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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!!
I heard of Atar'd a couple years ago when I was with my parents and saw it at the mall. I was so intrigued by its boho window display. It's such a cute store and I also love that they have home decor too!
The styling of the stores is so well done!!
I’m definitely an Altar’D State fan! They built one ~2yrs ago in the shopping area I most frequently go, and I love to go in and soak in the prettiness and delights of finding things in unexpected places, like your post stated! That being said, I actually haven’t bought too much (surprisingly), as many clothes are too short for me (@ 5’7”) or too boho for my work (lab doesn’t do great with big flowy sleeves), also like your post said! but I always leave happier and with my eye on some things to grab when they go on sale. Have picked up some cute, very inexpensive jewelry there and some nice home goods too! Also, a disclaimer that given I’m a northerner now living in the south, I already have a plethora of cozy sweaters etc so don’t buy those from anywhere, but if I needed some, Altar’D State would definitely be in the running! Lately I’ve been in there probably 3 times as often as I’ve been in Anthro…
Oh this is very good to know Joanna!
Such a cute store with such pretty, boho inspired clothing! Will have to check this out for myself soon. Great post xoxo sarah
Thanks Sarah! Maybe I'll run into you at the Roosevelt Field store. 🙂
Such nice fashions here. That first photo is quite pretty.
I agree! I can tell this is a store I could spend hours in.
Ahh I need to check them out! It totally reminds me of old Anthropologie. Absolutely love the store set up and the clothing is beautiful!! Thank you for introducing this brand <3
I’ve never heard of this store. I will have to check it out, the clothing looks really cute!
I can't wait to get to the store and see it for myself.
Lots of cute things on their website, but they don't include the fabric content for a lot of them. This makes them un-shoppable for me, as get a skin reaction to one common fabric. It's super disappointing when companies don't include this information (or have it wrong/incomplete, as Gap and Loft often do).
Oh man that's a bummer, and something that would be so easy to fix!
Lots of cute items to choose from and I love their story…. helping others, and with prayer.
I like that they are committed to an ethos, even if that ethos differs than mine. 🙂
I had never heard of the store before but loving their store front and all the pieces you picked out in your post.
So much outfit potential here for sure!
I’ve never heard of Altar’d State! Thanks for the introduction. I wouldn’t give up Anthropologie but love having other options for a cozy, bohemian look!
Having lots of choices is a good thing, right? 🙂
What a fun place to check out!
NEVER heard of this place! Looks fun to wander around in, but I always end up at the sale rack! Beautiful photos!
It's a regional brand that is expanding so I'm not surprised.
HI Roxy- I have been in the Altered States in Indianapolis. I can see the comparison to Anthropologie but I feel like it is for a younger client than Anthro. (at least the "old Anthro"). I feel like Altered States is more geared towards junior high/high school and college. There might be pieces here and there I could make work but not many. I just looked at their sister site you referenced and feel the same. I am sure I am older than most of your followers so for many people this isn't an issue…still hoping to find "my store". Glad to have you blogging again.
Yes I agree this is for sure skewed towards someone younger, however it so nails the Anthro vibe that I wanted to share it here!!
I had a feeling the Anthro-like store you had mentioned last week was going to be Alter'd State! We've had one in our mall for about a year. It's a joy to be in that store. The staff are friendly and genuine – they hire the sweetest people to work there. The store is gorgeous and I love wandering around. The fitting rooms are luxurious.
But… the sizing and quality are not that good. I go in that store every time I go to the mall because I love being in the store, but I've yet to walk out with any clothing. I've gotten accessories, gifts, loungewear for my teen and even Christmas ornaments, but I haven't found anything that looks good on me. It's sized for teens/young adults – you will probably need to go up one (or two) sizes. Expect lots of poly and acrylic. Cute stuff, though! I keep hoping I'll find the right piece there.
I do recommend checking it out – it has a great vibe and is an ideal place to get reasonably priced gifts.
I agree Anthropolitan, my sentiments exactly. Have you found any stores that you can recommend that not as teen/young adult oriented?
