Knotted Cherry Halter ($58). This top had a cool, retro vibe that appealed to me. In addition, the price was right, so I decided to try it on. The store didn't have any mediums left, so I had a decision to make: was the small or the large going back to the dressing room with me? The voices of commenters past played out in my head, "Size up! Size up! Size up!" I went with the large. The fit did nothing for me, and the little "belt" at the waist was just weird. On a positive note, the material is extremely comfortable. A size medium might have made a difference here, but I'm not into this top enough to go through the trouble to find out. Although, it might be worth it to prove the size police wrong. Pass.
Decadent Layers Shell ($148). This little top is simply gorgeous. I picked it up knowing it wouldn't work on me, but I just had to give it a try. Once I got back to the fitting room, I saw it on a SA and my jaw dropped. It looked so good on her. The back is to die for. I really, really wanted this to work. I tried a medium and a small, and I think the medium was a better fit. My bra was sticking out underneath the lace in the back, so I asked the SA what kind of bras people were wearing with it. Her answer: they didn't wear a bra. Unfortunately, that is not an option for me. Another issue was that the front of the top was very short and boxy, making me look really wide. These things combined with the price ruled this top out. If you are tiny, run, don't walk, to your nearest Anthropologie and buy this top. It's pricey, but you won't regret it!
Convivial Midi Dress ($168). I was intrigued by this dress when I saw it on the hanger. I was digging the print and the cutout shoulders. The bright pink tassels? Not so much. However, the tassels are a part of the removable belt, so I thought I would try the dress on in hopes of pairing it with a better belt. I tried a size 6, and it was huge everywhere except the arms. The bottom part of the arms was pretty tight almost to the point of being uncomfortable. I knew if I sized down so the rest of the dress fit properly the arms would be unbearably tight. Also, I didn't care for the pink thread woven around the neckline. It didn't seem to make sense without the dreaded pink tassels. Pass.
Diamondflower Mini Dress ($118). Ah, finally, we have a winner! I was beginning to think I wouldn't find anything to make me smile during this trip. See my face in this picture. That's what I thought about this shopping trip. LOL! I always chuckle at how pissed off I look in my fitting room pictures. Hey, shopping is hard work. I'm just keeping it real. Anyway, I thought this dress was going to go the way of the other dresses on this day. From the front it looked great, but from the side it made me look 6 months pregnant. For some reason, the back of the dress weirdly hung away from my body. I wasn't ready to give up yet, though, so I grabbed the belt I had worn into the store that day and threw it around my waist. Walla (aka viola)! This dress was instantly transformed from fumpy to sexy. It was enough to turn that frown upside down. Purchased!