Now for my thoughts. First of all, this dress has a long exposed zipper in the back, which is not my most favorite kind of zipper, but these seem to be everywhere these days. The material itself is very soft 100% silk that does not seem like it will wrinkle too much. The bottom three tiers give some definite flounce to the dress, which I tried to capture in some of the pictures below. It also has some ruffling in a vertical line at the bust. The dress has an elasticized seam a bit under the dress which gives it a bit of an empire style. This dress is fully lined in a red acetate and very well made. I inspected it carefully and could detect no flaws in the workmanship.
The dress is way sleeveless so to wear it to work I would almost certainly have to wear a cardigan. I found it to fit true to size. And, can I just say how relieved I am that Anthro is finally starting to carry some longer dresses and skirts? This 5'8" lady is grateful. I should note when I tried this on in store I was wearing riding boots and it definitely "toughened up" the girliness of the dress (can you tell I read Lucky magazine? that is something the mag likes to say) in a pretty cute way. The colors are vibrant and, in my opinion, not garish, but fun and cheerful.
I took three different phases of pictures for this review. Phase 1 features the Prairie Rose cardigan, partially buttoned over the dress. This gave it a bit of a cinching effect at the waist. And yes, I did a bit of a shimmy to show the movement of the tiers.
Phase 2 is the same cardigan over the dress, but unbuttoned. Here you can start to see the elasticized seam that runs a bit under the bust.
Phase 3 is just the dress. I couldn't wear this to work without the cardigan because the sleeves are too narrow and I just would not feel covered up enough. This look would only be for a night out or weekend wear. I did another shimmy to show the movement without a cardigan. Plus, it's just fun to shimmy every now and then! In these pictures you can really see how the dress has more of an empire style to it. I think I like it best when the cardigan gives it a bit more shape. I suppose you could do a wide belt with this, like the Snakebite Belt, but it might conflict with the seam under the bust. When and if my belt is ever delivered off of back order I might have to give it a whirl, assuming by then I have not talked myself out of keeping the dress.
Jake loves this dress but like the pessimist I am, I can look at myself in it and see a million flaws. Sometimes I wonder how I ever make it out the door clothed, I am that critical of myself. What about you? Love it or hate it?