Product Review: Sky’s the Limit with Anatomie’s Skyler Skinny Pants

by Nicole Sheets
( August 7th, 2014 )

Anatomie Skyler Skinny Dark Grey

It’s one thing to love a pair of pants. It’s quite another thing to find pants that love you back.

Recently the folks at Anatomie sent me their Skyler Skinny Pants in dark grey (like those shown above. Those are not my abs, though I would order those if I could.) They’re also offered in Navy, Black, Khaki, and Electric Blue; this latter shade is more like deep denim color than 80s eyeshadow.

Skyler Skinny Black

The pants live up to their reputation as an alternative to skinny jeans. You could fancy up the Skyler with cute sandals or heels or take the trails in your hiking boots. For example, I wore them (with flip flops) on a walk to the Spokane River, not far from my house. It was the end of another hot day, and I wanted to plunk my feet in some cold water among the river rocks. The Anatomie pants were breathable and kept me from feeling sweaty (or schweddy.) WanderHubs affirmed that they looked cute. I should institute a WanderHubs rating scale, perhaps one to five guitars or something, for product reviews. Stay tuned.

Anatomie Skyler Skinny Khaki

My favorite feature of the Skyler is that the comfy fabric comes in such a streamlined silhouette. I hadn’t heard of “French honiara fabric” before. Honiara could be a protagonist in a giant,sweeping Victorian novel. The Anatomie site has many modifiers for this ”super-light-weight Nylon-Lycra Micro Fiber” textile, made of  ”92% polyamide and 8% elasthane.” 

Anatomie’s attention to fabric in its “luxury sportswear” makes sense, given that  Kate Boyer, one of the founders of the brand, is a former gymnast and fitness instructor.

I appreciate that there are snaps rather than a button above the front zipper closure. This is more durable hardware. I don’t have strong feelings about the oversized belt loops. The Skyler fit is rather booty-snug, so the back pockets are more ornamental than practical.

If the Skyler isn’t the look for you, check out Anatomie’s Find Your Pant guide.

Anatomie presents itself as an upscale brand. At first I felt very aware of my Kmart roots. The site offers personalized styling sessions “allowing [customers] to shop from the comfort of their living room, on board their yacht, in between sessions at the spa or anywhere that has an internet connection.” Can I wear these pants if a Hamptons Weekend is not in my travel forecast? If I’m bothered in a way I can’t quite pinpoint by the Safari Collection’s claim to “utmost African chicness”? If my yacht is in the shop?

Browsing Anatomie’s Set to Jet lookbooks is a chance to check out their styles and, perhaps, launch some dream vacations.

Well made pants a treasure, no matter where you wear them.

 


Photo Credit: anatomiestyle.com

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Product Review: Rockport Total Motion Mid Pump

by Nicole Sheets
( July 28th, 2014 )

 

Rockport Total Motion

“Those are Rockports?” WanderHubs asked.

I confess I’d had a similar thought before I checked out the brand’s recent lookbooks. These styles are a far cry from the humorless, sensible shoes fancied by retired schoolteachers and or devoted wearers of pleated slacks (my Nana Sheets included. She had a sense of humor, even if her shoes did not).

The folks at Rockport recently sent me a pair of their Total Motion Mid Pump, shown above. It’s available in a variety of luxurious neutrals. Though let’s be honest: for Wanderchic, if it’s a contest between Taupe and Python, we know who’s going to win. The versatility of the print is one of my favorite features: it’s professional yet playful.

Rockport Python Pump

This pump has nearly a three-inch heel, which is a bit higher than I usually wear. Rockport also offers this print in other styles, including their “Seven to 7 ” line, such as the Low Pump (more like a kitten heel) and in a Peep-toe Wedge. NB: Both styles happen to be on sale at right this moment.

One big selling point of the Total Motion collection is the Adidas ADIPRENE+ technology, designed to “bend the rules of movement.” The insole is squishy soft, as though they’ve snuck a slipper into a pump. The shoe feels stable and springy, a bit like a running shoe in pump’s clothing. I imagine that, given the materials in the sole and heel, these shoes are pretty much impossible to repair. It’s a bummer, and one that stretches pretty much all across our contemporary shoescape.

Rockport Total Motion Sole

Size-wise, the shoes run a bit big. I’m usually a 10.5, though a 10 in the Mid Pump would be closer to that glove-like fit. (It’s a rarity to encounter a 10.5 at all, much less to find it a bit roomy.)

I sprayed the shoes with leather protectant to ward off the Northwest rain. That’s not an issue these days, but these shoes will transition seamlessly into Fall and maybe even Winter with the right tights. I’m looking forward to putting more miles on them.

Rockport with cat

 

Photo Credits: rockport.com and WanderHubs

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Royal Robbins Lt Expedition 3/4 Sleeve Shirt Is Ready For Adventure

by Nicole Sheets
( July 9th, 2014 )

Royal Robbins 3/4 Expedition

I had a great chance to try out the Royal Robbins Lt Expedition 3/4 Sleeve during my recent wanderings. (That’s me, above, at a cute Italian restaurant on the Thames, where WanderHubs and I repaired after a thrilling production of Julius Caesar at Shakespeare’s Globe. You know, like you do on a Friday afternoon).

The Globe is an open-air, rain-or-shine theater, and we’d opted for standing or “groundling” tickets. I’m rather evangelical, about sunscreen, so I was delighted that the Lt Expedition offers an “Moisture Control System” with UPF 50+, at least through the first 40 washes. The shirt felt breezy and wicked away sweat. It’s 100% polyester, but it’s that classy, silky polyester. The shirt feels comfortable and gives off an air of casual, effortless polish. And after living out of a suitcase for a couple of weeks, I was grateful for the shirt’s resistance to wrinkles.

 

Royal Robbins Lt Expedition Emerald

I love the choice of snaps instead of buttons. The front panel, or “covered snap placket,” features subtle, decorative stitching.

I’m less excited about the sleeves. Sure, 3/4 sleeves are an OK length for a shirt designed for folks who spend time in the outdoors. The longer sleeve provides more protection from the sun and stray branches. You can also roll up the sleeves and button them into place. This creates a slightly fussier look than I usually go for (though you can see in the first photo that I totally went for it). All told, I think I’d rather have either a long sleeve or a short/cap sleeve and be done with it.

I opted for the Lt Expedition in Emerald, and it’s also available in Pool, Soapstone (shown below), White, and Wild Rose.

Royal Robbins Lt Expedition Soapstone

Aside from the lightness of the fabric, my favorite feature of the shirt is a zippered pocket in the right side of the shirt. It’s just the size for some I.D. and cash, or maybe a key. You can’t hide a Big Mac in there, but it’s a great sneak feature that doesn’t compromise the shirt’s sleek lines.

All told, this shirt is comfy without looking slouchy, and it’s versatile. After all, it was suitable for the theater (at least for an ourdoor matinee). And I’m sure it will be a trusty companion on hikes when I return to the PNW.

For a look at more Royal Robbins gear, check out Samantha’s review of the Discovery Pant.

Photo Credits: WanderHubs and royalrobbins.com

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