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I appreciate of the longtime readers of this blog! ? Some of you keep in touch with me via email or Instagram DMs, and it’s nice to chat about each other’s lives and where the last eleven years (!!!) have led us. Invariably the conversation always leads back to Anthropologie which was the original basis for this place. A recent conversation with such a bloggie friend is in part the basis for this post.
For me, Anthropologie feels like an ex-friend. That feeling is truly rare in my life — although some of my friendships have come to a natural end very few have had the connotations an ‘ex-friend’ has. There’s some aspect of breakup involved, of loss and mourning. In some respects it feels cruel and unwanted. It feels very strange to talk about a store this way but for a long time Anthropologie was an emotional anchor for me. It was a place that felt like a welcoming friend. I could go into the store on my lunch breaks and escape from the stresses of work, wander around for endless afternoons and give myself a small boost by buying something new that I felt good in.
Now Anthropologie feels like someone I used to know. She left me behind without telling me we weren’t friends anymore. It doesn’t seem like she cares about me or my longtime loyalty and hasn’t for a few years. And I’m feeling very whatever about it. She’s got a new circle of friends who are more cliquey and feel abrasive. You know, the type of people that use trendy words and buzzwords with an emptiness in their eyes that betrays the pain inside. Her style changed on a dime and now she wears stuff that looks kind of weird and doesn’t resonate with the person she said she was for so long. Sure, people (and stores!) grow and change and evolve. But evolution is usually organic, whereas Anthropologie’s changes have felt like a sad grab at a new generation in a way that just doesn’t interest me. Technically, I’m welcome to come see her whenever I want, but it’s A-W-K-W-A-R-D.
Every once in awhile, she’ll come at me with an email that seems to say, “Hey, remember when we were really good friends?? That was so fun…” But then she trails back off into zombie mode where she must wear belt bags, overly sisterwifey prints and flowing skirts with knee-high boots because her new friends say so. I mean, I like some of those trends too but in a way that feels natural to me. She’s doing it because the trends dictate she must. The eyes go dead again, and I’m left feeling very meh. I tell her this to her face (surveys, anyone?) and she fake smiles, says she knows and wants to be better, and then forgets we ever talked. I see there really isn’t a place for me in her life anymore and at this point it’s fine.
What a great way to start a shopping post, no??!? ? All of this is my way of saying that when people ask me when the next Anthropologie post is going to be, it’s kind of like when someone asks when you’re going to see your ex next. We don’t actively hate each other. We just have nothing in common anymore. You can only make so much polite conversation! Contrast this to my relationship with J.Crew, which we’ll touch upon in another post soon. But suffice to say I’ve always felt the love from J.Crew, even when that store was super duper lost in the fog.
That said, I love you guys so much and I know that Anthropologie posts make you happy. So let’s pretend for a post that I’m still a huge Anthro fan, and talk about best bets during the Anthro Weekend September 2019.
This weekend you can take 20% off your entire Anthropologie purchase if you’re an Anthro member (it’s free to sign up!). You’ll find this promotion both in-store and online. I’m very happy that this Anthro weekend applies to everything. Because a few weeks ago during the last Anthro weekend I wanted to buy several necklaces at the Rockefeller Center store (NYC) and after waiting on a 15 minute line so I could use this huge gift card I’ve been holding onto for like 2 years when I finally got to a register with a PERSON and not a self-checkout I discovered jewelry wasn’t included and abandoned the purchase. Boo.
So this weekend, maybe I’ll buy a nice dress. But not online, because after Anthro messed up an order of mine around last Christmas I got banned from buying Anthropologie online even though I did exactly what their customer service told me to do and I’m still too bitter to write their CEO an email about how messed up that is. (OK I swear that’s the end of the venting in this post!!)
So maybe I’ll buy a nice dress in the store. Perusing Anthro’s current dress assortment I see some options that could work well in my Fall closet. One of the best bets during the Anthro weekend might be the Mackenzie Mock Neck Tunic Dress (above). It’s available in three patterns, the most appealing of which is the leopard version. With my larger chest I don’t usually go for such high necklines unless it’s a turtleneck, but I recently found that mocknecks can be very flattering if the pattern is placed well.
I like how Anthropologie styled the dress with a leopard belt bag in a different size scale. They also suggest pairing the dress with the brilliant Marrakech Faravel Moto Jacket which I own and love in two colors. (See the jacket on me in black 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 and I’ll show the green on my liketoknow.it profile a couple of ways this weekend!) I think it’s a great idea for Fall!! I’d probably finish the outfit with a pair of Sorel wedge boots.
Another dress I’m hoping to find at one of the NYC Anthropologies is the Taleen Textured Midi Dress. This dress has excellent reviews and looks like an ideal layering piece! I can imagine layering a striped sweater or a black turtleneck under it (or over it with this turtleneck!).
Here are some more dresses that feel like best bets during the Anthro Weekend September 2019.
Another area I’ll be sure to check the Anthropologie store is sweaters. We’ve had one chilly day in NYC already which has whetted my appetite for layering!! I’m enjoying the bell sleeve trend so I’d love to try on the Maggie Bell-Sleeved Sweater, seen in one of four colorways above. The proportions on this sweater look good and I like that Anthro showed it styled with both pants and skirts of different lengths. This is one of my best bets during the Anthro Weekend!!
I see a hint of old Anthropologie in the beautiful Fidela Abstract Sweater Coat. The embroidery is glorious! (Make sure you look at the back!!) Two other long cardigan options I wish to try on are the Valia Eyelash Cardigan and the Felicity Wool Sweater Coat.
Below, more sweaters I potentially have my eyes on.
Rounding out this post on my best bets during the Anthro Weekend, let’s take a look at all of my picks. There is also an extra 40% off Anthropologie sale right now! Have you had any recent wins at Anthropologie? If so, please share in the comments!!