OOTD: A little song and dance

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I'd like to pretend that every single one of my outfits is a home run, but the truth is some days I just reach for what's clean and steamed. I am pretty addicted to steaming my shirts -- I want no creases! About 4 weeks ago I was saddened to discover that my trusty little steamer would steam no more. It was a sad day indeed, especially since my shirt still had creases. I forced myself not to look down. I've since replaced the steamer with this little lookalike. It does the job pretty well and heats up a lot faster than my old steamer. It's not quite as strong, but for someone space-limited like me it works.

This outfit is so comfortable and revolves around one of my current favorite tops, Gap's Floral Applique Top. I grabbed it way back in September during one of their 40% off days in both the new cashmere and the beautiful constellation blue color. It's not a ruffly top! There are no ruffles! Instead it has little fan pleats trickling down one shoulder. The top is very floaty too -- the rounded hem catches air. It looks great tucked into a pencil skirt, which I will showcase in an upcoming OOTD with the other color. I do find the blouse slips down over the course of the day so I wore a cami underneath as a precaution.

By accident I discovered that it coordinates quite well with my plum Cashmere Cody Cardigan from J.Crew. It brings out the purple in the blouse and they're about the same length so I feel more streamlined. A pair of Cole Haan air pumps (sooooo comfy), a long necklace from LOFT and a ring that Noir says is a porcupine but I vote hedgehog round out this look. My steely grey Ibanez bass actually fits in pretty well with this look too. Good job, bass!





In this outfit:
Sweater: J.Crew Cashmere Cody Cardigan in plum (similar here)
Top: Gap Floral Applique Top in new cashmere ($60)
Jeans: Gap Real Straight Jeans ($60)
Shoes: Cole Haan Air Carma OT Pumps in almond (similar here, here and here)
Necklace: LOFT Long Gold Chain with Pink Teardrop Beads Necklace (now $35)
Ring: Noir Jewelry Porcupine ring ($95)

Anthropologie's beautiful, aspirational vintage jewelry line

Perhaps inspired by their recent accessories store debut, Anthropologie has unveiled a vintage jewelry collection sure to make any adornment lover swoon. Anthro teamed up with New York jewelers Doyle & Doyle to select a beautiful assortment of intricate jewelry. The collection is now available online as part of the For the Collector section of Anthropologie's website.

Fashionista and Racked NY had the scoop last week.

From Fashionista:
It’s a new section of Anthropologie’s website where shoppers can find antique estate and artisan jewelry. Hand-selected by Anthropologie and Doyle & Doyle’s buyers, each piece is unique–styles represented include Victorian, Edwardian, art deco and more.

The site will regularly feature 10 to 20 pieces of jewelry, and will be replenished with different pieces as the others are sold.

From Racked NY:
Unlike most collaborations of the sort, the partnership between the companies is focused on teaming up to provide one of a kind vintage pieces to its shoppers, instead of creating new ones that pay homage to pieces from the past.

Housed under a section of the brand's website called "For The Collector", estate jewelry ranging from delicate diamond and sapphire rings to a locket from the early 1900s are all for sale. With a manageable selection that will be replenished as items are purchased, the baubles are such dreamworthy finds that you won't be able to stop yourself from wondering who was wearing your potential new gems years and years ago.

I'm in love with several of the pieces, but I have to admit the prices feel a bit out of reach for me. If I committed myself to dedicated a few months' spending budget to one of the baubles I could swing it. Still I like admiring the pretties and telling myself that maybe I'll get one as a gift someday. The deco pieces are by far my favorite. Did any of the rings catch your eye?

Reviews: Samhain Dress, Black Walnut Dress, Empress Garden Dress, Evening Primrose Chemise, Maple Dress, Easy-As-Pie Dress,

I'm sure this is not what Anthropologie intended, but every time I see the Samhain Dress ($258) I think not of November or fall festivals but of "Sam Hain" and, by proxy, the Winchesters. It only makes me love the dress more but also gives me a fit of giggles every damn time.

