Thursday, April 12, 2012

Anthropologie Fitting Room Reviews--Spring Break Edition (early April)

Hi there!  Now that the kids are back in school I have a little more free time so I was finally able to tackle the fitting room review photos I took last week when I went to Anthropologie in Corte Madera.  My girlfriend and I made a day of it and enjoyed a kid-free shopping trip complete with lunch at The Counter...YUM!  No "Counters" in Ohio...gotta get it while I can!

I tried on a variety of items this time around and had great luck finding lots of things to add to my ever-growing wish list.  I'll start off with the two things I ended bringing home with me:

I went into the store specifically wanting to find a few certain items to try on and this was one of them.  I fell in love with the cute polka dot pattern when I saw this top online, and in real life, it did not disappoint.  It was every bit as cute!  I tried this on in an X-Small and it fit perfectly.  The front is a bit shorter than the back but after staring at myself in the mirror for a good 5 minutes I decided it was long enough.  If I really wanted to, I could slip a white tank or cami underneath for a little extra length and I think it would still look really cute, but I think it's fine without it too.  I could have sized up to a small for a bit more length, but it would have been way too boxy and baggy on me.  The X-Small was the only way to go for me.  This top also comes in a few solid colors.  I loved the coral color and would love to grab it when it hits sale.  The material of this top is light and airy, and probably a little susceptible to wrinkling, but I love it nonetheless. It was a no-brainer.  To the cashier it went and in my closet it now hangs.

When I first saw this necklace pop up online I knew I would be purchasing it.  I love the colors!  There's just something about a chunky necklace from Anthropologie that I cannot seem to resist lately!   I tried this on with a few different colors and found it to be so flattering up against many of them, making this necklace super versatile.  It can dress up an outfit or be worn casually as well.  Perfect in every way.  Love at first sight, and happy to have it in my collection.

The mix of colors in this tank are what drew me to it online.  I love the outfit possibilities with all those colors!  I had heard from a few people that the tank ran a bit big and dipped kind of low in the front so I had prepared myself to find the same outcome in the fitting room...and they were all correct.  Too big and too low-cut, even in the X-Small I tried on.  The tank itself is super boxy.  It is also very low cut on this "not-so-blessed up there" girl.  I would be pulling it up constantly to fix that.  It wouldn't be a matter of "if" it would dip too low during the day, it would be a matter of how many times.  The final nail in the coffin was the material this top was made's awful!  There's two layers...the top layer is a sheer, mesh-like material that has the pattern on it and it lays over a beige solid cheapie-feeling under layer.  The whole thing screamed Forever 21 but was certainly not priced as such.  Even if this top worked for me, I would never pay $70 for it.  It's literally a $20 top.  Very disappointing Anthro...big time miss.  Back to the rack.

Trying to get over the loss of the previous tank...we move onto the Urubamba Tank that looks surprisingly a lot like the Visual Language Tank!   I tried this on in both an X-Small and a Small and the X-Small was the one I settled on.  The Small was a bit longer which I liked, but the arm holes dipped so low that it was almost humorous.  The X-Small fit well all throughout the tank, but I wish it had been just an inch longer.  It's certainly not a deal breaker, just personal preference.  I loved the pretty colors and the neckline really gives it a little something extra special.  This top is wish listed for sale...high on my wish list!

I tried the Urubamba Tank on with a cardigan that was hanging next to it on the rack, the Premium Sheen Cardigan.  This cardigan, in a word, is divine.  It is simply gorgeous and so perfect for the upcoming seasons.  It has gold metallic flecks in the striping and looks and feels so light and airy on.  It ran TTS so I took an X-Small.  I usually take X-Smalls in open cardigans because they have more fabric than your normal crew neck or V-neck cardigan.  I literally wanted to walk out the door wearing this cardigan, but restraint kicked in and I vowed to try to hold out until sale.  Highly recommend!

Micro-Striped Cardigan (yellow motif)-$78 and Urubamba Tank (yellow motif)-$78

I tried on this cardigan by Splendid because I happen to love my other Splendid cardigan I got a few years back on sale at Anthro.   This cardigan was the very same fabric as the one i already own, and was just as comfortable and soft, but the draping on this one wasn't as flattering as I had hoped it would be.  It fell short, literally.  I felt like the draping needed to be a little longer in the front instead of ending where it did, a little on the short side.  It wasn't super flattering on me and I honestly wasn't wowed by the color on me either.  I felt a little washed out by it.  Pass.

