shirt comes in dark grey (reads blue to me) and plum. Plum is not available online at the moment.

So here's the strange thing. I grabbed a medium and a large to try on. But the large fit tighter than the medium. I thought for sure I had mixed up mentally but after checking the tags I saw that in fact the large was way tighter across my tummy than the medium. The store was already running low on this top so I asked the fitting room attendant for her opinion. I didn't tell her which size was which. She picked the medium so that's the one you see in the photos above. I will most likely seek out another large this weekend for comparison. What I'm trying to say is -- beware size inconsistencies.

The shirt is pima cotton (so soft!) and not sheer. It fits close to the body and the shirred pleats make a cool pattern across your body. I don't think this top photographed very well. In real life I was very happy with it.



RicRac's Bayeux Top ($68) is wonderful but short. The craftsmanship on the top is great and the lace is an exquisite delicate touch. Love the bottom tiered peplum of lace. The buttons on the front and back are just for show -- I put this on pullover style. With a high-waisted skirt I could wear this alone but with anything else I'll need to layer a cami underneath. Usually I'm a small in RicRac but I sized up to a medium in this one for a better fit.

The shirt is based on soft and slightly stretchy cotton. My concern is that it will shrink even shorter after a wash rendering it unwearable. I've wishlisted this one for now while I consider it.



Deletta has put smocking all over the place in the last couple of seasons. Their latest offering is the Hourglass Surplice ($48). All of these Anthro tops under $50 are making me smile! Though I usually wear smalls in Deletta I sized up to a medium in this one. I didn't fidget too much with the v-neck but it was naturally sitting higher than I'd like.

The smocked cap shoulders are not especially flattering against a larger bust. Otherwise I liked this shirt quite a bit. It's a little bit slimming and a nice midway point between casual and dressed up. Worth considering on sale but back to the rack for now.