On the Chopping Block: Anthropologie Dakota Dress

I was thrilled to find an Anthropologie Dakota Dress on sale recently because it truly is “downright femme,” just as Anthro described it.   The Dakota dress has a striking texture, a hip high-low hemline, and a nicely draped full skirt.  So, what’s the problem?  The fit is not quite right.

You see, even after sizing up one size, the middle of the dress remained a tad tight, while other areas became too large.  Darn it!  This one’s going back!

You can see a little pulling across the chest when my hands are at my sides.
I can’t raise my hands in the dress without popping a few buttons,
and I don’t like feeling restrained in my clothing.

Dress—Anthropologie Dakota Dress (new Anthro dress I want)
Belt—J.Crew (similar J.Crew belt)
Shoes—Tahari via Nordstrom (similar)
Earrings—Kendra Scott
Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx (similar)

Have you come across any great shirtdresses lately?  I’m still looking.


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  1. July 17, 2012 / 3:33 pm

    It's so disappointing to find a great dress that just doesn't fit quite right. It's lovely; too bad it's not working out!

    • July 27, 2012 / 2:14 pm

      That's exactly how I felt. Disappointed. I really wanted it.

  2. July 17, 2012 / 3:47 pm

    I just bought my first pair of flesh toned shoes (closed toe though). I thought they looked weird on at first until I remembered your post about your fav summer shoes which you happen to be wearing here. So I went ahead and bought them. And I think they may be my new favorite pair!

    • July 27, 2012 / 2:16 pm

      That's wonderful, Shannon!! I totally understand how you feel. Continue to enjoy those new shoes!

  3. July 17, 2012 / 7:44 pm

    It's such a pretty dress…maybe the next one with be the one 🙂

    • July 27, 2012 / 2:16 pm

      Exactly. That's the spirit 🙂 There's always another fab dress to find and try.

  4. July 17, 2012 / 11:44 pm

    Awww man! That sucks that the dress doesn't fit right. It's absolutely adorable. But it's better to be comfortable than to force yourself into something that you don't like. 🙂 Anyway, I love how you styled it!


    • July 27, 2012 / 2:17 pm

      You're so right about that. When an item is uncomfortable, I never reach for it.

  5. July 18, 2012 / 2:20 am

    At least you got a beautiful photograph out of it. It really is lovely.

  6. Anonymous
    July 18, 2012 / 2:41 am

    I totally agree

  7. July 18, 2012 / 6:29 am

    What a pity … that dress is just gorgeous. I have a long 'torso' so I often have issues with dresses and tops being a tad short.

    Hope you find something more fantastic to replace it with.


    • July 27, 2012 / 2:19 pm

      True. The shape is the perfect silhouette for my shape too. That's why I'm so disappointed that the top was not right. I usually only have to worry about the bottom.

  8. July 23, 2012 / 8:47 pm

    I have come to the painful conclusion that Anthropologie is not the store for me. All the dresses I try on there are too short waisted and, like yours, tight across the chest. I recently bought two dresses there on a whim, and now I regret it. I was able to return one, but I've worn the other one twice so no returns. I think Anthropologie is a store for petites in disguise!!

    • July 27, 2012 / 2:23 pm

      Aww man. That's awful. Now that you mention that, I realize that I've had difficulty fitting many Anthro dresses too. That may be the reason I've primarily been drawn to the skirts there. I think I only own one Anthro dress.

      Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth!