Win Holiday Cheer from Banana Republic

Paillette dress sz 00 reg c/o BR, Louboutin Elisa 100 pumps (similar), Theory blazer, Chanel WOC

With December quickly approaching, I’ve been giddily compiling holiday outfits (in my head). This week, Banana Republic asked me to style a party look to help promote their NYE contest. I even got to invite a friend! I chose a fab local blogger, Khatu, however our plans for a fun photoshoot together were foiled at the last minute. Nevertheless, here we are each bringing our own spin to this glitzy paillette shift dress.

Khatu is wearing: Paillette dress c/o BR, Nine west clutch, YSL pumps, vintage earrings & belt

Although BR offers a sizeable petites collection, we were both drawn to this statement shift in the regular line. The looser torso worked on me, but we both raised our hems by 5″ for it to hit on us like it does on the model. When donning something covered in a busy material, print, or texture, I love keeping it simple with a basic silhouette and short length. I also believe shorter-gam’d gals can get away with showing a little more leg, especially for party time.
For a simple holiday look without breaking the bank, look for little black dresses in fun materials, like sequins (or, if you’re crafty…buy sparkly fabric and sew a simple sheath). A longer-length boyfriend blazer would look perfect with a festive mini, but you can also make do with a basic suiting blazer like I did. Accent your look with crystal jewelry or a statement color. If you’re trying to ease into the color red, start with classic burgundy and a rich but wearable lipcolor, like my favorite Rimmel Bordeaux.

To join in on the holiday fun, enter Banana Republic’s contest to win the ultimate New Year’s Eve party for yourself and five friends, including an all-expense paid trip to NYC, party tickets, plus a shopping spree. Two 2nd prize winners will also be randomly selected to win shopping sprees. To enter, just snap a photo of your favorite party outfit and share it per these instructions on Banana Republic’s Facebook page. Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, November 23rd. Good luck!

Disclosure: We each received 1 dress c/o BR, and are not affiliated with the company in any other way.

54 thoughts on “Win Holiday Cheer from Banana Republic

  • Nautical Wheeler November 15, 2011 at 8:36 am

    LOVE the dress! I've been crushing on sequins for the Holidays. Such a great look. I can't believe that dress is from BR ~jen

  • My Dressy Ways November 15, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Jean, WOW! You two look fabulous! I love Khatu's makeup and I am dying over your Louboutins!!! I've been planning some holiday outfits myself, I am kind of wishing I had more parties to go to!

  • My Dressy Ways November 15, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Oh! One more thing – I love that the paillettes go all the way around the front and back. I think that nothing cheapens the look of an item like having just the front covered.

  • Anonymous November 15, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Love it, wish I had some where to wear it!

  • NeutraKris November 15, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Gorgeous! You can pull off anything.

  • PetiteLittleGirl November 15, 2011 at 9:06 am

    You both look fabulous! While your look is sophisticated and elegant, Khatu’s is fun and chic. I am so loving your new pumps. They’re so gorgeous. You and Khatu did such a great job styling this dress. Now all you need is a girl’s night out, right =)?

  • Tanya November 15, 2011 at 9:19 am

    This is a great look, the blazer completes the look.

  • Lindsay @ A Walk in the Closet November 15, 2011 at 10:21 am

    This whole outfit is fabulous! I'm loving the fierce Elisa pumps with the sparkly LBD.

  • grace November 15, 2011 at 10:49 am

    LOVE the red pumps 😉 you're on fire girl!! Love the outfits on both you and Khatu. I'm loving the sequin-y stuff this season, but alas, no place to wear such beautiful outfits for me, so will have to just see you beautiful gals wear it and leave it on the rack 🙂

  • dietingfashions November 15, 2011 at 11:24 am

    The dress is so festive. But I have no parties to go to.

  • Ivana November 15, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Wow, you look simply stunning! That dress is so beautiful, and those shoes…smashing!

    xx Ivana
    Style in the City

  • SugarNikita November 15, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Oooo, that dress is FAB! Especially with the red heels. LOVE!

  • Alexandra November 15, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I like those red pumps and Khatu's lipstick a lot.

    Jean I was wondering if you could do a post on how to pair skirts with tights for the winter season. I assume winter in Boston should be no less harsh than here in the midwest and I find myself struggling to come up with something I really like in terms of pairing wool skirts and tights for work.

  • San Jose Love November 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Both you and Khatu look so beautiful. Love Khatu's belt.

  • Elli November 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    your dress is so pretty! looks stunning 🙂
    xoxo elli

  • Ping November 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    i love this dress on both you and khatu! you guys look stunning in it. i love those red pumps too! are they new? i need a pair like that…mb a dupe would work just fine…hahah!

  • newpetite November 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    That is gorgeous and love the red pumps! Both you girls look amazing in this dress and love how you both have made it look different by giving it your personal touch!

  • Vanessa November 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    You two both look great! I love both the takes on the dress. I'd like to try a lipstick similar to Khatu's–it's so pretty for fall.

  • Mary Ann November 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I love this sparkly dress on both of you!

  • contrary kiwi November 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Rats, the contest is only for Northerners 🙁

    I love both your outfits though! And especially the red shoes.

  • Jackie November 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    *___* Beautiful!

  • Ladies' Auxiliary November 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    The belt really changes up the look. Love the jet blacks in multiple textures and the asymmetry the large sequins create in different light!

