I can’t recall when I was originally introduced to the whimsically classy concept that is Anthro. I have, however, been in love with Anthropologie for years now. I remember walking into the Victor, NY Anthropologie during my freshman year of college at RIT and spending wayyyy too much money on various dresses, tops, pants, and skirts (thanks for not killing me Mom & Dad!) Many outfits/pieces I’ve featured in my Instagram #OOTD posts are sourced from Anthro – needless to say, the store has had a huge part in shaping my personal style over the past 7 years.
So when the Baltimore city Anthropologie, located in Harbor East, reached out to me (ME!) about being featured in their Local Ladies series, I fangirled hard – REAL hard. As some of my previous posts mentioned, I spent a lot of time in Anthro Baltimore after first moving to BMore last March. I didn’t know anyone in the city, so instead of trying new bars and restaurants with my invisible friends, I scoured the shelves and racks at Anthro Baltimore for deals on cute home decor and clothing. This killed time, but it also killed my bank account so thank goodness I made friends 😅
The store recently featured me in their Local Ladies series on Instagram (click HERE & follow @anthro_baltimore to check it out!) As a young professional who is determined to succeed and look good doing it, I have always aligned with Anthropologie’s vibes. I’m pretty sure it’s every girl’s dream to spend an afternoon trying on an endless supply of clothes, shoes, & accessories, so it was such a privilege to finally join forces with the store that embodies so much of who I am!
Look 1: Cottonwood Swing Dress x Vanessa Virginia
Nothing says “summer” quite like a cream, lace dress. The Cottonwood Swing Dress by Vanessa Virginia is the ideal summer dress because it’s so versatile. It’s easily dressed up with nude, pointed-toe pumps + bold jewelry for a special event OR dressed down (like what I wore above) with a denim jacket + wedges/flats/sandals for the perfect casual weekend look. Admittedly, this dress was not my first pick because I gravitate toward more structured pieces with a defined waist, but after putting it on, I was obsessed with its flattering and feminine shape. I also love the color – I love white for summer, but sometimes I think it can be a little harsh for certain skin tones. The cream color will easily work with any accent color you choose to include in your outfit (I did a red lip here but you could do any shade of ROY G BIV + metallics!) Lastly, in case you weren’t already convinced, this dress can easily be transitioned from Spring (think pastel cardigan) to Summer (think cute colored wedges) and even into Fall (think denim jacket + booties.)
Shop this look here: Cottonwood Swing Dress + Pilcro Denim Jacket + Travel Mug
Look 2: Tallulah Wide-Leg Jumpsuit x HD in Paris
I cannot say enough great things about this jumpsuit. I am obsessed with rompers and jumpsuits (I may have a problem, my closet has its own section for these one-piece wonders…) I always get compliments when I wear mine, but I often think the exclusiveness of these pieces is over-inflated. So many women have told me first-hand that they avoid trying on rompers/jumpsuits because they think they flatter only a few select body types. Most women don’t realize there sooo many styles and shapes available, just like with dresses, denim, etc! As with most other pieces of clothing, you have to put in a little effort to find the fits/cuts that flatter your individual body type. Rompers/jumpsuits add an elegance to your wardrobe that can’t be substituted by a dress or pants + top – trust me, the search is definitely worth it!
That brings me to this little number. The girls at Anthro Baltimore showed me this piece, and I instantly fell in love. I cautiously contained my excitement until I put the jumpsuit on because I wasn’t sure how it was going to fit my body. Answer: like a glove. I felt so comfortable and feminine. Meanwhile, my areas of insecurity (my stomach and my thighs) were hidden in the flowing fabric and my assets (my hourglass shape + cleavage – I’m a huge fan of tasteful flaunting) were accented by the deep V-neck and the empire waist tie that can either be tied in the front or the back. The open back (not pictured) added a new level of sophistication. Standing still, the piece looks like a maxi-dress, but the chicness of this HD in Paris stunner is displayed when you start to walk. Lastly, Not only is it a romper, but it’s blue & white; I always gravitate toward this classic color combination. Adding all that up, I only have one word for this piece, perfection.
Shop this look here: Tallulah Wide-Leg Jumpsuit + Garten Bib Necklace
Look 3: Stevie Cuff x AG Denim + Saona Swing Tank x Maeve
My last outfit is exactly what I would wear for a happy hour, night out with my girlfriends, or date night (LOL, what’s a boyfriend and how do I get one?) As a shorter person with bigger thighs, it’s often hard for me to find jeans that fit me well. I’m a huge brand fan of AG Jeans – they fit well and they’re great quality. I’ve had some of my pairs for 4+ years and they are JUST starting to show wear via those notorious crotch-holes (no shame, we all get them!) That being said, this dark wash is ultra flattering and sleek for a night out. I loved the colors in this feminine, patterned blouse from Maeve (another one of my favorite brands!) so I was a big fan of this simple, comfortable, yet classy look. As someone who values versatility when considering an addition to my closet, I appreciate how each of these items can easily be pieced out for additional casual or work looks. Who doesn’t want 10+ outfits for the price of one? ‘Nuff said 😉
Shop the look here: Saona Swing Tank + Stevie Cuffs + Amitie Vegan Leather Clutch
Secondarily, the Local Ladies series I mentioned is a lead up to the CAKE&WHISKEY Hobnob Event the Baltimore Anthropologie store will be holding in August! Briefly, for those of you who aren’t familiar, “CAKE&WHISKEY magazine is devoted to women in all stages of their business journey. We want to motivate and spark women to dream bigger, reach higher, and achieve greater things. For the modern woman, successful navigation of today’s business landscape requires mastering the fine art of cake and whiskey. When women balance strength and spirit with a passion to share in life’s sweet indulgences, they can achieve great success in working to fulfill her dreams and balance their personal lives.”
When I started StylishlyTaylored.com, I didn’t intend for it to be a business venture.As an aspiring PhD student who spend all day determining protein concentrations and the integrity of RNA transcripts, I am honored that Anthro Baltimore recognized my story as being one worthy of sharing with others. I’m (slowly) growing into my role as a blogger, and I’m encountering new opportunities and avenues that are helping me forage my own path through this aforementioned “business landscape.” The CAKE&WHISKEY community is a valuable resource for women like you and me. So with that, a special shoutout to the wonderful staff of Anthro Baltimore, especially Donielle, for inviting me to be a part of the feature! (Hopefully there will be some more collabs in the near future!)
Join in on the empowerment, keep up with details about the upcoming event, & stay connected to the community of unique women by utilizing the hashtag #sweetandspirited! While you’re at it, don’t forget to follow me on IG @stylishlytayloredblog & share pictures of your everyday adventures with the hashtags #stylishlytaylored, #tayloredtravels, or #fashionablefoodie!
Until next time, keep it stylish!