Reviews: Shopstyle FAIL and Pretty Dresses

I have to start this post with a bit of a rant. Dear Shopstyle, could you please fix your product APIs already?? For over a week, you’ve had under 50 Anthropologie clothing items listed. FIFTY. Out of what must be closer to 500. Now I’m noticing this with other brands too. Your customer service hasn’t responded to me and I’m beginning to think it’s because you have one person running the entire show. If so, she needs a raise and you need more developers. Please get it together. It’s pretty messed up right now.

OK, whoo, I feel much better letting that out. On to the reviews! The photo above is one of my favorite outfits from Anthropologie’s November catalogue. I know they made a big deal about taking photos in a snowy mansion and making amazing kaleidescope pictures and while yes, those were all beautiful, at the end of the day I care about the clothing. And this outfit makes me want to buy the clothes, the boots and the scarf. That would be the Converging Roads Sweater Dress ($138) by Moth. Does anyone else find Moth a curious brand name come wooly winter?

When I was in the fitting room I rather liked the dress on but looking at these photos I can’t help but feel a bit like, whoa shoulders! Not sure if this is a function of my chest filling out the ruffles more than they were shaped for or not. I tried on my true size medium. The pockets on the side are nice but unfortunately placed. My vote would have been the front. The length was great for the talls like me. Petite gals may feel like they’re drowning in it.

The armholes are kind of big — in the back it’s cut specifically to show back fat I think. You’ll clearly need a layer underneath the dress for cold days. The dress itself is very thick and warm though it’s also pretty scratchy. I still love it but I will love it much more on sale.

Every time I’m in the Soho store it’s like the Bustling Avenues Dress ($148) is following me around. It’s a cool-looking ensemble dress though given the petite stature of the model I was worried about the length on me.

Overall the length is fine, but the torso is just too short on me. I tried on this Tabitha dress in my true size 6. The skirt is a bit tighter than I’d like — yes that is my hip jutting out — so I’d probably size up to an 8 to buy this dress. I love the orange/black/white combination. The skirt has a very cool pattern. However, I don’t think this dress is for me.

The pattern on Twinkle by Wenlan’s Flight-Of-Swans Dress ($298) reminds me of an Anthro dress from the past but I can’t put my finger on which one. Again we have a tricky camera angle to hide one of the dress’s nuances — it’s pretty short. I think for a winter party frock the length is fine but come summer I’d be uncomfortable showing so much naked leg.

Goldenmeans tried the dress on and looked absolutely stunning. I was not feeling it as much on me. My true size 6 fit fine but was squeezing across the chest somewhat. The tricky cut of the gorgeous bodice means I’d probably turn to a strapless bra to avoid strap visibility issues. This dress scores major points for pockets. I think the skirt has just the right amount of volume. It’s very pretty…I am still undecided.

Finally, one quick update: the Lace Tiered Cami I reviewed last month is finally online. It’s called the Lady-of-Seville Tank and my grabby hands are in full force. Review updated here.


  1. November 11, 2009 / 1:57 pm

    It looks like in the model picture of the Converging Roads dress, the ruffles lay down flatter and more horizontal. And in your pics, they are poofy and are almost straight up! How/why do they do that? Kind of like what happened with that blue pea coat with the crinoline!

  2. November 11, 2009 / 2:06 pm

    I was about to complain about the Shopstyle site too!I think I'll leave a comment on the Sugar Network.

  3. November 11, 2009 / 2:43 pm

    I love, love, love the Bustling Avenues Dress! But I need for it to go on sale. 🙂 The Flight-Of-Swans Dress is super cute, but I have yet to see it in my store. 🙁

  4. November 11, 2009 / 4:54 pm

    LOL Roxy – I just put up my review on the Converging Roads Sweater dress too! I wasn't thrilled with it like I had hoped I would be 🙁 I really love the Flight of Swans dress and it looks lovely on you. I've been waiting for the Bustling Avenues Dress to go on sale FOREVER!!

  5. Athena
    November 11, 2009 / 5:09 pm

    If someone were to tell me that I got to pick 1 outfit from head to toe out of the Nov. catalog it would be the Converging Roads Sweater Dress pic. Maybe I love it more because of the scenery pictured with it? I have yet to try the dress on, but you are right about 2 things: the placement of the pockets and the ruffles at the shoulder – jeepers Batman! LoL. The flight of swans dress looks beautiful on you. Thanks so much for all the fabulous reviews Roxy!

  6. November 11, 2009 / 7:48 pm

    Drizellaqt, I have no idea why they do that either! I am pretty devastated over the Skirted Peacoat. It was so perfect in my head!Shar…where are you leaving a comment, because I will do the same.Autumn and Kim, I think the Bustling Aves dress will be on sale soon. It is starting to move towards the back of my local stores.Athena – Happy to do them. And you have excellent taste in catalog photos. 🙂 Haha.

  7. November 11, 2009 / 8:41 pm

    Interesting Roxy – my store had the Bustling Avenues Dress front and center at my store the other night. Go figure. A lot of times, my store puts new stuff in the back as well. I learned in my orientation that clothing is actually grouped into themes throughout the store, so that's how they figure out the placement of items, hence why brand new things are in the back sometimes. They don't put all new arrivals right in front..depends on the theme. Just in case anyone cares 🙂

  8. November 11, 2009 / 9:00 pm

    I'm glad you mentioned that about Shopstyle! It's making me sad that I can't get the images I want for my blog.

  9. November 11, 2009 / 9:52 pm

    Kim – I cares! Good to know. Me too Lady Cardigan. It seems like they have made some updates to the Shopsense site which I'm down with, but not at the expense of being able to share out product links. If anyone knows of a decent alternative I'm all ears.

  10. November 11, 2009 / 10:55 pm

    Roxy, thanks for the update on that lace tiered cami. I love it, but it is way too expensive. And I too have been stalking the Bustling Avenues Dress for months, months people. Please go on sale soon beautiful dress so I can buy you!!!

  11. November 12, 2009 / 12:16 am

    Oh, the Converging Roads dress is very cute, but I agree that the shoulders look a little weird. Maybe it would be possible to flatten out those ruffles! It does look uber-cute otherwise (even though yikes! at designed to show backfat. I think Tien mentioned that the armholes were big too…I think the dress probably needs to be layered with a shirt for sure!). Oh that lace tank looks divine. Must add to wishlist immediately! 🙂

  12. November 16, 2009 / 7:38 am

    I just saw this post now- I'm also having issues with Shopstyle and Anthro. I've emailed them in the past about updates to Ann Taylor and ATL, and they've always fixed it quickly and emailed a response. This time is a no go- I emailed them on Monday (a week ago!) and I still have yet to hear back from them, grrr.*shakes fist*

  13. November 16, 2009 / 1:15 pm

    I did finally hear back from them on Friday but it was a pretty generic response. Seems like they're trying to fix the issue with Anthropologie so that's good. Really glad I don't depend on those links as my main source of income though, I'd be screwed.

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