If you or someone close to you likes the idea of your chest as a present, this is the dress for you. I wondered whether the material would feel like a shiny garbage bag on. It doesn't but it does resemble a freshly wrapped present up close. For a holiday party that's just the right ticket.

I give up on figuring out Eva Franco for Anthropologie sizing. In the brand I take a 6 every time. At Anthro I've ranged from a 6 to a 12. In this case, an 8 was the best fit over my chest. The dress isn't stiff but it doesn't move freely either. I noticed a nice pucker of fabric building over my butt. A cool iron would fix that issue though it made for some interesting fitting room pictures. I was satisfied with the belt and the print itself is beautiful. It didn't bowl me over but I liked it. It's a great cocktail dress. Not a buy at full price for me but I'll reconsider come sale time.

I was excited to read about Anna Sui reissuing a few classic designs at Anthropologie! This is one of my favorite lines and the idea of owning one of her signature pieces was exciting. The first dress I saw from the line was the Black Walnut Dress ($498). Love the design, which has Native American touches. Very earthy in a decidedly luxurious silk. The dress is lined so it's not sheer -- yay! I tried on my usual size 6.

Unfortunately this dress isn't cut for my curvy frame. The dress is meant to waft down and I'm not built in a way conducive to wafting. The dress fit over my chest but as a result everything below was too far away from my body. I kind of looked like an undulating jellyfish. I know that's not how the design is supposed to be. Pass for me.

I fared better with another Anna Sui frock. The Empress Garden Dress ($248) has a pretty wave print up top and a stunning bird plumage on the bottom part. I love that this shift is cut with a very slight flare to the skirt. It looks straight but fits over hips much better than classic shifts do on me. The silk material also helps.

My true size 6 was pretty big, so I'd size down to a 4 to buy this dress.The fit was largest through the shoulders for me, with plenty of extra material in the 6. This print strikes me as more spring than winter. Oh well. With a solid cardigan over it I could wear this to work. It would also be great for events that fall somewhere between casual and dressed up. Wishlisted!

I finally had a chance to try on Eloise's Evening Primrose Chemise ($58). I've said it before -- much of Anthro's loungewear can easily be upgraded to casual look with the right accessories.

This chemise seems to run large. I tried on my usual size medium but had all kinds of extra room around my midsection. I love the lace embellishment along the neckline. The floral pattern on the skirt is cute but does keep this dress from being a summer work dress for me. Through a wrap over this and you've got yourself a look. Wishlisted, but waiting for sale.


This darling dress from Maple is the Across The Land Dress ($138). I'm drawn to all things polka dots so of course I needed to try this dress on. It's a long frock that falls about two inches below my knees. There's a faux wrap up top and two pleats right over my hips -- unfortunate placement if you ask me.

I tried on this navy dress in a 6, which felt big. I'd size down to a 4 to buy it. It fit over my chest fine, though the neckline split enough that I'd want a cami underneath. I love the length and fullness of this dress but I hate the pleat placement. It makes me feel wider. I'm interested to see how (or if) Anthro styles this piece online. Until then I'm reserving judgment.

It was anything but finding the Easy-As-Pie Dress ($138) from Edme & Esyllte. I've noticed that after going haywire earlier this year this brand seems to be edging back to a consistent fit. Good news!

I tried my usual size 6, which fit well on the bottom but was closer than I'd like across the bust line. The waist of this dress is well-placed. Unlike many of Anthro's ensemble dresses the waist actually hit me at the waist rather than tugging up into an empire. I love the button-tied sleeves and the beautiful print on the skirt. Again this strikes me as more of a fair-weather frock. Wishlisted for now.

Playing the Sale guessing game

Monday, November 29, 2010

If you haven't checked out today's Styled with Anthro post -- head on over while we wait for the community reports to pour in!

