Is Anthropologie suddenly getting cute again?

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Ah, Anthropologie new arrivals. According to some wonderful anonymous Anthropologie employees that are kind enough to participate in this community via the comments and emails, the home office has been diligently working to improve its assortment. I’d just about given up on Anthro — I have more than $1,000 in gift cards from generous family and friends who thought a gift card to my once-favorite store was the ideal Christmas/Hanukkah/birthday gift and yet I haven’t found a thing to buy all Winter.

But now. Could it be? I hesitate to make any grand proclamations but it does appear that the new apparel design leadership at Anthropologie just might be, perhaps could be, could they really be unveiling some really cute stuff for Spring?

The March catalogue? A throwaway for me. Filled with dresses where the busts are far too small (the beauty of this dress or this one destroyed by too-small cups is a crime) and the same boxy tops we’ve been complaining about for four years nowΒ didn’t even garner a reaction from me anymore; I just tossed the book straight into the recycle bin.

Yet each week I still find myself perusing Anthropologie’s new Spring arrivals and this week? I’m impressed! My wishlist has gone from zero items to over 100. And when I visited a couple of Anthropologie’s NYC stores to see if the stuff was just as pretty in person? I was pleased enough to buy myself some pretty new things.

The category most impressing me? It continues to be accessories where lots of cute jewelry and bags and shoes are calling out for purchase. Especially among the bags, the Italian and Parisian influences are on display this season and I’m adoring it.







Let’s examine more of the new arrivals at Anthropologie and discuss.

Shop: a dress made for work or play

There might be some signs of life in the dress section for instance. I’m excited by dresses like the Shannon Jacquard Dress ($158) above that has fantastic work potential with a blazer or cardigan over it. Or the beautiful Brigid Eyelet Shirtdress ($188) with it’s ideal length and actual flattering shape! I’m pleased by casual possibilities like the simple yet promising Bar Harbor Dress ($138), which I’ve ordered in the red in a couple of sizes to try on for myself.

It seems like Anthropologie is turning away from an over-abundance of jumpsuits and rompers and heading back towards knee-length a-line dresses, slowly. I don’t mind a variety of shapes nearly as much when the foundation is built on flattering, body-skimming frocks.



Shop: this top

While there may be a few too many lace tops this Spring (10+ pages of search results…) I am liking a bunch of the newest offerings in the top section quite a lot! It surprises me. I was very pleased by the Merian Cowlneck ($58) in-store, enough to buy it in a small haul along with these pretty embroidered shorts, this cute crossbody, and this necklace and coordinating earrings.

Although I didn’t buy any more right now, I’m also very tempted by the incredibly cute Tiered Scalloped Top ($158) which has tremendous layering potential. I tried on the Sylvie Pointelle Top ($78) in-store and was impressed that Anthro has rediscovered how to make soft tops that hit below the waist! It comes in three cute colors. There are some beautiful camisoles coming out right now too — I truly hope the quality is better than last year’s, where a gorgeous cami I bought at Anthro is much too pilly and looking dingy for me to keep wearing this year. Fingers crossed, because I am ready to buy!



The details are slowly coming back into Anthro’s pieces and that makes me very happy! I’m glad to see peplums, ruffles and accents deployed in much more wearable fashion than their last few seasonal collections, where the runway trends of ridiculous volume were followed a bit too literally.

Below, all my Anthropologie Spring favorites. What are yours?


  1. Shari
    March 15, 2018 / 6:57 am

    The farm rio dress (top of your post) is on my wish list. I also have included a number of pairs of cute shorts. I would not say everything is cute but I have been able to find a number of things that I like on their site this season.

    • March 15, 2018 / 11:07 am

      Yes my wishlist is full of shorts too! Although shorts weather feels so far away right now…

  2. Aims2
    March 15, 2018 / 8:57 am

    LOVE this post, Roxy!! I have tried a few dresses, and by far, my favorite is the Johanna Embroidered Dress!! It is as gorgeous in person as it is online and very well made. I can't say anything but positive things about this dress!!! I am 5'4 and the regular length was perfect and it runs just shy of TTS.

    • March 15, 2018 / 11:09 am

      That's so great to hear about the Johanna Embroidered Dress! I'm excited to hunt it to try for myself. ?

    • Magnolia
      March 16, 2018 / 11:02 am

      Aims2 if its shy of TTS- is it on the smaller or bigger side? Thank you!

      • Aims2
        March 17, 2018 / 8:47 am

        @Magnolia—a tad on the bigger side…but the tie adjusts in the front, so that is wonderful!!! I highly suggest you try this dress!! I don't think you will be disappointed πŸ™‚

        • Magnolia
          March 17, 2018 / 7:14 pm

          Thanks dear. I have ordered it. can't wait to try!

  3. Anthronana
    March 15, 2018 / 9:38 am

    I got the Shannon Jacquard Dress. It is being shipped to a store near me. I will post my review after I try it on. Based on the picture, it is one that I cannot pass.

    • March 15, 2018 / 11:09 am

      Yay! I can't wait to hear your review Anthronana — the more, the better.

      • Magnolia
        March 19, 2018 / 10:18 am

        I got the Shannon Jacquard dress too. It is a slightly thick material but it has a bit of stretch to it, which i like. The dress is TTS and quite figure flattering. I got the MP my regular size.
        As roxy predicted, it is a good summer dress and a great item for work.

