Oh hiiii, friends. First #dressingroomselfies of 2020, and I gotta say, it was tough narrowing the selection at Anthro down to a dozen or so items I really hoped to love. It’s kind of a wonky time of year in the retail world — they’re still stocking giant fluffy coats and cozy loungewear, but there’s definitely an influx of chambray and linen and strappier items that hint of the season to come. And as someone who lives in a pretty temperate, warm-bordering-on-cool climate where you could easily swing either way any day of the year, I was easily distracted by so. many. things.
Anthropologie Right Now: Cool Jackets, Cute Tops & Good Dresses
In the end, I edited my sesh down to about 10 items I would solidly recommend — in fact, I threw in a bonus, because it turns out a few items are out of stock online — and a couple of mehbes that are worth mentioning for everything they’re…well, not.
Here we go.
Anthro Style: The Very Good…
I’m gonna kick things off with this sweatshirt coat, because there’s not a single thing I don’t love about it. In fact, I have the exact coat in a slightly heavier weight in olive green from 3 years back, and I was just saying a few weeks ago how lovely it would be in a lighter fabric for spring. Welp, Emily. HERE YA GO. (Cue heavens opening, angels singing, yadda yadda.) The collar is fluffy (but not too thick) and soft, with cozy quilting and a dramatic shape that’s almost chic — and then the weight of the rest is like something between a sweatshirt and a heavy jersey. And don’t even get me started on the oatmeal color. Wearing a S/M for a looser fit, but could also have taken the XS/S.Heading
2) The Perfect Leather Jacket…But Make It Toffee
I found this on a single rack of sale leather items hiding INSIDE the fitting room area of my local Anthro, like they had snuck it away just for my discovery. It’s quite literally the perfect shape and weight for a classic leather jacket. A little edgy, a little artsy, not too much hardware, and that burnt caramel shade is a nice departure from black. Also: softness. Wearing a S, but could probably have taken an XS (my usual size) if I didn’t plan to layer more than a T underneath. (Sadly, this color is out of stock online, but it’s still available in select sizes in black, and the black is also fully-stocked on the Lemarque site.
I love a trouser-tailored jean. They’re so freaking versatile. The red stitching on these keeps them from looking too work-y (though they’d, of course, be super-easy to style for work) — the length was perfect with my 3″ boots (I’m 5’5″) and they’re the perfect soft, drapey weight with plenty of comfy stretch. Wearing a 25 — TTS.
Have we talked about how I have a slight obsession with home textiles and global prints? I needed to have this dress on my body as soon as I laid eyes on it. It’s very lightweight — the front is fully lined, but the back panel is nearly sheer — which I think I love. You could so easily wear it open over jeans (taking a page from Julieta’s book), or with a little jacket over the top, or even with a chunky pullover sweater and OTK boots. (Note that the only thing I didn’t love about it were the sleeves — the material is thin and cut on the bias, so they get kinda twisted around your arms a la Chinese finger traps when you’re putting it on, and then you straighten them out and they’re fine…but I feel it’s my job to tell you these things.) Wearing an XS — TTS.
5) This Modern Take on The Basic Tee
So sorry, friends, I can’t find this one online — UPDATE! a reader found it, thanks Sam! — but it’s brand new, so it’s highly likely it’s available in-store (and I’ll keep tabs on the website should it make an appearance — oh look, here it is). This is another piece I snapped up as soon as I walked in the door. Has the feel of an elevated tee with a modern mock neck and a longer length (so many cropped tees out there right now…) that is a little more up the alley of me and my timid midriff (and is still plenty tuckable). Wearing an XS – TTS.
6) An Exceptionally Tailored, Patterned Coat
(with unexpected details)
Pretty sure the salesperson at Anthro was in the process of squirreling this away for herself when I accidentally noticed it draped over her arm and politely demanded to try it on. And you guys — it’s good. It’s sold out online, but it’s the “Helene Berman Leopard-Trimmed Plaid Coat” if you can track one down. Such a beautifully tailored piece with a classic print — but then, oh! wait! Is that a little leopard accent I see right there? Hells yeah it is. See? SO FREAKING GOOD. I’m wearing a 2 and it was ever so slightly snug in the shoulders, so I would say size up, especially if you’re between sizes.
(p.s. while we’re on the topic of really good Helene Berman coats, I found this one online in my research, and I’m a wee bit obsessed with the two-tone front — half black, half super-subtle navy animal print. Funky but classy. And double-breasted. Swoon.)
