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This is Anthropologie's 'most fabulous' dress ever — and it's perfect for the holidays

split screen of two models wearing somerset maxi dress in shine and velvet from anthropologie
This 'flattering' Anthropologie dress sold out this summer— but it's back for the holidays (Photos via Anthropologie)

If you're a regular Yahoo Lifestyle Canada reader, you'll know we have a particular affinity for Anthropologie's Somerset Maxi Dress.

A cult-favourite among Anthropologie shoppers, the "universally flattering" dress has become one of the retailer's most sought-after styles, earning the approval of thousands of shoppers and one of our very own Yahoo Canada editors.

While the Somerset's summer dresses are perhaps its best-known (P.S. — several of them are on sale), the collection's new fall and winter styles are already winning over shoppers, with reviewers dubbing them "perfect for the holidays."

The Somerset Maxi Dress: Shine Edition

model standing outside in velvet printed boots and gold brown black The Somerset Maxi Dress: Shine Edition (Photo via Anthropologie)
The Somerset Maxi Dress: Shine Edition (Photo via Anthropologie)

$180 at Anthropologie

The details

Anthropologie's Somerset Maxi Dress is the retailer's "bestselling" and "best reviewed dress, ever." The versatile style has been dubbed the dress equivalent of the "Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants," thanks to its V-neck design and figure-flattering smocked waist.

The Somerset is available in petite, regular and plus sizes — and comes in an array of colour, print, fabric, and length options. While the cotton version of the maxi dress went viral this past summer, we expect to see the shiny Somerset make the rounds come holiday party season.

For those who aren't fans of the lustrous fabric or would prefer one of the brand's famous printed styles, the Somerset collection includes mini dresses and varying lengths of skirts: Click here to see them all.

What people are saying

Since Anthropologie's 2022 Holiday Collection is still relatively new, the shiny Somerset has yet to collect many reviews. However, early adopters call it "super flattering" and say it "falls nicely [...] without showing any lumps and bumps."

It's "chic and flattering," writes one Anthro shopper.

Predating the shiny Somerset is the collection's velvet maxi dress. A holiday party must-have, Anthropologie shoppers call the velvet dress "beautiful" and compliment its "buttery soft" fabric.

The Somerset Maxi Dress: Velvet Edition

plus size model wearing black boots and The Somerset Maxi Dress: Velvet Edition in green (Photo via Anthropologie)
The Somerset Maxi Dress: Velvet Edition in green (Photo via Anthropologie)

$180 at Anthropologie

According to one shopper, it's the "most fabulous" dress.

"Comfortable, beautiful, flattering and [it has] pockets!" they write.

The velvet Somerset is "perfect for the holidays," says another. It is "so soft and extremely comfortable."

"I could go on forever about how awesome [it is]," praises a third shopper. The dress is "gorgeous" and "timeless," they write. "Very roomy yet flattering."

'Universally flattering'

The Somerset is "universally flattering" and gives the illusion of an "hourglass" figure, lauds another reviewer.

To shop more highlights from Anthropologie's 2022 Holiday Collection, click here or scroll below.

Anthropologie 2022 Holiday Collection: Editor's picks

Ramona Wine Glasses, Set of 4

Ramona Wine Glasses, Set of 4 in green, orange, blue (Photo via Anthropologie)
Ramona Wine Glasses, Set of 4 (Photo via Anthropologie)

$72 at Anthropologie

Sunday in Brooklyn Pearl Ponte Top

model wearing black sleeveless top with pearl bottom, Sunday in Brooklyn Pearl Ponte Top (Photo via Anthropologie)
Sunday in Brooklyn Pearl Ponte Top (Photo via Anthropologie)

$78 at Anthropologie

Bistro Tile Monogram Old Fashioned Glass

Bistro Tile Monogram Old Fashioned Glass with letters A, B, C (Photo via Anthropologie)
Bistro Tile Monogram Old Fashioned Glass (Photo via Anthropologie)

$18 at Anthropologie

Vicenza Bow Heels

Vicenza Bow Heels with sparkly details and black block heel (Photo via Anthropologie)
Vicenza Bow Heels (Photo via Anthropologie)

$180 at Anthropologie

The Somerset Romper

model wearing black tights and green The Somerset Romper (Photo via Anthropologie)
The Somerset Romper (Photo via Anthropologie)

$140 at Anthropologie

Let Me Be Juliet Sheer Maxi Dress

model wearing mustard yellow embellished Let Me Be Juliet Sheer Maxi Dress (Photo via Anthropologie)
Let Me Be Juliet Sheer Maxi Dress (Photo via Anthropologie)

$248 at Anthropologie

Forever That Girl Ruffled Button-Front Blouse

model sitting in white pants and black blouse on sofa, Forever That Girl Ruffled Button-Front Blouse (Photo via Anthropologie)
Forever That Girl Ruffled Button-Front Blouse (Photo via Anthropologie)

$98 at Anthropologie

Hutch Velvet Wrap Dress

plus size brunette model in black and orange printed Hutch Velvet Wrap Dress (Photo via Anthropologie)
Hutch Velvet Wrap Dress (Photo via Anthropologie)

$248 at Anthropologie

Bibi Lou Aoi Heels

Bibi Lou Aoi Heels in green (Photo via Anthropologie)
Bibi Lou Aoi Heels in green (Photo via Anthropologie)

$180 at Anthropologie

By Anthropologie 3-D Floral Dress

brunette model in pink and black By Anthropologie 3-D Floral Dress (Photo via Anthropologie)
By Anthropologie 3-D Floral Dress (Photo via Anthropologie)

$230 at Anthropologie

By Anthropologie Sequin Mini Dress

plus size model wearing blue floral long sleeved By Anthropologie Sequin Mini Dress (Photo via Anthropologie)
By Anthropologie Sequin Mini Dress (Photo via Anthropologie)

$248 at Anthropologie

Morgan Wine Glasses

Morgan Wine Glasses, Set of 4 in green chartreuse (Photo via Anthropologie)
Morgan Wine Glasses, Set of 4 (Photo via Anthropologie)

$56 at Anthropologie

House of Hackney Dessert Plate

House of Hackney Dessert Plate in blue with bird on table with candle sticks (Photo via Anthropologie)
House of Hackney Dessert Plate (Photo via Anthropologie)

$18 at Anthropologie

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