Vivid verdant backdrops dominate March's Anthropologie catalog, which showed up in mailboxes last night, and the tropical fever dream carries right into the clothes: Hothouse flowers splashed on swimsuits; palm-leaf print dresses. The shoes, however, should be burned like kudzu.
I don't know about you, but I always roam the jungle barefoot and in yellow pleated shorts. Sometimes I even sing "Bare Necessities."
In all seriousness, the location is gorgeous. And it's not that planet where the blue people live in Avatar. It's Mexico!
As a fan of brights (and enemy of neutrals), I dig the "Saltaire blouse," even though my rack is not designed for straplessness. $78? Ok. Sure.
Did anyone see The Ruins? Here's hoping those vines don't get any ideas. And perhaps there's some water nearby, so this $228 bathing suit gets some use?
Though the "Wind Catcher dress" ($168) is breezy and pretty, the "Many Roads heels," with that fug leather whipstitching, are ugly. And $198.
The "Leaflover Espadrilles": Also nasty.
So torn! I didn't like this idea when it was a dress on Jennifer Lopez at the 2003 Grammy Awards, so why would I like it now? And yet: Add a white wide-brimmed hat, some jangly jewelry and a beachy bungalow (not to mention a cabana boy) and I'll take it. Gladly. Now where's my margarita?
This here is a $188 swimsuit ("Accommodating Malliot"), a $48 "Flutter-By" necklace and a $128 "Ruffles & Ripples" skirt. It pains me to say: I love every stitch of it. Although I definitely think you can recreate this look with an $80 swimsuit and $30 sarong. Use your savings towards airfare to Mexico.
Ew, ew ew. Squash the ugly bugs!
Honestly, I loved this shoot! It reminded me of Henri Rousseau's The Dream, and featured very little of the crafty thrift store crap I've come to expect (and loathe) from Anthro. I almost didn't notice the clothes, because the flora was so inviting and exquisite. It's been a long winter, and the greenery here is mesmerizing. I feel a little sad, because making fun of Anthro is my safe space. What the hell? What will I do now? Who am I?
Oh, I remember: I'm the girl who thinks this model looks like a deranged bride locked up in a padded room. The fact that the shoes are $420 just proves my point.
Clockwise from top left: Ugly $348 shoes, ugly $248 shoes, ugly $32 headband. The headband is called "epic" in the copy. That's one word for it.
Sad bride is sad!
There's more tropical in this catalog: The "Cooling Magma" dress is cute, but kind of busy, making it right on that line between appealing and appalling — though it could just be that the don't-look-at-me-I'm-hideous shoes are a bad influence.
Adorable for a garden party, a spring wedding, a swing dance lesson or cocktails on the roof, I'm loving the "traced twirls" dress, so help me. The $395 "Tangerine Rind" clogs? Not so much. Very 1972 Sears catalog, and not in a good way.