I've been traveling the last few days for a conference and hope to update with a post about academic professional outfits soon enough. But first I have a quick review to share.
The Twist and Refresh dress is another Anthropologie item that started with a template (thicker, stretchy cotton fabric, sized S/M/L, fit and flare silhouette, etc.) and led to many incarnations. Each version of this basic dress has been tweaked a little. The sleeves, color options, and neckline vary with each. This one has 1/3 sleeves, a v-neck, and a mix of black with white. It is my personal favorite. The top is ivory-tinged, too so it is not a bright white. This is the first version of the dress I've tried. And I have to say that the pleating at the waist seemed weird. Perhaps it could be fixed with a belt? Perhaps it was a size issue? I didn't have a lot of time so I didn't try on other sizes. This is a medium. I kept putting my hands toward the sizes of the skirt, searching for pockets. Sadly, there were none.
At any rate, I am passing on this. The thicker knit seems nice for winter layering but I wonder if this fabric is so thick that it could easily become bulky? I don't know though. I didn't try. It is nice that the dress is basically a blank canvas. And I can see why it has been made in so many colors and sleeve styles. This one is close to being the kind of thing I'd want. But it's off enough that it won't even get wishlisted.
I've noticed that during my last few store visits, nothing has really wowed me in that "omg it will be mine" kind of way. Granted I am trying to be more mindful about purchases. But I don't find myself thinking on Tuesday morning that I must check my wishlist to see what made it to sale. And the things I thought I would want to keep for the long haul that inspired that enthusiasm in the last year are making their way to my shop blog. For example, I am pretty sure I'm going to sell Tippi and I thought I HAD to have that. It's a good lesson to learn about the difference between perceived needs and fleeting wants.