Anthropologie was first opened just outside of Philadelphia in 1992 by the Urban Outfitters co-founder, Dick Hayne. The goal was to give creative style options to smart women in their 30s and 40s who were lacking good local fashion options. Since then, the brand has continued to grow with its unique blend of boho-chic clothing, accessories, and items for the home.
Anthropologie carries multiple brands to give the best range of fashionable items for their customers. Relaxed silhouettes, vintage-inspired styles, and feminine details define their offerings. Beautiful textures like plush knitwear, velvet, and lace can be found on their racks and even in their home furnishings.
If you’re a fan of Anthropologie’s signature look, but you’ve exhausted their catalogue, you’re in luck. There are other great options that have clothing similar to what you’ll find at Anthropologie. In this guide, we’ll walk you through a couple of stores that will give you the look you’re going for, along with some other special features unique to them.
- For Quirky Style: ModCloth
- For Youthful Boho Clothes: Free People
- For Eclectic Feminine Looks: Sister Jane
- For Timeless Basics: Mango
- For Classic Vintage Staples: Collectif
- For a Range of Indie Brands: Chicwish
- For a Pinup Girl Flair: Zapaka
- For Effortless Day-Wear: Mata Traders
- For Budget Fashion: Target
- For Casual Normcore: Urban Outfitters
- Happy Shopping
For Quirky Style: ModCloth
Like Anthropologie, ModCloth sells a range of brands alongside their home label. For unique pieces with quirky patterns, alternative fashion lovers have flocked to ModCloth for years for their wide range of skirts, sweaters, and blouses.
Gorgeous vintage pajamas and cozy loungewear contrast charming special occasion dresses available on the site. Unique accessories and the occasional home item round out their inventory.
With frequent sales and discounts, it’s easy to save your favorite items to a wishlist and jump when the time is right. ModCloth is also notable for its wide range of sizes and its commitment to using diverse, non-airbrushed models on their site.
For Youthful Boho Clothes: Free People
Another offshoot of Urban Outfitters, Free People has a very similar vibe to Anthropologie. Free People is a little younger and more casual than its sister brand, though. Their lounge and activewear lines feature bold harem pants and crop tops. Relaxed silhouettes often pair with feminine details at Free People, whether it’s a pair of lacey lounge shorts or a babydoll dress.
Just like Anthropologie, their clothing isn’t cheap. Unlike Anthro, Free People is a bit limited in its size range. Free People doesn’t offer sizes over a US 14, and they don’t have petite or tall options either. But Free People is undeniably fun and their clothing looks just like the sort of thing to wear to a music festival.
For Eclectic Feminine Looks: Sister Jane
Sister Jane offers classic dresses, trousers, and blouses with exciting feminine details like bold patterns and large ruffles. The brand merges childlike designs with sophisticated shapes and unexpected print combos. As a resource for sweet looks with a unique twist, look no further. Charming accessories like oversized hairbows, tweed hats, and coordinating masks are also available on the site.
Sister Jane is based in the UK (London specifically), and has a commitment to sustainability to help reduce the environmental impact of their clothing. Unfortunately, like many British boutique brands, the sizing is limited. In this case, extremely limited– not offering anything above a US size 10.
For Timeless Basics: Mango
Mango offers wardrobe staples that fit your every need. Jackets and coats in neutral colors and classic silhouettes never go out of style, so they will look fabulous for years. Their suit separates with bold patterns give your workwear some flair, and their crepey floral maxi dresses will look beautifully relaxed at Sunday brunch. Mango blends masculine and feminine details to help you build your own ideal wardrobe.
The brand offers a full range of lounge and activewear as well as all the accessories you need to round out your look. They offer a full plus size range under the name Violeta by Mango as well, and they have a Men’s collection, as well as clothes for boys and girls. It can be a one-stop-shop to get your whole family looking sharp.
For Classic Vintage Staples: Collectif
Wide flowy skirts, blouses and dresses with feminine details, eclectic shoes, and jewelry all converge on Collectif. A little less bohemian than Anthropologie, but still full of vintage influence, Collectif is the perfect resource for flirty date-wear or office clothing with an old-fashioned feminine vibe. Their looks are sweet and romantic, designed to accentuate your curves while still being easy and comfortable to wear.
This UK brand has recently started collaborating with ModCloth in the US. They offer a very wide size range for nearly all of their clothing. Besides that, they have gorgeous shoes and a vintage-inspired menswear line.
