Holiday: Faux fur, wine gloves + Banana Republic lace dress


Anna Karenina Collection Monogram lace dress (in petite) thanks to Banana Republic
H&M faux fur stole and leather gloves, Hermes belt, Chanel WOC, Louboutin Decolettes

Last week, Banana Republic launched a capsule collection inspired by the upcoming film Anna Karenina. Previews on TV showed ladies donning elegant dresses with demure necklines, adorned in lavish furs, lace, layered pearls, and jewels – what’s not to love? I’m a sucker for the old-time glamour that underlies this collection, especially around this time of the year when holiday parties are near. My favorite piece is this cap-sleeve lace dress, and was thrilled to see that it comes in petites (I’ve always admired the quality of the Monogram line, but rarely see it in extended sizing). It went very quickly online, but check your local stores or try the # above (stores do ship).


Inspired by BR’s styling for this collection, I kept the color palette simple and let the textures shine in this outfit. I love the look of all black with an accent color – be it a bold, bright red, or a more muted deep wine like the shade of these gloves. I had tried on the stole and gloves previously at H&M, and went back for them now that temps have dropped precipitously. I guess patience paid off, because the faux fur pieces are now marked down to $7, and the genuine leather gloves (available in black, wine, or tan; the wine and tan leather feel softer than the black) are just $15 a pair. I am wearing size XS, which fits very slim but the fingers are long on me, per usual.


This dress is made with all-over lace fabric, and is lined in black from the bust down. The camisole-style dress lining underneath has thin straps, and there are small loops to keep the straps in place at each shoulder.

Hair routine is from this post, and makeup is from this post plus my trusty Rimmel Bordeaux lipcolor.


This dress in a 00P fit decently off the rack, but I adjusted it with the same alterations made to my last BR sheath (outfit also featuring this same belt, reversed for a different look). I tapered the skirt shape in from the hips downward, so that the bottom would have a pencil silhouette. The length is intended to be long and lean – I wanted to keep that vibe, but hemmed it just 1 inch to balance out my proportions.


Old Burberry wool-cashmere coat that has undergone multiple rounds of alterations:


In honor of this collection, BR is also holding a Pinterest contest where participants can win a $500 shopping spree. Please see their Pinterest board for the rules and details on how to enter.


Readers – Did you try on any items from this collection? Will you be recreating any of the glam looks for upcoming holiday parties?


91 thoughts on “Holiday: Faux fur, wine gloves + Banana Republic lace dress

  • Miss Hairdependence November 7, 2012 at 11:53 pm

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  • simplybeccablog November 7, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Love the lace dress and the overall look! It looks so old Hollywood glam :)! Also thanks for letting us know about the H&M; accessory sales, I will need to check in the store to grab some of those leather gloves!

  • Jenny November 7, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    You look gorgeous and glamorous Jean! Love this look. Perfect for holiday parties and weddings.

  • Petite-ish November 7, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    You look gorgeous Jean! (But a bit too Morticia Addams for a holiday party maybe?)

  • SD November 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Wow, you look gorgeous! This dress is beautiful too. Too bad it's sold out online. ๐Ÿ™ I want one so bad!

  • Anonymous November 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

    the "H" belt goes with everything ๐Ÿ™‚
    ……. i bought one exactly the same, just because of you! lol


  • Anonymous November 8, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I am quite envious of your hair bump it. I purchased one after your hair post, but I look like a cone head and it gives me a headache. It is also a nightmare to remove. Looks fabulous on you, maybe it's my head shape ๐Ÿ™

  • Sweet (: November 8, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Absolutely beautiful, Jean!

  • m November 8, 2012 at 12:58 am

    you look so elegant! the alterations came out perfectly.

  • Anonymous November 8, 2012 at 1:11 am

    You look great! I loved this post!

  • Tara November 8, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Lovely. I am also feeling very inspired by the elegance of the upcoming film ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The Velvet Kat November 8, 2012 at 1:13 am

    So classy and beautiful. You look stunning!

  • grace November 8, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I adore this lace dress and you look so Hollywood glam Jean – am so absolutely jealous.

    Too bad the lace dress is sold out. I glanced at the collection when it came out, but I think this was already sold out by the time I saw it. Such a shame. Pretty sure it's probably sold out in stores too in SD. I've been wanting a lace dress for the longest time, but haven't found one I liked yet. This one is perfect.

