I ordered this dress in the blue zigzag motif. The fit and style are classic, and the fabric pattern and rectangular cap sleeves add a bit of modern twist. The top/body is fitted, and the skirt starts at the waist and is flowy and full, which makes for a very flattering fit. I can wear this dress now and easily into the fall with some booties and sweater. And even into the winter with some tights and tall boots. Very versatile. I ordered an XS and a S. I am 5'7" and about 123lbs. I usually wear a size 2 or a S, sometimes an XS. I am a 32D. Both sizes fit well. However, the S was slightly baggy and droopy in the armholes, so I went with the XS, which fits like it was made for me! The dress may be a bit shorter, it does come above the knee, but I did not feel it was too short in either sizes. I would say my torso and leg lengths are fairly proportionate.
/ Nov 06 2014
I love this dress so much! The fit is so flattering & feminine, I love the print & the sleeves are so pretty. I purchased the regular XS & it fits perfectly. It comes a few inches above my knees - just like the model in the photo. I am 5'3", 115 lbs & 34B. If you have a larger chest you may want to order up. I would think the Petite would be too short as I notice most anthro petite dresses are. This dress would look cute layered with a cardigan, tights & boots in fall/winter & worn with a pretty belt in the spring/summer. I almost waited for it to go on sale, but was afraid it would sell out. I also wanted the green, but it is sold out in my size.
/ Oct 28 2014
I'm around two months postpartum, so I was looking for something with a button front for breastfeeding and this dress fits the bill exactly. I got it in the navy, as sadly the lovely green was sold out. I'm an average build at around 135lbs, 5'6" tall, and I guess a 34C/D these days, so I went for the M which fits perfectly. I'm usually a S in Anthro clothes, but I followed the advice of the other reviewers and sized up. So glad I did! It fits perfectly around the bust and is nicely nipped in at the waist, plus the way the fabric flows from the waist hides my post-preggo pouch. It comes to a bit above the knee, so it's perfect for wearing with tights and boots for autumn.
So I saw this online and KNEW I had to try this on.
I normally wear a size 12, but it wasn't available so tried on the 10 which fit me like a glove. Now here's what you need to know. I'm very short waisted AND have long legs, so this dress hits me right at my waist. I know I have an slightly different body shape than the norm so again TRY THIS ON.
Now here's the biggest con - the top is super fitted, so you will always need assistance to get the zipper up and down all the way. There's just zero give, which is why it can fit like a glove, but I even tried on a 14 and there was no way I was going to take a chance and possibly rip the dress.
I have broad shoulders so I've worn dresses like this before, and honestly it's so rare to find one that fits and flatters like this that I'll take this small con over the fit.
So for me this is definitely a keeper...but it won't fit everyone the way it fits me.
Definitely try a size or two, and also note that the pattern is different for each dress.
/ Nov 14 2014
The pictures do not do this dress justice. The print caught my eye in the store, and I grabbed it not thinking much of it. I liked the soft feel of the material and the print, bu the flowing asymmetric cut of the bottom of the dress is what gives it the wow factor. I had to wear it to work the next day because I loved it so much when I tried it on. It's very figure flattering, and fits very well. I'm 5'6", 145 lbs, athletic build. Usually wear b/w a 4 or 6 in Anthro, and the 4 fits well. It's flirty and fun, but formal enough for work attire. Could prob transition to night time with a fun belt as shown in the pics, and with the right shoes. The compliments from others keep coming. This is an effortless stunner.
/ Sep 19 2014
Great fall dress
I found that this dress fit me TTS or even ran slightly large. I usually wear an 8/10 and the 8 worked for me. The ten almost worked but it didn't fit at the waist as nicely. The 8 is snug on my arms but not to the point where its a problem. The color is definitely not a true black but more of a dark navy. It is a very blue based black. I am 5'8" and have a very long torso but the waist didn't bother me even though it sit higher. I probably would have liked it a little better if the waist hit me a little lower but I suppose I'm used to it because dresses never quite hit me right in the hips/waist. This reason is why I end up belting almost every dress I own. There isn't really any stretch to the fabric and it is pretty structured up top, limiting mobility so if that kind of thing drives you crazy then this dress is not for you. Overall, I'm happy I bought this dress. It will transition nicely to fall and looks nice with tall boots and booties.
This dress is undeniably beautiful and well-made, but I have already returned it to Anthro. I made the mistake of ordering regular sizing and not petite, but I could have sworn that petites were not available at the time I ordered. If you are interested in this dress and are shorter than 5'4", I highly recommend the petite sizing. I'm 5'3" since the regular hit about 3" below the knee. The awkward length made this dress look matronly.
Also, between every one of the buttons is a French hook. Yes, it helps the placket lay flat, but it was a time-consuming nuisance to get this dress on even though you really only have to unbutton and unhook to to the waistband and step in. But yes, that really is part of the impeccable construction. I just don't have the patience personally.
