Monday, June 22, 2009

On Anthropologie

Today I ran into Anthropologie before meeting up with a friend after work.  I saw this book and had to get it.  I am loving reading about all the timeless must have pieces.  Here's the list, including what I've got in bold:
A-Line Dress
Animal Print
Ankle Bootie
Ballet Flat
Black Opaque Tights
Boyfriend Cardigan
Cable-Knit Sweater
Camel Coat
Cashmere Sweater
Charm Bracelet
Cocktail Ring
Cosmetics Bag
Cowboy Boots
Denim Jacket
Diamond Studs
Driving Shoe
Evening Gown
Exotic Skin Bag
Frye Harness Boot
Gentleman's Hat
Hobo Bag
Hoop Earrings
Investment Bag
Jewelry Pouches
Knee Boots
Leather Pants
Little Black Dress
Little White Dress
L.L. Beach Tote
Mad Money
Man's White Shirt
Mary Janes
Minnetonka Moccasin
Missoni Knit
Monogrammed Stationery
Motorcycle Jacket
Nail Polish
Old Concert T-Shirt
One-Piece Swimsuit
Pearl Necklace
Pencil Skirt
Plain White Tee
Polo Shirt
Push-Up Bra
Quality Champagne
Red Lipstick
Safari Jacket
Signet Ring
Silk Scarf
Statement Necklace
Striped Sailor Shirt
Turquoise and Coral Jewelry
Tuxedo Jacket
Valid Passport
Wellington Boot
Wide-Leg Trousers
Wrap Dress
Yoga Gear
Zippered Hoodie
And there were so many great quotes, I had to include a few (okay more than a few):

There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.
-Helena Rubinstein

No gold digging for me...I take diamonds.
-Mae West

A woman's dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.
-Sophia Loren

Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty.  It is not.  It is the opposite of vulgarity.
-Coco Chanel

Cock your hat-angels are attitudes.
-Frank Sinatra

You can always tell what kind of person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you.
-Audrey Hepburn

Do you know what these are?  Manolo Blahnik mary janes.  I thought these were an urban shoe myth!
-Carrie Bradshaw

You don't really know a woman until she writes you a letter.
-Ada Leverson

While clothes may not make the woman, they certainly have a strong effect on her self-confidence-which, I believe, does make the woman.
-May Kay Ash

A woman who does not wear perfume has no future.
-Coco Chanel

Where should one wear perfume?  Wherever one wants to be kissed.
-Coco Chanel

I've always thought of the T-shirt as the alpha and the omega of the fashion alphabet.
-Giorgio Armani

Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin.  That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.
-Gwyneth Paltrow

We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.
-Yves Saint Laurent

Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you want the rainbow you've got to put up with the rain.
-Dolly Parton

My mother was right.  When you've got nothing left all you can do is get into some silk underwear and start reading Proust.
-Jane Birkin

Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
-Amelia Earhart

I've been meaning to write a post on Anthropologie for a while now.  I sort of always bashed Anthropologie.  For one reason, I can't bring myself to refer to it as "Anthro."  Even though I have no problem with "Nordies" or "Bloomies", I hate hate hate "Anthro."  I put it in the same category as "I.F." (slang for Idaho Falls, for all you non-BYUI grads.)  
But despite the annoying nickname, I feel like it's beyond ridiculous how expensive the store is.  Really Anthropologie?  $200 for a cardi?  Who do you think you are?  Bergdorf?  Even though there are some decent prices in the sale room, I couldn't get past the ridiculous full price items (this does not include household items.)
Lastly, my big gripe is that I feel like so many items in the store are actually ugly, but consumers are so blinded by Anthro to notice.  I swear some of these things could be sold at Walmart and these shoppers would turn their noses up at them.
Welllllllllll, I've been meaning to come forward and officially admit I've been buying more and more at Anthropolgie.  Lately I've been finding more and more things I like (in the sales room!) and I've had to eat my words because I sort of really do love the store, and sometimes secretly wish someone would give me a gift card so I could sort of rationalize paying full price for some of the adorable dresses that aren't on sale.
However, recently Elise posted this, and I have to revert back to point number three.  They do sell some ugly stuff...


kimmy said...

i completely agree with you! for the most part i think "anthro" is over priced and not even that stylish! they do have the occasional gems (yes i always make a b-line for the sale room when i go in) but to top it off their sales people are always so rude!!

Elise said...

That list was fun. I have many of the things that you don’t, some duplicates of ones you have, and you have some that I don’t. If we combine our closets, we are set!

Anthropologie. Here are my thoughts…

1. I can’t stand when people call it anthro. Never in my life have I once called it that, nor do I ever plan to. But I tend to always say the full name of stores, though (no Nordies for me).
2. Yes, many of their clothes are overpriced. A t-shirt for $68? No thank you. That is why the number of items that I have purchased on sale far outnumbers the number I have purchased full price. But, I have noticed that recently that some things seem to be a teensy bit more affordable than they were last year (the economy maybe?). For example, I picked up a shirt just last week that was only $38, when I thought before even looking at the price tag that it for sure would have been $58. And I think most people think the same way, which is why Anthropologie has, hands down, one of the best sales racks ever (my local store has two huge rooms, plus four or five additional racks in front of those rooms).
3. I love, love, love their dishes & accessories. I have no problem paying full price for those & feel like they are much more reasonably priced compared to the clothing. I love their headbands & clips and their earrings are my favorite.
4. I agree that there are many ugly clothes there. I wouldn’t buy something ugly just to say that it was from Anthropologie, but I think many people fall into that trap. But, to be fair, I think there are some ugly clothes at every store I shop at. My rule is that if something is cute, I’ll buy it, regardless of the store it is from. Today, I am wearing a $6 shirt from Walmart. And guess what? I love it and get a lot of compliments on it.
5. The reason that I have begun to gravitate towards Anthropologie more and more over the last year or so (& maybe why you have too?) is that because I feel like their clothing is better suited for my life right now. I get tons of utility from their clothes. I can buy one a cute top that I can wear to work, church, and out with friends, where before I used to have my play clothes, my church clothes, and my school clothes.

(the end.)

Michelle said...

What a great book! I don't know if I would say that the Wayfarers are a "classic time piece", although I do have a pair...