I paired the cardigan with the yellow motif of the Urubamba tank.  Since I had loved the red motif I thought maybe the yellow motif would be a home run as well, but I just didn't like it as much.  I wasn't crazy about the color combination against my fair skin and I just preferred the red motif much more.

I have been wanting to try this top on for a while now and was happy to see the purple motif hanging in my store (it's been sold out online since like a week after it debuted).  I grabbed an X-Small and Small in both colors and in the end decided the Small was the better fit.  The X-Small was a little too fitted through the ribs and waist...just not quite as flattering.  I really loved both colors, but I think I would go for the purple if I could find it by the time is hits sale.  I envision this being so cute with my Peppering Skirt and Poetic License purple and blue heels.   The one thing I don't love about this top is that the material is a little stiff.  It doesn't flow as easily as I would hope and because of that, fits a little odd in the bust area.  It even pulls a bit when clearly, there is no reason there should be any pulling action going on.  Again, not super blessed on my top half.  It's not a deal breaker for me though, and I would love to score this on sale.  Hoping there are some purples still around by then!

When I saw this top online I thought it was just ok.  Then I saw it in the store and really loved the cobalt blue color mixed with the white.  Then I tried it!  I tried this on in an X-Small and it fit great.  This top fits my criteria of not needing a tank underneath (the less layers in the summer, the better) and it was plenty long...double score!  I am anxious to add this to my closet as I see it being a great go-to top for all these hot, humid Ohio summers I'll be facing in the years to come.  Wish listed!

I tried this top on with the intent of it being a possible tunic to wear with jeans.  It's too short on me to pass off as a dress.  However, it was definitely more of a dress than a tunic it turned out!  At least in the back.  The back went down to the middle of my knees, but the front, of course, was much shorter.  Too long to be a tunic, but too short to be a dress for me.  Just for reference, I tried this on in an X-Small.  I did totally love the cobalt blue color (I had a thing for cobalt blue that day apparently) and I love the gorgeous print, but if I end up purchasing this, it will need to be altered to look more like a tunic.  Probably a pass unless I find it on second cut somewhere in the future.  It's too bad though, it's so super cute!  My girlfriend looked totally cute in it...of course she's 3-4 inches taller than me so it fit like an actual tunic on her.

I took this into the dressing room thinking that it would be a go-back but I figured I might as well give it a try.  My initial instinct was was an awful piece on me.  The one thing I did love about it was the beautiful raspberry color...totally screams spring and summer!  Everything else was awful though.  It was too long, too short in the sleeves, too high in the neck, too see-through, the weave of the knit was too loose...just too many issues.  Just for reference, I tried this on in a size X-Small and had I liked it, that would have been the right size.  Back to the rack it went.

Diamond Kite Dress-$168

What a cute dress this is!  I love the colors and the print, and to top it off, it fell all the way down to my's so hard to find dresses that have all three of those things in common! It's listed as being 38.5" long but I would guess it's more like 40" to be honest with how long it was on me.  I tried this on in a size 2 and would stick with that.  I'd say it fits TTS.  I could honestly have possibly sized down to a 0 since it was pull-on styling, but I wouldn't want to lose the length.  I would style this dress with a cardigan and a belt on top, and sandals or pumps on my feet.  There really are a lot of possibilities.  My friend tried this on with a yellow cardigan in the dressing room and it looked so cute!  This dress looks so much better with a belt on, so I threw on a random belt the SA gave me to use.  This particular belt is not my favorite with the dress, but with one that matches better, it would be so perfect.  Totally digging this dress and would love to add it to my closet.  Wish listed!

I have been wanting to try this top on for months now, so I was happy to see it still hanging in the store.  Since it's arrival on the website they have released at least one more color, perhaps more.  This gorgeous turquoise is so fun and perfect for this time of year.  It's also very versatile.  I took an X-Small in this top, and would NO WAY be able to take anything bigger.  This top runs big, so size down.  I could go without wearing anything underneath it because the neck doesn't dip too low, and it's not see-through, but honestly, I would probably want to wear a cami or tank anyways just to be on the safe side.  It is pretty long so it's a tunic-type look on me, but I think it's really comfy and cute, and could see myself loving it.  Wish listed!

