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What question do I get asked most frequently? Since you’re not shopping at Anthropologie as much these days, where are you shopping instead? I partially answered that question last Fall in a post that is already my second most-read post ever. So clearly, I’m far from alone in clamoring for the Anthro of yore. Much of my spare time is spent hunting for some store, any store that would bring back those goofy good vibes and feelings that Anthropologie used to provide on a daily basis.
I may have found the place.
Have you heard of Altar’d State? Up until recently I had only a peripheral knowledge of it from the times I’d stopped in their Cherry Creek store during visits back to Colorado. I’d liked their stuff and remember feeling like it was quite Anthro reminiscent.
Now that Anthropologie has gone off the rails and doesn’t seem interested in correcting course, Altar’d State has become much more intriguing to me! Even more so now that they just opened two stores close to my NYC home on Long Island and White Plains.
Doesn’t this photo above look familiar? If you hadn’t read the introduction above wouldn’t you think this is an Anthropologie photo from 5 or more years ago? As this post continues I want to move away from the Anthro comparisons and consider Altar’d State on its own merits. However I want to set the stage fully here and I think it’s important for readers of this blog to know where I’m coming from.
Ahh, looking at these in-store photos pleases me so! I love the way Altar’d State sets up their stores to be a meandering. Clothing, shoes, home and jewelry all play together in little vignettes sprinkled around the store. Who knows what you might discover just pass this display or that? Doesn’t it all sound wonderfully familiar?
If you’re missing Anthropologie circa 2014 or before then you are probably going to like Altar’d State! Altar’d State does so many of the things Anthropologie used to do well, and does some things better.
Firstly, the selection is not overwhelming. On its website, Altar’d State is organized well into categories and subcategories. The largest section I saw is dresses with 155 items — totally browseable over morning coffee! They have clothing, accessories and some home goods. There’s a noticeable laid back, exploring vibe that is welcoming and inviting.
You’ll find a good mix of outfit photos and product photos on the Altar’d State website. Even better, if you are a size 10 through a size 24, you’ll find tons of great items at Altar’d State’s sister site, A Beautiful Soul. I find it very intriguing that A Beautiful Soul starts at a size 10 (my typical size these days) and not the more classic Plus size 18 and up. To me, this takes away the stigma stores sometimes place on “Plus” sizing and makes it much more normal. Both stores have positive focused branding, with plenty of uplifting messaging and encouragement to fully embrace and love yourself.
What kind of clothing can you find at Altar’d State and A Beautiful Soul? Feminine. Boho. Chic. Three of the genres that make up my preppy chic style!! From beautifully detailed dresses to on-trend sweaters and cozy cardigans, I can tell Altar’d State has a good chance of being well-represented in my Fall wardrobe! I mean how cute are these booties???
Like Anthropologie, the shopping experience on Altar’d State’s website can be a little frustrating in that the related items on each product page are not what the model is wearing. It requires hunting to find the actual items. Also, because Altar’d State is a smaller business their most popular items sell out quickly. So even hunting may not reveal what the model is wearing. That can be highly annoying.
Also, this store clearly targets a young 20-something audience and some of the sizing reflects that. Expect short lengths and youthful styling.
In terms of price point, Altar’d State is mostly all less expensive than Anthropologie’s current prices but a bit higher than the good ol’ days of Anthro. I can’t comment on the quality yet because I haven’t tried anything on! But if you are familiar with Altar’D State feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
I can’t wait to visit Altar’d State’s two new New York City-area stores this week! I’ll put up some try-ons on my Instagram Stories! I should mention that Altar’d State currently does not have an affiliate program so I’m not benefiting at all financially from this effort. Still, like with Zara, I enjoy the brand and want to cover all the brands I love here, not just the ones that pay!
Below, some of the best items I’m seeing on the Altar’d State and A Beautiful Soul websites. Do you know these brands already? If so, share what you think!!