Anthropologie: Issue Seven 2011

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

I’ve been sorely disappointed with Anthropologie’s spring and summer offerings, but they have finally returned to greatness with an eye toward fall in their latest catalog. Here are some highlights:

Sea Nettle Shift - there's something about the shape of this dress that's sort of a nod to the 40's, but with this great abstract print
Wavering Grid Dress - file this classic shaped dress under work/dance appropriate, love the grid print as a sort of nod to the 50's
Strappy Dandelion Dress - another classic shape with a whimsical print
Lemon Liftoff Blouse - this would look great with some high waist trousers or a pencil skirt.
Swoop and Glide Pullover - a sort of nod to the 20's/early 30's
Fatigue Finery Cape - a green cape! Yes!
Pansy Corset Trench Coat - adorable!
Capacious Trousers - also available in green and grey

Delia*s Makes Me Wish For Summer

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

As most of the United States is blanketed with snow and ice, the Delia*s catalog arrives in my mailbox, bearing good tidings of warm weather that we won’t see for a few more months. I see cork soled wedges and sundresses and I want the temperature to go up 40 degrees so the sheet of ice covering my driveway will evaporate and I can emerge from the cocoon of winter coats into the warm glow of a summer sun. Is that too much to ask for?

Delia*s is one of those stores/catalogs that I think most people associate with teenagers, but every year I find something in the Delia*s catalog that becomes that thing that everyone asks, “Where did you get that? It’s so cute!” It’s definitely worth a look. Here’s a preview of some good things to come from Delia*s:

Polka dot dress, only $44.50
Nautical stripe knit dress
Polka dot short
Yellow polka dot bikini - hehe
Two tone oxford, also in black and white
Peep toe espadrille flats, also in navy
Yang wedge, in 4 colors...not danceable, but we still need arrival shoes, right?
A more danceable option, Keds Champion Oxford in silver, also available in metallic blue

The J. Peterman Company

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

By way of Lindy Dandy, today’s featured retailer is the J. Peterman Company. Although I can’t help thinking of Seinfeld when I see this name, the J. Peterman Company is anything but a parody, offering “high-quality men’s, women’s, home and one-of-a-kind merchandise,” “traveling the world to find uncommonly good stuff.” Sounds like a fantastic job, right? Where does Lindy Shopper sign up?

There are definitely a lot of items with a nod to vintage in the catalog, made to look even more so with the help of the catalog’s hand-drawn illustrations of the clothing (which, themselves, look like a nod to vintage pattern drawings in the way that they are shaded). I’m trying to decide if the hand-drawn illustrations of the clothes are helpful or not. Generally, clothes are modeled by someone who is tall and rail thin, so it’s hard to tell how it will fit in that instance as well. In any case, the clothes are beautifully sketched and it is a novel way to present them.

I am particularly in love with the 1947 plaid dress and the seersucker sailor pants for women and their men’s pants and striped shirts.

Picasso shirt
Seersucker Suit
Russian Navy Shirt
Linen Herringbone Pant
Italian Linen Suit
Cricket Jacket
Classic English Blazer
Wellworth 1940's Blazer
Owner's Hat
Italian Spectator Shoes
Short Sleeve 1947 Dress
Silk Crepe-de-Chine Dress

1940's Linen Dress
Embroidered Cummerbund Dress
Seersucker Sailor Pant