For a Range of Indie Brands: Chicwish
Chicwish is an online international store that, like Anthropologie, brings together various brands. This creates a lineup of pieces ranging from knitwear with unique designs to ruffled tulle-layered skirts.
Statement details and fun color combinations will add a twist to your winter layers. Their loungewear line is full of comfortable neutral items that drape a little more elegantly than your average pair of sweatpants or pajamas. You can even channel some childlike sweetness with their Teddy Hoodies featuring ears on the hood.
Since Chicwish is a home for many brands, the sizing can be inconsistent. Some items from Asian brands will be in “one size” (which usually translates to a petite small/medium in US sizing). Other items are available in a standard x-small to x-large range. Either way, it can be a good resource for finding brands that you otherwise might not get a chance to shop in the US.
For a Pinup Girl Flair: Zapaka
If you’re looking for a dress for a night on the town or even a more special occasion, Zapaka offers feminine dresses that look like something a mid-century starlet would happily wear.
Featuring waist-accentuating styles in floaty wrap dresses and shirtdresses that are a little more everyday, the site also turns it up a notch with lacy dresses and velvet maxis for a little more impact. Their 1920s collection supplies all the art deco luxury you need with sequins and fringe galore in classic drop-waist silhouettes and more modern shapes.
Zapaka allows you to shop by decade so you can choose what vintage look you’re going for. Their prices are more moderate than Anthropologie and many other brands on our list, and most of their clothing ranges in size from x-small to 3xl.
For Effortless Day-Wear: Mata Traders
When you’re looking for more easy casual pieces that embrace a bohemian aesthetic, you’d do well to look at Mata Traders. The brand features beautiful patterns that seem drawn from cultures around the world: Middle Eastern mosaic tiles and Ghahanian kente cloth are echoed in some of the eclectic prints.
The whole collection seems to be aimed toward working women who want to look put-together with limited fuss whether they’re catching a connecting flight, having a meeting, or running their kids to music lessons. The site even features categories like “wear to work” and “motherhood-friendly” so you can search by your lifestyle needs.
Mata Traders’ clothing is all produced ethically in India and Nepal. They are a fair trade fashion brand that aims to pay their employees a living wage– a breath of fresh air when many bigger brands neglect to pay their workers. Their standard sizes go up to a US 14/16, and a few items are offered in their plus size collection, going up to a 22/24.
For Budget Fashion: Target
For a long time, Target has been viewed as the slightly more bougie alternative to Walmart. Fashionistas, however, know that Target has been stepping up their clothing for the past couple of years. The store how has 15 distinct women’s clothing imprints, each with its own particular flair.
Fans of Anthropologie can find relaxed wardrobe staples like maxi dresses and tunics from their A New Day line. For pieces that scream hippie-chic, their Knox Rose brand plays with sophisticated takes on tie-dye, as well as embroidery and crochet details. And for a fun, youthful take on casual clothing, their Wild Fable brand has all the light wash denim and crop tops you could possibly want.
Target is a budget-friendly and accessible option that helps you look good without breaking the bank. The brand has also started incorporating recycled materials into their clothing to help reduce garment waste, a growing problem globally. Target also has inclusive sizing with a plus size range (even a plus size exclusive imprint, Ava & Viv) as well as petite and tall sizing for some garments.
For Casual Normcore: Urban Outfitters
If you’re looking for another sibling brand to Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters is the oldest of the URBN group of stores. They’ve become a staple for trendy takes on normcore wardrobe essentials, like crop tops and sweatpants.
Their style has some overlap with Anthropologie, but with a mix of casual and provocative touches. Backless mini dresses line up alongside high-waisted corduroy pants and oversized flannels. Boho touches still pop up, but with a less feminine, more grunge, vibe.
Urban Outfitters carries most of their range in US sizes 0-14, with a few items available in 16/18. Just like Anthropologie, they can be a bit pricey so it’s best to shop their seasonal sales if you’re on a tight budget. It’s also worth noting that Urban Outfitters is no stranger to controversy, whether it’s the way they treat their workers or a variety of distasteful products they’ve sold over the years.
When you find a brand that truly resonates with your personal style, it’s a very special thing. It can leave you despairing, though, if you’re not sure you’ll ever find anything else like it.
Fortunately for all you Anthro-addicts, there are plenty of other stores that overlap with many of Anthropologie’s signature elements. We hope our guide has helped you tune your radar to a few more shopping options to help you craft your own personal style.