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.
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.
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!
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.
Thank you to Banana Republic for partnering on this post.