I was a little disappointed at the selection of skirts at the Rockefeller Center Anthropologie, but luckily the 16th Street store had tons of pretty skirts in my size! As I tried them on, I reflected on the fact that I don't think I really know how a skirt is supposed to fit. I'm so used to sizing up and pulling the skirt down to my hips to get some extra length. So many of Anthropologie's skirts are high waisted though so that doesn't work. I think I just need to take the plunge and get a skirt because once I actually wear it for longer than the two minutes I'm in the fitting room, I bet I'll be surprised at how comfortable it is!
Lost Time Skirt, size 12 ($118)
The coveted Lost Time Skirt is first. I liked this skirt when I started seeing other bloggers try it on too, but it wasn't total love for me. The lack of pockets was a turn-off. As was the pattern not matching at the seam. And the idea of black crinoline in this oppressive summer heat kind of made me want to die. The skirt is really cute and quirky though. As I look at the pictures, I kind of like how it looks on me. It fit on my high waist (like a skirt is apparently supposed to) and was more than long enough to be work appropriate. I can't imagine it will still be around some sale time, but if it is, I'd definitely considering picking it up.
Cinereous Sweater Skirt, size Large ($98)
There are a few sweater skirts on Anthropologie's website right now and this is one of them. The color is a charcoal grey which I liked - I get so sick of black all the time! The Large fit fine, but the sweater knit wasn't doing my figure any favors. There is a woman I work with who only owns clothes in this material. Supposedly she used to be rather lovely, but now she's gained some weight and every single lump and bump is visible under her clothes! I couldn't stop thinking about her as I tried this skirt on and it made me rather self conscious. If the skirt had a bit of an A-line to it, I imagine I might have been a fan, but this trumpet style just was not working on me.
Gifted Skirt, size 12 ($78)
This is a basic khaki A-line khaki skirt and I'm rather in love with it. I've been looking all summer for a khaki skirt to replace my Banana Republic one (which I bought one size too big and wear on my hips and now just twists around all funny whenever I wear it.) Yet pencil skirts are all the rage this summer and I've been unsuccessful. This skirt, however, is perfect! The waist was just a little snug (which doesn't surprise me since I usually have to size up in Odille, but the length was great and it had pockets! Perfection! My only complaint is the stupid ugly belt, but that can easily be replaced with a much more professional skinny leather belt. I intend to order this skirt in a 14 before the free shipping promo ends!
Acting Out Skirt, size 12 ($88)
I've been the Acting Out Skirt in grey's biggest fan so when I saw the sapphire version, I had to try it on for comparison's sake! The material is definitely different in the sapphire - heavier and crisper than the grey version which is a bit slinkier. My one mini-complaint about the grey version is that the fabric can pull easily (although fixing it is easy), but that's likely not the case in this color. The sapphire didn't photograph very well, but it is a very pretty green in real life. This skirt fits true to size if not a bit big - I was shocked when the 12 looked nice on me because I always need a 14 in a pencil skirt due to my thighs. If anyone missed out on the grey version, I recommend picking either the sapphire or charcoal version up the second time around. It is such a figure flattering skirt - I can't say enough good things about it!
Steamer Trunk Skirt, size 12 ($98)
I was so excited to see this skirt in the store since I've got a bit of a crush on the neutral patterned version available on the website. I figured I'd try on the black for sizing purposes and then order the color I wanted when I got home. Sadly, the skirt did not cooperate with my plans. This is another trumpet style sweater skirt. It looks even worse because there are two anti-theft tags on the right side of my body (one from the tank and one from the skirt). It looks like I have little golf ball sized tumors all over my hips. Nice. I wish the skirt wasn't totally sweater material and maybe had a bit more stiffness to the fabric - that would probably make it a bit more flattering, but in this material, it's just hugging my curves in all the wrong ways!
Luminous Graphite Skirt, size 12 ($118)
This skirt is one that I fell in love with when I saw on the website. I suspected it wouldn't fit since it's a pencil skirt and the largest size available was a 12. I grabbed it anyway and crossed my fingers. This skirt felt so good as I pulled it on. The material is amazing, the color (a grey tweed) is perfect for fall/winter, and the ruffle makes it interesting. I was actually a little shocked when I turned to zip the skirt and realized that there was no way on Earth, this skirt was zipping up! I was so sad, but even unzipped, I love the way it looked and wanted a picture for posterity! I'd say this one runs small because I doubt even a 14 would have given me the inches I needed. If anyone does buy it, please post a picture so I can live vicariously through you!
I still have a ton more than I tried on last weekend (had to do something to keep from turning into a bundle of nerves!) Watch out for the rest in the next few days!