Investigating Anthropologie’s new arrivals

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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?


  1. Eina
    September 5, 2017 / 10:16 am

    Roxy, thank you so much for those detailed dress reviews! I've always found them super helpful, both for me and to decide if I should order for my sis who has an hourglass figure. I'll always be thankful to you and Sian of BritAnthrope (hi wherever you are these days!).

    For Anthropologie, the devil is in the details.

    • September 5, 2017 / 2:57 pm

      I'm so glad! And yes, they need detail help! Sometimes, they just need help period.

  2. Soleil
    September 5, 2017 / 10:34 am

    Happy Tuesday Roxy!

    Agree about the shoes–looking pretty good so far. Also loving the Levi’s sherpa trucker jackets as well. Only a few other clothing items have caught my eye…

    The Lori cashmere sweater is a great Anthro ‘basic-with-a-twist’ (though definitely cashmere-priced). It’s also one of the few more generously sized ones that doesn’t look like a saggy mess.

    Same with the Preston ruffled sweater.

    One item that elicited a happy little gasp from me, which hasn’t happened in forever, is the velvet puffer jacket. I’d never buy it–the climate where I live would obliterate it–but that colour is gorgeous. I like the Velvet Wrap Midi dress as well–seems like a well-cut classic. If only they’d also done it in the raspberry colour of the puffer jacket. The Velvet Quilted jacket is another nice velvet piece.

    The Zuri sweater and sweater skirt are pretty great in an old-timey Anthro way. And not bad pricing.

    There were a few other things here and there, some nice lounge wear, but mostly the styling on the site is so awful it kind of fatigues me! Exhibit A:

    May venture into a store to see some of these things IRL soon.

    • Eina
      September 5, 2017 / 12:11 pm

      Yes, that styling is horrible.

    • September 5, 2017 / 2:58 pm

      Great picks Soleil! I'm going to make them into affiliate links — if you want me to remove them just let me know and I will!

      And ICK to that styling. Not my thing at all.

  3. Anthropolitan
    September 5, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    Never mind the dress, I want that green chair!

    I have a very few things on my wishlist; mostly boots. I bought quite a few pairs of wine boots last year but still really love these:

    I also love these brown boots – very mod:

    and I like this bag. Initially they had offered it in a gorgeous red color too, but the black is still pretty:

    and these velvet boots are gorgeous too:

    And quick – someone give me a good excuse to have these shoes in my life, because I can’t think of any practical reason. Sigh. Wish they were boots!

    • Eina
      September 5, 2017 / 2:30 pm

      Those brown mod boots look great. Thank for the link.

      Are the Franco Sarto boot heels really only two inches? They look more like three inches..

      • Anthropolitan
        September 5, 2017 / 2:53 pm

        I know. they do look tall. I'm really hoping they are 2 because I can't wear a 3.

    • September 5, 2017 / 2:59 pm

      Haha yes, that chair is something wonderful!

      I'm going to swap your links for affiliate links too, I will remove them if you want me to!

  4. Jess
    September 5, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    Ooh those kitten heels are too cool, I'm not sure if I'd ever wear them either but I do like them!

    • September 5, 2017 / 3:00 pm

      Aren't they pretty? I find myself wearing my leopard and calf hair heels more often than I thought…they make a great neutral. I like the kitten heel height.

      ETA: I'm not sure which velvet boots you were trying to link to, the bag link was in your comment twice. Let me know and I'll update!

  5. klj1
    September 5, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    The stuff I ordered a week or so ago in still enroute with UPS..but I did order the Sita Tulle Skirt recently. I saw it in store and it's beautiful. I wanted to try a P size. I also want to see if I have enough to style it more than one way.

    Those brown boots are cool 🙂
    *I've been buying from Madewell lately..and eyeing a few more things from there.*

    • September 5, 2017 / 6:57 pm

      I don't think they're online yet!

  6. klj1
    September 5, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    * A bit OT*and I apologize if this isn't okay. If anyone happens to know of or sees this top(Seen Worn Kept Ruffle Sleeve Gingham Top) in a size 4, I would love the info. I missed the mark and ordered a 2 which is a wee bit tight.( My chest seems to be the culprit lol) I'm desperate to find it and it seems to be sold out. Sad face. ( I have a 2 in case anyone wants to trade!!)