    Beautiful though Jean, just beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  • SewPetiteGal November 8, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Um, my jaw just dropped from how stunning you look in this ensemble. This is perfect, Jean and seems so "you" – sophisticated glam ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rainy Days and Lattes November 8, 2012 at 1:35 am

    You look so classy and elegant! ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful ensemble!

  • Lee Ann C November 8, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Hi Jean, I have similar sizes to you, and I'm wondering if you purchased a 00P or 0P for this dress. Could you share that information please? Thank you =)

  • jen November 8, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Why don't you try putting the faux fur stole over or under the coat? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Musings by Di November 8, 2012 at 3:28 am

    you look fabulous! i love the mood and style. And your makeup looks marvelous.
    question: what do you do with the extra fabric when you slim down your skirts/dress/pants. Do you detach the seams and cut off the extra fabric and hide the cut portion by ironing it down a bit and sewing over to keep the lines clean, OR do you use a serger?

  • Anonymous November 8, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! It's very different with a normal office wear, yet still so classy! U r the best, Jean! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The Petite Blogger November 8, 2012 at 5:44 am

    gorgeous lace dress!!!! so chic!

  • Crazy Style Love November 8, 2012 at 6:25 am

    WOW, you look stunning! What a gorgeous dress. This look is so glamorous. . .totally up my alley! ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo Jenny

  • Suzie Q November 8, 2012 at 7:28 am

    It's such a beautiful lace dress! I can't get enough of lace dresses, they're so elegant and classic. I love how you accessorized the outfit with the faux fur stole and belt. The trench is beautiful too!

    Suzie Q

  • Anonymous November 8, 2012 at 8:19 am

    It looks beautiful on you! I had my eyes on this lace dress since the first day it was launched but the $150 price tag put me off. (plus you cannot apply any discount to this line). Do you have any suggestion for similar but less expensive alternatives? Thx


  • Janki November 8, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Amazing! I really like how you altered it. I have a sheath dress that is similar and when I considered hemming it, hubby said it didn't look right. I think the slight hem but slimming is the way to go. I loved your accessories, sadly missing an H&M; near me. This sounds dorky, but what do you do with your accessories when inside? Do you hold me or put them in your purse? Every year hubs has a fancy holiday party we attend. They have a coat check and yet I am shivering when inside or by the pool (as this is at his boss's house). I also wouldn't have thought to add tights to the look, but it totally works.

  • Bela Anzu November 8, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Jean, you look glamourous and stunning in this lace dress with the bow neckline and cap sleeves. That hint of burgundy is a nice touch. I can see how the monochromatic outfit allows the different textures to shine. Were you tempted though to wear your patent red Louboutins? If so, I admire your restraint. I haven't seen "Anna Karenina" yet, but it looks exciting.

    I appreciate the difference your alterations make to the overall fit and appearance of your outfits. Thank you for inspiring me to want to learn how to sew. I'm hoping to sign up for some lessons in January.

  • lisacng @ November 8, 2012 at 9:41 am

    You look so elegant!!!

  • Fabulous Petite November 8, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Great look. Very elegant and season appropriated. I hope to find some of those accesories at my nearest H&M; this weekend. Simple alterations makes a difference and I really need to get serious about learning how to sew.


  • Elizabeth Exposito November 8, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Gorgeous look.

    Elizabeth E~

  • SweetAmbitions November 8, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Jean – you look so elegant in this dress (esp with the fur on). It inspired me to dress more glamourous for the holidays!

  • Petya K. Grady November 8, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I agree with everyone above! You look so chic!

    I am Eastern European and this aristocratic Russian-inspired look appeals to me greatly. It is quite amazing how easy it is to update and incorporate it into a contemporary look.

    I am loving the fur collars and statement jewelry. What an easy way to glam up an otherwise simple outfit.

  • Angie November 8, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Wow Jean, you look super chic & sophisticated ๐Ÿ˜€ Gorgeous!

    x Angie ||

  • Anonymous November 8, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Holy moly, lady, this look is gorgeous. I think that, living in a small uneventful farm town on the California central coast, I dress vicariously through some of your outfits. The alterations you made to this dress are perfect. I'm glad you kept most of the length and the slimming makes such a difference. I recently bought a sewing machine and I'm practicing how to slim skirts. They're not turning out like yours though.. they do this weird bunching thing. =P More practice!

  • Ann November 8, 2012 at 10:39 am


    Now the real question is, where'd you get that gorgeous coat?!

  • Ann November 8, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Oh wait, Burberry. I need to learn to read.
    The alterations are on-point and it fits you perfectly!

