|Babergh Dress - by Floreat - $188 - Anthro Sept 2010|
You can order the dress here.
MY REVIEW... of the Babergh in size 4. I am just under 5'6" tall, 34C, 125 lbs, 35-27-36.
THE FIT... is perfect, as is the dress. The constricting band was my biggest concern since I have a 31" ribcage. I could take a deep breath without any pulling of the high (not Empire) waist band. There is just a slight gap at the neckline, which thankfully was not too low. There is room at the hips to sit comfortably. The arm holes are not too long. The length is just above the knee.
The online Anthro description proclaims the dress is Cotton and Silk. The tag on my dress reads differently. It was hard to decipher what elements of the dress were made from Cotton, Viscose, Nylon and of all things dreadful Polyester. The tag claims the exterior is Cotton and the lining Nylon.
The dress arrived in fairly good condition from packaging. Some minor creasing as you can see. The Ivory bodice fabric is beautifully detailed and could pass for Silk. The pintucked, bow topped ruffle is well constructed of un-detailed Ivory fabric. The bow is dainty and does not draw attention to the chest in a negative way. The contrasting Lavender waist band is of the same detailed fabric and sits lower than Empire. The skirt fabric is heavy Jacquard in Ivory and Lavender, with Gold accent stitching. The Ivory lining beneath shows through the cut-outs.
Despite negative comments about the shoulder garnish, I like it. The flowers are sewn flat so they won't interfere with a coat or sweater.
The zipper does stick at the heavy fabric. There are some loose threads that don't appear shoddy. The rear hemline has a streamlined kick pleat. The hem underneath is constructed very nicely. This dress is very well made.
The only negative points are the lack of Silk, the evidence of Polyester (gag), and the high price tag considering the lack of Silk.
I can style this dress to work year round. My closet produced 3 pairs of shoes, 3 sweaters, a coat, and 2 bracelets that could be used in several outfits centered on this dress. I also ordered an Anthro jacket and pair of shoes. I highly recommend the Dotty Cluster Tights in Lavender.
Dotty Cluster Tights - by Eloise - Lavender - $16 - Anthro Sept 2010
You can order the tights here
You can order the Re-Mix Vintage Shoes "Charlotte" here
Anthro Sister Love, Laura (lauramartinsemail)@yahoo.com