7) A Bold Coat in a Classic Shape
I should have just titled this post All The Anthro Jacket-Type Things. In fact, maybe I will. This is another coat that found me and I couldn’t deny it. Again (*facepalmmmm*), it’s sold out online (it’s the “Plaid Jasper Coat” if you feel motivated to hunt it down in-store). The bold print adds the perfect pop to neutrals, but it would be right at home with a louder, graphic tee or a funky colorblock sweater. That electric blue lining is just delicious, too. This thing slides on like butter. Best of all, it has a menswearish vibe that I can’t get enough of. Wearing an XS — TTS.
Full transparency: I’m not the type to pay more than $100 for a sweatshirt. Even in this age where I’m being far more selective about the pieces I invest it, it’d be a stretch for me. That said: I was sorely tempted. This is, quite simply, a solid piece of clothing. Comfy and easy and something about the color blocking at the cuff and hem is just enough to give it kind of a preppy heritage vibe. The fit is great, too. Not cropped, but not oversized. Just…classic. TTS.
I took loads of photos of this one, because I love the attention to detail. Maybe best of all, the embroidery continues onto the back. Major pet peeve of mine when that isn’t the case on pieces like this, and yet it’s so hard to find! As for the style: I can’t tell if it’s boho or Western, but it’s real good. With cutoffs in the summer? Yes please. With trousers for work? Yep. With ragged distressed denim and some easy mules? You betcha. Wearing an XS — TTS.
White T-shirts are sorely underrated (Danielle’s recent post proves just how freaking versatile they can be) — and every time I put one on, I feel so confident and…maybe even…sexy? I think part of it has to do with the fact that wearing a white tee immediately transports me to a pre-kid, pre-stains time of my life that feels really good to tap into every now and again. And then there’s also the plain fact that there are just few things more classic. This tee, however, is that, and then some. An almost-v-neck with button detail and swoopy, eyelet-adorned sleeves. It’s sweeter and more “special,” and yet just as easy to wear. Wearing an XS — TTS.
[BLANKNYC] consistently delivers affordable vegan leather jackets that are pretty dang good — not too spongy, waxy or stiff — so it’s no surprise that this one is equally impressive. I snagged this jacket in black during the NSale, but somehow I missed it in the oxblood, and it’s arguably the best of the bunch. This one was on the sale rack at my Anthro, but I couldn’t find it online, so I’m linking to the exact one on Nordstrom (on super sale, sizes are going fast) and Amazon (also on sale, fully stocked).
Anthro Style: The…Could Be Good?
1) The Peplum Top I Wanted To Love
It’s nearly impossible to walk into Anthro at any time of year and not stumble into a top like this — big sleeves, peplum flounce, upholstery-inspired fabric — and I swear, I always want them to work for me. I love them in concept, I really do. And even this one, on, is…OK with me. But not what I’d hoped. Maybe it needs to hit in a different spot? And really, it’s a moot point, because it’s sold out online (man, really striking out today — sorry!) — but in looking it up, maybe something like this, which is basically a perfectly lovely sweatshirt with a more petite peplum, would be more flattering?
This dress is SO SOFT, friends. Unfortunately, it’s just not the most flattering thing. I wanted it to work because I love the color, the turtleneck, the 2/3 sleeves, the oversized fit. But then something about the shape makes it seem like it can’t decide if it actually is oversized or attempting to be fitted, and it just ends up in frumptown. I do love how it looks layered under the coat, but…meh. Wearing an XS, which I honestly think is the right size. It’s just the wrong dress. Looking around now online, I think this one (which I am now slightly obsessing over) or this one would have been far more successful.
3) The Softest, Drapiest (Maybe Too Drapey?) Jacket
OK, I don’t hate this. In fact, I was pretty close to bringing it home with me. But it’s not often that I feel overly buxom in a top, and the fabric on this, especially zipped — which, honestly, is what drew me to the jacket, in theory — well, there’s just too much of it. Maybe it was just the day, because looking at it again now, I could possibly be persuaded otherwise, but in the name of keeping my closet pretty tightly edited, I skipped it. Wearing an XS — TTS.
My Current Daily Uniform
(aka The Outfit I Wore Into the Store)
Isn’t it the best feeling when the outfit you wore into the store is still as exciting to you as the brand spankin’ new pieces you just tried on? The little things, friends. I wear this white tee at least once a week (I’ve yet to find a neckline as flattering as this not-overly-scoopy scoopneck). And these jeans have become part of my daily uniform. They’re the AGoldE Jamie, and they’re the closest thing I have to a Mom Jean, but they’re a little more trim, maybe a bit more modern. I picked them up at my favorite local shop, Crow’s Nest (if you’re ever in town, it’s the most well-curated fashion boutique, and I feel so spoiled to have it in our small town), but they’re easy to find online. The sizing is kinda all over the place on these according to reviews, but in my experience, I sized down a full size. (Note that I have a fair amount of booty for my frame but not exceptionally wide hips.)
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As always, happy shopping, guys. Hope you’re having a great week!
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