Well, I had a rather epic haul last week. Between gifts for friends and gifts for me...yeah. It was budget-crushing. I got the Tweedy Leaves Dress (now $80, review here), style #19286764 -- it FINALLY arrived today -- the Lustrous Lavaliere Top (now $50, review here), style #19120161 in both colors and a few non-sale items. I decided to wait for a 2nd cut on the Snowy Egret Shift (now $80, review here), style #19329861. So this week I'm wincing and hoping for a good week for everyone but me. My wallet needs a rest. (Although I'm secretly hoping for shoe and boot markdowns. Secretly.)

There's still free shipping too -- temptation, temptation. Full list of my guesses below. Kim from Anthroholic will be scoping out the scene and be sure to come back here for the full list once the sale items appear on Anthro's website.

This post is no guarantee that any of these items will actually be on sale come tomorrow. What are you hoping to see? What do you think will/won't go on sale? If you see an item on sale today please let us know so I can update the list. If you're looking for reviews of any of these items, use the "Search the Archives" box in the sidebar.

About due for a shuffle to sale.
Acting Out Skirt ($88)
Beaded Englantine Cardigan ($128)
Best of the Bunch Cardigan ($228)
Button Parade Blouse ($78)
Cavorting Flora Blouse ($98)
D'armee Dress ($138)
Harbingers of Fall Dress ($158)
Kissing Friday Dress ($158)
Look About Blouse ($98)
Raining Lines Henley ($68)
Ruffled Plaid Dress ($158)
Sleeve Pitch Blouse ($128)
Spitalfields Skirt ($78)
Tartan Treasure Top ($148)
Vapor Rise Dress ($158)
Whipped Woolens Cardigan ($78)
Yukata Dress ($298)

Second wave colors are disrupting my sale dance.
Bretonnes Blouse ($68)
Daylight Aurora Top ($78)
Refined Cord Shirtdress ($128)
Seaside Fields Dress ($138)

Doing the sale dance for these.
Alma Mater Blazer ($158)
Floral Frappe Top ($58)
Soldierly Sparkle Top ($68)
Volante Tee ($58)

Dear Anthropologie, my budget requires that the following go on sale.
Easy Keeper Skirt ($138)
Fukuoka Folds Dress ($138) - this is mysteriously back up to full price online?

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Styled with Anthro: versatile work and on-the-go


Even though I consider myself a pretty good stylist, I sometimes wander around Anthropologie stumped on how to put an outfit together. I see this item or that item that I like, but I can't quite make the leap from hodgepodge of items to full look. In times like those Anthropologie's personal shoppers are invaluable. They bring a new perspective to outfit design and can assemble a look for any occasion, or the everyday.

Inspired by the beautiful looks personal shoppers have helped me create for myself and my clients, Effortless Anthropologie and Anthropologie have teamed up for a new series: Styled with Anthro. I've gathered community outfit requests and together with Jeff, the Head Personal Shopper for the New York City Anthropologie stores, and Christina, Merchandiser of Apparel and Accessories, from Anthropologie's home office in Philadelphia, we created and photographed several outfits. The looks all showcase the Anthropologie method of combining pattern and texture into a wide range of outfit ideas.

To add an extra layer to this series, we've incorporated community volunteer models representing a range of sizes and body types. Each post will feature new models -- one in the 2/4 range, one in the 8/10 range and one in the 12/14 range. Part of the conversation will be dressing for your body type and what items will flatter your shape.

Since this is the first post in the series Anthropologie will be checking in for community reaction. So please let us know what you think in the comments -- your feedback will help decide whether this series continues!

This post is part 1 of 2. For these initial looks, Anthro's expert team focused on versatile items that can do everything you need them to: work, events, and casual wear.

Meet our round 1 models! You can click on any photo to zoom in.

Meet round 1's models! On the left is Keenan, and on the right is Usha. Thanks to these lovely ladies for agreeing to be the series guinea pigs. The third model? Yours truly. Special thanks as well to my wonderful friend Freada, who took care of makeup for this shoot.

