For effortless summer outfits, I often turn to the dresses section of my closet. I love a classic sheath or shift for professional wear, a flowy maxi for casual days, or a shapely fit & flare for special occasions. Lately, I’ve gone out of my comfort zone and experimented more with romantic midi lengths, which I know can be polarizing with petite women. This in-between length is usually shunned as a “don’t” for petites, but style boundaries are meant to be pushed (also in my opinion, a pair of nude shoes always helps)!
I’m partnering with Banana Republic to share their latest dresses arrivals, many of which are available in petites and usually fit me without alterations needed!
This pleated midi dress got so many compliments from passerby! This would be a beautiful piece for summer weddings or garden / cocktail parties. The color scheme is a blend of peach, pinks, beige, and navy, and the material has a satiny slip-dress feel to it. There’s a full lining and also decorative bow ties on each shoulder for an added feminine touch. Note the fabric is non-stretch, and is a little less fitted on me around the bust and waist (see measurements below) than typical BR dresses in stretchy fabrics. A big plus is that this dress can be hand-washed, so no costly dry cleaning needed.
Measurements of 00p: 14.5″ across armpits, 13″ across waist, 43″ total length. Side zipper entry.
Other styles from Banana Republic that caught my eye, in a range of silhouettes:
– Floral sheath dress – for work to weekend layering, I like looking for classic sleeveless-cut dresses with a V or scoop neckline. These features allow the dress to be easily layered over a collared button-down shirt, or over a thin turtleneck on cooler spring or fall days.
– Ruffle fit & flare dress – The little black dress updated with soft ruffles along the hem and sleeves, and a horizontal lattice band to accentuate the waistline.
– One-shoulder maxi dress – on extra sale, and still available in small petite sizes. See the striped version on me here – I found the length to work on my 5′ tall frame without alterations, and the lined material is breezy and comfortable for warm days. Note the dress is fairly straight cut, so there’s not much shape to it unless the waist belt is tied.
Thank you to Banana Republic for partnering on this post.