Blue floral maxi dress + convertible scallop purse

banana republic petite floral maxi dress spring summer wedding
Banana republic maxi dress 00p c/o (another pretty option that fits very similarly)
sash ribbon, Banana Republic hat sz L + scallop bag (with removable strap)

As I mentioned recently, Banana Republic is one of the only stores where I can find maxi dresses short enough for wearing with flats / lower shoes! I don't mind getting alterations (they're a fact of life for this sub-5 footer), but it always feels amazing when something just fits. I also love that Banana Republic caters to both ends of the spectrum, as the same pieces which come in petite sizing are usually offered in tall as well! I'm partnering with them today to share a few spring-ready pieces from their latest collection.
floral print spring summer maxi dress for petite women
This maxi dress is designed to be ankle length, and my usual size in petites measures 50" long, hitting right below my ankles. It feels lightweight like silk (but is machine-washable poly) and is fully lined, with an invisible back zipper. The shoulder straps have little button tabs underneath to keep your bra straps secured and concealed - it's always a treat to discover this nifty feature! I added a sash ribbon I had lying around to break up the print and define the waistline, but would also love a thin or woven belt instead as a waist accent. For a casual top layer, try pairing a white denim jacket (I have an older version of this) or lightweight cardigan over colorful dresses.
summer wedding guest fashion floral maxi dress banana republic
I picked up this hat during the recent F&F promo since I wanted a larger sun-shielding hat in white with black trim. It has a squared bow, which adds a sweet touch without being overly feminine. The L/XL was the most comfortable fit for me, but I usually buy my hats a little looser to avoid hat hair imprints. Here's an older post on how I add DIY loops on the inside, in order to keep hats from blowing off your head!
stylish spring summer floral dresses_petite fashion blog
This is a cute little leather bag, with a small pocket on the inside and a larger snap-buttoned slot on the back which fits my phone (won't fit an iPhone plus, though). It also comes with a cross-body strap that snaps on at the backside and is adjustable. On the topic of bags, I also wanted to point out this Portofino structured tote for anyone looking for a minimalistic work bag in neutral colors. 14" wide sounded large to me, but in-person I didn't find it to look overwhelming on a petite frame. The leather is thick and stiffer and not a buttery soft kind, however it seems like a sturdy and functional bag for carrying around a laptop and more. It has a roomy main compartment, two slot pockets on the inside, and metal feet on the bottom.




sun dress white bow straw hat spring style
Thank you to Banana Republic for partnering on this post.

29 comments:

  1. La Bijoux Bella | by miaMonday, March 13, 2017

    Beautiful floral Summer look ... love the straw hat too! Simply beautiful! :)

    ��LA BIJOUX BELLA�� | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    ReplyDelete
  2. Super cute and classy!

    -Kirsten // www.porkandcookies.com

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love the silhouette of this dress. It's paired beautifully with your accessories!

    ReplyDelete
  4. You look so ready for spring!

    www.pennyanddash.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. Love your outfit, Jean! Can you provide details on your sandals? I've been on a hunt for that style, with a low enough heel that I can walk all day in them.
    -Ari
    https://ariadneabby.wordpress.com/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. https://www.anntaylor.com/may-patent-block-heel-sandals/428896

      Delete
  6. Love your outfit, Jean! Can you provide details on your sandals? I've been on the hunt for a similar style, with a low enough heel that I can walk all day in.
    -Ari
    https://ariadneabby.wordpress.com/

    ReplyDelete
  7. This is such a gorgeous dress - shows off the figure so well. It'd be a nice piece to wear on my upcoming trip to Vietnam!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. What a beautiful spring look!
    Random question for you...can you tell us what you use to groom your eyebrows? Black is so harsh, and the tone of your brows compliments your highlights really beautifully!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi there! I used Anastasia Dipbrow pomade here in "medium brown," but in general I'd just suggest using a lighter-colored product than you'd typically expect to need. I used to use dark brown or black and finally realized how jarring it can look. I prefer medium brown shades now which look softer (and more forgiving, if you tend to apply product with a heavy hand).

      Delete
  9. What a beautiful spring look!
    Random advice please - can you tell us what you use to groom your brows? The coloring compliments your highlights beautifully!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Your maxi floral dress is extremely beautiful!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. This is such a lovely dress! X
    http://www.thoughtsinstyle.com/

    ReplyDelete
  12. Such a gorgeous floral print for spring!
    http://styledfortheoccasion.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. Beautiful as always ;)

    www.evdaily.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. This is such a beautiful dress! It's a great transition piece as well! Love it!

    https://officiallychic.com/

    ReplyDelete
  15. Love this fun floral print! So pretty :)

    -Rachel
    http://thetrendytomboy.com/

    ReplyDelete
  16. So pretty, thanks for sharing this! I always have such a hard time finding maxi dresses that fit w/o alteration. Now I know where to look!

    insta | bloglovin’

    ReplyDelete
  17. Beautiful dress! I can not find this design in petite but regular. Is yours a regular or petite size? Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Liz - oh no, the petites must've sold out in blue online! I have seen the blue in-stores though, so it doesn't hurt to call your local store and ask.

      Delete
  18. Super cute hat!
    www.giltedgeblog.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. Gorgeous gorgeous dress! <3

    www.pamelayaquelin.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. I totally agree with you on how hard it is finding a maxi dress when you are petite! Great to know Banana Republic is the place to go! I love the dress you chose, such a beautiful print and a flattering fit!

    Sarah Lilly | The Lilly Mint Blog

    ReplyDelete
  21. I love this gorgeous dress! BR is such a great petite-friendly store. Hope they still have 00P in stock for me!
    Julia・Little Miss Haute Couture

    ReplyDelete
  22. This is literally spring in a picture! I'm so inspired, and anxious!!

    Katie | Willow and White

    ReplyDelete
  23. This dress is gorgeous!
    Xo, Kelsey | www.petiteinherpearls.com

    ReplyDelete
  24. I saw this in the stores.

    www.annetega.com

    ReplyDelete