While Jeff and Christina prepped our fitting room pod at the Rockefeller Center Anthropologie, Keenan, Usha and I picked out some items from the floor. We arrived right as the store opened. It was great having the store to ourselves for a little bit!





Once everyone was ready we headed downstairs to try on the first look. This look is one of two built around the AG Stevie Cords ($158) in wine and the Waving Grain Pumps ($148).

We were excited when Jeff gave us all the Primula Corset Top ($78) and the Knitting Needle Cardigan ($98), but when Christina showed us the cords our excitement quickly turned to apprehension. Cords tend to be unforgiving. Christina shooed us into our fitting rooms with words of encouragement. So glad she did! When the three of us emerged we were already raving about how well the pants fit. They have just a hint of stretch in them but held their shape well for the 2 or so hours we were in them. I want to stress that these clothes are all straight off the rack -- there was no tailoring, pinning or any tricks to make the items fit better.

In assembling this look, Jeff and Christina looked for a longer cardigan to keep the proportions long and lean. When your top hits at high hip or above like the corset does, look for a longer top layer. When your top is long, look for a top layer that is the same length as your top. This helps the eye see one tailored shape.

If you work in a casual office environment this would be a great work outfit. You could also wear a tee shirt or top under the corset. Since the print on the corset top is so strong, Anthro's team looked for complementary tones for the other outfit items. The yellow Waving Grain Pumps ($148) add a pop of color that fits into the color story of the look.


Keenan wore a size large in the cardigan and loved the nice, long sleeves. The itch factor was low but she advised layering if you're concerned. She wore a 30 in the cords, one size down from her normal pants size. She noted that the inseam was about an inch shorter than she would have liked. For the corset top Keenan wore a 12 and noted that it was a close fit around the chest. In the pumps she had on a 10, and while she normally wears an 11 the 10 felt great.


Usha wore an extra small in the cardigan and liked the give in the arms. She did not find the cardigan itchy. For the cords she wore a 26 and felt they were perfect length. Jeff pegged the bottom of the cords for a modern spin on the look -- we all loved that idea! In the corset Usha wore a 2 which felt very comfortable to her. She took a 7.5 in the Waving Grain Pumps ($148) and felt she could have sized down to a 7.


I took my usual size medium in the cardigan and found the fit to be comfortable over my arms, shoulders, back and chest. The corset was too tight over my chest in my usual size 6, so I'd size up to an 8 to buy. My usual size 31 in the cords was bordering on big. The 30s worked better and I'd buy in that size. My normal size 9 was perfect in the pumps.

We were all impressed by how well the same four items worked on each of us. All of us felt we would have passed the corset top by on our own. And the cords? We wouldn't have tried those either.


For the next look, we kept the cords and pumps but changed the top half of the look. Jeff and Christina picked a patterned top for each of us. Usha and I tried on variations of the Deuxhill Cowlneck ($88) while Keenan tried the Flutter Sleeve Tunic ($88). Since the weather this time of year tends to fluctuate between pleasant and chilly, our stylists gave Keenan and Usha layering options.

On Keenan: Rumpled Moto Jacket ($398) in brown, 
AG Stevie Cords ($158) in wine, Waving Grain Pumps ($148),  
Alt look: To a Tee Blazer ($98) in grey, Pachyderm Scarf (not online).

We all gasped when we saw the Rumpled Moto Jacket ($398)  in brown, which seems to be a store-only color as of now. We clamored over it ("Don't worry -- we have one for each of you!" Jeff assured us.) Here in the city leather jackets are great for protecting us from wind gusts. To soften the look, the Anthro team layered the Hiking Ruffles Cardigan ($78) in brown under the jacket. Take the jacket off and you've still got a beautiful look. With the pretty printed blouse underneath this look has feminine touches with a slight edge.

