Reviews: Coming & Going Skirt, Slow Melt Tank, To the Sun Blouse

Friday, April 2, 2010

Looking for a sign -- and maybe a promo code.

This week has featured zero markdowns on Anthropologie's website but lots of new items to drool over. The April catalogue is up and it is amazing -- more on it this weekend. The photo at the top of this post is my favorite due to the wonderful Leifsdottir skirt featured. That would be the Coming & Going Skirt ($198) which I tried on last weekend. The yellow is quite bright even in real life; the pictures above are dark because I was stuck in Soho's cave fitting room.

I sized up to a 10 for these shots. It zipped but barely. This skirt is cut slim everywhere -- through the butt, hips and thighs. I would size up again to a 12 to buy it. I adore all the pleating and diagonal strips on this skirt! I wish though that the ruffles were not there. To me it makes the skirt look a bit juvenile. Also note that the top ruffle is cut asymmetrically. I felt this made the skirt look crooked. Still I applaud the overall risks taken on this piece. It's not boring! Plus yellow and white polka dots is one of my all-time favorites. Leifsdottir often gets knocked for using thin materials but I found the cotton fine and the lining decent. I have this one wishlisted for now but will wait for sale.

Next I tried the skirt's photo partner, the Slow Melt Tank ($88). Now I see why this top was tucked in. It's rather shapeless on its own. This Edme & Esyllte top comes in "grey" on me (looked light blue) and a darker shade of blue. I'm getting a strong sailor vibe from this one. I like how the collar isn't as obvious from the back. No flat square shape, it tailors into a more modern soft triangle. The material is light slippery silk.

I tried on the size 6 which was very roomy. I would size down to a 4 to buy. While I liked how Anthro styled it I can't see fitting this one into my own wardrobe. Back to the rack.

It seems like I've been waiting forever for Edme & Esyllte's To The Sun Blouse ($78) to appear in stores. I was thrilled to finally catch it! I reached for the medium which was silly. I know this brand runs big. I was swimming in the top. Even with the roominess I was somewhat disappointed by this top. The overall shapelessness left me feeling wide and frumpy. The sleeves are also very poufy in real life. On the plus side, I really like the pattern on this shirt (a flock of birds flying across the sun) and the v-neck is cut high enough so that I would not need a cami underneath. This one is staying on my wishlist for further consideration at sale time.