Anatomie: My New Favourite Travel Clothing

by Nora on September 27, 2012

 

When Anatomie approached me to review a few pieces of their clothing, I was skeptical at best. How much are those pants? And I can’t even try them on first? Yikes.

 

But I agreed anyway, after browsing their site and becoming intrigued by the designer styles and apparently-travel-friendly materials they use. It still didn’t look like “conventional” travel clothing, but who knows. I don’t like “conventional” travel clothing anyway – it’s usually too utilitarian for my taste.

 

That was over three months ago. Since receiving the clothing, I’ve had a chance to test it out in four countries; on mountain tops, in city jungles, lounging about, packing and unpacking, and in climates ranging from chilly alpine Europe to humid Caribbean summer.

 

Here’s the down and dirty about how Anatomie faired this trial-by-climate/country:

(As if the title of this post isn’t enough of a giveaway)…

 

 

Monika Short-Sleeve Ballerina Dress

In Paris, enjoying Anatomie's chic style

 

(Editor’s note 2015: The Monika dress is no longer available, but has been replaced with lots of other cool dresses….check it out). 

I was most excited about receiving the Monika Short-Sleeve V-Neck Ballerina Dress, as I liked the look, and the description promised it would be flattering. And every traveling girl needs a dress they can pull out of their bag in a jiffy and slip on to impress the masses. It’s the proverbial “little black dress” – designed and evolved for travel.

It passed the test. It’s incredibly comfortable, flattering, and it feels indestructible. It washes well, and it dries much quicker than I thought it would. Because of the extra material in the mid-section it’s not the lightest or most compact piece of clothing I own, but it’s certainly not the heaviest, and it doesn’t wrinkle – and did I mention it’s comfortable? It actually makes me feel like a ballerina….I want to dance in this dress!

It passed the test in Zurich too

 

The style is conservative enough to pull off in many scenarios and cultures, but (where appropriate) I also like to spice it up and wear the sleeves off the shoulders!

monika dress

 

This dress has quickly become one of my absolute favourite pieces of clothing.

 

 

Cargo Capri

I hate shopping for pants.

I specifically didn’t ask for pants from Anatomie, largely because pants fit me incredibly inconsistently. One style/make of pants might be a perfect fit at a size 6; and another pair can barely get past my knees at a size 12. And often pants that fit me properly in the hips and thighs have waists that are way too large and gap unflatteringly at the back. So I wasn’t interested in receiving a pair of pants that I couldn’t try on first.

But they sent me a pair of their Cargo Capris (editor’s note 2014: no longer available) anyway – and boy, am I ever happy they did.

modelling the Cargo Capris

 

The material caught my attention first; it’s incredibly lightweight, stretchy, yet durable. The fit surprised me next: like a glove! There are side straps at the waist to customize the perfect fit (which suits both skinny and bloaty days!), and the low-rise style is quite flattering.

Because of the light stretchy material (which most of Anatomie’s pants are made of), it’s very comfortable and dries almost instantly, but it’s not suitable for cooler weather.

My only beef with the Cargo Capris are the pockets. It looks like there are lots of useful pockets, but the main pockets are useless as they’re blocked by the lower pockets – which look nice but aren’t particularly secure (I’ve lost coins from sitting down and standing up again). And the back pockets are only flaps. Thus there’s not a lot of pocket space to justify the number of pocket flaps perpetually sticking out at weird angles.

cargo capris

Despite these criticisms I wear the Cargo Capris consistently, and they’re perfect for summer climates – staying covered up yet cool. (Oh yes, and nary a wrinkle in sight).

 

Note 2015: The Cargo Capri is no longer available. But check out the pants they have on offer – my newest favourite pair of pants they have are the Kate skinny pants

 

 

 

Cosima Cozy Coverup

cozy in my Cosima

 

I also didn’t specifically pick this item (they just sent it to me). Although I’m a big fan of having a universal cover-up like the Cosima Cozy as an essential piece of travel gear (especially when packing space is limited), I already had one in my arsenal, and the Cosima material looked way too flimsy and too lightweight to actually be warm. How could this possibly be a practical piece of travel gear, and withstand the rigours of travel?

