Sugar-Coated Shirtdress, size 8 ($128)
I was very pleased to see this dress in my local store, but very sad to see that my Anthropologie-doppelganger had already snuck in and purchased the 10 and the 12! I was left with a choice of 8 or 14. Arg! I grabbed the 8 and assumed the buttons would pull just a bit, which they did. Otherwise this dress fit really well. There's a side zip and the buttons are on the top half of the dress only. The sleeves had a tie which makes them adjustable, but I found them comfortable without having to do anything to them. There are pockets and a rather cheap burgundy ribbon belt. I'd definitely switch the ribbon for something more substantial. I liked the pattern and color of this dress a lot. It was very fall, but despite being patterned all over, I didn't find it too busy. This one is definitely on my wish list.
Babergh Dress, size 12 ($188)
I saw roxy try on this dress here and thought she looked great in it even though she said it was "close across the hips". The biggest size in my store was a 12 and I assumed it would be a bit snug on the thighs and huge in the chest. Imagine my surprise when the bust was a little snug too. I think that a 14 would fit absolutely perfectly! If you are bigger on bottom than top, this dress was made for you! The empire band hits at the perfect spot and the scalloped shell pattern on the skirt is really pretty. I'm not really sure where I'd wear a dress like this, but I did really like it a lot which kind of surprised me.
Vestiges Dress, size 12 ($148)
There's a lot going on in the top half of this dress. Between the pattern, the colors and the cut, I felt a bit like a George Washington imitator from the 1970s. The bottom of the dress is just a plain navy blue with a fabric sash. There were pockets and the fit was fine, but I just wasn't wowed. The length was nice and this would be totally work appropriate for someone, just not me!
Midnight Safari Dress, size Medium ($148)
The more I eyed this dress as I was in the fitting room, the more the pattern disturbed me. It seems to be suggesting graffiti, but it's really just a hot mess: pinks, blacks, corals all in splotches over an entire dress. Interesting. I had to look twice at the price because I thought it had to be wrong. The material feels cheap, there are no pockets, and the sash is just a black ribbon. For $148? I think not, Sparrow. The fit of the dress was nice and it flowed away from my body nicely, but there's no way I'd ever pay more than $50 for a dress like this. I expect more from Anthropologie.
Twinkle Twinkle Dress, size 12 ($168)
I could not sprint to the fitting room fast enough when I spotted this dress. I'm currently in love with this green and can't get enough of it: dresses, skirts, if it comes in this green, I must own it. This dress is a pullover style similar to the Castle Lake Dress. The empire is at the smallest part of my waist which was flattering and the button details were a nice touch. No pockets which disappointed me. I've recently converted my mother with my love of pockets to the point that she now expects them! This dress fit nicely and I probably would buy the 10, but as it is, I've probably got too many dresses this color already. Wish listed for sale.
Watch out for some more reviews later in the week!