If you're not into leather jackets, sub in a tweed blazer or a dark brown tailored jacket. Look for something that hits you high hip, and tease the ruffles of the cardigan out from underneath to complete the look. This look could easily be paired with a skirt (look for something that hits right at the knee or just above), trousers or wide leg pants as well.

Keenan wore a large in the jacket and found it comfortable. She took a large in the cardigan and loved the seam on the ruffles that kept the back from getting too bulky. Christina picked out a lovely pair of chandelier earrings, the Cloudburst Chandeliers ($58) , that framed Keenan's face elegantly. Keenan's base top was the Flutter Sleeve Tunic ($88), which she wore with one of Eloise's camis underneath.

To add an extra option for work, Jeff swapped the cardigan and leather jacket for Cartonnier's To a Tee Blazer ($98) in grey. Keenan said she'd never found a blazer that fit her before, but this one worked well for her in a large. For what it's worth, I've had similar luck with Cartonnier. For the taller among us the brand seems to work wonders. A scarf (not currently online) finished off the look.

The Deuxhill Cowlnecks ($88) Usha and I wore.

On Usha: Rumpled Moto Jacket ($398)  in brown,  
Hiking Ruffles Cardigan ($78) in brown, Deuxhill Cowlneck ($88) in navy,  
AG Stevie Cords ($158) in wine, Waving Grain Pumps ($148)

For Usha, the Deuxhill Cowlneck ($88) was a pattern she hadn't considered before but loved once it was on. She wore it in a 0 and found the fit comfortably loose to just a bit big. The brown of the cardigan (size xs) and jacket brought out the brown tones in the cords nicely. The stylists addded a clutch for a bit of sparkle and shine, and Usha was ready for casual work or perhaps a girls' night out dinner meetup?

On me: Deuxhill Cowlneck ($88) in black motif,  
AG Stevie Cords ($158) in wine, Waving Grain Pumps ($148).

On me, we took things back a bit to basics. I went without the cardigan and jacket for this look and swapped in the Deuxhill Cowlneck ($88) in black motif. I wore my usual size 6 in the top. I loved how the top brought out the wine color of the cords, and even though there were tones of both black and brown everything worked nicely together. In this look the shoes really stood out in a pretty and polished way. I could easily wear this look to work or for a date after. Simple, but stylish.

Ready for the next round?

On Keenan: Flutter Sleeve Tunic ($88),  A Separate Space Skirt ($98), 

Keenan really liked the Flutter Sleeve Tunic ($88), so Christina and Jeff next presented her an alternate look for the top. Moulinette Souers' A Separate Space Skirt ($98) looks deceptively long on the website. While it is certainly not a mini, it hit Keenan perfectly at the knee. She wore a size 8, a couple of sizes below normal because the skirt sits at the waist. For a finishing touch, they added the Feather-Clasped Belt ($58). You'll see this belt again in a moment on Usha.

Keenan noted that she never tucked shirts into skirts or pants because it made her feel short-torsoed. I can understand the apprehension -- I've often felt like I looked all chest when I tried to tuck tops in. But we all agreed that she looked proportional and fantstic. Jeff and Christina noted that the skirt was the perfect length to create a long silhouette, while the strong print on top kept the eye from compacting the top half. The result? Everything in proportion. And once again the Waving Grain Pumps ($148) fit right into the look. Keenan would not have thought to combine these items on her own, but the personal shopping team showed us all how to make it work.

On Usha: Golden Fleece Bolero ($158), Deuxhill Cowlneck ($88) in navy, 

Our final look in part 1 was for Usha. Like Keenan, she loved her base top so she kept the Deuxhill Cowlneck on for another round. This time the stylists took her look up a notch with the Golden Fleece Bolero and the Leather Circle Skirt. The Bolero, much like the cords, was an item we were initially all nervous about but loved once we had it on. Usha wore a size 0 in it, though she thought she'd need a 2. It fit fine through her shoulders, the normal reason why she'd size up. The bolero seemed to be made of dyed or sprayed wool. It certainly shines like gold! While we all feared it would itch, the inside is lined with super soft material so it feels like wearing a comfy sweatshirt. The look of course is anything but casual.