    • September 5, 2017 / 7:01 pm

      Deleted by administrator so store does not get swamped with calls.

      • klj1
        September 5, 2017 / 7:12 pm

        Thanks! I just called and gave them the info..they are going to check and call me back 🙂

        • September 5, 2017 / 7:15 pm

          Cool! I'm going to remove the store info from my previous comment but if you need it again email me!

          • klj1
            September 5, 2017 / 11:03 pm

            Boo…they didn't call me back. I will try again tomorrow. Thanks again for the tip 🙂

          • klj1
            September 6, 2017 / 10:22 am

            Got ahold of them this morning and they don't have it. It was worth a try though..thanks. Still looking for a 4 if anyone wants to part with it..I also have the 2. I'll leave it at that so I don't clog up the thread. 🙂

  7. Lindinha
    September 5, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    Possibly new….has anyone spotted the Pullover featured in this pic? CS is clueless 🙄 per usual. The flats are already sold out so I'd hate to be pining away for something long gone. Thanks!

    • Denise
      September 5, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      I was eyeing that top too Lindinha. It looks a little Free People-ish to me.

    • September 5, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      I saw this in-store so I don't think it's old, probably not online yet. It's by Moth I think.

      • Lindinha
        September 5, 2017 / 8:03 pm

        Yay there's hope!! Thanks Roxy.

        Denise please let me know if you see it online before I do and i'll be sure to alert 🚨 you as well 🙂

        • Denise
          September 5, 2017 / 8:38 pm

          Will do and thanks!!

  8. klj1
    September 8, 2017 / 10:05 am

    Did anyone else get the 20% off survey yesterday? I filled it out…all things pertaining to everything we've talked about ..quality, style, shipping etc.

    • September 8, 2017 / 10:08 am

      yes, literally about to hit publish on a post all about it!

      • klj1
        September 8, 2017 / 10:17 am


  9. Wild Flower
    September 8, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    What happened to the Allison Tunic dress that was just online? It seems to have disappeared!
    I would have like to read some reviews for the dress 🙂

    • September 8, 2017 / 10:12 pm

      I've noticed a few of the new items have disappeared– they will be back!

  10. September 8, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    I'm not sure if you only want Anthropologie items, but as we already know, the early 90's are back. And crushed velvet is everywhere. I go to Iron Fist (despite it having a lot of weird, goth items) since they have quality items that are limited & become "museum" quickly if you like to wear things for a bit and then trade or sell up. They have a lot of very cool crushed velvet rompers, dresses, shorts, and tops. Blackmilk is another for that look. Sure… you can get crushed velvet at forever 21 or H&M… but if you want quality & some resale value, those are other options if you don't mind the international fees & shipping. But some of their sales are so awesome that it makes up for it (not an affiliate or anything… just an eclectic fan of Anthropologie as well as Iron Fist, Blackmilk, and Irregular Choice). I buy *for me* and can always resell from those brands because they're all Euro & people don't want to deal with the fees. They also seem to pick up the trends & offer them randomly (if you can ignore the goth gear) mixed into other merchandise. I found the time freaking Walmart actually copied Blackmilk Australia's most popular "galaxy" legging last week. Not just print… but sheen, material… everything. For $4.99. Blackmilk has them on several for $60 on average. I find shopping the European Retailers early helps you find trends in quality materials before somewhere like Walmart ruins them for everyone.

    Lots of the vintage-not-vintage stuff shows up on unexpected Euro sites first. You just have to be willing to open your wallet and risk it. But I find Iron Fist & Blackmilk may be weird… but their quality is really good. If you want crushed velvet that means it… they have it. And it's on send sells out fast! If you're a dress addict (because Anthropologie has gorgeous dresses) you may become addicted to Blackmilk, too.

    Try posting an "ISO" on trade sites if you're searching a specific item. You'll get 50% a-holes offering horrible prices & 50% legit finds or tips.

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