Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Guest post: Reviews by Kristen


The reviews continue! Please join me in welcoming back Kristen of One Florida Bride AND her new fashion-focused blog One Florida Nest back to Effortless Anthro's guest post slot. I'm always curious to see how items look on different body types so I was thrilled when Kristen tried on some items I'd also reviewed recently. If you're interested in writing a guest post please email me or click the "contact" link near the top of the blog. On to the reviews...


Hi everyone! My name is Kristen and I just started my new blog, One Florida Nest. Yesterday I was on a day trip to Orlando, FL and happened to stop by Anthropologie while I was there. I live an hour away from any Anthro, and heavily rely on online reviews from Roxy and others, so I thought I would take some pictures while I was in the fitting room so I might share with some of you who do the same. For reference, I am usually a size 4, with a tendency to size up, not down.

First up is the Once & Always Tee ($58). I tried on the purple color in a small and absolutely loved it. Definitely fits true to size. I found that the ruffles made my waist look really small. The length was really perfect too. The only drawback I had about this shirt was that the chiffon was very frayed on the edges. It was sewn up so that this fraying wouldn't affect the integrity of the shirt, but some of the shirts in store looked a little rough.




I tried on the new incarnation of the Tucked Away Blooms Cardigan ($88) in small over the Once & Always Tee. I was a big fan of the previous color combo, but it seems to have made a permanent switch online to this new purple and blue color pattern. The cardigan was very soft, and fit true to size. I liked the fact that the florals were a bit tucked away, even though I agree with Roxy's review that they are blooming into my armpit. I would pick this up on sale--I still like the previous color better.



Next up was the Buoyant Branches Cardi ($78) in the blue motif, size small. I loved this one! It was so soft. I am typically bothered by cardigans that are longer in the front, but this one was so comfy that it didn't matter. Will definitely buy it the moment it goes on sale.




Next I tried on the Insouciant Tank ($58), size small, with the Aniseed Skirt ($128), size 6 (my store didn't have a 4). I am officially obsessed with this skirt. I am desperately hoping it goes on sale and that I will be able to find it once it does (it is sold out online). The 6 was loose in the waist, so I would say this skirt is true to size (I would buy the 4). The Insouciant Tank was a surprise love for me. I was a little skeptical of the alternating silk panels with jersey, but it was understated and pretty in person. The ruffles sat in the perfect place on my shoulders--I loved the drama they gave.



I tried on the Lady-in-Charge Skirt ($78) which has gotten some bad reviews online. Knowing ahead of time I might need to size up, I took a 6 into the dressing room. I very much agreed with the online community. It was a very cute skirt until the last couple inches. And then it was blech. Weirdly tight, and not in a flattering way.




The last two tops I tried were the Refracted Tieback ($58), size 4, and the Folded Wings Tank ($68), size small. I liked the Refracted Tieback a lot. It has a bit of a poof at the bottom, but I think it would look great with skinny jean and flats. Wishlisted for sale. The Folded Wings Tank, on the other hand, was a definite no-go. I tried on the ivory which was completely see-through. Might be less sheer in one of the other colors, though. The fit on this one was ok--I thought it was a little to high to be flattering in the front.






I will leave you with my outfit of the day from yesterday, which included the Sea's Epitome Shirt (now $30), now on sale. I was a little reluctant about this top when it came in the mail, but after wearing it all day I decided I really liked it. I ordered a small, and though it was a little loose, I liked that about it.


13 comments:

Steph (Zen in the Art of Sewing) said...

I really enjoy reading the "Guest Post" review and the reviews by Roxy. I appreciate all the time and effort you ladies put into them.

Roxy: I would love to do one myself! How would I go about being considered for a Guest post.

Kristen: I too am obsessed with the Aniseed skirt and can't wait to purchase it when/if it goes on sale!

Thank you both for all the info and pics you provide in your reviews :)

roxy said...

Steph - just shoot me an email to let me know what you'd like to write about. There's a contact button right below the Effortless Anthropologie header. :)

Lauren S. said...

Thank you! I love reading these guest reviews. My favorite on you is the Tieback Tank.

You also look great in the Aniseed Skirt. But am I the only one out here in Anthro-fan land that doesn't love that skirt? I feel like it's very awkward overall. But again, you look very pretty in it--it's just the skirt in general that leaves me wanting.

Marcela said...

I have an aniseed skirt right here in my hands. I also bought the knockoff from ModCloth, but it runs too small (the large is not even a sz 8). I gotta tell you that the ModCloth version is too expensive for the $40 bucks. The material is absolutely cheap and the lining is plastic. It's too short also. Now... here I am thinking that my aniseed skirt (the real deal) does look like diapers. I am embarassed when I see how I look on the back (girls, look all sides when you try the skirt on). But I kinda like the front of the skirt. So, should I feel cute in diapers and keep it? I am so... confused about my feelings...

Lauren S. said...

Marcela, LOL!!

You should have someone you love and trust take a pic of you wearing the skirt from the back and make your decision then. Even I--not an Aniseed fan--doubt that it looks like you're wearing diapers. So hopefully you'll see the pic and feel better :)

Emily said...

I've never tried on the Lady In Charge skirt myself, never really had any desire to after I read the reviews. But I have to say... It doesn't look bad on you!
Good post! =)

Ivoire said...

I like the Bouyant Branches Cardi and the Insouciant Tank on you -- both of them look very pretty =)

HAHA @ Marcela's comment -- and no, Lauren S., you're not alone!! Finally, someone who echoes my sentiments exactly about the Aniseed Skirt: I too feel like it's a little too awkward shapewise... can't quite put my finger on exactly what is bothering me though...

Kristen said...

Thank you all for your feedback! I agree the aniseed skirt can be a love/hate item....unfortunately for my wallet I happen to love it :(

Diana Draw said...

ITA about the Buoyant Branches cardi - it's sooo soft and comfy. It seems like it'd be a perfect topper to a beach outfit at night. Wishlisted for me too, for sure.

I know what you mean about the Sea's Epitome Shirt. I didn't think I liked it at all online, but took a gamble on it in the fitting room and and ended up taking it home with me. It's just so easy - casual, but still better than a regular tee. Plus it's so thin, it's great for the hot hot weather we've been having lately.

Marcela said...

For me, what's wrong with the Aniseed skirt is the bubble hem. They should simply eliminate that from fashion history. Look how that skirt looks without the bubble hem: new version from Modcloth. The same look, but so much prettier!

hs said...

Can you let us know your height please? I have been looking at the Aniseed skirt, and have heard that it can be shorter than the actual length stated in its description.
I've heard a few people say it was short, too.
I'm 5"9 so it would be helpful to know your height for comparison from the picture. Would like to be able to wear it to work, not have a miniskirt! :)

Heidi

Kristen said...

Hey Heidi,
I am 5'6". Hope that helps!

Samantha said...

Steph- I found a knockoff off the aniseed skirt online, much cheaper but have never ordered from them before, and im sure its not anthro quality but heres the link for you
http://www.urbanog.com/Bubble-Bow-Skirt_131_7354.html it also comes in a dress form here http://www.urbanog.com/Gorgeous-Answer-Dress_129_7273.html
thx sam