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Much like me, Anthropologie’s own product models can’t seem to help but wonder…what is this stuff? No, really, what is this stuff Anthropologie? Last week I was at training for work and was hoping to use a lunch break to sneak in a post about the new goodies, but after a few minutes perusing the new arrivals I realized I had to wait until I had time to gather my thoughts.
It’s important to remember that in September Anthro sent out a survey asking many customers for design feedback…it’s far too early to see the results of that feedback. (Expect it in the Spring 2018 collection, please Anthro Gods.)
But my god, what. Is. This. Stuff. I can’t help but repeat that phrase because I’m flabbergasted by outfits like the Paloma Turtleneck Sweater ($128, above) which has huge sleeves because…??? And is made from acrylic, wool, nylon, spandex because…???? And is shown with these ugly green slides that are too small on the model’s feet and are the same color as my parents’ 70s-era master bathroom because…?????!?
Believe me Ms. Model, we are just as pensive and confused as you.
There are so many items with potential that blow it in the execution somehow. Again we have Ms. Model #2 above who can’t help but scratch her head, speechless and mouth agape in wondering why on Earth the Brushed Fleece Cowl Top ($88) is so dang oversized. It’s a beautiful color (and comes two more equally pretty colors, love the cedar!) but it’s HUGE. As a body-skimming piece? Ideal. Is Anthropologie trying to copy Free People here, which does tend to go the oversized route with its layering tops? And if so, WHY Anthropologie, when you also own that brand and don’t need to go poaching yourself for ideas? I don’t want Free People at Anthropologie, I want Anthropologie at Anthropologie.
So it goes throughout the new sweater arrivals, which led to such repeated and increasingly deep sighs from me that my boyfriend asked if I was OK. I can only pout about items like the Fringed Isle Pullover ($138) which has completely unnecessary bell sleeves and bacteria growing on it, or the Telluride Pullover ($228), which is pretty and has lovely details but then blows it by not 100% wool nor a closed-stitch sweater but still manages to retail for over $200? Go home Anthropologie, you’re drunk.
Sooooooooooo many of Anthro’s new sweaters have proportion issues. They’re just too short! Let me spell it out: adults wear tops that are about 26″ to 29″ long. The average Anthropologie sweater? Looks to be 23″. Otherwise very cute items like the Twisted Chenille Pullover ($118)? Too short. The beautifully designed Textured Pointelle Sweater ($138)? Too short and too boxy. The Jona Ruffled Pullover ($118)? Has a seriously cute ruffle, very pretty design and not nearly enough length for most adults to wear it. The Cindy Pullover ($98, above)? Stunning blue color, lovely v-neck, awesome thicker knit…and way too short.
Can it really be a coincidence that so many of the new product photos feature models scratching their heads, or pensively posing?
Now I’d like to move on to the part of this post I like to call: No.
I’m also having a big problem with Anthropologie’s styling right now. For every cute look such as this outfit featuring the Timshel Fringed Cardigan ($300, above) there are about 20 looks like the one with the Sidone Maxi Skirt ($138), which features a stange color combination and proportions that don’t look sleek, elegant or wearable for a majority of the population. (That said, I do sincerely appreciate the shot of the skirt from the rear, because it’s helpful to see an item from all angles.)
They even managed to make BB Dakota’s Draped & Sueded Jacket ($108), which is very sleek and slinky and ideal in real life look ugly. That’s almost impressive.
For every cute dress like the Munro Embroidered Tunic Dress ($168, above and oh so pretty) there are 10 dresses that are a too-loose, too-big or too boxy option like the Embellished Floral Dress ($328). For every possibly promising top like the Embroidered Plaid Buttondown ($88 and looks great with this faux fur vest), there’s lost potential in tons of items like the pretty but too bulky Embroidered Peasant Buttondown ($158) — a top which is also, you guessed it, TOO SHORT.
Let’s conclude this post with some items from the new arrivals that I truly like or think have potential. There are far too few items in this category right now. When most of my new wishlist additions at Anthropologie are from Michael Stars…we have a problem.
The Astelle Fair Isle Pullover ($398) is beautiful! I love the pattern, the colors, and the longer length. There’s a great v-neck and I love the idea of wearing this with a mini skirt (and tights, and pumps) for a cute, modern outfit.
Here’s a great interpretation of a menswear pattern in the plaid of the Ella Embroidered Peplum Shirt ($118) softened for women’s. This top has a very vague western vibe and would look equally great with a soft long layering vest, a quilted coat or my favorite knit moto jacket.
Most of Anthropologie’s party items haven’t interested me lately, but the Sequined Bell-Sleeve Top ($118) hits right in the bullseye of trendy, everyday and party wear. Well done with this one, Anthro!
The Contrast Hem Tank ($78) has a lot going for it in the front, with cutely adorned sleeves, and the different-colored back. What a fun top! I wish this one had come out in Spring instead of nearly Winter.
The Monica Jacket ($98) looks to have potential — I can’t really get past how ugly the styling is (and that soupy pea green backdrop isn’t helping much), but I think this item could be really cute and it has good reviews so far. It comes in three colors. I’m liking the Metallic V-Neck Tank ($320) layered underneath too, but ouch, that price tag.
How long is the Michael Stars Off-The-Shoulder Tunic Dress ($138) really? It’s hard to tell when each of the three colors appears to be a different length based on Anthro’s product shots. The reviews on this one are mixed…but if real life is as cute as the white version looks above, I like it.
Below, some of my picks and recoils from the newest stuff — the accessories sections continue to be the biggest wins for me currently at Anthropologie. What are you liking and wondering about right now at Anthro?