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Monday, July 20, 2015

Eva Franco delivers an updated classic in the Saybrook Stripe Dress ($168).

All's quiet on the sale front at Anthropologie this morning -- sale items are still an extra 20% off using the code SALEAWAY at checkout but there are no new markdowns this morning. So instead my eyes have drifted over to the new arrivals where there are some real stunners trickling in!

First up, Eva Franco's delightful Saybrook Stripe Dress ($168) which I tried on quickly last week at the Flatiron Anthropologie (NYC). The good news? The length is perfect, the back is beautiful, and the fit runs finely true to size. It's a little heavy for 90 degrees plus humidity but I think this is the type of dress that will translate well to nearly any season. Depending on your office's back visibility policy this would be an excellent choice for work. My one note of bad news is that if you, like me, are busty with wider shoulders, the combination of the high neckline and arm cut-ins may not be especially flattering on. Try it on for yourself and decide...I'm pondering this one at the moment myself.

More like this please Anthropologie! Dresses that sweep perfectly across the knee, with gently pleated skirts and full coverage up top (a slightly lower neckline is welcome too).

Looking through my closet, I can say that I truly love pencil skirts based in blue. The pattern of the Tropicale Skirt ($118) has me swooning! Its pattern is disparate enough that I don't even care that it doesn't line up at the seams. I would pair this with a simple, feminine white or ivory top like the Malpelo Blouse (now $40), the Shoestring Lace Tank (now $40) or the Aicha Embellished Tank (now $40, and any color of this could work).

Another skirt that I would love to add to my closet is the Buttercup Tulle Skirt ($348) which we discussed last week in the comments. It seems to move beautifully based on the product page video (nice, Anthro!) and also looks to be the ideal length on me. I can see wearing this to some late summer and early fall evening events I have planned for things that call for something above basic casual, such i.e. classical concerts at the botanical gardens, Shakespeare in the Park, that kind of thing. I'd pair this with a simple top along the lines of the Laced Lei Tank (now $40).

The Guilloche Midi Skirt ($398) from the designer is also jaw-dropping gorgeous. So nice to see these beautiful, unique items showing up at Anthropologie!

My jean selection is looking great at the moment, but there is one more thing I'm looking for. (There is always one more thing I'm looking for.) Right now it's a pair of dark, uniform wash jeans that don't have light contrast stitching. I've already given jeans by AG and J Brand a shot with no luck. Could these MiH Bonn Skinny Jeans ($210) be the ones I've been hunting for?

Previously I haven't had much luck with the fit of MiH -- they sit low on the hips (my widest part) and tend to slide down over my butt. How do we think these will fare? As they're an online exclusive, I'll be waiting for the next free shipping promo before I invest.

And finally, I love simple dresses with a twist and the Contrast Study Dress ($228) is appealing to me at every level. Love the color duo, the stark white silhouette screen print, and OK fine a shorter length is workable sometimes. It seems cute, flirty and fun!

In just a few days the August, aka first fall, new arrivals will be online. Are you excited about that? What do you think of these items, and other new arrivals on Anthro's site?