  • Meg @ halfhippie November 8, 2012 at 11:00 am

    This is really quite lovely =]

  • Always Maylee November 8, 2012 at 11:13 am

    What a gorgeous dress! I love the gloves, but I tend to have trouble with leather gloves, the fingers are always too long for me. Do you ever come across that problem? What do you do for that?

    xo, Yi-chia

  • November 8, 2012 at 11:15 am

    You look GORG! Great alterations!

    Be sure to enter our necklace giveaway on The Glitter Life!

  • Jackie November 8, 2012 at 11:18 am

    You look gorgeous!! I love this look! I was wondering about those H&M; gloves; how do they fit? Is there room in the finger tips? I usually have to get kids' size gloves lol but those are so chic!

  • Rachelle November 8, 2012 at 11:33 am

    you look so chic and elegant. Love this look.

  • Emily November 8, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Love the dress, I am one for lace. I did have to do a double take on this line tho 'I had tried on the stole and gloves', I thought it said I tried on and STOLE the gloves from H&M; LOL, what I get for speed reading a blog. xx

  • Law Moda November 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I absolutely love the lace dress. It's so elegant and chic.

  • Stefanie November 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    hello, which Hermes belt is this? What size is it (h buckle) thank you!

  • avenue ahline November 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    amazing pictures .. you look ravishing and I just adore the Anna Karenina
    collection for Banana Republic .. Thanks for sharing.


  • mirigoround November 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I love the opulence with a verrrry subtle goth undertone

  • MissM November 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Glamorous! You look lovely as always, Jean. You could get a lace mask like Audrey Hepburn wore here with her lace dress:
    and wear it as fancy dress. I'm sure you would look amazing in it:)
    Do you think fur collars are better with the clip as H&M; has or with a button?

  • KT of November 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Best holiday ensemble I've seen thus far. I think everyone pretty much said everything that's on my mind but I wanted to chime in and say you look breathtakingly gorgeous. Hands down my favorite look this season.


  • Sabrina November 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Oh my goodness, how beautiful are you, Jean?! I'm absolutely in LOVE with how this old school glamour that you're channeling with the lace sheath, fur stole, and leather gloves. ๐Ÿ™‚ I completely forgot about the Anna Karenina collection, so this is a lovely way to be reminded about it!


  • Lauren @ November 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Absolutely, 100% stunning! So glamorous and chic.

  • Divya November 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    The Dress looks gorgeous! I was hoping it fit like that off the rack. I've never tried on Banana Republic dresses. My BR doesn't carry petites. My go to place is ann taylor…their 0P in dresses fits me perfectly!

    I like your tights…are they warm and where did you find them? it's hard finding non sheer black tights that are warm. I've got an opaque pair from ann taylor, but they're just opaque pantyhose…

  • Angie | November 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    you look so high class lady! the leather burgundy gloves complete the look and my fave part is the sheer neckline – so elegant!

  • Christina Storm November 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Absolutely love this look, so pretty and feminine! Love the gloves and the belt!

    The Style Storm

    xo, Christina

  • Cee November 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    AH-MAZING from head to toe. You captured the old Hollywood glamour look perfectly, Jean.

    Did your gloves come in a cognac color? If so, I bought a pair a few weeks back at full price. Must remember to get a price adjustment before the return deadline! Thanks for the sales alert.

  • petit chou November 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    11/8/12 – FYI: There is ONE OOP left in the Seattle downtown BR.

  • Anonymous November 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    you look so elegant!

    can you please do a post on outfits to wear to work in the winter please?

  • perfumehk November 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    So pretty and stylish, beautiful outfit and lovely pics.
    Parfum pas cher

  • Julie November 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Love this! You are always so stunning in lace!

    xoxo, Julie @ OBSESSED

  • Anonymous November 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    she says it's a 00p.

  • Megan November 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Jean, you are the classiest lady ever! I am so in love with this look… it makes me crave holiday parties! Can't wait till that time of year ๐Ÿ™‚

  • city petite November 9, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I love your outfit. It is so classy and elegant. Gives me a whole new appreciation for how upscale lace can look.

  • Lulu November 9, 2012 at 1:16 am

    This is an incredible outfit…I'd wear this in a heartbeat!

  • Mary Ann November 9, 2012 at 2:26 am

    This is gorgeous Jean – my kind of look! I love the gloves as an accent color! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • lin November 9, 2012 at 6:15 am

    you look absolutely gorgeous in this post, so very old hollywood glam.

    i haven't tried anything from this collection yet but will be checking it out. thanks for letting us know about the sale on the gloves. i am definitely going to pick some up since i tend to lose my gloves. lol. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Mady T. November 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    love love the outfit! the dress looks so sexy with the gloves and shoes…just love it!