Indeed, when I opened the package, I was hit with a conflicting reaction to the Cozima Cosy Coverup: on one hand it seemed so thin that if I looked at it the wrong way it would fall apart, and on the other hand it was Just. So. Cosy.

I couldn’t stop touching it and purring.

For two months I wore it a lot; and I’m pretty tough on my clothes, so I put it through some paces. It stood up to the challenge, as if defiantly challenging me to push it even further. But I still wan’t convinced it was as tough as it seemed.

And then, one day, it happened. I brushed too close to a doorway and the Cozima got caught up on a nail. Glory be – it didn’t rip! I’m still not sure how this is possible (it was a full-on snag and I was moving quickly), but it seems this material is tougher than it looks and feels.

 

Cosima Cozy CoverupAnd as with all my Anatomie clothing, it washes easily, and dries almost instantly. It regularly gets crumpled up in the bottom of my laptop bag when I’m on the move, and I can always whip it out and put it on without a wrinkle in sight.

(Note 2015: The Cozima Cozy isn’t available any longer, but they have lots of beautiful tops to choose from – check them out here). 

 

 

 

Why Anatomie is Worth The Money

So you’ve seen the prices. This stuff ain’t cheap. And as somebody who has perfected the art of financially-sustainable full-time travel, I was hesitant to review any of their clothing.

But.

I learned that you get what you pay for. In the last six years of full-time travel, very few pieces of clothing have withstood my travels for very long. Either my location, culture and local style, climate, or pure wear and tear has meant that I’ve had to buy new pieces of cheap mediocre clothing along the way. While I generally enjoy refreshing my limited wardrobe, there’s rarely been an item of clothing I’ve actually been excited to wear. Until now.

 

Here’s why Anatomie is actually worth the money:

  • The material is largely sourced from Italy and France. It’s good stuff.
  • Nothing wrinkles. (And I don’t carry an iron in my bag. Strangely.)
  • Everything feels soft and lovely.
  • The fit is surprisingly good.
  • Despite feeling flimsy or fragile, it’s very durable.
  • It’s stylish, in a classic way that transcends many cultures and borders.
  • It’s designer travel wear. And when you wear designer clothing, you usually pay a premium.

 

Worried About the Fit? Or Just Not Liking What You Order?

Don’t be. Anatomie offers free shipping and returns on all sales. They provide a pre-paid return label with your shipment, so it’s no hassle to do exchanges or returns.

So I’m a convert. Although I wouldn’t have considered paying the asking price for this clothing when I first browsed the site, now that I’ve had a chance to try it, I’m strategically choosing some more pieces to complement my travel wardrobe.

Anatomie is designer travel wear for women, and in marrying the practical needs of travel with the style requirements of the designer industry, Anatomie has found their niche.

 

2014 Note: Since writing this post, I’ve purchased a large number of Anatomie pieces, such that now the vast majority of my travel wardrobe is made by Anatomie. 

 

I received the above pieces of clothing for free, and there are some affiliate links in this post. But my almost-evangelical enthusiasm is 100% real; this stuff rocks!

 

 

 

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Jan Ross September 27, 2012 at 9:22 am

Thanks for sharing; I LOVE that little dress – I might have to order it for my next trip.

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Dawn September 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

You always look fabulous in all your pictures. How do you stay fit on the road?

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theprofessionalhobo September 27, 2012 at 10:31 am

@Jan – I love the dress too, and I find it pretty versatile depending on how you accessorize it. Where are you headed next?

@Dawn – I had a best-case-scenario this summer, as the house I was taking care of had a mini gym in the basement! But I tend to take what I can get, from walks or hikes to yoga to gyms when they’re available.

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Kate September 27, 2012 at 11:08 am

All of those are really cute, I especially love the dress, it really looks comfortable.

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Dalene September 27, 2012 at 11:02 pm

That dress is CUUUTTEEE. But it is also obvious, my friend, that you can pull off anything! 🙂

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Fab September 28, 2012 at 2:15 am

Hi Nora,

really nice shots and obviously the model with her smile has made the difference!!

But one thing: in some photos of your blog, you look like a tall woman ( over 173 cm ) in others you like like on average, are you really tall or is it just an impression given by some photos?

