Note: I meant to publish this before we left town and totally forgot – and now it’s Sunday, the last day to save 15% using the code SUMMERPERK on the entire Anthropologie site. I wish someone in the store had mentioned that to me before I paid full price last week but I’m here to make sure that you don’t miss out! 
As I was packing for the beach, I realized that as soon as I got home I have an event to attend….and not a damn thing to wear. To top it off, it’s one of those events where there isn’t a dress code but everyone will somehow get the memo to wear something fabulous. Because I didn’t have much time, I ran to my go-to dress resource, Anthropologie and tried on pretty much everything they carried in my size. This is a rather large round up which means you’re about to see a rather large number of fails! As always, if you make it to the end of the post, I’ve saved the worst/best fail for last!
Solstice Silk Dress 
Wearing Size 10

I don’t know what it is about the Midi length but I can rarely pull it off. This dress was no exception. The print is really pretty in person and the pattern looked like it was strategically placed to slim you down but the length just didn’t do it for me. It somehow makes my 5’9″ frame look dumpy and I need no help pulling that off. 
Verdict: no way.

Archipelago Dress 
Wearing Size 10
While I didn’t think this dress was special enough for my event, I did think it was cute in a sort of ’40’s school teacher on the prairie kind of way. And then I realized something was happening in the boob area. Something bad. I don’t know if the dress I tried on was defective, or if my boobs are defective, or if this dress was sewn by a T-Rex, but no matter what happened, the stitching at the empire waist is just so bed.

Verdict: no ma’am.
Wisteria Silk Dress 
Wearing Size 10
So here’s the thing about this dress: it’s OK. If your trouble areas are tummy/hips/thighs then I would highly recommend this dress. The dress itself is sheer but it comes with a tank top style slip and you could wear a nude regular bra underneath (so no strapless). The length is also great for tall girls and, as a bonus, the hem is tiered so the back is actually longer. On me, I thought it was a bit baggy and that the color really washed me out. I think it might have been a good idea to try on a size smaller but I didn’t think about it at the moment, I just assumed it looked bad on me and moved on. Bad move. I think this really could be a great dress if the fit is right.
Verdict: I passed but maybe should have given it a better effort.
Evanthe Dress
Wearing Size 10

I actually really liked this dress (and like the other color even better, but my store didn’t have it) and think the selfies aren’t doing it justice. The length is perfect and also longer in the back, so perfect for tall girls, and the waist is super slimming. You can wear a regular bra underneath but I thought the top maybe emphasized the size of my chest a bit and that is just not the look I’m going for these days. Minimizing is where it’s at for me. 
Verdict: Not for this event, maybe if I had a daytime wedding or Baptism to attend.

Tie Front Tank Dress
Wearing Size L

I freaking love this dress. It’s flattering, insanely soft, the perfect length, regular bra appropriate and unique. At first I couldn’t imagine it would be flattering but it really is – I was after something fancier for my event so I was a good girl and did not buy it but I can promise you that I will once it either goes on sale or I scrounge up enough pennies to re-stock my bank account! 
Verdict: not right for this event, passed but long for it.

Floret Romper 
Wearing Size L
Oh this romper. Even if you are scared of rompers (I kind of am), I highly suggest you try this one on. The sleeves make me feel like it’s OK that all that leg is showing and fit is so flattering. It has a little tie at the waist and pockets – and even better, the back is open! I know this goes against my bra policy but I plan to wear a little lace bralette under it so that will show but I think I’m going to pull it off. I plan to wear it with my nude heeled sandals and big earrings. 
Verdict: bought it! hope I can rock it…
As a bonus, this little romper is also adorable! I’m actually wearing a Medium but it’s a little short in the crotch, which is why I chose to go for a Large in the romper above.

Sungrove Maxi Dress
Wearing Size L

So, I tried this dress on basically because I felt like I was striking out and not finding something that said “hey, I’m fashionable and cool and slim and fun!”. While it is pretty, it’s totally not my style and I felt weird in it. The length is nice but the chest is odd and made my boobs look huge. There’s a lot going on with flutter sleeves, a lace up tie and an extra ruffle just under the bust. It just didn’t work for me.

Verdict: nope.

And now, for the worst fail of the day…..a little number that I tried on and thought would be oh so flattering

And maybe it would have been….

South Island Dress 
Wearing size…..

If I hadn’t accidentally grabbed and then shimmied into a size 6. 

Needless to say, I couldn’t get it zipped over my boobs, and it seemed a little snug on my stomach….
but, on the upside, I did think the skirt of the dress was fun! 
Ugh, next time I’ll check the sizes before I almost need to be cut out of a dress.