The circle skirt is shorter than it looks online. Usha felt comfortable in the 0 though Keenan and I both had to size up. The shorter proportions of the skirt and bolero make this look young and fun, while the cowlneck adds a grounded sense of maturity. We loved how the Anthro team clasped the belt and let the loose end lay out. It was an unexpected cool touch. For a 20-something on the go, this could be your go-to outfit. I was certainly enamored!


The Waving Grain Pumps ($148) certainly seemed to be the star of this first set, and we all admired how well the pumps worked on all three of us despite our varying skin tones.

That's the end of part 1! Coming on Wednesday: part 2 -- events and the after-events. Plus how to set up a personal shopping appointment, and what to expect during your appointment. Let us know what you think of the series in the comments!

The Trade Market: Looking to Buy

Welcome to the Trade Market! This is Effortless Anthropologie's buy/sell/trade posting. You are welcome to create classified-style listings in the comments or link to an outside auction service. Please note that resellers are not permitted. Please note this post is for buying only -- there is a separate selling/trade post below.

All transactions listed within are conducted independently of this blog and as such I have zero involvement. If you have a positive experience you're welcome to leave a comment stating such. If you have a negative experience please send me feedback directly via email to snapsparkchik (at) gmail.com. Please make sure to read The Trade Market Guidelines before posting. You can also view past Trade Market posts by clicking on the "trade market" button in the sidebar. Cheers to a wonderful community!

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The Trade Market: Looking to Sell/Trade

Welcome to the Trade Market! This is Effortless Anthropologie's buy/sell/trade posting. You are welcome to create classified-style listings in the comments or link to an outside auction service. Please note that resellers are not permitted. Please note this post is for selling/trading -- there is a separate buying post above.

All transactions listed within are conducted independently of this blog and as such I have zero involvement. If you have a positive experience you're welcome to leave a comment stating such. If you have a negative experience please send me feedback directly via email to snapsparkchik (at) gmail.com. Please make sure to read The Trade Market Guidelines before posting. You can also view past Trade Market posts by clicking on the "trade market" button in the sidebar. Cheers to a wonderful community!

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What happened at the Rockefeller Center Anthropologie?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Curiouser and curiouser? Last weekend there was something going on at the Rockefeller Center Anthropologie here in NYC. I received several emails from community members wondering what it was...

"Hey Roxy, just wondering if you knew about a photo shoot at the Rockefeller Center Anthropologie today [11/21]? They had a whole section of the fitting rooms closed off and I saw a few employees running around gathering up items..."

"Roxy! I was at the Rockefeller Anthropologie earlier and I saw what I think was a catalog shoot. I figured if anyone would know what was going on you would. Did you hear anything about it?"

"...oh and by the way, someone was at the Anthropologie in Rockefeller Plaza taking photos of two models. Do you know what it was for?"

...I couldn't tell them what it was for at the time. It wasn't a catalog shoot. But I know what it was -- because I was there. Here's a hint:

Coming tomorrow to Effortless Anthropologie: one of the most exciting posts this blog has ever seen. I can hardly wait!!

The weekend in-store community post

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Note: Eye Candy: Store Inspiration will be back next week!

I have noticed a lot of community members sharing in-store deals and spots in the comments of various posts. Inspired by the weekly Seek & Find posts started by the lovely Alexis over at J.Crew Aficionada, I think now is a good time to start a similar weekly post here.

This post is for community members to trade information. You can ask for help in finding an item, report back on what you saw in-store at your local Anthro, ask general questions, make a request, or just stop by to say hello. I love how helpful this community can be!