Honestly, Nancy, I've been buying a lot of second-hand. Poshmark, Ebay, and I have several really good consignment shops in my area. When I do buy new, I get a lot of jeans, tops and jewelry at Lucky. I buy the occasional piece at Talbots, Nordstroms/Rack, Madewell or White House Black Market. I've got my eye on some Boden, but I'm hesitant because I usually end up sending everything back except for shoes. I wish I could afford Johnny Was or Peruvian Connection – I love their stuff. I've done very little shopping this fall. I'm not really seeing anything I like.
Where do you shop?
Oh no! I can understand how those fabric contents would be disappointing. It seems like so many brands are allergic to organic materials these days!
I live near the Cherry Creek mall! I will need to check it out! They look like they have some great stuff!!!
Oh fun!! I love Cherry Creek so much, and we usually go to the Cherry Cricket for a meal when we're down there!
Ohhhhh I've never heard of Altar’d State but it looks like a store I would definitely shop at. Website has a ton of cute clothes I would wear. Thanks for the suggestion!
You're so welcome!
I'd never heard of this! How fun! it seems very boho chic, thank you for sharing!
Yes I agree, that's what I'd call it too.
While their clothing isn't necessarily my style, I've always loved visiting the Altar'd State shops at the mall. They have displays that put others to shame, and their staff is always superior. They also have a ton of cute gifts and home decor items that are more my speed. They're a great option if you're looking for something like Anthropologie but without the insane price tag!
Friendly staff goes SUCH a long way.
We have an Altar'd State in KC! It's such a cute shop!
I am in love with its cuteness!
So this store looks amazing! I was just in Anthropologie the other day and was so disappointed. My wallet was happy but I wasn’t. Looks like I found a new store to try!
Yes I hope you find good items to love!
I personally haven't shopped this brand before, but it looks like they have a ton of cute and affordable options!
It does seem that way and I can't wait to see it in person!
I so wish we have an altard state in Charleston!! These pieces are all so cute!!
It does seem like the brand is expanding, I'm excited that two stores just opened up relatively close to NYC!
I love Altar'd State! They have so much cute stuff and it's always so affordable, too! I especially love finding some of their cozy cardigans and dresses!
Cozy cardigans and dresses sound amazing!!
What a lovely store – you're right that it does kind of remind me of Anthropologie! I'd love to buy all the pieces!
Right?? It would be so fun to try them all on in person!
LOVING the feel of the store! Very Anthropologie.
So much so that I'm having a serious nostalgia fest here.
OMG! It definitely reminded me of Anthropologie. It has the same vibes and styles. I need to check it out. They have beautiful clothing.
Looks great – but I gotta agree that I can't buy when the fabric content isn't included in the info online.
If I ever find one of these stores, I'd love to check it out in person!
It's too bad malls and B&M's in general are going away….I'd always rather try on clothes and shoes!!
Yes, I agree, it would be very helpful to see the fabric content and I prefer trying things in person too!!
I’ve heard of this brand but had not checked it out. I’m so glad you shared a post. I love their style and selection! I’ll definitely check out their website!
Awesome! Excited to hear what you think.
Yay! So glad to hear it Kileen!
Love all of these pieces! Especially loving the cute leopard chunky bracelet.
It has my name all over it. 🙂
This is such a cute store and the people who work there are the nicest. But like some above, I feel the clothing is not very good quality and skews toward the very young. The household items and such are all I've ever bought there.
Hmm well perhaps a clothing improvement is on the way!
They always have the cutest clothes!
I like so many of the items in this post!!
This store looks great. So many cute things. I need to check it out – thanks for sharing something different.
Wow this store totally reminds me of Anthropologie! If I am ever in the states I will have to check this one out and looks like they have so many cute boho styles!
This boutique looks so cute! I love their sign with the backwards letters, and all of these styles look so cute and on trend!
OT but this reminds me…anyone know anything about the Terrain Outlet opening in PA? I have tried googling to no avail.
Wow what a classy store this is. I never heard of Altar’d State but this looks perfect for me. Your red Mel dress looks beautiful.
What a awesome shop! I love the clothes you shared / what a cool vibe!
I haven’t been to one yet. But all I can say is wow; such fun pieces.
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