Anthropologie has made its August preview page available to loyalty members! There are a few promising items and many more worthy of discussion. My favorite item on the page is easily the Lia Embellished Tank ($118, above) which looks promisingly cute with all its details and embellishment and such — and hopefully is not too short.
I’m also cautiously optimistic about the flutter-sleeved Harlow Embroidered V-Neck Pullover ($118), the Anya Sleeveless Lace Top ($88) and the Embroidered Split-Neck Top ($88). None of these are making me jump out of my chair to run to the nearest Anthropologie store but they are cute enough that I’ll make a lunch-break stop-in.
The one item that did make me go “ooooohhhhhh” was the Ynez Tunic Dress ($148, above), a truly beautiful offering. I see it being perfect with a denim jacket or long cardigan over it. I want this! I’m also pleasantly curious about the Wrapped Shirtdress ($138), which is highly reviewed (yet in the preview…?) and has at least 3 cute patterns to choose from.
My god though, what even is some of this other stuff? I’m scratching my head trying to figure out items like the Milou Dress ($138) which has a pretty print but an awful cut, and while cute the Velvet Swing Dress ($148) is wandering way too far into Free People territory. Is Anthro trying to cannibalize its own sister store? That seems like a poorly thought-out strategy.
It gets worse too.
- I had the Teagan Lace Dress — when I was 3 years old, and I’m sure it didn’t cost $138. What is up with this juvenile stuff Anthro keeps foisting on us?
- The Tisdale Embroidered Dress ($158) is literally a nightgown masquerading as daywear, but not the cute sorta slinky nightgown, the “I give up” kinda nightgown
- Also nightgowny, and not in the cute way? The M.i.h Langley Embroidered Dress ($398), which is insultingly expensive for an item not made of diamonds or something.
- The Lenka Printed Jumpsuit ($188) was tailor-made for Juliette Moore’s character in “The Big Lebowski.” As for the rest of us? No, just no.
Suffice it to say, I weep for the future. I truly hope this is not the best of what Anthropologie has to offer for Fall or they’re still going to be off my must-go shopping list for new clothing. I’m just sad.
So many of these items have no tailoring or thought about fit. Someone suggested in a recent comment that by not tailoring their items Anthro is saving on production costs and I fear that may be their angle. What an awful, awful turn of events it’s been recently at my former favorite store. I can’t even pretend to like half this stuff.
Below are all the pre-shop items. You can also visit the first dibs page here. Am I wrong in my assessment? What do you like, not like, and so on in the pre-shop? If you aren’t swooning over the new stuff here, Anthro also made its sale an extra 40% off and made all orders FREE SHIPPING too. (No code required.) My most recent sale picks are in this post.