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As quirky as it may be, one of my favorite shopping activities is scrolling through the websites of my go-to retailers and scouring their bestsellers page. Oftentimes, I don’t even need to be looking for a particular style or product — and usually don’t wind up buying anything anyway — but I love the inspiration that comes from finding new covetable pieces, creating outfits in my head, and perusing reviews from other shoppers, all while getting a sense of what to expect from the upcoming season’s biggest fashion trends. I’ve probably dedicated far more time to browsing through Anthropologie’s bestsellers page than I’d care to admit (can you blame a girl?), but thanks to my incessant scrolling, I’ve also been introduced to a bevy of new, top-rated styles that have become instant staples within my wardrobe — like the Anthropologie The Somerset Maxi Dress ($168).
If you’re a regular shopper at Anthropologie, then you’re probably all too familiar with the craze surrounding the Somerset dress. Not only has the maxi style gone viral (multiple times!), but it’s also earned the title of being the retailer’s bestselling dress — which is a pretty impressive feat given just how popular Anthropologie’s dress category is. After reading through countless reviews that not only credited it as being the most flattering dress but also revered the piece’s comfortable fit, versatile design, and wide array of print options, I found myself tempted to try out the silhouette for myself and was (naturally) beyond delighted when Anthropologie reached out with the opportunity for me to.
In full transparency: before it arrived, I had almost unattainably high expectations for this maxi dress, and somehow the style still managed to exceed them in every way. From the frock’s structured fit and elevated silhouette to its timeless pattern and functional side pockets, keep reading for the full product details and to see why this Anthropologie dress works as the smartest transitional piece.
This dress is the ultimate statement piece, and I love that from the moment I slip into it, the style makes me look (and feel) put together within a matter of seconds. With its smocked waist and deep side pockets, the maxi definitely feels like it was designed as a comfortable everyday piece. But thanks to elevated accents like its subtle puff sleeves and playful flared skirt, it’s easy to dress it up into something more formal, too — like a wedding-guest dress or even a style for an evening work event. I also always find that dressing in between seasons can feel incredibly awkward (whether you’re transitioning from spring to summer or summer to fall), but this style takes the stress out of having to overthink what you’ll wear during these months, as it’s the perfect transitional piece — long enough to provide full-body coverage but still breathable enough that you won’t feel constricted by too warm of a layer.
The piece is also made from a denser cotton material, which is firm enough that it helps to hold the style’s shape. While the frock might not have the same twirling capabilities or drape-like effect as a flimsier maxi dress, it certainly carries a more structured appeal, which I like because I’m confident it won’t wear down as easily over time or start to look too lived-in.
Despite its cotton composition, the maxi is a bit heavier and stiffer than I was expecting. While the dress feels incredibly breathable while on, there’s no doubt that there’s a lot of fabric to the piece, which (naturally) adds a little extra heaviness to its overall design and fit. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t take away from the style or feel so unbearable that you’re actually weighed down by any means, but it definitely surprised me given the dress’s airy and ethereal look.
True to its silhouette, this maxi style also errs on the longer side. I’m just under 5’10” myself, so while the dress felt perfect on me, several reviewers noted there seemed to be a variability in sizing, and they recommended that shoppers size down if they’re shorter — otherwise they might feel as if they’re drowning in the piece. “Very flattering but if you are on the short side you may want to size down,” one reviewer wrote, while another said: “Too big and too much fabric!! It was wearing me!” While the style proved to be a seamless fit for me, it’s definitely worth acknowledging these length concerns and referring to Anthropologie’s size guide to ensure you get the best fit for your body type.
With the unpredictability of the weather these days, this printed dress is the perfect transitional piece for those who want a style that’s designed for summer-to-fall wear and truly versatile enough to sport in any season. The style captures a classic, everyday print and elevates it via a regal silhouette that’s flattering and supremely comfortable. I’ve personally managed to style the dress with everything from cool everyday sneakers and sandals to knee-high boots and more, making it a timeless seasonal piece that’s easy to team with any item in your closet. Plus, since the dress is available in several different prints, you’ll have no problem shopping out the style that’s best suited to your personal aesthetic and wardrobe — or perhaps even stock up on the comfy piece in a variety of patterns (the more, the merrier).
This maxi dress is available to shop exclusively at Anthropologie.
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