If you have unlimited resources, by all means, buy whatever you like at Anthropologie. However, most of us with more limited budgets need to pick and choose how we spend our pennies at this lovely store. If you want to get the Anthropologie look for less, it’s best to buy some of Anthro’s signature pieces and avoid what I consider their filler items. When you are physically at the store, you can lose your head and begin to want EVERYTHING. Stop and consider that certain items are not at all magical and unworthy of the Anthro high price tag or probably even slightly lower sale prices.
1. Jeans. I am well aware that a pair of jeans that fits you well is worth its weight in gold. If nothing fits you like Anthro jeans and you got them on some super clearance, then MAYBE it’s worth it, but otherwise don’t buy jeans here. They run from $98 to a whopping $475 a pair, averaging out at about $200. If you take off the Anthro goggles, you see they are just your basic selection of skinny, bootcut, wideleg, crops, cuffed, preripped, etc. I promise you can find jeans you’ll like for less pretty much anywhere.
2. At least half of their pants. Much like their jeans, most of Anthro’s chinos, trousers, cargos, and joggers are not that different from what is offered at your neighborhood department store or Gap. What are distinct are their patterned wide leg pants and silk trousers that look like they came from some far off bazaar. If you are going to buy pants you can’t find somewhere else cheaper, get those.
3. Half of their shorts. Are you sensing a pattern? If it goes on the bottom half of your body, take a moment and really look at them. Are they a basic colored cotton or denim short? Did they do anything interesting with them like add a scalloped lace edge that makes them uniquely Anthro? If not, please don’t pay $178 for them.
4. Basic tees and tanks. In general, tops are where you get your money’s worth at Anthropologie. However, lurking amidst the lacy confections and silks that look like watercolors are solid color v-neck tees and striped long sleeve shirts. Do not pay $78 for that nonsense. Go to Old Navy and pay $10.