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Perhaps out of their own excitement, Anthropologie has foisted its May preview on us quite early. Taking a look through the Anthropologie May 2018 pre-shop I’m smiling at some of the efforts to recapture the glory days yet still shaking my head. They really don’t get what made them so special, do they?
I’ll start with my complaints so I can devote the rest of this post to the positives and end on a high note:
- Straps, Anthropologie. Part of what made you special is that your dresses had bra-friendly shapes. Like, not spaghetti straps.
- Next, any time one of your designers proposes something called a swing top, I want you to take the design, crumple it up and set it on fire with a lighter. To begin, while the paper burns sweep your hand across your forehead and ask the Universe, “Why?” with an exasperated sigh to your words. Then, please get the garbage can and dramatically sweep the ashes into the garbage can. Finally, spin on your heels and walk away without one single word. Repeat for: Boxy, Cropped, Jumpsuit.
- Also, I’m over the lack of your model diversity size and ethnicity-wise. I’m over beautiful dresses that wouldn’t even fit over one of my boobs. It’s. Not. OK. In. This. Day. And. Age. This season I’ve been hired to model for several brands, including a wedding brand. Body diversity. It’s a thing!
Alright. Rant over, let’s turn to the positive, shall we? Firstly I find a whole bunch of these new arrivals cute! That’s pretty rare for a pre-shop and bodes well for the non-catalogue new arrivals.
Notably, there are several cute dresses in the Anthropologie May 2018 pre-shop. I love the long, ruffled Embroidered Eyelet Midi Dress ($158 + 20% off) and the Brisbane Maxi Dress ($148 + 20% off). I’m even tempted by the Suzani Off-the-Shoulder drehhhhhh…romper. It’s a romper. Not a dress. Alright. I’m still tempted by it, though notably less so.
Elsewhere I’m liking what I see and wishing for more. For example, I find myself really wishing that cuter items like the Colorblock Sweater Tank ($78 + 20% off, above) came in more colors. Wouldn’t a light pink and blue with white trim be lovely? I think the Bella Straw Rancher ($98 + 20% off) is adorable. It took me a moment to figure out that the Straw Circle Crossbody Bag ($78 + 20% off) is shown on a child! However even knowing that it’s not quite as big I initially thought I still like it. And that’s quite a feat given that I’m mostly a no to the wood/straw bags that are fashion du jour.
Below, my picks from the pre-shop. Today, all Anthro members get Free Shipping on orders of $100+! You may have noticed that I’ve tagged every item as being 20% off. That’s because Anthropologie sent out a survey last week which many of us received (or several different surveys to be more accurate). We all received the code N6555GNK4QE for 20% off full-price items. This code is valid for ‘a limited time’ which I’m guessing means the end of the month.
Free free to discuss all things from the the Anthropologie May 2018 pre-shop, survey, sale (extra 25% off right now) or anything Anthro! After you’ve had your fill of these, take a look at Free People’s new April arrivals for a good contrast. After that, you may also enjoy my Amazon picks for early April. And if you want to read some survey discussion, it’s in the comments of this post.