  • AubreyOhDang! November 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I love how Khatu kicked it up a notch and added that rhinestone belt. Daring!! and that lip shade on you, Khatu, phenomenal!!!!!!

  • DSK Steph November 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Holiday glam x 2!

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies November 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I love how you style the dress. If you didn't mention that it was from BR, I would've thought that it was extremely expensive.

  • sharon lei November 15, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Jean, you and Khatu look so ultra fab in these dresses!!! I definitely love the shorter hemline. My hubby is actually making me a pailette skirt right now. I can't wait to wear it.

    Hope you're been well and enjoying your week so far. 🙂

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    xx Love & Aloha

  • Christine November 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Jean

    Loved perusing through your blog and Youtube clips (Found your blog on a whim through from one of her entries from yesterday.


  • Mars November 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I seriously would NEVER have even thought about buying this dress for myself until I saw it on you two! You guys look so amazing!

  • Anonymous November 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Wow. Were can I get those heels??
    They are gorgeous.

  • yuni.k November 15, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    love the dress + shoes!

  • Sue C. November 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Wow, you both look amazing! I own that dress. Now I know different ways to wear it. Will look for red shoes and glittery belt.

  • Anonymous November 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Beautiful!! Thanks so much to both of you! Would you please explain how you raised the hem?

  • Sarah November 15, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I love how you paired the dress with a black blazer and added a pop of color. Simple and fab!

  • Lisa November 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Oh wow.. Jean, when did you get red Louboutins? I must have missed that post!!

  • Vicky November 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    You know what you are missing now, right, Jean? … patent red Chanel flap.

  • Jenn November 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I love your look! The red pumps are amazing! This is a perfect NYE look because of the sparkle.

  • maggie November 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Love the dress! You look great in it, and you both styled it so well

    xx maggie

  • Megan November 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    LOVE IT! definitely looking into this dress for the holidays!!! 🙂

  • Our Wired Lives November 15, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    great holiday dress indeed!

  • Michelle November 15, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    You both look so lovely! I love that you girls picked the same dress! 🙂 So smart to get it hemmed shorter!

  • kileen November 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    beautiful look, Jean!! i love how you styled it with the blazer and red pumps!

  • Mindy J. L. November 15, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Omg that dress is gorgeous! I love the big round sequence pattern and it looks gorgeously beautiful on both you and Khatu!

    I'm really thinking about making my own to look like that and maybe even a lace one since lace is so in!

    Thanks for sharing Jean and I'll definitely be entering the contest!

  • Canadianpetite November 16, 2011 at 12:40 am

    I agree with the shorter hemline and the red Loubs (gorgeous)! May I ask from where you are buying your Loubs?

  • Cecylia November 16, 2011 at 3:46 am

    oh my you are STUNNING my lady~ Great figure- those red shoes are gorgeous too
    Come follow my blog darling! xx

  • Anonymous November 16, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Lol Jean, I found you on ebay. I dont know if you are a bit creeped out by it but I guess it is a form of flattery. You totally rocked the fur collar btw!;=&hash;=item5f788b4f44

  • JustPatience November 16, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Love the sparkly dress and the red pumps.

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  • Janine aka J-Ezzy @ *La Dolce Vita* November 16, 2011 at 9:56 am

    i agree, us shorter ladies can get away with showing more leg! love both of your outfits!! your shoes are TDF, so beautiful and PERFECT for the holidays!

    good luck to you ladies!!

  • lin November 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    you two look fabulous & i like the different looks. 😉 i love your shoes, nice pop of color. 😀

  • Wendy November 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    love your shoes! =)

  • PetiteAsianGirl November 16, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    @Alexandra That is a common request so I will do my best! It's tough, because subzero temps and precipitation does not allow creative fashion to thrive…I usually fall into a lull of black black and more black.

    @Lisa @Ping @Anonymous Thank you! They were a lucky sale purchase last month from the (Net a porter's outlet site). There was a Louboutin flash sale for about 50% off, and my kind blog friend Fast Food and Fast Fashion was so kind to let me know so I could snag them.

    @Christine I love budget babe! Thank you for your note : )

    @Anonymous I fold it under and either safety pin or use regular pins to put the hem into place. From there, I try it on and usually adjust it several times until the length looks right with shoes on. Then I just took thread (doubled up) and needle and made small stitches and knots every few inches.

    @Vicky Now now, Vicky…lol. I actually don't covet anything Chanel anymore…my black classic flap really satisfied my cravings, for this year at least : )

    @Anonymous Aw man, eBayers keep taking blog photos! At least they had the courtesy of keeping the watermark in this time : )

    @Jade Thanks! Got my coupon yesterday but avoided going : ) Did you shop the sale today?

  • Anonymous November 17, 2011 at 1:12 am

    THANK YOU Jean for explaining how you raised the hem! – you have no idea how much I appreciate it! I have a sequin BR dress from a few years back that is too long, but no tailor has been willing to shorten it. Thanks again, and many thanks also for keeping up such a great blog!

  • urbanjunglefashion November 22, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I'm loving the look with red heels!

  • Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews) November 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Seriously, I can't believe I missed this post 🙁 You look AMAZING! I totally agree with you I think us petite ladies can get away with showing more leg and not looking "scandalous" 😛

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