Monday, March 23, 2015

Anthro: Reviews, mostly dresses

I have to apologize for the lack of posts recently. March has been an unexpectedly tough month.

I did visit the Anthro store in Calgary today. I tried on a few sale items and a few full-price items too. I have to say, it really annoys me that Calgary never seems to get the pieces that catch my eye on the website, and after being burned on the exchange rate and duties in the past, I refuse to order online.

This dress was hanging in the sale room. There are quite a few sizes. It has a 70s vibe, and I can picture a woman with straight, centre-parted hair at a glamorous party wearing this. The dress is quite sheer with a slip underneath. There is a zipper along the side under the arm. The dress runs a bit small to size and I found it hard to zip up the zipper without catching the slip. It's cute and unique but poorly constructed, so this was a pass.

Equinox Pleated Maxi Dress
This is one of the dresses that I featured in my last post as being somewhat Oscar de la Renta inspired. It's made by HD in Paris, and I have a blue skirt with a similar flounce along the hem. It fits true to size.  The eyelet is lined with a nude material. It's still kind of sheer though, and I could very easily see my tights through the two layers of fabric although this doesn't show up great in this photo (fortunately!) It's very pretty but I wasn't completely smitten.

Georgia Eyelet Dress
This is another dress that seems Oscar de la Renta inspired. I noticed in the catalog that it didn't seem to fit the model well around the waist. This wasn't an issue for me, but the bust was quite large. I guess I don't have quite enough to fill this one out! It's made of a shiny material, which is hard to notice from the website or the catalog. I like the knee length. It's very ladylike and I think you could dress this one up or wear it to work. I passed on this one because of fit issues.

Tea Garden Sheath
Lastly, I tried on this blouse. For the sake of these photos, I grabbed a pair of flared jeans. Pilcro jeans don't usually fit me in the calves, but these ones are very stretchy. And high-waisted. They made me think of mom jeans.

The blouse is pretty and fluttery but kind of shapeless. Even the belt at the waist doesn't do much to define it, and I find if you tie it too tightly, it interferes with the ruffles on the sides. It's also very sheer, with a separate camisole inside. Because it has the two layers and the textures are so slippery, I found that I had to think really hard about how to put this one on and not end up with an arm through only one armhole. Or something. Pass.

Rose Garden Kimono Blouse
Pilcro Stet Flare Jeans
Have you been to Anthropologie lately? Anything that you're coveting for spring?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Oscar de la Renta and Anthropologie

I have a particular soft spot in my heart for Oscar de la Renta dresses. They're whimsical and romantic and feminine and just generally magical. I loved Carrie Bradshaw's pink dress in Sex and the City, and I couldn't get enough of the dress Sarah Jessica Parker wore on Glee in this video.

I did notice that quite a few of the dresses on Anthropologie right now seem to be Oscar de la Renta inspired. I also found one at Banana Republic that made me do a double take.
Dress: Oscar de la Renta, available at Neiman Marcus
Dress: Banana Republic
I love the floral overlay on this Oscar de la Renta dress. Wish I had the kind of lifestyle where I could a) afford this dress and b) have somewhere fabulous to wear it!
Dress: Oscar de la Renta, available at Neiman Marcus
Dress: Fiona Eyelet Dress, Anthropologie
These two dresses are very similar in terms of the neckline, the colour, the textured fabric and the belt.
Dress: Oscar de la Renta, available at The Outnet (and on sale for 55% off)
Dress: Winnie Sheath, Anthropologie
The spray of flowers around the waist is a common element in Oscar de la Renta designs. They seem to release a similar version of this dress almost every season. I found two dresses at Anthro with a similar pattern. One is an A-line dress and the other is a sheath.  
Dress: Oscar de la Renta, available at Neiman Marcus

Dress: Sweetheart Roses Dress, Anthropologie
Dress: Tea Garden Sheath, Anthropologie
Eyelet seems to have been a trend for spring/summer. The shirt dresses in particular seem very similar. Although white is definitely more summery, I'd be nervous about getting the dress dirty and would probably opt for black.
Dress: Oscar de la Renta, available at Neiman Marcus
Dress: Georgia Eyelet Dress, Anthropologie
Dress: Oscar de la Renta, available at Neiman Marcus
Dress: Openwork Shirtdress, Anthropologie
Do you have any favourites from the photos I've shared in this post? Have you noticed Anthropologie channeling any other famous designers lately?

(Photos are from the Oscar de la Renta website, Anthropologie, Banana Republic and Neiman Marcus).