|Tiered Stripes Dress (Size medium)|
Anthropologie heavily promoted the Layered Column Dress via email and on the website as universally flattering. And soon after, they released the Tiered Stripes Dress which was a long-sleeved version of the same. Both are made by Bailey 44 and sized in letters rather than numbers. I admit that without that additional push from marketing I probably would not have looked twice at this dress. It is stretchy, figure-hugging, with vertigo-inducing stripes, and a mid-calf length. Conventional wisdom says that none of these elements are supposed to "flatter" (in the narrow sense) a curvy and short person like me. But the boldness of their marketing claim intrigued me. So when I stopped in my local store to make a quick return, I also decided to give it a try.
I grabbed both medium and large. And although I think it is expensive for what you get, I was pleasantly surprised by how it looked. The large (bottom photo) had additional length and was a little less clingy. But the dress is meant to cling. As a result, I actually preferred the look and length of the medium (top photo). I do think this dress is outside of my own comfort zone. But it is cool and structural for a jersey knit. And I was surprised to see that the stripes added enough play to the cling that it didn't feel obscene. This dress isn't for me but I can see why Anthropologie chose to market it the way they did. It does seem to have the potential to really make a range of bodies look fantastic.