Some FAQs....
- What does "sub" mean?It means that people are subscribing to the comment thread. You can do this by either clicking the small RSS icon at the top right of the comments section or by selecting either subscribe to "all new comments" or "replies" in the comment box in the comment form.
- Someone in the comments said they wanted to buy an item from me, but it's been x hours and I haven't heard squat. What should I do?I give people 24 hours for the benefit of the doubt. After that move on to the next person that contacted you.
- Someone said they returned an item at the store 20 minutes ago but I just called the store and it's gone. What gives?!?
A store associate might have taken a fancy to it or a customer might have grabbed it. Maybe it's just at the bottom of a big ol'pile. Unfortunately, you're out of luck.

Recommended reading:
Gigi's tips for a successful swap
Ways to find hidden inventory on Anthro's site
How do I find reviews for x item?
Ways to find style numbers on Anthro's site for sold-out items (it's right below the Lilac Ombre Heels photo)

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Reviews: Pinafore Pullover, Switching Sides Sweater, Solstice Festival Cardigan, Sweet Cables Pullover, Tea's Ribbon Cardi, Preloved Jacket, Cabled Pathways Pullover, Double Time Cardigan

Time for some Saturday Night Reviews! Though I can't say why Shopstyle has sucked the big one this month and not a single item Anthropologie released in November made the site. Even better, no one from their affiliate program has responded to my emails asking why. Guess they must be on an extended holiday vacation. That started early. But hey! At least they're using this blog on their press page without my permission because this blog is awesome. So that's something...

Anthropologie's Pinafore Pullover ($168, style #19181916) was on the website for about 20 seconds before selling out. I saw it briefly in the NYC stores before it quickly disappeared from there too. After a few weeks of diligently calling customer service I learned a new shipment had been sent out to my local Anthros, so I headed out to try it before it disappeared again.

This is one of a few sweaters from Rosie Neira this year. The Tea's Ribbon Cardi below is another, and I reviewed the Winding Willow Sweater Jacket ($148) in this post. I love the buttons along the shoulder on this sweater. The ruffles in front were immediately worrisome, but not enough to deter me from trying on this sweater I'd admired for so long.

I tried on my usual size medium. The differences between the model shot and the sweater on me are almost laughable. The sweater looks so nice and long on the model but in me...not even close! I hate this game. My chest eats up some of the material but not as much material as the catalogue shot would make you think is available. Big sigh. While the sweater is short in the front it's pretty long in back -- this gave me a bit of hope. I liked the crochet ruffle a lot. It's a different touch that will be fun to style. If you're concerned about making your shoulders look broader skip this sweater. I liked the way the buttons and differing pattern look but it's not going to be to everyone's taste.

The craftsmanship is there, so I decided that if a large was available I'd give it a shot. The store had one large left. Lo and behold it was a bit longer without being too much bigger. You'll see it on me in an upcoming OOTD.

The other Rosie Neira sweater I hadn't tried yet was the Tea's Ribbon Cardi ($128). The medium wasn't fitting over my chest well so I sized up to a large. The photos above are all the large. Unfortunately I think I am between sizes. The large was flaring out a lot at the sides, but at least it laid flatter from the side. 

The weird thing was hot the cardi looked from the back. On the model it's three cute ties...

...while on me it was kind of a mess! My friend had tried on her usual small earlier in the week and found the same thing. I hope that some careful untangling at home could fix this. It's something to watch out for if you try this item on.

Other than that weirdness the cardigan is wonderful. Carefully crocheted with double layers of ruffles and tons of little buttons lining the front, it's light and airy and too pretty for words. I love all the little details on this piece. The main component is unfortunately nylon (boo) and while there is mohair I didn't find the cardigan itchy in the least. It's beautiful but I'll wait for sale. Wishlisted!

I had a few community requests to try on the Switching Sides Sweater (now $60) from Moth. This cotton-cashmere mix is wonderfully soft and the crossover cabling reminds me of last year's Sweeping Frills Sweater (below) by Guinevere which was sadly too short on me.

The Sweeping Frills Sweater from last year.

