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Last Summer’s Anthropologie Skirts … At ModCloth?!

 

Make a Point of It Skirt from ModCloth
Make a Point of It Skirt from ModCloth

Cynthia:  I can’t believe it. A second chance! Two of Anthropologie’s skirts from last year –  that I fell in love with but did not purchase –  are now selling at ModCloth but under different designer names. At least I don’t think they’re knock-offs.  I think that they are the … exact… same …skirts.

Marcy:  Doppelganger skirts. I have one of those.

Cynthia:  A skirt?

Marcy:  No. A doppelganger.

Marcy smugly whips her tale.

Cynthia:  I am not even going to ask.

Marcy (chuckling knowingly to herself):  Yeah. You probably shouldn’t.

Cynthia:  The one above is Modcloth’s Make a Point of It Skirt. The one below is Anthropologie’s Spearmint Stripe Skirt from last summer. Love the green stripes and that it’s knee length.

Anthropologie’s Spearmint Strip Skirt from 2013

Cynthia:  This next one  is  Modcloth’s Cirque du Soiree Skirt by Ryu.

Ryu Cirque du Soiree skirt at ModCloth

 

Cynthia:  Which was Anthropologie’s Striped Remy Skirt by Maeve last summer. Maeve is an in-house Anthropologie brand.

 

Anthropologie’s Striped Remy Skirt by Maeve, 2013

Marcy:  Are you sure you’re speaking English? Or is this quirky human girl code?

Cynthia: It’s all quite confusing. I mean, are ModCloth versions knock-offs? Or are they the originals but are being sold under different companies? Who really is the designer then? Who, Marcy? Who? Is this some elaborate conspiracy to sell us old skirts? Are the skirts being moved down the retailer food chain? Will we see them at Old Navy in another year? Are ModCloth and Anthropologie – seeming enemies – incahoots?

Marcy:  This is just another way for the fashion industry to make you crazy. Like inconsistent sizing, ’80’s mom jeans looking cool on teenage hipsters, and rayon.

Cynthia:  I hate rayon. It makes me crazy.

Cynthia hunches over the computer pondering and tapping her foot.

Cynthia:  I should just get the skirts since I think they are so cute and was bummed out that I missed out on them last summer. Maybe they won’t be at Old Navy next year.

Marcy: You’re such a fashion gambler.

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*The Mystery Of The Double Skirts:  SOLVED! Click here for the update!






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18 Comments

  • Reply Lisa - respect the shoes April 23, 2014 at 3:11 am

    I actually tried both of the green and white striped skirts – the Anthro and Modcloth versions. Granted I could not hold them up next to each other to compare, they were pretty much the exact same to me – and the Modcloth price is so much nicer! Plus free ship and returns, can't hurt to try …

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch April 23, 2014 at 3:57 am

      Oh that is so interesting, Lisa! Thank you for the perspective. I tried on the Anthro skirt and really liked it but didn't purchase it. I really wonder if it is the same skirt?! From what you say it sounds like it is! Neither Anthro or ModCloth has a label on their website description and everything else – length, etc. matches up. Very interesting!
      xo,cynthia

  • Reply GnomeLover April 23, 2014 at 3:39 am

    I noticed that, too. In fact, I have a post going up on Sunday about the Colima Skirts that are now sold out. But there is a version at Modcloth for so much cheaper.

    I love that Spearmint Skirt. I think it would be perfection on you. Oh! I hope you get it! I would love to see you style it! : ).

    Jenni

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch April 23, 2014 at 4:05 am

      Hi Jenni! This is my first affiliate post and oh my gosh it took me forever to figure out how to do the links.
      I can't wait to read your post about the Colima Skirts. I didn't notice them. I seem to have goggle eyes for the knee length skirts. Hmmm… do you think the Colima skirts are also the same? I am so baffled by this.
      xo,cynthia

  • Reply Anonymous April 23, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Hope you figure out this mystery. My guess is that Anthro sold them to ModC at the end of the season. But the skirts are timeless so what does it matter? Enjoy the bargain!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch April 24, 2014 at 12:04 am