  4. Tanda
    March 15, 2018 / 9:56 am

    I love so many dresses at the moment and some swimsuits and Rails button downs and shorts but have to stick to jewelry and shoes for now since my weight won't budge πŸ™ I waiting for a new promo to hit Place the Order button.

    • March 15, 2018 / 11:10 am

      Awww girl I've been there, and I'm sure you'll get back to whatever your goal weight is. In the meantime I agree jewelry and accessories are a fun splurge.

  5. Melodie
    March 15, 2018 / 10:07 am

    The Maeve dress is probably the only dress that I like. I don't know if I like it enough to buy it – don't think I need it. I was perusing the web site on my mobile phone this morning and a bottom banner appeared out of nowhere – Employee Appreciation 40% off. I clicked on it and nothing happened. Has anyone seen this before?

    • March 15, 2018 / 11:11 am

      I've never seen the banner on the site before, but I used to have a friends and family card for Anthropologie and about 3-4 times a year there is in fact an employee appreciation event where friends get 40% and I forget, but I think employees get 50 or 60% off. It's not uncommon; when I worked at J.Crew in high school they had a similar program.

    • Denise_S
      March 15, 2018 / 12:19 pm

      I saw that, too! Glad to hear I didn't imagine it : ) It was there for a nanosecond and disappeared completely after that. I googled to see what the employee appreciation thing might be and got linked to an URBN page which outlines all the employee related discounts available in detail. Apparently today starts a 2 week or so period where they get 40% off everything, including sale merchandise.

  6. Nam
    March 15, 2018 / 11:09 am

    Agree with uRoxy!!!!

    And I’m glad they are bringing something I really wanna purchase:-)

  7. Steph
    March 15, 2018 / 11:25 am

    I was thinking the same thing last week!! Couldn't find any cute winter clothes but I'm going nuts over the spring selection, love it!!!

    • March 15, 2018 / 11:28 pm

      Oh good, so I'm not (too) crazy! lol

  8. Tanda
    March 15, 2018 / 11:38 am

    I'm don't understand why their t-shirts are priced that high. No t-shirt should be priced at $80 a piece. JCrew sells cotton t-shirts with all kinds of French words on them and cute patterns and sometimes stitching for a lot less + frequent 30-40% off promos.

    • Anon
      March 15, 2018 / 12:51 pm

      The Sol Angeles T shirts are made in the USA (the $78 graphic t collection), so the production costs will be higher due to,….well, having to pay the workers that make the shirts a lot more than it costs at an oversea factory. While I agree that the price tag is a little high (compare to Amour Vert, American Giant ), I'm super excited to see a large store like Anthropolgie carry more brands that are producing in the US!

    • March 15, 2018 / 11:28 pm

      I agree with both of your points. The tees are pricey, but it's so nice to see stuff that's Made in the USA.

  9. Anthropolitan
    March 15, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    Ooh, I like that Olivia Burton watch.

    I'm still not convinced they've turned a corner. I'm still seeing a LOT of poly, and lots of things that are cute, but not wearable. Also, I spend enough time in consignment stores where I see enough vintage Anthro to keep reminding me how far they still have to go.

    BUT – there are a few things on my wishlist. I agree that accessories are much stronger than the clothes offerings. I'm a sucker for platform sandals, and the Anthropologie house brand has a lot of cute ones:

    These earrings are fun and light:… I really like this green watch:… and I have to have something Sibilia on the list – I like these fan earrings:

    My daughter and I popped into a store the other day and we both thought this lace top was cute. I wasn't in the mood for trying on, so I cant' say how it fits:… I also saw this dress in black, but really like both colors. Anyone know how it fits?

    Of course, I'm waiting for a good promo to get any of these – I just have so much already, and so many other brands are competing for my attention now.

    Lastly – it's good to see some posters back that I haven't seen in a while! πŸ™‚

    • Aims2
      March 15, 2018 / 8:01 pm

      @Anthropolitan I tried the Winnie Peasant, and passed on it. It ran really large, and was a bit too flowy/maternity for me—but I saw that it has great reviews, so I guess it just wasn't for me. It would be worth a try as it does look cute in the online photos for sure.

      • Anthropolitan
        March 15, 2018 / 9:03 pm

        Thanks, Aims2!! Yes – it's worth trying on, especially as it's in my store.

    • March 15, 2018 / 11:29 pm

      It's true, we'll have to see how stuff feels and fits in real life. Still, I'm enjoying all the eye candy right now.

  10. lazypadawan
    March 15, 2018 / 10:31 pm

    I love the floral denim skirt and I'm surprised that open peplum blazer is $98 instead of $298.

    • March 15, 2018 / 11:29 pm

      I know! But shhhh don't tell Anthro or they'll price it higher next time.

  11. Sara
    March 16, 2018 / 12:56 am

    Hey Y'all! Kind of off topic but I figure this is the community to ask: what are the best cosmetics & candles that Anthropolgie sells these days? Haven't been in a store in a loooong time (guess thats kinda related to this post) & thinking of dropping by one this weekend.
    TIA πŸ™‚

  12. Magnolia
    March 16, 2018 / 10:50 am

    Did anyone try the Wimona knit dress? Is it for tall gals only? I have ordered the Johanna embroidered dress, the Belle tiered midi dress and the Shannon Jacquard dress. I will post reviews once i get them- hopefully soon!

  13. Magnolia
    March 16, 2018 / 10:51 am

    Also, I recently bought the Betta A line skirt and I love it! πŸ™‚

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