Reviews: Sweater skirts, a tulip and a mini

I know I’m an Anthropologie addict because something I wouldn’t normally go for, in this case a sweater skirt, still manages to cast me under its spell. The Snow Flower Skirt ($148) above tempted me with its 3-dimensional chiffon floribundas (my favorite kind of rose).

I can’t decide if I like the skirt on me or not. Since Knitted & Knotted has run large on me I grabbed a small and I think it fit well. The chiffon roses are what have me undecided. I like them but don’t love that they’re mostly on the sides. I wish the largest floribunda was more in the front. The skirt is meant to be pencil-shaped and it sat that way on me. But yet again I found myself wishing for an extra inch or two in the length. Unable to decide if I liked it or not I left it behind.

Pretty, pretty skirt. And the tights? Sold out (online at least), but to die for. I had high hopes for this skirt.

But like the Snow Flower Skirt, I’m left undecided. I was really disappointed when I tried on the Always A Lady Skirt ($148) but as I look at the pictures I’m feeling a bit better. I tried on my true size medium but found it big — I’d buy this in a small if I purchase it. Maybe with a pretty off-the shoulder sweater and delicate tights I’d like it better. It just felt…not special to me. The wool is pretty delicate and I noticed some rubbing already appearing on the back of the skirt I tried on. The flowers were not as lifelike as I remembered them from the product shot. And the lacey lining barely peeked through.

I think this may be a case of needing to see it styled. I may buy this yet, bring it home and try it with some outfits to see how it looks.

It was clear I needed a change of pace from sweater skirts so I moved on to Idra’s Bowtied Mini ($98). Love the way Anthro styled it with the Web & Loom Cardigan (148).

They call it a mini so I was prepared for the shorter length. This skirt has a significant waist and considerable volume so I don’t think you can really wear it hipslung to make it longer. I tried this in my true size 8 and found it comfortable. It’s a bit heavy, not to the degree that I felt like I was wearing weights though. A cute winter skirt for sure.

My final temptation of the day was Floreat’s Scalloped Clouds Skirt ($98). It has a close cousin in the Scalloped Dots Skirt ($98). Cute as a button on, I have to mention that this skirt is very fitted. The result for me was that since my thighs are big I had some extra room around my waist (note in the side view shot the weird poofiness above my bum and the same in front). I think this would smooth out over the course of the day. My true size 8 fit like a glove. I hate the exposed zipper. Can those please go away? But it’s very cute and a good length. I think I love it. But to the wishlist it goes for now.


  1. Anonymous
    October 30, 2009 / 1:16 am

    Sob* on the Always a lady skirt and Snowflower skirt. I thought you'd rave about them after seeing/wearing them in person.The model (Snow flower skirt) with whatever tights they have on her, looks as though she has wooden, polished legs!Thanks for the reviews. Saved close to $300 on those skirts. 😉

  2. October 30, 2009 / 1:18 am

    I felt the same way about the floribunda/snow flower skirt. I liked it okay, love in in idea, but am unsure about it on. In the end, I decided against it.I did love the scalloped clouds skirt, but it's one I'd rather have once it goes on sale. My fingers are crossed, and I am hoping it will go on sale soon.

  3. October 30, 2009 / 1:26 am

    I ordered the Scalloped Clouds Skirt and ended up returning it, although it is really cute. It's on my 'Wait for Sale' wish list.Adiaphane, I have a feeling it'll go on sale soon! It's been around for a while. I do, however, adore the Scalloped Dots Skirt! I'm willing to pay full price for that cutie!

  4. October 30, 2009 / 1:40 am

    Oh no! But I see exactly what you mean with that Always A Lady skirt. Something is lost in transition, and I'm wondering if that isn't why we see the model sitting down (versus standing) in the catalog while wearing it, you know?I like it, but I don't $150 like it. 🙁

  5. October 30, 2009 / 1:52 am

    OK, I was running errands after a long day of work and I remember, "crap, Roxy is reviewing the Always a lady skirt tonight". I was curious about it since it lloks so darling in the website. If you need to size down, it's not gonna fit me at all since I always take the smallest size :(Thanks for the reviews.

  6. Anonymous
    October 30, 2009 / 1:54 am

    Roxy- I can't wait for that exposed zipper thing to go away too. Boo Hiss…I saw the Snow flower skirt in the store and while cute, I'm kinda not surprised it wasn't as cute on. On another topic, I broke down and bought the Tie Dyed Cardigan. Yummy for fall. Yay for nearly free shipping being back!

  7. October 30, 2009 / 1:55 am

    Anon – glad I could save you some cash. I have already mentally spent the money on new arrivals. :)adiaphane – I hope the Scalloped Clouds Skirt goes on sale soon too. That would be the push I need.Autumn – Love the dotted version too! Don't think I can resist that one for long.Chloe – I honestly think even the XS will be too large on you anyway. Sorry lady. :(LOL Rosa. I hope Anthro is not going down the vanity sizing route. Even though it would not size me out personally I have no desire to be a fake-small. I am just fine with being a medium thankyouverymuch.

  8. October 30, 2009 / 1:57 am

    Anon – I have been waiting for the Tie-Dyed Cardigan to hit my local Anthros. How is the fit?

  9. October 30, 2009 / 2:03 am

    hi roxythanks for the review of always a lady skirt. i agree it looks like it would be tricky to figure out what to wear it with on top. would love to see an outfit made w it. congrats on your anniversary. i really enjoy the blogalli

  10. October 30, 2009 / 2:07 am

    Roxy-I know what you mean about the vanity sizing. JCrew is killing me with the vanity sizing. I remember their smallest size in jeans was a 26, now they have a 24! I used to be a 26 two years ago and now I am too sizes smaller, hello?? That's why I started looking into Anthro because their stuff was true to size.

  11. October 30, 2009 / 2:22 am

    i really like the scalloped clouds skirt, i hope you get that one!

  12. May 26, 2010 / 9:20 pm

    Cute! I love the floral skirt. It's simply stunning. And you don't need those tights to pull it off. I'm not sure about the first one, but the last two pencil skirts are gorgeous as well. Love the black and white.

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