  • queenpolitico November 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I love your blog! it brightens my days. now if i can only get that dress!

  • Joanna Le November 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Wow, talk about Hollywood glamour! You look exquisite, Jean. The styling you did for this dress was absolutely perfect.

  • Midori November 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    you look amazing and now I need to look for those gloves!

  • Rosie November 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I'm glad they made this available in petites. If anyone wants to do a store search (yes, BR will do a charge-send, and it's free if you have a Luxe card), the item number for the petite version of the dress is 278823

  • Anonymous November 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Looking classy & pretty as always.

  • Anonymous November 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    you look so elegant and stunning! Of course all the stores are out of small sizes. But a while back I came across a semi-similar dress Maggy London Scoop Back Lace Dress in dark blue. The front looks similar to BR but the back it was a scoop back. It is beautiful and I like dress as well.
    I like lace dresses in general…they are so pretty.

    Thx for sharing

  • Anonymous November 10, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Gorgeous dress. My local BR sold out of all small sizes within a day. I saw a size 0R on eBay. Too bad I am bigger than that.

  • GEMMA November 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

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  • Anonymous November 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Can I just say how much I love your blog? I am also petite and I live in Boston. Checking your blog is one of my favorite new hobbies. Thanks so much for all of the great posts!

  • Theresa Baum November 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    You look lovely, I LOVE this dress! Did you do the alterations yourself or take it to a tailor? If you DIY'd, how did you take in the lace? I've seen dresses like this before that needed the same alteration, but I'm always worried about taking the risk and ruining the lace.

  • Cristy November 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Not a fan of fur, but I love your dress!

  • ravenlocks November 11, 2012 at 1:39 am

    This outfit is beyond chic! Seriously…head to toe perfection. I really like those gloves!

    Just found your blog and I'm now following. Feel free to stop by mine whenever ๐Ÿ™‚

    xoxo Azu

  • Petite Adventures November 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    This look is absolutely stunning!

    Kate xo

  • Petitetomatoes November 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Very classy and sexy as usual. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Debra November 12, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    You look stunning in this dress and I love how you accessorized with the faux fur stole and wine gloves. I've actually been debating picking a fur stole….I think I need one now that I've seen how pretty it looked with a dress. I'd like to wear it with a coat as well. What do you think?!

  • Rosie November 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    this dress *just* got restocked in all petite sizes online!

  • Julia November 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    As an alternative, Anthropologie has a very similar dress –

    Love the holiday season seeing everyone with pretty dresses! After searching high and low, I am going for lace at my holiday party this year too!

  • fashionforteens November 13, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    This look is absolutely stunning Jean. It's so luxe and glamorous, very old hollywood, just like the movie itself. I could imagine wearing this on the trans-siberian express while sipping champagne during a long Russian winter (lol). I'm thinking that I need to get myself some burgundy pieces after seeing this– goes so well with black.

    Thanks for sharing,


  • Buy Wines Online November 15, 2012 at 5:41 am

    You look wonderful with this dress, but my opinion is it is better if you wear red colour shoes and gloves, because it enhances your attractiveness more.

  • Soigne1908 November 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Extremely tasteful. I like the belt in particular.

  • Joie December 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Love, love, love the look! Sophisticatedly elegant!

  • Anonymous December 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    You look so demure! I love it! You also remind me a little bit of Anita Mui here.

  • Michelle December 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I went through quite a process to get my hands on this dress – and now that it has been shipped I am so excited to get it!! I also ordered the 00P and I am hoping it will fit me as nicely as it fits you!

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    I love your belt! I wish I can afford of the Hermรจs belts…

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  • Anonymous February 25, 2013 at 2:29 am

    You look so elegant. I love all your diy and inspired me to alter my dress. Unfortunately, I had to do more alterations with mine, as it was baggy in the waist.

  • Anonymous July 26, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Thanks for posting such a classy photo. You do not mention much about the beautiful Christian Louboutin Decollette Red Sole Pumps in Black ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ?

    The barely black nylons also give the outfit a sense of elegance & occasion ๐Ÿ™‚

  • rodrigo August 31, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    What a lovely dress, love your gloves! You look stunning, love everything about your outfit and especially the fact you're not wearing animal fur. That is one example what you can look extremely classy and elegant while still using animal-friendly products. Thanks for making a difference! ๐Ÿ™‚ Xoxo

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