The dress is heavy! When I pulled it out of the package, I was surprised by the sheer weight of the garment. It wasn't so bad when it was on, but because of the weight and design details, I couldn't imagine cleaning it myself or the cost of having it dry-cleaned.
And it runs big. I should have sized down, petites or no. But yes, it's a five star dress for the person who it fits properly.
/ Oct 19 2014
Beautifully Made - Runs Large
The fabrics are beautiful, the construction is sound, and the design is flattering! It feels mature and sophisticated. I bought this dress and the Prairie Dusk dress both in a size 12 - which on the size chart runs 39.5 - 31.5 - 41.5. I measure 39 - 32.5 - 48 and it slid right on. Very much outlines my behind, pulls a tiny bit in the front (easily fixed with shapewear) but doesn't feel tight. Even though my waist is an inch larger than the size chart, the dress could be tailored up to two inches at the waist. It would in fact be more flattering if I did that. I haven't decided yet if I should pay for tailoring, try a size smaller (which is ridiculous, I am not a size 10, especially not in clingy bottoms), or return it. If you are worried it won't fit your curvaceous hips - give it try - you might be surprised!
/ Oct 11 2014
classy & Sexy
This dress is drop dead smokin when you try it on! I went into the store to try on the Carissima dress in black, which is a VERY similar style to the Mona and since they didn't have that dress in-store, I tried the Mona instead. I'm really glad I did. First off, I tried the only size they had, a 2, and even that could have worked b/c of the stretchy fabric. I knew that all I would have to do is purchase the size 4 and it would still be very fitted but comfortable. The fabric is thick and well designed to literally smooth your body like a Spanx! No need to wear a bra or anything underneath if you want a nice, clean line. Please don't think this dress is too conservative or blah based on the photos. This dress is the kind of sexy that sexy should be....subtle and classy. Not to mention that I love not having to bring a coat or jacket along to my event b/c the 3/4 length sleeve of this dress is plenty cozy...also, you can unbutton to mid chest if you'd like a little more somethin' going on other than a fully buttoned up look. I am 5'10, 145 and slender and the size 4 is perfect. I think this dress runs alittle big b/c normally I wouldn't buy a 4 in cocktail attire. I'm a solid 5 or 6 usually.
Why, oh WHY did this have to arrive just in time for Christmas? LOL I saw this astonishing dress just after my Carismma Sheath dress, in black, arrived. At first I thought this version was too close, but irl, it's in a class of it's own. You can barely tell from the photo, but the fabric on the bodice and skirt are different. The top has tiny circles with dots of red. The placket is also a different pattern, but instead of the hot mess I expected, the whole thing works to make you look like the most stunning creature in the room. Very, very flattering on most body types, but I'd dare say especially on the hourglass girl. This is the dress I would wear to dinner, to weddings, to business meetings with a jacket, to tea, to lunch with the girls, where wouldn't I wear this? Fit is tts, much like the Carismma sheath. I pray that it doesn't sell out before I can get my hands on one! Or, maybe, just maybe, it will show up under the tree!
/ Nov 03 2014
Gorgeous, tailored and unique
I wore this to a wedding and got rave reviews. It is lined with a flesh-colored 'corset' that really gives you a gorgeous shape. It hit just below the knee on me #I am 5'4"# so was perfect for a special occaion. It was very comfy as well. Absolutely recomend it!
I bought a size 2 - I am about 120 lbs and it fit perfectly.
/ Aug 23 2014
Even better than I hoped!
I visited this dress many times on the website, hoping it would go on sale, but finally decided to bit the bullet and pay full price. Prior reviews listed its unique detail and surprises that made this dress a conversation piece (and why I love Anthropologie!) and it didn't disappoint! It is form fitting and sexy in a smart-girl way, but it also possesses an artistic/couture quality that renders it timeless. I am 5'6 and a 35" bust/128 lbs and went with the 4p, as I prefer the hem to hit me at or above the knee. The fabric has stretch, which allows it to fit to your body, not bulge and buckle as a stiff fabric would do. I also cut the belt loops and moved belt/ribbon down so it would hit my waist, as the petite waist was higher- no problem at all. I am SOOO happy I splurged and know this will be a 'go to' dress for years to come.
I saw this at Anthro and was drawn immediately to the beautiful and brilliant blue of this dress. The flowers elegantly signal the fading bloom of summer and the refreshing arrival of fall. In every way, from the weight of the fabric, the potential for layering, and yes to both heels or boots, this dress is spot on. The only criticism I have is the construction of the dress. I tried this on three times (two in size 0 and one in size 2) and each one had problem with the bust line not being sewn correctly. I finally settled on one of them but realized that one of the pockets was protruding more than the others. At this price, this should not be the case and I examined other sizes and could see that this was happening across the board. Needless to say, because I think it's an unusually beautiful dress, I decided to go with it and enjoy it. Hopefully, however, the label will take note and take measures to tighten quality. BTW, my figure is a stick and I like how this creates the illusion of curves.
