Rated 2 out of 5
┬áby SumR Size DOWN. Way, way down.
I typically wear a 6-8-10/Medium in dresses from Anthro, and I wanted very much to love this dress. It seemed the perfect, wearable combination of fashion and art--but just look at the photo. It looks like I am wearing a sack, people. And an expensive sack at that! No bueno. I ordered a Medium and a Large (expecting to have to size up--ha!). Shown in the photos is the medium.
The dress is basically an oversized t-shirt shape with a sash. The texture is wonderfully nubby, but still...it looks and feels like a sack. With the sash, it's a little better, but all the extra fabric still adds too much bulk in the back to make this dress, on my short-waisted and somewhat curvy self, even remotely flattering. On a very tall or very slender frame, this might work, or perhaps on someone looking to show off a gorgeous hourglass shape. Shorter people, like me (5'4") may want to have it hemmed--again, you'll note in the picture that the dress would be much more flattering were it a couple of inches shorter. For $268 do you really want to spend $50 extra at the tailor?
July 26, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5┬áby Grumpy Probably not unless it were $39
Me: 35-24-35 5'5" trying on an S
I came across a "web return" of this in the store...in a way lucked out by not having to order and wait for shipment (only to return it):
Fabric/construction: you'd want such an item at its full price to be made of nice-ish material. It felt rough and nubby, and the texture struck me as something you might frankly call "this old thing I've had forever". Maybe for some it'd be rustic chic.
Fit: if you just throw this on, you'll sort of think you're either wearing a giant sleep shirt, or a hospital gown (and with child-like lines and colors drawn over it). Tying the belt over, it looked better, but both the anthro associate and I agreed that it really looked like I borrowed the dress from a friend who might be an 8, when I'm a 2. Weirdly enough, the shoulders fit perfect, but there was so much material at my hip, it seemed as if I was fastening a sack around myself and trying too hard to get some shape out of it.
You may want to order a couple, because the pattern of colors & lines does not seem to be consistent, just in case you're picky about the placement of the lines.
I love dresses. I don't mind spending upward of $2k for the "statement" ones. This seemed quite intriguing for a casual, walk-about dress, but I couldn't do it with the fabric and cut.
August 31, 2012