Shopping: Anthropologie

Shopping: Anthropologie

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’ve long admired Anthropologie from afar, but never really purchased anything there, save for a telephone print pencil skirt, which I wear quite a lot. I ended up dropping by the store across from Rittenhouse Square this weekend, since I wanted to get some new knobs/drawer pulls for an Ikea dresser I recently moved from a closet to the living room.

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Cute, right? My favorite part is that the drawer pulls combined cost as much as the dresser itself (It’s the Rast from IKEA). Oh well.

Since I was there anyway, I figured I might as well try some stuff on. I really liked the way the Brynn Shirtdress looked on the model online. This was a drses that I was ready to buy, full price, sight unseen.

Um, I’m really glad I didn’t do that. On me, the dress was a different story altogether. It was super unflattering. I look a little round in the hip area, don’t you think? The skirt portion of the dress is lined, which I think contributes to its poufiness.

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I easily look 10 pounds heavier in the dress. I wondered if it was a sizing issue – I’m in a small – but I doubt going up or down a size would have made the situation any better.

The puffy skirt wasn’t the only issue. The dress is made of a woven rayon and there were a lot of loose threads on it. The invisible zipper was a bit sticky and, strangest of all, there was a weird bulge in the fabric on one side, near the bottom of the my rib cage. You can kind of see in the picture below.

 

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You can also see it if you look at the close-up view of the model on the site. I had gone in planning on buying the dress, but it was just such a hot mess on me that I ended up leaving it behind.

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I also ended up trying on the Parfait Pencil skirt, which was also a bit of an “eh.” It just felt kind of flimsy and cheap. It’s made of a somewhat textured woven polyester, with a sheer panel between the two green stripes. The fit is slightly wider and looser than your average pencil, but that could also be because I picked up a size Medium, and it was a little too large on me. I somewhat liked it, but not enough to see if the next size down would work better.

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Since I was wearing a dress, I grabbed a random shirt that looked like it would match the pencil skirt to try on. Funnily enough, the shirt, the Cedez Tank, was probably the thing that I liked the most. I really loved the colorĀ  (deep emerald green) and the multiple layers. You can leave it hanging out for an interesting look with jeans or tuck the longer, lower portion into a pencil skirt so that it looks as though you’re wearing a cropped shirt, as in the blurry photo below. anthropologie_cedez_top

The only drawback of the shirt is that it’s a somewhat heavy polyester crepe. So, not the best fabric ever, but also not the worst.

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