i love anthropologie. i mean it. there’s no other store that has me from the window display to the cloth napkins. really. i get mad at myself for being swept away by the ridiculously overpriced clothes and exotic perfumes – well, 40% of me does, anyway. the other 60% is happy to flit and float among the unabashed luxury around me. some get their kicks on a rickety roller coaster ride: i get a the same thrill out of a visit to anthro. so sue me.
my pocketbook, however, usually leaves me biting my fist whenever i visit (or get the catalog in the mail!). so i’ve been trying to find a more frugal way to get that artsty-feminine look. (it’s not that easy…hence the anthro price tag. they know what they’re doing!) and guess where i found it. WAL-MART. i know. go ahead and cringe. what a dichotomy! but i’m thrilled about this so i just had to share:
exhibit a: the ‘long & lean’ chemise. i’ve been long lamenting my pajama drawer. ratty t-shirts, old workout clothes. really, i shouldn’t complain, but i’ve always wanted some real, grownup jammies. spotted this maxi gown in the store (layered under a crazy-print robe) and grimaced at the price tag: $70 for a simple JERSEY knit? that you wear to bed? oh, wait. not just to bed, you say, but also lounging on a $6000 chaise in a 6th floor flat, lazily munching bon-bons and sipping au laits, in front of big open windows dripping with ivy and wisteria? okay. fine.
well, take this: nearly the same darn thing (same color, same cut, same material), from the norma kamali line at ol’ wally-world. for $12. for that price, i can get the matching robe. i feel a bit vindicated.
top that off with a crazy-print anthro tunic, found at Scout this weekend (thanks, Mom & Dad, for the gift card!), and i think it’s safe to say i scratched that itch pretty well. now to stay out of there for awhile. anthro. you fashion siren.