Lately I haven't been able to get to an Anthropologie store as often as I would have liked. It's about 40 minute drive for me each way, and I have to orchestrate baby sitting and my husband driving me, because:
1. Who can savor Anthropologie with two kids following you around the store, touching everything breakable and whining when can we go?
2. I have a pathological fear of driving in Manhattan.
So you see, with all the challenges of actually getting to try something on at Anthropologie, unless I have other errands to run in the area there's just not enough of an incentive.
Well, last week, all the constellations finally came together, grandparent entertained the kids, husband was willing to drive and I had stuff to return to a few stores in the area, so to Anthropologie we went!
The first item that caught my eye in the store was the Marya Sweater by Sparrow. As you might or might not remember from my previous ramblings, I'm hooked on pointelles/open knits. I asked my husband what is it that makes pointelle so attractive and he said "it's demure". Nice observation by husband. So that's the story I'm sticking to, I like everything demure.
You know what's not demure? The big, fat camera I'm trying to balance in one hand. It's the only one I have. That's right, I'm one of those strange people who uses her cell phone for emergencies only and therefore did not feel the need to purchase one with a fancy camera built in. Don't judge me.
I tried on XS, which still swallowed me up. This sweater is very long and I'm very short (5"1). Something about the length to shape ratio made me feel like I'm wearing a curtain. The gathers at the shoulders further emphasized the "curtain" effect. The fabric was a nice weight, not Winter heavy, but not Summer light either. Actually, just perfect for Spring. I also tried on the Trifecta Cardigan, (review to follow) and the fabric weight of the Marya Sweater was slightly heavier by comparison.
Though I like the color and the diamond pattern very much, this was a no-go for me because of the length. I think it would look so much better on a taller lady. Luckily, Anthropologie currently has a nice selection of pointelle sweaters. The Pointelle Diamond Sweater Tee, the Trifecta Cardigan and the Ethereal Pointelle Sweater are saved in my wish list and I plan on waiting patiently to purchase them when they'll hopefully go on sale.