Sadly I had the exact same issue with the Switching Sides Sweater. Maybe all of Anthro's sweater designers are 5'3"? Aside from the length issue I liked the sweater quite a bit. The cowl isn't overpowering and the color is a muted blue that would work well for cold weather...though thin this sweater felt nice and warm. A pass for me since it's too short.

Speaking of short, here's another cardigan that could use another few inches. It's Field Flower's Solstice Festival Cardigan ($198).The price nearly made my eyeballs fall out, especially when I saw that this sweater is only 50% wool (the rest is an acrylic/poly blend). Pity the poor pink sheep this sweater came from.

My true size medium was a perfect fit. What was good? The floral applique, the thick bottom stitching and the lovely thick marled quality of the material. It was very easy to put this sweater on pullover style. The sleeves are long but easily cuffable. What was not good? The length mainly. If it was long enough to cover my tummy fully it wouldn't be a huge deal. Sadly the front doesn't go far enough down. Sizing up to a large would help that issue but add extra room at the sides. So again I have a dilemma. It means no buy at full-price. Wishlisted for sale.

At least the Sweet Cables Pullover ($88) is meant to be cropped. I can see layering this over a thermal before plopping down in front of the fire for a game of Scrabble. It's mostly wool with a huge cowlneck...a turtleneck almost, just without the choking properties.

I once again went for my usual size medium and this time it fit well. There's a weird side vent to this sweater. In the third photo from the left above you can see the "tail" this creates. It's just a bit longer in the back. I found the sweater to feel nice and warm. But without sleeves how warm can you really be? I like the different cable patterns and the color. Not a full price buy for me, but wishlisted for sale.

You may have noticed some cropped three-button sweater jackets in-store by a brand called preloved. No two are the same. This brand literally takes old clothing and reworks it into new pieces. I am intrigued! I decided to try one on. I don't see this sweater online so a picture of the tag below will have to do for now. I'm calling this the Preloved Jacket ($168). They run very small around the bust. If you're not busty your true size should be fine, but I had to size up two sizes to an XL.

This jacket looks fantastic over a blouse or a dress. With jeans it cuts the body up a bit so I probably would layer a similar color underneath. I love the way the buttons follow the curve of the jacket. I love the asymmetrical collar. I did not love the minor itch I got from the sleeves. Willing to look past it (or layer long sleeves underneath). I hope these show up online so I can wishlist one.

This is the tag from the Preloved Jacket. These items are being carried at select Anthropologies around the country. You'll see another one of these in a post on Monday.

Another Moth sweater made its way to the fitting room with me. This is the Cabled Pathways Pullover ($128). I had trouble deciding which color to try on -- I really like all 3 options! I ended up settling on the gold because I don't own many gold sweaters. I tried on my true size medium which fit well and was juuuuusssttt long enough. Seriously Anthro. I'm only 5'8", which is tall but not that tall! I barely noticed the buttons at the neckline in-store but they are very cool.

The waffle knit and the crocheting at the bottom of this sweater is positively delectable. I want to eat it up. I love the crisscross cable pattern which is different everywhere you look. I'd tried this sweater on with the Finishing School Skirt ($78, review here) but sadly my phone ate the photos. Cord skirts are a great pairing for the sweater. Another one for the wishlist!

I was initially attracted to Sleeping on Snow's Double Time Cardigan ($148) because of the fair isle print. I didn't even see the flowers until I pulled the cardigan from the rack. LOVE! Let's start with the good news: this sweater is almost 100% organic. We're getting closer! There is mohair in the mix though I noticed neither itching nor shedding. In fact I found the cardigan very comfortable.

A medium fit perfectly and was once again juuuusssstttt long enough. My god I love this sweater. I have such a weakness for fair isle. It's beautiful and the floral adornments add a little something extra. The grey with a pop of red is winter perfection (and makes me think of New England colleges, which tend to pick those colors). Below is a close-up of one of the flowers and a tag within. Wishlisted!