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It’s a new year and I am hoping, with continually shrinking faith, that Anthropologie is finally turning the corner back into the goodness this blog began to celebrate and that this community was originally built on. Looking through the January 2018 new arrivals so far I guess any celebration will have to wait. I feel terrible in-store when some of my few remaining favorite SAs that I’ve known for years encourage me with sayings like, “I think they’ve really got it this time!”
I don’t blame them. Even me, the eternal optimist, can’t keep up the facade any longer. Anthro’s stuff these last three years has really beaten me down. I’m a shadow of my former dog-earring, budget-busting self at my former favorite store. Yet I can’t quite quit them either — and I hear that the latest round of Home Office changes might finally yield some of the good stuff we so long for.
So, it is with that fleeting hope in mind that I want to talk about the newest new stuff. To begin, let’s talk about what kind of clothing I’m normally shopping for this time of year.
Bateau necks and boat necks, long sturdy skirts and thick block heels that won’t make me fall in cold weather. Sleeves that actually reach my wrists and tops that actually skim my body. Fisherman’s sweaters, warm comfy robes, soft and/or flannel button-downs, and huge comfy scarfs that can be looked or draped for extra warmth. Thick socks and tights; tiers of lacy shells and camisoles that I can layer beneath other tops for indoors. Rugby stripes and Parisian stripes, corduroy pants and velvet dresses. Long layering cardigans and chunky oversized cardigans and sweaters. Slouchy hats and warm gloves. Fair isle sweaters and faux leather leggings. Cute sneakers, practical and classic weather boots, and flats that aren’t too flat for my arches. Delicate jewelry like small dangle earrings and simple yet elegant necklaces.
Now. Guess how much of that stuff I can find at Anthropologie? If you answered maybe one or two of those things, ding ding ding! This is hardly an Anthro-only problem but it’s especially frustrating from the store that’s supposed to be the trend-bucking, wanderer-pleasing showcase of constant delight. It’s really no wonder that I’m turning to Amazon more and more for my clothing, because if everyone is going to make crap I’m at least going to save as much money as I can buying it. I have no interest in paying $300 for a poorly sewn dress that sits like a sack and will fall apart on its third washer-dryer cycle.
Even stuff that might fit the bill of beauty, like the Burnham Lace Top ($98), shown above with the Pilcro Mid-Rise Embroidered Boyfriend Shorts ($98), comes with qualifiers. In the case of the lace top it’s the length — you can see on the product shot how the top just barely clears the top of the model’s jeans, and when I tried the top on I found similar length issues. I’ll probably buy it anyway with my birthday discount because I so long for a great lace top (this and this are other options) that I’ll settle for nearly great temporarily. Oh, and NONE of these tops come with a lining cami. Not a single. Dang. One. How that’s OK in Anthro’s world I don’t know. The tops basically become $108 tops, because the cheapest I can find a decent layering cami is about $10. (If you’re looking, I recommend this scoop neck cami and this v-neck cami.)
Other tops are too loose to really embrace, like the Riley Embroidered Buttondown ($98) which has pink and embroidery going for it but is so HUGEMONGOUS. Why? I do not know.
And Pilcro. Remember when Pilcro was affordable? What encouraged me to give it a shot in the first place was that I could get a pair for $58 or $68. Now? You won’t find a single full-length pair under $98 until it hits sale. The fit also seems to have changed; pairs like the cute floral Pilcro Mid-Rise Skinny Ankle Jeans ($118, above) come in a skinny cut that is not at all curve-friendly, leaving more than half the female population in the dust.
So rawrrrr, urgh, ugh, I’m moderately angry with all the crap retailers are spewing at us and then wondering why sales and profits are down. The holiday season by and large seems to have gone well for retail — but not without heavy promotional discounting, and returns certainly haven’t been taken into account yet. But, rant (mostly) over, let’s look at some of the other new arrivals catching my eye.
I’m delighted to see that Anthropologie continues carrying Bailey44’s many column dresses. The latest, the Striped Column Dress ($158, above) is beautiful in blue, grey and black. I want it! And I feel there’s a good chance we’ll get another full price promo sometime this month, hopefully in time for me to snag this for my birthday on January 22. I think it’ll look great with Serefina’s lovely Saphira Hooped Post Earrings ($38) in navy.
There are some other really pretty dresses in Anthro’s new stuff but the problem is I have no idea where I’d wear the likes of the Rosa Lace Dress ($228) or the length-iffy Velvet Swing Dress ($138). Options like the Twinkling Wrap Dress ($128) or the Hailey Embroidered Dress ($158) hold promise but aren’t special enough for my vacations, so I wouldn’t wear them for months. And then there are dresses like the Embroidered Peasant Dress ($158) that looks great in the model shot but then you realize via the reviews that it’s just a sack with shiny embroidery and a thin piece of rope masquerading as a belt, and will look awful on most of the female population.
There’s entirely too much resort and not enough structured work or casual pieces. And not nearly enough cold-weather pieces! It’s only January for cripes’ sake!!
Anthropologie’s skirts section seems to be taking some steps in the right direction. I like several right now. But again, I have no idea where I’d wear the Cordoba Tulle Skirt ($148) or the Champagne Pleated Skirt ($158) right now. Though man I really want that tulle skirt! The Addora Velvet Skirt ($198) is fun but has a lot going on, a problem that also kinda plagues the Naples Flounced Skirt ($168) above which has a weird bumpy texture to it. (Shown with this ridiculous sold-out sweater.)
On the more practical yet stylish side, I am liking the Level 99 Button-Front Pencil Skirt ($105) and the Mother Frayed Denim Skirt ($208) with no complaints. I even kinda like the sweaters shown with each!
Anthro’s coat selection has been meh for me this winter, but I did end liking and wanting the Sherpa Moto Vest (now $100 + 40% off, sold out online) very much, so when I couldn’t find it via Anthropologie I ordered it direct from Greylin. I’ve got a few styling ideas for it on my “Street Style” Pinterest board. I also really like the look of the Sherpa Collared Jacket ($158), which is no surprise as it’s basically just a sherpa’d version of the Faravel Moto Jacket ($148) that I own and adore in two colors. I wish both of these coats were an inch or two longer.
I’ve got some of my new arrival favorites below, including stuff I truly love in the accessories sections. What’s your impression of Anthro’s new stuff so far this month?