There's only one word for this cute top...LOVE!  I cannot get over how Deletta continually puts out amazing layering pieces...they are so good!  This tank is a must-have in my closet in a few colors, I fear.  I tried on both the pink and yellow motifs and want them both.  And the turquoise too.  Oh boy. I tried these on in both X-Smalls and Smalls and the X-Small was a perfect fit.  The neckline is perfection (not too low) and the way the top hangs at the bottom is just the way I like...not too flowy, but not too clingy.  Don't be shocked if you end up seeing this top in some future OOTD's.  Wish listed in several colors!

Boreal Blear Tee-$78

I was attracted to this top simply because the design on it was so striking.  I love the mix of colors.  Once on, however, it was clear it wasn't going to work for me.  I tried on the X-Small and it was HUGE!  It swallowed me up.  It doesn't look as bad in the pictures actually, just a bit baggy, but in real life, it was a train wreck.  Sized out on this one.   I will say although it was cute, it's no way $78 cute. Wait for sale and size down on this one.

Tried & True Top (white motif)-$88

This top has alluded me for months....every time I go to try it on at a store it's nowhere to be found.  Finally, I was able to get my hands on one and give it a go!  Verdict is: love it!  Just not in white.  I tried this on in an X-Small and it was a perfect fit.  I love the longer length on this top and think it's such a great summer piece to have on hand (again, no layering required...must have for humid Ohio summers).  The material is soft, lightweight, and totally comfortable.  I tried this on in the white motif because it was the only color left in an X-Small at my store, and I must say this particular motif WOULD require layering.  It's SUPER see-through and I felt so exposed.  I would steer-clear of it in favor of the darker colors to avoid the see-through problem.  I am waiting for the red and green motifs to hit sale (HOPEFULLY SOON) so I can add them to my closet.  The green is SO much more bold and vibrant in real life than it is online (it's actually now sold out).  It's really cute.  Wish listed!

Puzzled Pieces Dress-$178

When my friend and I walked up to the store we saw this dress styled in the window.  I immediately fell in love with the was just so pretty!  I tried this dress on in a size 2 and it was a good fit.  That was about all that went well with this dress for me.   First. the neckline really bugged me.  It's so high that you can't really do much in way of a necklace since there's a bow there.  It limits styling options.  Second, the dress came down to just above my knees, which is shorter than I like.  It did have a lot of hem that could possibly be let out, or a slip could be worn with it to get some more length.  Easy fix.  That however, isn't enough to make up for the neckline.  Overall the print is amazing, and the idea of it is cute, but the negatives outweigh the positives for me, so it's a pass for now.

Trifecta Cardigan (green motif)-$88

I was hoping to find this cardigan in the yellow motif to try on but they didn't have any in my size so I went with the next best!  I  liked this cute cardigan and think it's a fun layering piece.  I'm wearing a size X-Small here and it was a good fit.  It's obviously not going to keep you very warm and is simply for looks but it's a cute piece to have on hand.  I do sort of wish it was a shorter length...I think it could have been cute a little more cropped.  All in all it's not a must-have for me, but if I were to find it in yellow on sale somewhere I wouldn't look away! =)

Incandescent Traces Dress-$148

I grabbed this dress simply because it looked like it would go to my knees.  Outside of that, I wasn't holding out much hope that I would love it.  I was right...not impressed.  They list this dress as being "yellow" when clearly it has green undertones and looks nothing like a bright sunny yellow.  Once on, I really couldn't find a thing I liked about this dress.  I tried on a size 2 and it fit fine, but that was the only good thing about it.  In fact, I try not to use the word hate, but this dress would fall into that category if I did.  The dress is not lined and the fabric is the most clingy, static-y fabric you will ever find in your life.  It was just awful.  I couldn't wait to get it off.  MAJOR PASS.  

Ochre Intervals Cardigan-$128

When I saw this cardigan online I really liked the mix of colors and was excited to see it in real life.  When i found it hanging on the rack I could not believe my looked HUGE!  I decided to grab it anyways and give it a try.  I tried it on in an X-Small and wish it would have come in a smaller size.  I think I may be sized out in this one.   It looks super sloppy just hanging on me, and when I lift my arms, it swallows me whole.  The colors, however, are amazing and I love the boldness of it.   Gonna have to pass on this one due to sizing issues.  Size down on this one, for sure!

Bedecked Flounce Tee (blue motif)-$58

I tried this tee on in the grey motif last time I went to Anthro and really liked it so I thought I'd give the blue motif a try as well.  I love me some polka dots so why not?  I tried this top on in an X-Small and like the grey motif, it was a good fit.  I love the design of this the print peaks out from the sides and onto the different!  After trying on both I'm not totally sure which motif I prefer...I'll have to figure that out.  For now, both this one and the grey motifs are wish listed for sale!

