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Searching for signs of life at Anthropologie has gotten slightly more fun this last week, as some cute new stuff begins to infiltrate their new arrivals. This post is devoted to some of the good I’m finding there right now, like the pretty Janine Embroidered Dress ($228), which runs small through the bust but has a beautiful pattern.
In fact, last week I tried on two dresses in-store and was pleased with both! More on those below.
Anthro’s accessories and shoes have been amazing lately, with lots of pretties to choose from. The latest addition to my shoe collection might just be the Corra Tapestry Ankle Boots ($158), above with the Babe High-Rise Straight Cropped Jeans ($264, run very small and best for straight shapes). My shoe wishlist is long and also includes intoxicating pairs like the Silent D Studded Suede Boots ($228), the Superga Velvet Sneakers ($128) and the Victoria Slingback Pumps ($188), especially in the leopard ‘novelty’ print.
Bags are also taking up plenty of space on my wishlist — colorful choices like the Willow Saddle Bag ($78), Morgan Tote Bag ($68) and Tassel Tote Bag ($68) have just the right mix of tone, function and fun accents. I’m doubly delighted that these bags all come in under $80, and under the hundreds of dollars Anthro often charged for bags in the past.
Jewelry too, is cute and colorful at Anthro currently. The Pave Monogram Necklace ($48) is a fun new take on a best-seller as is the Mix & Match Ring Set ($58). I love all the delicate choices — my top pick right now would have to be the Turquoise Front-Back Post Earrings ($48), which would look cute with any color of clothing!
In the tops section, I see some new items with potential and several tops with layering potential! Tops on the latter list is the Pintucked Lace Tunic ($98, above), which would look fabulous under a cardigan, blazer, or even a military jacket like the Geneva Anorak ($148). Bonus points on these warmer days for wearing the anorak’s sleeves rolled up, and letting the pouf of the white shirt’s sleeves star.
My beloved Geneva Anorak ($148) is one of many cool coats and jackets at Anthro. While I’m missing the vivid patterned coats Anthro was once known for, more modern choices like the Knit Cadet Jacket ($148-$158, above) and a cadre of cute trucker jackets including the sweet buffalo plaid of the Levi’s Wool Sherpa Trucker Jacket ($178) or the brilliant florals of the Embroidered Sherpa Trucker Jacket ($198). I purchased the latter to wear to NYFW — alas (yet not surprisingly) it looks like it will be much too warm to show it off. I found these jackets to run large through the shoulders but narrow through the hips, which left me in my true size medium. There’s even a Sherpa Moto Jacket ($148) that looks ideal for layering.
And of course though it is not new, I always like to mention the Faravel Moto Jacket ($148) too, because it’s one of my all-time Anthro favorites.
There’s embroidered fun in the jeans too, where delights like the 501 Mid-Rise Straight Jeans ($128) await you. Alas, much like the reviewer I find this cut to be an impossibly tricky fit; luckily this is just one of many embroidered jeans you can find, a range which also includes the Mid-Rise Slim Boyfriend Jeans ($158) and the highly-rated Mid-Rise Boyfriend Ankle Jeans ($158).
The dress section is massive and still mostly nos for me, so I want to highlight a few yeses that have made my week better! I tried on both the Fluttered Tunic Dress ($168) and the Asymmetrical Turtleneck Dress ($148, above) last week, and I liked them both!
The Asymmetrical Turtleneck Dress runs large — my usual medium was very big, especially around the arms. It’s a loose but structured knit with plenty of give, and the proportions are great on my tall (5′ 8″) frame. I love the mix of stripes — the only thing I did not love about this dress is that the pattern doesn’t line up at the sides! Not even close. But the fit and shape are so nice and there’s so little to love at Anthro these days that I’m calling it a win, with a side of eye roll that they didn’t think to/care to line up the pattern at the seams. This will be a fantastic cool and cold-weather work dress.
More of an event or occasion dress, the Fluttered Tunic Dress ($168) has tiny little mirrors dotting the neckline which I didn’t notice in the product photo. In real life, it’s thin and lightweight and lined. The sleeves have beautiful flutter and I adore the pattern. I ended up in a large in this dress though, and here’s why: the sleeves are so tight in the upper arms! Now, granted, I do have some extra flab there at the moment. My triceps are more like tri-again-dear-ceps. But a friend trying the dress along with me, who is lithe, also noticed that the sleeves were very tight in the upper arms in her usual size XS!
So I’d have to say that there’s a slight design flaw here. The dress is loose enough that there’s hardly a difference for me between the medium and the large. It’s just annoying that Anthropologie can’t seem to get all the details right the way they used to. This dress is close enough to wonderful that I adore it. Next on my dress list to try is the Amaryn Flounced Dress ($168).
I’ve got a few more dress picks below in my boutique, along with lots of other Anthro goodies to love. What are you loving at Anthropologie right now?