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The latest Anthro perk email invites us to take a look at Anthropologie’s October new arrivals first — let me start with what I like. The Beaded Paisley Maxi Dress ($228, above and in detail below) is a throwback to designs of yore that I adore. Though paisley isn’t my favorite, I do love the foundation turquoise and the beadwork on the bodice.
It’s a lovely dress I’ll surely try on. The Farm Rio Marilla Maxi Dress ($228), meant to be the star of these new arrivals, is less appealing to me as it wanders too far into 70s territory. It looks like the kind of dress a fabulous far out grandma would wear on an 80s sitcom — and most real-life grandmas are far more fashionable than that! There is potential in the Autumnal Slip Dress ($168) and the Triana Floral Dress ($198), the latter being a shirtdress that can be worn on its own or over something else if the product photos are any indication.
I find myself surprised to say that I also like both the Ruffle-Hem Pants ($108) and the AG Stevie Mid-Rise Skinny Velvet Jeans ($188, above in grey). Either would look very cute with the Sam Edelman Raddie Flats ($118).
And then there is a whole lot of WTF as is the path of Anthro lately; a list which starts and might end with the Looped Cardigan ($168). No Anthro. Just no. The list for me also includes the possibly likeable Pleated Wide-Legs ($168) and the Quilted Velvet Puffer Coat ($188). It’s just a constant gut punch with items like this that are so far away from what Anthropologie does (did) well.
Below, check out everything from the pre-shop page. What are you liking? What are you hating?