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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 now 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.
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.
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?