Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I’m partnering with Banana Republic to share this easy, everyday outfit elevated by small, sophisticated details. You guys may have seen this gorgeous tiered white dress on my Instagram – despite it being a fancier piece, I’ve gotten good wear out of it casually dressed down with a denim jacket and low sandals. It fits true to size and has a good weight to it due to the pleated tiers and lining. I typically don’t go for this intermediary length (it’s between a true midi and a maxi on someone my height), but it just felt so pretty and feminine on. I lost track of how many compliments it garnered over the weekend!
It’s no secret my most favorite ankle pants are Banana Republic sloans from several years ago, however they’ve changed the fit no less than three times since. I tried on a black pair last year and it felt several sizes too big, but I found the latest version (as of May 2017) to be a little closer to the original. The bottom opening is wider than my favorite older pair, but still slimmer than several other petite ankle pants I’ve tried on. I second all the requests online to bring back the old sloans, but until then these are as close as it gets!
Like with my old pair, I did have to shrink them down in the dryer for a better fit (do this at your own risk, since they’re labeled dry clean) and I usually wear them with a belt. I always recommend checking the item every 15 minutes or so in the dryer to make sure it doesn’t become too small or get too damaged from the high heat. I bought this pink color as well as a staple black pair, and the black looks more sleek and wrinkle-free (the material quality appears unchanged even after machine drying). The pink is actually like a red chambray with a little texture. I also saw the darker gray “charcoal” in person and liked the look and feel of the material.
As a lover of classic pieces with a feminine twist, I was elated to find this tie-neck top (also comes in blue and white stripes)! It fits nicely off the rack, and looks smooth from the back unlike some blousier shirts. The petite length hits by my hips, so I actually think it looks best either untucked with pants, or tucked into higher-waisted bottoms like I did above. I can’t wait to try it with some of my pencil skirts. To make this outfit work-appropriate, just swap the denim jacket out for a white (or patterned) cardigan or blazer.
Thank you to Banana Republic for partnering on this post.