Tuesday, May 15, 2012

DIY: Anthropologie Style

Dress: thrifted Issac Mizrahi for Target, anthropologie-ized by me; belt and hair clip: by me
Tell me if you do this: you go to Anthropologie determined that you are going to avoid the full retail at all cost and head straight to the sale room. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, you are on one cheap-o mission.

And then, you see It. That dress. The One and Only. The Dress that would complete You.
The Anthro version. On sale this time last year.
And you think to yourself, "you know what, forget the sale room, I've earned this! I've worked hard, I've earned my keep, I watched someone pick his nose AND eat it today. I don't care what the price tag says, that dress will be mine. It belongs in my closet!"

And then you do it.

You look at the price tag.

And the back pedaling begins.

"You know what, I don't really even like that dress.

"I mean, look at it...it's just too perfect. And awesome. Not to mention amazing. Why on earth would I want that? Geez, what was I thinking..." And then you drive off to the nearest Target and try to forget the dress with bottles of nail polish, a tube or two of lipstick, a pair of tights and three Kit Kats...or maybe that's just me.

But this little tale has a happy DIY ending. After seeing that little navy number and being scared off by the price tag, I recalled an Isaac Mizrahi dress that I'd thrifted some time ago. Sadly, it's permanent place had become my closet as I didn't really care for the spaghetti straps. With the out-o-my-price-range dress on my mind, I anthropologie-ized my dress with some sear sucker fabric fashioned into shoulder bows...and viola! $148 still snug in my pocket book.

Anthro sandals, also from last spring.
And then I got all crazy-like and decided to try my hand at recreating these bad boys.
Ya'll would you please get yourself some of these Sseko sandals already? It's for such a great cause...and I know you are tired of hearing me yap about them!
With my favorite sandal bases by Sseko. I love that I can create custom shoes in less than a half an hour with these sandals as my base.
Please pardon the toes...they's a little gnarly.
Oh and what do you know? The sandals match the dress. I've become so stinkin' matchy-match in my old age.
There you go, an Anthro-DIY. Just for kicks, let's do a rundown on cost:

dress from Goodwill: $7.99
hair clip and belt: made by me
sandal base: $39

Total: $46.99


Now I know I'm not the only one that's created an Anthro-inspired DIY...what have you created? Dying to know, leave a comment below!


  1. Both your DIY's are brilliant, I applaud you for not paying such a crazy price for the dress and doing it yourself instead!

    1. Thank you, Bri! Not only do you save money when you make it yourself but then you get bragging rights! ...Cassie

  2. So pretty! I always love seeing a good Anthro knock-off. ;) I love trawling through Anthro (well, now sadly just the website since the nearest one is a two hour drive!!! :p) to get DIY ideas. Since usually whatever they're asking for anything I like is a little too dear for me. ;)

    1. Well, my anthro is only about 25 minutes away and that might as well be 2 hours...I do most of my anthro stalking online! I would feel bad about knocking off their stuff if it actually was hand crafted...but so much of it is made in China, like everything else ;) BTW, your pillows look VERY anthro, incredible job, love them! ...Cassie

  3. Anonymous5/16/2012

    hi there, i love all your ideas and diys, this combo is so fantastic! what a luck to have such a dress already waiting for that chance! congrats!

    the only anthro inspired thing in did so far was more a decoration object, when i saw an super old and very rosty bicycle in the anthro store loaded with pretty fabrics on it's back, i said "i need that" after the price tag check i felt exactly like you, i had to pedal backwards ;-) it was something like $400. i found one at the next fleamarket, for 12. i was superhappy! and the idea was for free! :-)

    1. Wow!! What a incredible knock off, I say that wins the prize! I wanna see, can you post pics on your blog? I remember that bike, actually...and remember drooling over it. But I knew better than to even approach that price tag ;) Enjoy your weekend! ... Cassie


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