Made to Measure Skirt, size 12 ($138)
I did not have high hopes for this skirt. I spotted it folded under a table at my local store weeks before it appeared online. I was looking for some skirts to try on so I went through the pile looking for my size: the biggest size available was a 12 which typically does not work for me in a pencil skirt. I figured I'd give it a try and took it into the fitting room. Much to my surprise, the 12 fit pretty perfectly. And even more to my surprise the cut of the skirt was relatively flattering. I really like this style of a pencil skirt with a twist and this falls into that category. The only thing keeping me from taking this little lovely home with me? The pattern. *sigh* If this was a pretty floral or graphic print or even a solid color, it would be in my closet right now, but this pattern was striking me as equal parts Scottish bagpiper and Annie Oakley. I have a difficult time with plaid: I went to a Catholic school and wore a plaid uniform skirt so I think I always get a little uncomfortable with the idea of willingly wearing plaid. The price was enough to knock me to my senses because I could like the print for $88 or even $98, but for $138, I need to love the print. I'll reconsider my position come sale time.
Marston Sweater Skirt, size Large ($98)
After trying on every sweater skirt in NYC a few weeks back (click here), I assumed that sweater skirts were an item that I would never ever like, no matter what. So given my rough history with sweater skirts, imagine my surprise when a reader requested that I try on this skirt. I assumed it was for comic relief, perhaps this reader was depressed about something and needed to be cheered up. Always a trooper, I spotted this skirt in my store and decided to just go for it. Okay so guys, it's really not that bad! I grabbed a Large which felt a bit big in the waist, but I worry that the Medium would have the same effect of the other sweater skirts in that it would just show every lump and bump. The Large skimmed my hips nicely. The color is a really pretty mustard and the wool is really soft, not itchy at all. I seriously considered buying this sweater skirt because it's so unlike anything I've ever owned before. In the end, I panicked when it came time to styling it, but if other bloggers start putting together cute outfits using this skirt, I might just have to give in and buy it!
Finishing School Skirt, size 12 ($78)
I seriously considered ordering this skirt online the first day it appeared. I loved the color and the description suggested that the cut was a-line. I ended up not ordering it, but I found it in my local store and couldn't resist. Okay, for starters, this is not an a-line skirt...or if it is supposed to be, it runs really small. The skirt has buttons down the front rather than a zipper. The material is a corduroy and has a bit of stretch to it. I hadn't noticed the ruffles on the back hem before, but I think they are a nice touch. And the color is just adorable for fall! The fit of this skirt, however, was all wrong on me. I'd have to size up two or even three sizes (which don't actually exist at Anthro, but you get my point) for this to be an a-line skirt. Even in a 14, it would be a pencil skirt. I'm so sad to do it, but I'm passing.
White Noise Skirt, size Large ($98)
This skirt is a true wrap skirt. There are snaps inside the skirt and the front panel came across far enough to prevent any windy day mishaps. The fit of this skirt was fine and I liked the way it looked on, but it really bugged me that there's only a pocket on one side. Either do pockets or don't: that weirdness alone was enough to totally turn me off of this skirt.
Steamer Trunk Skirt, size 10 ($98)
Yes, I've already tried this skirt on, but the last time was in black, size 12 and there were security tumors all down the inside of the skirt (click here). I just couldn't resist trying the skirt on in this pretty pattern which is the whole reason why I liked this skirt initially. The smaller size helps me out a little, but not much. I still need a little more structure and a little less sweater in my sweater skirt. I also wasn't as in love with the pattern in person so at least my love affair can now end amicably rather than on such a sour note from before.