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Monday, July 2, 2012


I have a handful of reviews on new items I found in store the other day.  Re-capping my stats I am 5'6.5", 122ish pounds, petite build, very small chest and waist, ample thighs and rear.  I am consistently a size 2.

Flocked Cobalt Dress $188

I took a size 2 in this dress and found it to be TTS.  This dress is a cotton-silk blend with the dreaded polyester lining.  At the almost $200 price tag I find the lining to be an insult.  Previous price points from Anthropologie in silk, cotton, and silk-cotton blends have come in at reasonable price points so I cannot forgive the lining in polyester on this dress.  I don't think you would have breathability issues since this is such a short, loose fitting dress but I don't like the mixing of cheap fabrics with expensive fabrics if this is not reflected in the price.  The dress has a nice swing to it and is super fun to wear but I think it is rather limited and the little poofy dots kinda cheapen the look when examined closely. The dress has rave reviews so far.  Shrug.  I guess it's just me that is overly un-impressed.

Satsuma Sweater Tank $148

I took a size XS in this sweater and found the fit to be spot on.  I love the blend of cotton and linen in this sweater and the fact that it is hand washable (which for me means use the hand wash cycle in my machine) but I did not like the overwhelming look of the flowers at the neckline and the way the waist poofed out in unflattering shapes at the waist.  I had a feeling this sweater would not translate well in real life and I think I was right here.  While the material felt nice the look is definitely not for me.

River School Skirt $98

I adore the River School (cotton with polyester lining).  I'm wearing my usual size 2 here and found the skirt to just fit.  There isn't a whole lot of wiggle room but I think this slim fit of the skirt is supposed to fit like this; I would not size up as I like the length and how it looks on, plus it is in no way uncomfortable.  I am soooo going to purchase this skirt when it hits sale, if I can bear to wait that long.

Oroya Echo Skirt $118

Overpriced?  Yep.  This skirt reminds me of the much cheaper, all-cotton Fresh Cut skirt.  This skirt is Viscose and dry clean only.  Plus, this skirt is way more expensive and in my opinion no cuter or better fitting.  I just don't get the price point here.  Not worth my money any where near this price, I think this is worth around $30.  I'm wearing a size small and found it to be a little tight; I bet I could have sized up but then I wonder how much added poofiness I would gain at the hip.  I guess sticking to your usual size would be best here though you could try sizing up.

TTS, wearing my usual XS.  I really like the undergrowth tank; it is a fantastic casual option to your basic tank.  There is a lot of interest going on here between the striped front, floral back, and chambray top.  Plus, it is super comfy with a loose fit perfect for throwing on for a hot, summer day.  It's a wee sheer but a nude bra will suffice.  It is a cotton, polyester, nylon blend so don't expect longevity here (plus, it's a bit fussy requiring hand washing) but at second cut I would get this tank for casual weekend wear.   

Here is another cute, tank option that is pretty much the same style as the other tank in this review set.  Everything runs true as above, TTS (xs here), sheer, pretty casual tee in Polyester-Cotton.  This one is made by one.september and also requires a hand wash.

I am wearing an XS here but it felt a bit constricting; I would probably size up to buy because I prefer a looser fit for a style like this one.  I like the cotton-silk material and the lovely, delicate lace work, though I'm not a fan of the way the sleeves poof at the top (I'm sure there is a term for this but I don't know it).  I think this top is already delicate enough with the lace and would have like a normal sleeve to kind of balance out this uber-femine design.  It is a pretty top but didn't wow me, especially for the price.  

I am wearing a size 0 here because there were no size twos on the floor.  It actually fit quite nicely when on but getting this dress off caused a mild panic attack.  See in the stock picture showing the back of the dress how the zipper ends and then there are two straps?  Well, those straps don't move nor stretch so it was near impossible getting this dress off of me.  I wonder how the size two would work with this those straps and if it would be big elsewhere?  This is a great all cotton dress requiring hand washing with a very subtle uneven hem.  I really loved this dress on, the light blue color feels so light, the breathable cotton, retro neckline, stripes.  The price is nice too.  I guess that's why this dress is selling out fast.  The straps in the back make this a deal breaker for me though; I don't want to fight my clothes when I'm taking them off.  

I hope these reviews help some of y'all out.  Enjoy your Independence holiday!


  1. Thanks for the reviews! They were super helpful :)
    Love the River School skirt and the Allegra Boatneck dress on you!

    1. You're welcome. Those are my favorites too. Too bad about the dress being so difficult to get off.

  2. The poofy shoulder design is called, appropriately, puffed sleeves. (All those historical romances...) Thanks for the reviews! I've been eyeing the new arrivals but am currently very far away from a store.

    Btw--if you get a chance and spot it in your travels, I'd love to see a review of the Shifting Angles Pullover. Roxy has promised to review it, but her body type is very different from mine and I'd like to know how it flows on a smaller bust (I'm a 32A).

    1. Thanks for the term. :)

      I will look for the Shifting Angles Pullover next time I'm at my store, but be forewarned that my store seems to get a paltry selection of the clothing Anthro sells.

  3. I love seeing your reviews....I have a very similar body type (small and straight on top, curvy on the bottom, same height). Your beautiful pattern mixing outfits caught my eye on EA Reader Outfits so I am happy to have found your blog.

    1. I'm happy you found my blog too. Thanks for coming over!