Let us know if you feel like!

Fab

PS diet and sport keep your figure vey well !!

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despina September 28, 2012 at 11:28 am

All the clothes look really good on you and the dress is really cute, but in all fairness, i’d much rather spend 200 dollars on an actual plane ticket than on a single article of clothing i can get much cheaper elsewhere.
My favorite (expensive) brand is Rohan.
Greetings from Cyprus

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theprofessionalhobo September 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm

@Kate & Dalene – Thanks! Yes, the dress is a winner. And it’s nice to throw a splash of colour to my wardrobe – for practicality’s purposes, my clothes have been mostly black…boring!

@Fab – I’m 5’7″ – so I guess I’m about average…depending on where in the world I am!

@despina – I hear ya. It’s always good to spend consciously. And being in Europe, $200 can usually get you a fair way to a new destination!

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Fab September 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Hi Nora,

you have been quick on the draw!! Congratulations!

So you are 170 cm, taller than the average American and Canadian woman!!

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/aprilholladay/2006-12-04-size-age_x.htm

I’m 190 cm and I think that as a man I’m tall in every corner of the world!!

All the best!

Fab

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Meredith September 28, 2012 at 8:44 pm

The review is great and the items look impressive. However, for those plus size ladies out there, Anatomie doesn’t really provide options. Do you have any suggestions for us or do you know any plus size travel bloggers we can check out for recommendations?

Thanks.
Meredith

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theprofessionalhobo September 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm

@Meredith – I’m sorry, I don’t know of any plus sized equivalents out there. If I find something I’ll let you know! Do any other readers have recommendations?

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Dani October 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

These clothes are so stylish, I would’ve never guessed that they are travel clothes! I have to try Anatomie Wear – I love every single item!!

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theprofessionalhobo October 4, 2012 at 9:17 am

@Dani – Let me know what you think! I’m a fan.

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Jo October 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

The dress is super cute on you! I just picked up something similar with the wrap neckline and tummy ruching that fits well and does not wrinkle – The chaka dress made by the clothing company Horny Toad. I plan on living in this! Brand new in season they are about $78USD, but last season’s colors can be found for as low as $30. Just throwing out another great option for smaller budgets!

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theprofessionalhobo October 24, 2012 at 9:41 am

Hey Jo – Thanks for the suggestion! What is it about the chaka dress that makes it a great piece of travel clothing?

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Hannah Sutton April 17, 2013 at 5:23 am

These all look like really great travel choices. I’m eyeing up the dress. It looks comfy as well as flattering. Were those shoes comfortable for walking in?

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theprofessionalhobo April 17, 2013 at 9:42 am

Hi Hannah – Ha ha, you spotted the shoes – which are very NOT travel-friendly! I had some extra room in my bag when I was in Europe that summer, and picked up a cheap pair of wedges to up the classy-factor while out and about.
Once they broke in, the shoes were actually quite comfortable, but they don’t form any part of my full-time travel entourage!

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Adventurous Andrea May 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm

The coverup looks so versatile! I just love their pieces.

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theprofessionalhobo May 12, 2013 at 9:06 am

I’m wearing the coverup right….now! So cozy…. 🙂

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bianca July 20, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Hello Nora

Ive posted a couple of times here … the update is that I finally have my flight … going to Vietnam in October! Anyway! Got the bag following your wheeled back pack advise … Met someone with a Caribee and found it on line so I bought one that is smaller tan his … will see how that goes … in regards to clothes I do see that this Brand that you review is pretty nice but indeed expensive … I am going to be in MIami in a week and want to do some shopping for pants/capris, etc … have you reviewed or know of more affordable brands that are also good for traveling? Im looking for fresh fabrics and that dont wrinkle … anything you can tell me will be great!

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Nora Dunn July 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Hi Bianca,
The Anatomie showroom is in Miami – you should check it out, so you can see/touch/feel/try on some swag yourself. You might change your mind about value once you get your hands it.
As for other brands of pants/capris that are perfect for travel, I’m not specifically loyal to any other brands of clothing; I just get what looks and fits nice. To be honest however, almost everything I have now is Anatomie clothing, so I’m a bad person to ask!

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