Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Anthropologie Reviews: Francophile Tee, Ara Pullover, Clara Buttondown, Boteh Maxi Dress, Askew T-Shirt Dress and Firefleur Maxi Skirt

This is going to be quick because as I've mentioned in my previous 2 posts - I am pregnant! And tired. So very very tired. Basically my clock starts ticking around 3:00 pm and it's just a downward slide into bed from there :) So without much ado...

Francophile Tee (S) in Paper Moon
OMG. I will probably end up buying this tee in most of its iterations. It is the softest cotton ever, thin but not tissue thin and it drapes perfectly without clinging. I only have a few tees that meet these standards and I always wear them until they are basically in shreds. I even love the colors and graphic. Love love love. Here's the unfortunate thing - I can't actually remember if this is a small or XS. I will go back and check and update but I can't for the life of me remember.

 Ara Pullover (S)
I also love this little sweater. I am generally not a fan of orange on my skin tone but I didn't mind this. The varying thickness of stripes is a cute detail and the sweater is almost a mesh which I love for summer. Great sweater to have in your purse to throw on at the end of the night. I even like the longer hem in the back for better bum coverage. This is a S and while it was a little big I like the relaxed feeling of it. Not sure I would need my normal size XS.

I don't know why I can't find this on the website. I was attracted to the pattern and the thought that I might be able to get away with it for maternity wear but there was just too much material in the front. There's nothing wrong with it I just didn't think it looked very fresh or modern.

 Clara Buttondown (size 2) in Blue Motif
This is super cute. I love the little bird pattern and again I am a fan of extra bum coverage. The neckline is a bit strange since it almost goes straight across - I would probably iron the top of the placket open to show a little more neck. The split hem in the back is a cute detail. Simple and straight forward.

Boteh Maxi Dress (size 2)

This dress is gorgeous! I have no place to wear it and it definitely won't fit by summertime but I think it's really special. the colors are vibrant without being garish and the fit is perfect. I'm pretty busty and my usual size 2 felt pretty good in that area as did the waist. Considering I'm a little thicker in both areas right now, I'd say this runs TTS/slightly big.

Askew T-Shirt Dress (size XS)
Love a good t-shirt maxi dress. The middle layer is very flattering sort of creating a lengthening and slimming illusion. I would have to get it shortened but I don't mind doing that for a piece I think I'll get a lot of use of. TTS with lots of stretch.

Here's where it gets a little weird - the t-shirt is sewn onto the middle layer but only halfway. The rest is left to drape - I guess this is the "askew" part. I really wish they hadn't done that and had just let the t-shirt drape over the middle layer, or sew the whole darn thing down. 1/2 and 1/2 is weird. The slit is quite high but nothing too risque.

Firefleur Maxi Skirt (size S)
The print is so gorgeous but the fit is a hot mess! They only had a size S to try on but I don't think the XS would have made any difference. The waistband in the front works quite well and the pleats drape beautifully down from it. But.... the side stick out and the butt is horrendous! It added at least 10 pounds! It's just gathered elastic back there and it looks like I just grabbed some material and gathered it around me. Such a bummer because the flowers are truly gorgeous. Sigh.

I saw a bunch of new arrivals at Anthro today that looked promising. what are you liking these days?


  1. Hi there!

    Thanks for the always-helpful reviews!

    Love the Askew T-shirt dress, but agree that the sewn-in part seems odd. I'd love to try this dress, but I'm not sure I could deal with that.

    Is there a way to detach the top layer from the middle layer so it hangs normally on both sides?

  2. I think I need to look at that Francophile tee. The Boteh Maxi Dress is really pretty but no place to wear it. I often wish they'd use these gorgeous prints in simpler styles. Same for that skirt, the print looks gorgeous but I couldn't wear that. Thanks for the reviews! Hope you got some rest!

  3. Belated congratulations, shOperarach! :)

    I love the Boteh dress print, it looks so pretty on you, and the Clara buttondown back detail is a favorite too.

  4. Thanks for the reviews. I see that the Askew t-shirt dress is available in petite. I really wish the stores would carry petite sizes. I love the print on the Clara button down, too.

  5. Congratulations! Thanks for the reviews. I love the Askew dress on you and hope you bought it. It will be a great dress throughout your pregnancy. Do you think a tailor could detach the navy portion that is sewn down? I might love it no matter (have it on my list to try), but would prefer the navy portion be free.

    Again, congrats!

  6. Pregnant! wow, how did I miss that?!? Congratulations, pamper yourself as much as you can.

    I loved the paper moon tee on you so much that I went right over to Anthro and bought it!