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I have something surprisingly wonderful to say: the Anthropologie November 2018 new arrivals have put a huge smile on my face! It’s been a long, long time since I’ve done an Eye Candy post. Yet these latest Fall and Winter styles surely deserve it!
Grab yourself a coffee or tee, wrap yourself up in a warm cardigan and let’s stroll through Anthropologie’s latest together. Get your wishlist and gift list-writing pens ready — you’re gonna need them!
Anthropologie has nailed November. Not only is the clothing lovely; the styling is great too! I love many outfits exactly as they are styled on Anthro’s website. It’s making my heart feel warm. I haven’t looked at Anthropologie’s assortment and felt the designs were filled with possibilities in a long time, yet here we are!
What might be impressing me most is that the Anthropologie November 2018 new arrivals are walking the fine line between trendy and classic well. Luxe materials are very on-trend for Fall 2018 for example. Anthro’s got lots of well-executed choices that fit into their classic aesthetic well.
I love the outfit above featuring the Michael Stars Slip Dress ($188) and the Moonlight Velvet Blazer ($328). The turtleneck underneath is a great styling choice that makes this outfit work ready. This slip dress is one of many new arrivals that take on the sparkle, shine and sheen trend nicely. I’m also delighted by the Bias Satin Skirt ($118), the Iridescent Sequin Skirt ($248), the the Sequin Bustier Top ($428) and the Cosmopolitan Pencil Skirt ($468).
It should come as no surprise that two of those items are from Byron Lars, who has become dependable for truly fabulous pieces.
Speaking of sparkle and shine, the Anthropologie November 2018 new arrivals feature the quiet debut of Anthro’s 2018 Party collection. It’s smaller than we’re accustomed to but I like what I see. It’s no surprise to me that the Cherese Dress ($570, above) is nearly sold out.
The dress options this month range from
While Anthropologie’s past party looks could be called confectionery, their latest party items have a more mature sensibility while keeping that fun vibe intact. I’d say that while their past party stuff was very just out of college, this year’s choices are solidly for the confident woman in her mid-20s all the way to her mid-90s. They are ageless and invigorating!
I love for instance, the way a piece like the Dauphine Faux Leather Skirt ($128, above) can be worn for holiday parties and fit in beautifully. Then, it can be a piece you continue to wear to work all Winter long! That’s a fantastic double-duty achievement that previous years of Anthropologie were missing. It’s nice to see them bridging the gap now!
Ditto items such as the Printed + Pleated Skirt ($148), a crinkly floral pleated must-have, or the Cuffed Velvet Trousers ($128). The velvet looks luxurious and can be worn as Anthropologie has styled them (with this beautiful top and blazer) or in other combinations that tone down the luxe into everyday wear.
Even items like the Boldly Striped Sweater Dress ($198) have a subtle mix of sparkle without sacrificing their casualwear possibilities. I’m very excited to style many of these pieces!!
And without going too over the top with effusive praise, I even see some pieces that remind me of old Anthropologie! In the party section the Floral Brocade Dress ($178) is purely classic Anthropologie in fit, design and color scheme. Crossing over to the casual side, doesn’t this outfit above easily look like it could be from circa-2008, in a good way? It still looks just as beautiful and wearable now. My god, maybe Anthropologie has truly been listening to us after all?
Some of the other items that caught my eye for feeling like Anthro of Yore are the Alpine Sweater ($198), a cozy-looking striped piece; the Snow Flurry Skirt ($118) with its length and textured snow dots; the Kaleidoscope Sweater Dress ($158) which comes in two gorgeous colorways; the Mixed-Yarn Sweater Jacket ($258) that has that handmade look I love; and the Petals Embroidered Sweater ($158) which isn’t Field Flower by Wendi Reed but retains that vibe.
Delicate pieces are another Anthropologie hallmark. This style has made its way back beautifully among the Anthropologie November 2018 new arrivals! I’m unabashedly in love with the look above featuring the Wesley Wrap Cardigan ($148, I even love the name!) and the Racer-Back Silk Cami ($158).
Heck, there’s an even a kimono I like this month! (Or two.) It’s a tribute to the styling for November, which was done very, very well. I’m not sure which of the home office’s stylists took on these looks but I’d guess Christina as the newest outfits seem to have her touch for color combinations, multilength layers and texture mixing. They’re lovely.
Workwear is not left out this month. Finally, after months of waiting the Anthropologie November 2018 new arrivals have great combinations of casual office items and dressier pieces for events that require extra polish. I could easily wear the outfit above any day to my office.
And on days when I feel like really taking on the trends at work…
…this outfit above is a seriously cute way to do it! I’m breathing a sigh of relief that Anthro held themselves back from plunging too deeply into trendy and over the top this month. I see a nice mix of wearable classics with a few trendier pieces sprinkled in.
When Anthropologie is journeying into the trends in the Anthropologie November 2018 new arrivals, it’s not cloying or try-hard the way it felt over the Summer. Now in Fall Anthropologie seems to have relaxed into the idea that it can be itself while still dabbling in a bits of of-the-moment style, like the belt bag in the above outfit.
Certainly one of the ways to convince me to buy an item at Anthro rather than elsewhere is to style it into a very cute outfit like this! Of course, quality is still my #1 factor and Anthro’s execution in that regard remains to be seen. I am crossing my fingers that these items feel just as good as they look, and that they are well-made.
Another thing that has me quite excited for the Anthropologie November 2018 new arrivals? The clothing fits! It looks like more curve-friendly items are here, and more items that will be universally flattering. It’s. About. Time. Anthro.
The Whittaker Sweater Skirt ($495) above is the perfect example of an item made to show off curves in the best ways. And I’ve got double the compliments for it, because Anthro has it styled multiple ways on its site right now. (See it here with the coordinating top, and the top is shown with a pair of jeans too.)
Additionally, it’s so nice to see Anthropologie (mostly) move away from the ugliest trends of the 1970s and instead embrace some of the more wearable ideas such as the squared-toe kitten heels in the outfit above and the large clasped penny bag too.
While Anthropologie’s selection still seems excessively huge to me, they are taking steps like showing items in multiple outfits to help guide us. To show us how their collection works together. I also notice a new feature in the new arrivals, called new this week. Very helpful to have! That link cuts the new arrivals clothing section down to a slightly less overwhelming 4 pages instead 17. I thought I had a maximalism problem Anthro!
I could say so much more, especially about all the pretty new shoes and bags, and highlight some new necklaces I want. Instead, let me turn it over to you community. My wishlist and gift list are filling up with items from Anthropologie! What are your thoughts?