Bohemian Blues in Upstate New York

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Banana Republic dress (2 colors) + scarf c/o, INC sandals

This past weekend we made a quick trip to visit my family in upstate New York, a quiet respite from the city. My parents showed us this trail with this quaint covered bridge over a beautiful pond, right around the corner from our house. I’ve been home so many times, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t come across this gem before!
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This vibrant tiered dress from Banana Republic gives off the most beautiful movement as you walk. It has a slight bohemian vibe with the gathered tiers, and buttons down the front center. I like it unbuttoned to show a little leg to amp up the look, and can also see this worn into Autumn, fully-buttoned with a cropped jacket and scarf. With flats it’s casual enough for everyday activities, yet the drama of the skirt makes it appropriate for dressier occasions too.
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This dress in size 00p measures about 50″ long, 17″ across the bust, and 12.5″ across the waist. The length is in-between a midi and maxi, and required no hemming on me in my usual size with flat sandals. Two details that I love are the side skirt pockets, and the snap buttons hidden underneath the shoulders to keep your bra straps out of sight! These are features that I want in pretty much every dress, yet the latter one is so rare to find. I wanted to accentuate the waistline here, so borrowed Nick’s belt and tucked the excess end into a pretzel loop.
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I just saw Banana Republic is currently having a promo with extra 50% off sale items, no code needed at checkout. The dress I have on in this post doesn’t qualify, but below are a few suggested items still available in small sizes. Their dresses in petite sizing usually fit me well without any alterations.
– both the classic striped blue shirt and V-neck fit & flare dress that I wore in this post
chambray ruffled-neck dress that I thought looked darling on a friend
– costume jewelry including this adorable gold pineapple brooch or these tassel earrings
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Thank you Banana Republic for partnering on this post!


32 thoughts on “Bohemian Blues in Upstate New York

  • Linna June 24, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    You look fabulous! I immediately clicked at the BR link and the dress looks unflattering in my opinion on the website. You make it look so good!

  • Cassandra @ June 24, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Fun dress!

  • Jennifer Mo June 24, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Love this dress 🙂 It's so flowy and perfect for so many different summer events!

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  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia June 24, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Simply blues . . . Simply beautiful! 🙂

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  • Ellen June 24, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Hi, Jean! Excellent post, as always 🙂 I wanted to make a request for a future post…have you considered doing a round-up of petite friendly picks from Rent The Runway or similar rental sites? My sister and I are both petite (5'2") and we have had really hit or miss experiences renting a couple of dresses. There just aren't many customer reviews from others our height and size so it's very difficult to know if a dress is going to work. We need a petite's guide to RTR!! Thanks!!

  • Dressed With Soul June 24, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I adore your beautiful picture and the swinging look!
    xx Rena

  • Marta June 24, 2016 at 5:15 pm
  • Pamela Gonzalez June 24, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Gorgeous dress! You look beautiful♥

  • Vanessa Lim June 24, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Love the dress! Absolutely adore the colour.

    Love, V.

  • Unknown June 24, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    The dress looks great on you! I purchased this dress a while back but I found the dress to be really tight across the waist. I tried on a 2P and it fit everywhere, but tight on the waist. I then ordered a 4P and hardly any change, so got the 6P! I had to go up 3 dress sizes, but the top was too frumpy. If only my waist was tiny!

  • trina June 25, 2016 at 12:27 am

    I like how you styled it with some of the buttons undone! The movement of this dress is really well executed by Banana.
    – Trina

  • Petite&Minimal June 25, 2016 at 2:39 am

    You look lovely in this dress. Especially like the first and second pix! This is a great example how a plain looking dress can look wonderful when worn in a right way. 🙂

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  • casualhourglass June 25, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Good point about unbuttoning the dress – I wouldn't normally think of that but I realised the dress could look a bit 'old' or at least, 'older' with the skirt fully buttoned up.
    I'm saying hi for the first time too, but have been following your blog addictively from about a few months after you started, and adore what you've created. Thanks and best wishes 😀

  • Isabelle June 25, 2016 at 4:05 am

    What a beautiful dress <3
    xx Isabelle

  • Anonymous June 25, 2016 at 4:18 am

    I had to look up what you meant by snap buttons to hide bra straps and omg, why isn't this a standard feature for all sleeveless tops/dresses!!

  • Neeltje | Thoughts in Style June 25, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Such a stunning dress! Love it. X

  • fabi Aguilar June 25, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Amazing dress!!!

  • Osiarah June 25, 2016 at 10:22 am

    You look beautiful in that dress, really nice work. Love the outfit and photography work. Beautiful work, thanks for sharing!

    Osiarah xx

  • THE NEON FACTOR | Diana June 25, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    These photos are stunning!
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  • Diana June 25, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Saw that dress at BR the other day, it looks absolutely stunning on you!

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  • affecionada June 25, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    I love covered bridges – they have a charm. Also love the movement of the dress!

    Jen | affecionada

  • Devon G June 25, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I love the dress! It looks silky as well – perfect for keeping cool i'm sure! I also am so impressed on how you made it work with your personal style!

  • Petite Picks June 26, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Once again Jean, you wear and photograph this dress better than BR itself. This bridge reminds me of Anne of Green Gables! Your blog is such a delight. Yay, yay, yay! for fashion elevated to an art.

  • Petite Picks June 26, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    I've ignored these rental services for just this reason – they do not seem petite friendly. Perhaps I'm wrong?

  • mybeautrip June 26, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    This maxi dress is all. So beautiful!

  • Yana Kasekamp June 26, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Beautiful dress! 🙂

  • Maria Abad June 26, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Cute sandals and belt Jean.
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  • Julie Hiller June 27, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I love the way that dress moves! It's gorgeous on you!

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  • Julia Mazzucato June 27, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    That dress looks amazing on you! I love these photos.
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  • Maggie Zemanek June 27, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    The flow of this dress is amazing!! Wow!

  • Cathy Garland June 27, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Could you curate for your readers your best posts on DIY and alterations for petites? For example, right proportions for skirts, jackets, etc.?

  • Mrs. Shah June 29, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    That chambray ruffle neck dress LOOKS cute, but I tried it on at BR and it looked horrible! The torso just hit at a funny place and way too much volume in the bottom for that material, in my opinion.

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