As a kid I never loved plaid. These days I’m warming up to it. I see the hipsters in their ironic plaid and I think to myself…yes. Must have plaid. And a fedora. Possibly paired with my Converse kicks. Weirder still is that Anthropologie has a plethora of plaid proliferating pour printemps. Plaid and Anthro in the same sentence. Together. (I know, I’m still getting used to it too.) It started with the Pearland Dress ($128) which got the quick hit treatment. Now Anthro has plenty of other plaid options.
I am so glad that Anthro is not marketing the Afterhours Tunic ($98) as a dress. It’s almost long enough to be one on me. With a slip underneath I could probably pull it off as a cover-up. If you’re 5’5″ or under this would work as a dress. It has an easy if unstructured feel and a medium was a bit roomy on me. When I left the shirt to hang naturally the drawstring hit on my high hip as opposed to my waist. Styled to match the product photo from the back — with the drawstring at my waist — the shirt gave more of a blousy feel. It was like menswear converted to women’s wear. I liked it.
The Minka Tunic ($78) feels more like a southwestern plaid to me. I like how the shirt has a more tailored waist to create that hourglass shape. I would honestly wear this horseback riding. I don’t remember seeing this shirt in-store.
Plaid inches closer to gingham with the Outshine Dress ($128). I like the pattern but am unsure about the corset triangle detail. My guess is that it would be flattering on but it kind of resembles a slice of plaid pizza to me. Plaid pie? This is making me hungry.
The Draped Plaid Dress ($148) is a brave move. Heavy menswear print; draped like a toga; purposely lacking structure. The June Catalogue photo is somewhat successful but I have doubts about any piece that a musician/model has trouble selling. Maybe a belt is the answer here. I am intrigued by the design. But most likely this will look like a bagpipe sack on yours truly.
The Cinched Voile Tunic ($78) conjures mental images of a honeycomb. It has a decidely throwback quality that I really like. This top looks like it will flatter a variety of figures and that’s never a bad thing. I can’t wait to see this one in real life.
So…plaid. How do you feel about it’s invasion into Anthropologie?