/ Oct 25 2014
I bought this dress in the Alexandria store when I was visiting a friend there. The fabric is gorgeous and the sleeve is great. I am 5'10" and a 12/14. The cur actually looks OK even with the pleating at the abdomen area. A lot of people seem to comment that they do not care for that. The bust is pretty tight. I am a 34DD and it does smoosh a little bit.
My only complaint is that the hem is stitched up with super fine thread and very loosely. The second time I wore this, the thread broke, the hem unraveled , and the whole back hem was hanging straight. I had to scotch tape it in place until I got home from work.
/ Aug 30 2014
I honestly can't remember the last time I bought something full price at Anthro - this one is so worth it!
I initially tried on the 10 (I'm usually 10-12) and it fit well but smooshed my boobs completely flat. I had to hunt out a 12 at a different store and it was so much better over the chest but still a great fit everywhere else.
This is such a flattering dress for those of us with curves. I have a thick waist and the banded middle helps to cinch me in a little. The neckline and sleeves make it very work appropriate although, at 5'9", I could have done with a few more inches on the skirt length, but this wasn't a deal breaker.
I adore the pattern and colors. I also think this will work really well throughout Autumn too. The material is excellent quality. I found the (slight) poof of the skirt hid my tummy.
I was also very fortunate to be able to apply the (limited time offer) 15% teacher discount, which helped a wee bit with the price!
This is beautiful! I ordered this in the moss and when it arrived I was actually shocked at how nice this was in person. It is very soft and comfortable and the color is gorgeous. It is less brown looking and more deep green in person than the picture depicts. The top is fitted and bottom is flowy without being maternity like. The pictures do not do this justice in my opinion. I have broad shoulders, bigger arms, and a large chest (36DD) and ordered a large and it fit perfectly up top. If I was slightly smaller in the shoulders I could have easily sized down. It hides all of the problem areas and I believe it is perfect for curvier women. This is so comfortable it makes you feel like you are in your pajams. What a great fall piece! I suggest if you are on the fence about this based on these photos that you either find it in a store or order it online and once you see it you will fall in love!
/ Nov 18 2014
Works for Maternity!!
I am 5'4", and nine months pregnant...
I saw this dress & thought… "hey, that could work over this little belly" -- and it does!
Being terribly lactose intolerant (when not pregnant) I have a lot of experience with "belly clothes," and a lot of my shirts / dresses from pre-pregnancy still work throughout pregnancy… so, I am excited that this dress will also work post-pregnancy and make eating cheese "safe."
Lots of discussion that this dress "runs big" -- and the body might, but the shoulders do not. I wear a small generally, ordered a small, that fits in the shoulders -- I could not wear an extra-small in the shoulders.
/ Nov 14 2014
LOVE this dress!
Absolutely LOVE this dress! Bought it in wine color. Very comfortable and cute! I have practically lived in this dress since I got it and wear it at least once per weekend! Disappointed I didn't also get it in the purple/blue color while it was still available.
Love this dress! Usually when I order online, I am rarely satisfied with my purchase because something is off - the fit or how the fabric lay or the color, etc. This dress, however, was a lovely exception to those experiences. The color is stunning and full of life. I tried two sizes: 8P and 6 regular, and found the fit of size 6 regular is very comfortable and compliments my figure perfectly(regular size 6 runs bigger then 8P). I did not find that material looks cheap, as previous review says. It is light, but warm enough to wear in cold days with bright leather jacket. The skirt was a little long, I'm 5.6" tall, but I thought that made the dress a little bit more elegant. Dress it up with heals or down with sandals, you will look gorgeous. Dress smells a bit, but it made in India and
clothes from this country usually has some specific smell. Otherwise I am very happy with my purchase even I paid huge amount of custom duty on this dress.
/ Oct 07 2014
It was not my initial intention to buy this dress but anywhere I was in my local anthro, this dress was in my sight - it stands out because of the stunning color. So I gave in, purchased it and happy about it.
It's not cheap looking at all to me but for sure it is kind of delicate as it is made of chiffon like fabric.
I recommend go down a size. I purchased my usual size 10 and I thought 8 would have been better. The waist is elastic and stretchy, and the dress has lots of fabric, it is better when gathered fabric is stretched out more.
/ Aug 09 2014
The pattern, color and silhouette of this dress are amazing. The waist is cinched, making the wearer appear very slim. The patchwork detail is what caught our eye when this dress first hit our sales floor. It makes the dress look expensive and special. It really stands out in our selection. The dress is a true midi length, which is great for many different heights. There is a lot of fabric in the skirt of the dress which helps it to feel expensive but this could be something that wouldn’t be as flattering on women with fuller hips.
The neck of the dress is cut very high, which can be a bit uncomfortable if you are not used to it. The waist is elastic and can accommodate many sizes but we wish that the construction of the waist was a little more sophisticated looking to match the rest of the dress. This is easily remedied with a great belt and wouldn’t deter us from splurging on this dress!
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