Banana Republic Trina Turk Botanical Dress c/o, H&M sandals (altered) and clutch
The Trina Turk for Banana Republic collection launches this Thursday (BR Facebook fans can shop 1 day early), and I'm very excited to share a preview of my favorite piece from the line.
Michael Kors gold & tortoise watch, F21 braided beltThis dress has a classic pencil silhouette, but is updated with a crisp white background and one of Trina's signature, eye-catching prints. I was impressed that this 100% silk, fully-lined dress (from a designer collab., nonetheless) is priced at $130 retail. Details like the twist-straps, side pockets, and sash tie belt (not shown) are added bonuses.
This dress features the "crazy botanical" print which is chock-full of color in sea-life designs (see this adorable video with ASPCA rescue dogs for the other prints). It's extremely easy to pair - you can take any one of the myriad of colors within the print and make it a point of focus, or use a closet neutral like basic black or warm brown, which also appear within the print.
Here's how it looks with burnt orange or fuschia for work:
H&M jacket & belts, J.Crew cardigan, little necklace thanks to Stella & DotAT size 00P dress here. From my experience, BR sheath dresses in general fit smaller than AT's. I think one size down in this would be a perfect fit for someone with my measurements, but keep in mind the 100% silk does not stretch.
If any of you also got these H&M highlighter yellow sandals, you may have noticed they look a little different. I love how sultry ankle straps look, but the original width of these ankle cuffs truncated my short calves. I took on a risky DIY project and took apart the cuff, narrowing the strap to about 1/3rd of the original width and super-gluing the pieces back together. It took a long two hours and I'm very happy with the results, but probably won't attempt it again! I'll try to show some "before" and "in-process" photos the next time I wear them.
After years of studying, I'm so relieved to be done with the CFA exam this weekend. I truly hope that this third one is also the final one, and that Jan-June next year will be enjoyable : ) Thank you for your patience over the months and I look forward to responding to questions and comments on here again. My inbox is a bit more daunting - I apologize if you don't hear back for a while but I will be working through it.
Readers - Will you be shopping this collection? Which piece is your favorite?