      Hmmmm… I was wondering the same thing!
      xo,cynthia

  • Reply Merrie K. April 23, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    LOL..I agree…those are the EXACT same skirts! I wish some blogger who works in the fashion industry would comment here…i really want to know what's up? I could see if it was the same season that both mod cloth and Anthro bought them, but what's up with it being a whole year later?? Anyway, I would still buy them…they are super cute and I bet they are better priced now! 🙂 That's also really cool of you to be donating a portion of the proceeds to animal shelters! Talk to you soon!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch April 24, 2014 at 12:08 am

      It's baffling and I couldn't find anything about it. I even tried to figure out if Maeve and Ryu were owned by the same company.
      I am just beginning to dip my toes into monetizing the blog so we will see how it goes. At this time I am predicting I will be spending more than will be coming in since I want to try out some advertising methods.
      xo,cynthia

    • Reply Merrie K. April 24, 2014 at 2:36 am

      Yeah, the whole monetizing thing is baffling…I'm sure there are some bloggers that earn a living blogging, and I would love to pick their brain…Frankly, I'll be happy if I earn enough to cover the cost of my camera :). I was thinking that if you do decide to do the video, you should send it to the Humane Society…they have a blog and should pick it up!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch April 24, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      Thank you for the great idea, Merrie! I will do my video post soon I hope. I am so excited about it that I am scared and can't get it started. I need to just dive in and … go!

  • Reply Merrie K. April 23, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Also, we NEED to know who Marcy's doppleganger is. 🙂 Who would dare try to steal her thunder?

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch April 24, 2014 at 12:11 am

      Marcy is being annoyingly coy about her doppelganger. My theory is that she has no idea what she is talking about and probably thinks it is some kind of treat or something.
      xo,cynthia

      i heard that. and don't worry merrie i have complete control over my doppelganger.
      meow,marcy

  • Reply Brittney April 24, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    How interesting! I always thought that Anthro did their own designs (which makes me think that Modcloth is carrying a knockoff), but at the same time, I wouldn't be surprised if they sourced it from an independent designers somewhere. At least this gives us a second chance at missed Anthro goods!

    Brittney

    Another Beautiful Thing

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch April 24, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      Hi Brittney!

      Oh my gosh – I figured it out and am doing a blog post on it right now. It should be up later today. And you are on the right track – they do source from other designers!
      I will check out your blog later today – your post on makeup looks so interesting! Can't wait to read it!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting!
      xo,cynthia

  • Reply Whimsical Preppy April 25, 2014 at 4:01 am

    I love checking out ModCloth's new arrivals page. I look forward to seeing what Anthropologie item may show up next.
    I'm curious to know more about a video post that you did? I think you have a good attitude, that you should, "Dive in and go," as you said.
    These topics have been so fun,
    Stacey

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch April 25, 2014 at 7:13 am

      Hi Stacey! I have not done the video yet. I just keep talking about it. Oh boy – do I ever need to shut up and just do it. You are so right – dive in and go! Thank you for the encouragement!!! I will!! 🙂
      xo, cynthia

  • Reply withwonderandwhimsy April 28, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Right?!? I've noticed this, too. I've seen it with a couple of brands. There was a holiday dress selling at both Anthropologie and ModCloth at the same time, and the ModCloth version was cheaper. And they really looked like the exact same dress. I don't get it. I don't think they're knock-offs, though. I suppose if it's a season or two later, they could be. But I saw the same dress on both sites at the same time. Could you really produce the knock-off and sell it that quickly? I wonder if instead it's that Anthropologie can get away with higher mark-ups because people will pay for that at Anthropologie. I think people expect a certain quality, design innovation, and that they're getting "special" pieces from Anthropologie. So perhaps they are the same pieces. Why ship it off to Marshall's or TJ Maxx if it can sell for a higher price at a retailer like ModCloth? Especially a season or two later? That way people who missed out the first time around can score the pieces at a better price. They pieces aren't as "new" or fashion-forward, but you're getting a bargain of sorts.

    <3 Liz
    http://www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch April 28, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      I find all of this fascinating too. You can get Cloth & Stone all the time at Marshalls and TJ Maxx. Those have to be the same. But then, there are Cynthia Rowley items that seem especially made for those kind of discount stores. It makes me want to take a class in Fashion Merchandising just to see what is up. I also find it interesting that Anthropologie will have something that is unique and then the next year that same style will be all over – Old Navy, Forever 21, etc. So fascinating.
      xo,cynthia

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