While in NYC, I popped into a Banana Republic and spotted a familiar sight on a mannequin. Some of you may remember this black lace dress from BR’s Anna Karenina collection one year ago. It’s hands-down my favorite dress from there, and bridges the gap between conservative and sexy. It seems that they have brought back nearly the exact same design, in a beautiful true red and a more petite-friendly fit.
I tried on this dress with no intentions of purchasing a duplicate, thinking I’d just snap some fitting room photos to share. The black dress from 2012 was roomy in the waist and hips, plus required an inch or two of hemming. To my surprise, this one fit better with ~1-2 inches of extra room that can be temporarily cinched with a waist belt (plan on taking to my tailor nevertheless, as I hope to wear this for years to come). As with last year’s version, the lace overlay is fully lined with a slip that has spaghetti straps. There’s an invisible back zipper and back leg slit. I inadvertently fell in love, and Nick gave it two thumbs up.
While talking little red dresses, I also just received this sweetheart neckline dress courtesy of BR’s latest collaboration with L’Wren Scott. For some reason, petite sizing for this limited edition line is only available online and in select NYC stores.
This dress is my favorite piece from the collab. It’s roomy on me throughout and I can tell it’s designed to be a fitted style. Based on all the 5-star reviews online, I imagine it would be stunning on someone who can completely fill it out. Please note that the dress is stretchy and unlined, and I have a little extra fabric gathered in the back.