Monday, February 11, 2008

Anthropologie Does Dresses for Spring 2008

I think I've mentioned before that I've put myself on a very strict budget. I've allotted for certain things, like these shoes I'm considering buying as my splurge using my bonus money, but I've also allotted for a monthly spending budget that is half of what I spent before (which was my entire paycheck - silly, I know, but I'm working on that whole responsibility thing). Anywho, being on a budget, and a tight budget at that, means certain things. I have to shop very, very carefully. Now, I've always been a quality over quantity kind of girl, but one thing I've really been focusing on lately is getting an "it" item for a season. If you get one really fab thing that is versatile, you can really stretch it's wearability and use it in many outfits, making your other staples so much more fab. I'm going to do a post later this week (hopefully) of an "It" layering piece I bought from Banana Republic, but today I wanted to talk "dresses." I tried on the prettiest dress yesterday from Anthropologie:

Caravan Dress

I'm looking for an "It" dress for Spring/Summer '08. I want something pretty, girly, flowy, and just plain gorge. This one fit the bill pretty well - the fit of the dress was awesome, but I wasn't too crazy about the colors - it was a bit dark for me. What I did like about the colors was how they mixed black and brown - makes the accessorizing that much easier, no? I didn't get the dress b/c I need to see if I'm going to get those shoes first b/c if I do get the shoes, my February clothing budget will be all used up (yea, the shoes were more than the budget money I set aside so I'll have to dig into my monthly budget to help pay for them) and I'll have to wait a few more weeks to use my March money.

Of course, by the time March rolls around, this dress will probably be long gone as the Anthropologie stores are quite popular where I live and the good stuff doesn't last on the racks too long. To prep for this, I found some other good options online today. This was an easy task b/c Anthropologie has the cutest dresses, don't they?:

Migration Dress

Hanky-Tied Dress

Bluebell Wood Dress

Loverly Dress

Beach Ball Sweater Dress

NOTE: Images/items by Anthropologie


Fabulously Broke said...

I like the Bluebell one.

I ALSO put myself on a strict no clothing budget... but then Valentine's came up...

Marie said...

I really like the colors in the first dress but then again I am a *dark colors* kinda gal. I was thinking how well it would transition into Autumn with the dark colors and a nice little cardigan thrown on top and when Spring approaches how you can layer a short sleeve tee in a lighter contrasting color underneath. Good luck choosing! (oh by the way, I heard that Bluefly has a certain selection of Louboutin's 50% off! I know you're a fan so just thought I'd let you know). :-)

Fabulously Broke said...

I also put myself on a strict no-clothing budget but then Valentine's came along...

Nilz said...

Good collections. Looks like pretty comfortable.

bitterbabe said...

first of all - congrats and way to go for actually sticking with a budget! how many times do i give myself one and then i blow $50 on food!!

i am SUPER excited about dresses being the big thing for summer - can't wait! and yes you are right, you should buy the dress soon because you just KNOW they sell out of your size!

okay i really really like the migration dress - i think you could wear this to a lot of diff events - and shoes!

and the hanky tied dress is just SO COOL! love the sleeves!

and i also like the loverly dress... .the pattern is fantastic!!

oooooh hard choice!

Alex said...

If you're looking for a classic piece that you can mix and match with different things, then check out the dresses at Shabby Apple.

They're really versatile dresses, and the company just switched over to free shipping (including exchanges). I'm a definite fan, and you should check them out.