Painted Ume Tunic-$128

I thought this tunic was so pretty when I walked by it in the store.  I loved all the pastel colors.   I tried this tunic on in a size 0 and the fit was decent...if I was looking for a maternity top or a house dress.  It was really quite baggy and flowey.  The top is generous in the sleeves, and because it's also so long (being a tunic and all) I felt like I was wearing a Muumuu or something.   It just wasn't flattering on me at all.  In the top's defense, the product shot online makes it look really good...the model wears it well on the beach. I'm convinced it was pulled back and pinned don't see how much fabric is really there.  Perhaps if I lived in Hawaii, or was in the middle of a pregnancy this would work great, but for me right now, this is a huge PASS.

So what do you think?  See anything you're dying to have hanging on your closet?  Have you already purchased any of these items?  Chime in!

Hope those helped!

Have a great day!


  1. Holy cow! That was a marathon review set! Thanks for all the work you did. The Twist and Flounce Tank has definitely now caught my eye (so cute on you!) and I too thought the Boreal Blear Tee looked promising. hmm.. bummer that it sized you out. I love the pattern though.

    1. I totally loved the pattern on the Boreal Blear Tee...wish it wouldn't have been so large on me. Size down for sure...the coloring would be great on you!

  2. I love that first polka dot top, so cute and I must have the art of pursuit top, it looks awesome on you. Would you mind sharing what denim crops you have on? I love them

    1. Thanks so much! I'm wearing my Toothpick Ankle denim from J Crew Factory in these pictures...I like the factory version much more than the retail for some reason! =)

  3. Great reviews, thank you for posting- I am so grateful to see items I can't always try IRL. I am also curious- where is your phone cover from? It's adorable.

    1. You're welcome! Glad they helped! My phone case is actually from the Apple store...I bought it when I bought my phone. I think it may be an older item however because I could never find it online.

  4. I agree with Molly - you've got stamina, lady! I love the Diamond Kite dress on you - among many of the others.(:

    I recently tried on the Ikat Frequencies Dress and am in love! Now, I just need me some warm weather.

    p.s. Those yellow wedges are gorgeous!

    1. Thanks so much!

      That blue color in the Ikat Frequencies dress is pretty!

  5. Ok, I am just seeing this post now and I think I am going to seriously CRY - you look SO CUTE IN EVERYTHING!!!! I am majorly jealous lady! Those two tees I didn't have luck with (AND the Ruffled Ribbon tee too!) are PERFECTION on you - I tell ya, a few extra inches and I would be bankrupt because I'd be keeping everything from my orders! You are gorgeous in that Diamond Kite Dress - that is high on my wishlist - love it! And the Premium Sheen Cardi has to make its way into your closet...You truly tried on so many things I have been lusting after online - these reviews are incredibly helpful for me to gauge the fit of some things. I bought that same necklace too, but haven't worn it yet - super pretty and a good way to get over the Tarn necklace ;) Thank you, thank you for trying on so many pretty things and giving us the details on them - awesome!!!

    1. Oh my gosh, you are so sweet Jan!! I'm so sorry you didn't have good luck with those two tops...but am glad you found a replacement for the Tarn Necklace!! I hope we both have better luck with this one!! ;)

  6. P.S. - that Ikat dress totally reminds me of the Tucker for Target dress! And with the higher neckline I am crossing my fingers and toes I can pull off the Urubamba Tank - it's amazing! My mom and I are supposed to hit Anthro on Monday and I hope I can find it to try on at the store.

    1. I think the Urubamba is gonna fit's a better fit than the Visual Language tank, for sure! Have fun shopping with your mom! Can't wait to hear what you find! Take pictures!!

  7. Amazing review set!! Thank you so much for all your hard work! I absolutely love the Diamond Kite dress on you!! Could you tell me the name of the cardigan you are wearing with it--the color combination is awesome!

    1. Thanks so much Lisa! The cardigan I wore with it is the one I wore into the store, actually. It's the Traversa Cardigan from J Crew. I got it over a year ago so you may be able to pick one up on the J Crew Aficionada trade market board??? Hope that helps!

  8. You look amazing in everything!!! I'm going to Anthro today, I think I need the Fresh as Air top. You've totally sold me on it. And, I just bought the Ikat Shirtdress. I'm in love with it. :) Thank you for the reviews!

  9. If you want to sell your anthro ampay necklace please let me know!