I still cannot believe I was fortunate enough to win the Anatomie Style giveaway! With $1000 to spend, I had a ton of options to choose from. I had not purchased anything from Anatomie before. While I am not a budget shopper, even I had a hard time deciding to spend $200 on pants for travel. So I was thrilled to be able to try a pair, risk free.
I will say I really would have liked a short leather jacket…I don’t have one, and I had hoped to find one. Unfortunately (but totally understandably), their leather jackets I liked were on sale and sold out in the size/color that I wanted.
In this post, I’m going to review 3 of the 7 items that I ‘purchased’ with my winnings–and hopefully give you a little more insight into the clothes by comparing Anatomie’s clothes against other brands that I frequently wear. Anatomie has been having a lot of good sales recently, so keep an eye out for their pieces as a bit more affordable price points.
Anatomie has lots of pictures on their website, but I think it’s hard to see how things fit sometimes by looking at pictures of models. So here are just a few pics.
I will admit that I went against the recommendation of the Anatomie stylist helping me who recommended I order an XS pant based on my measurements. I ordered a S, and it fits like a glove, though the waist is just a touch big. For reference to more common brands, I usually wear a size 2-4 in J.Crew, a size 2-4 in Athleta, and a size 4-6 in Lululemon, depending on the item. I know that the pants are supposed to be fitted, but I would have liked to try a medium as I tend to be pretty conservative in my clothes, particularly while traveling. And I have a horrible habit of buying clothes that are just a bit too big…so I kept the S in an attempt to change that habit.
Anyways, these pants are crazy, crazy thin. Much thinner than I was expecting, and much thinner than most other pants I own. They look nice enough that I could wear them to work (lax business casual). I can see why they are perfect for packing. You could seriously take 6 pairs of these pants and it would take up as much room as two normal pairs of slacks. They do not seem to wrinkle, as advertised. These are black; I would be too self-conscious to wear in a really light color (khaki or white). While the fabric isn’t revealing, it is quite fitted. These have a slight bootcut–very slight, closer to straight leg.
I’m not totally sure these pants are winter appropriate, but are fine for spring/summer/fall. I had read that some people put tights or something under them…but I can’t stand layering pants to save my life. I grew up in Wyoming and hate long underwear. With a passion reserved for things like cooked carrots. So there will be no layering.
Item #2: Lucille Top (Bottom Left)
I decided to order some things that aren’t quite “me”, as I need to branch out. This top combines a bit of edge with classic tailoring, and I like it. I ordered the navy/black combo. It’s comfortable, extremely lightweight, and I really like the jersey material. The sleeves are a net mesh. I ordered a medium (as suggested by the stylist), but a small would have been fine too, I think.
I definitely agree that this can go from jeans, to a suit, and back. Which is really, really great for trips to conferences or other places where business formal needs to meet casual, but pulled together. This is probably not something I would have purchased with my own dime, but it’s stylish and easy–two of my top requirements for any item I wear or buy.
Item #3: Rosella Ruffle Jacket (Top Right)
This item was on sale and too cute to turn down. It’s a jacket with a bit of a twist, adding a bit of puff to the shoulders and detailing on the bottom hem. I received the grey, L, as that was all that was in stock. While a M would have been better, the grey is not too large and I really think it’s adorable and lightweight. It will be perfect to put a lightweight sweater underneath for spring.
Overall the quality seems pretty high, and the materials definitely different than other stores. While crossover “street” pieces from both Athleta and Lululemon tend to seem more “athletic”, because of the fabric, these pieces are definitely meant for the street. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t lightweight, stretchy, and comfortable. I’m excited to take the Rosella Jacket to Jamaica in May, and I definitely bet that the Paolo pants will head to Kenya in my suitcase.
I definitely err on the side of preppy, and these clothes are more chic and European, for sure. I think it’s great to have these mixed in to my wardrobe. Take a look and see what you think. Obviously I’ll have to revisit these items once I pack them on a trip, too!
Part #2 will detail the other four items I purchased! Well…was given. Still incredibly excited to have won.
Have you tried Anatomie Style’s travel clothing? What do you think of these pieces for travel?