Holiday: Faux fur, wine gloves + Banana Republic lace dress


Anna Karenina Collection Monogram lace dress (in petite) thanks to Banana Republic
H&M faux fur stole and leather gloves, Hermes belt, Chanel WOC, Louboutin Decolettes

Last week, Banana Republic launched a capsule collection inspired by the upcoming film Anna Karenina. Previews on TV showed ladies donning elegant dresses with demure necklines, adorned in lavish furs, lace, layered pearls, and jewels – what’s not to love? I’m a sucker for the old-time glamour that underlies this collection, especially around this time of the year when holiday parties are near. My favorite piece is this cap-sleeve lace dress, and was thrilled to see that it comes in petites (I’ve always admired the quality of the Monogram line, but rarely see it in extended sizing). It went very quickly online, but check your local stores or try the # above (stores do ship).


Inspired by BR’s styling for this collection, I kept the color palette simple and let the textures shine in this outfit. I love the look of all black with an accent color – be it a bold, bright red, or a more muted deep wine like the shade of these gloves. I had tried on the stole and gloves previously at H&M, and went back for them now that temps have dropped precipitously. I guess patience paid off, because the faux fur pieces are now marked down to $7, and the genuine leather gloves (available in black, wine, or tan; the wine and tan leather feel softer than the black) are just $15 a pair. I am wearing size XS, which fits very slim but the fingers are long on me, per usual.


This dress is made with all-over lace fabric, and is lined in black from the bust down. The camisole-style dress lining underneath has thin straps, and there are small loops to keep the straps in place at each shoulder.

Hair routine is from this post, and makeup is from this post plus my trusty Rimmel Bordeaux lipcolor.


This dress in a 00P fit decently off the rack, but I adjusted it with the same alterations made to my last BR sheath (outfit also featuring this same belt, reversed for a different look). I tapered the skirt shape in from the hips downward, so that the bottom would have a pencil silhouette. The length is intended to be long and lean – I wanted to keep that vibe, but hemmed it just 1 inch to balance out my proportions.


Old Burberry wool-cashmere coat that has undergone multiple rounds of alterations:


In honor of this collection, BR is also holding a Pinterest contest where participants can win a $500 shopping spree. Please see their Pinterest board for the rules and details on how to enter.


Readers – Did you try on any items from this collection? Will you be recreating any of the glam looks for upcoming holiday parties?

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  1. you look so high class lady! the leather burgundy gloves complete the look and my fave part is the sheer neckline – so elegant!

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  2. Divya wrote:

    The Dress looks gorgeous! I was hoping it fit like that off the rack. I've never tried on Banana Republic dresses. My BR doesn't carry petites. My go to place is ann taylor…their 0P in dresses fits me perfectly!

    I like your tights…are they warm and where did you find them? it's hard finding non sheer black tights that are warm. I've got an opaque pair from ann taylor, but they're just opaque pantyhose…

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  3. Absolutely, 100% stunning! So glamorous and chic.

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  4. Sabrina wrote:

    Oh my goodness, how beautiful are you, Jean?! I'm absolutely in LOVE with how this old school glamour that you're channeling with the lace sheath, fur stole, and leather gloves. 🙂 I completely forgot about the Anna Karenina collection, so this is a lovely way to be reminded about it!


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  5. Best holiday ensemble I've seen thus far. I think everyone pretty much said everything that's on my mind but I wanted to chime in and say you look breathtakingly gorgeous. Hands down my favorite look this season.


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  6. MissM wrote:

    Glamorous! You look lovely as always, Jean. You could get a lace mask like Audrey Hepburn wore here with her lace dress:
    and wear it as fancy dress. I'm sure you would look amazing in it:)
    Do you think fur collars are better with the clip as H&M; has or with a button?

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  7. I love the opulence with a verrrry subtle goth undertone

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  8. amazing pictures .. you look ravishing and I just adore the Anna Karenina
    collection for Banana Republic .. Thanks for sharing.


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  9. Stefanie wrote:

    hello, which Hermes belt is this? What size is it (h buckle) thank you!

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  10. Law Moda wrote:

    I absolutely love the lace dress. It's so elegant and chic.

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  11. Emily wrote:

    Love the dress, I am one for lace. I did have to do a double take on this line tho 'I had tried on the stole and gloves', I thought it said I tried on and STOLE the gloves from H&M; LOL, what I get for speed reading a blog. xx

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  12. Rachelle wrote:

    you look so chic and elegant. Love this look.

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  13. Jackie wrote:

    You look gorgeous!! I love this look! I was wondering about those H&M; gloves; how do they fit? Is there room in the finger tips? I usually have to get kids' size gloves lol but those are so chic!

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  14. You look GORG! Great alterations!

    Be sure to enter our necklace giveaway on The Glitter Life!

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  15. What a gorgeous dress! I love the gloves, but I tend to have trouble with leather gloves, the fingers are always too long for me. Do you ever come across that problem? What do you do for that?

    xo, Yi-chia

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  16. This is really quite lovely =]

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  17. Ann wrote:

    Oh wait, Burberry. I need to learn to read.
    The alterations are on-point and it fits you perfectly!

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  18. Ann wrote:


    Now the real question is, where'd you get that gorgeous coat?!

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  19. Anonymous wrote:

    Holy moly, lady, this look is gorgeous. I think that, living in a small uneventful farm town on the California central coast, I dress vicariously through some of your outfits. The alterations you made to this dress are perfect. I'm glad you kept most of the length and the slimming makes such a difference. I recently bought a sewing machine and I'm practicing how to slim skirts. They're not turning out like yours though.. they do this weird bunching thing. =P More practice!

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  20. Angie wrote:

    Wow Jean, you look super chic & sophisticated 😀 Gorgeous!

    x Angie ||

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  21. I agree with everyone above! You look so chic!

    I am Eastern European and this aristocratic Russian-inspired look appeals to me greatly. It is quite amazing how easy it is to update and incorporate it into a contemporary look.

    I am loving the fur collars and statement jewelry. What an easy way to glam up an otherwise simple outfit.

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  22. Jean – you look so elegant in this dress (esp with the fur on). It inspired me to dress more glamourous for the holidays!

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  23. Gorgeous look.

    Elizabeth E~

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  24. Great look. Very elegant and season appropriated. I hope to find some of those accesories at my nearest H&M; this weekend. Simple alterations makes a difference and I really need to get serious about learning how to sew.


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  25. You look so elegant!!!

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  26. Bela Anzu wrote:

    Jean, you look glamourous and stunning in this lace dress with the bow neckline and cap sleeves. That hint of burgundy is a nice touch. I can see how the monochromatic outfit allows the different textures to shine. Were you tempted though to wear your patent red Louboutins? If so, I admire your restraint. I haven't seen "Anna Karenina" yet, but it looks exciting.

    I appreciate the difference your alterations make to the overall fit and appearance of your outfits. Thank you for inspiring me to want to learn how to sew. I'm hoping to sign up for some lessons in January.

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  27. Janki wrote:

    Amazing! I really like how you altered it. I have a sheath dress that is similar and when I considered hemming it, hubby said it didn't look right. I think the slight hem but slimming is the way to go. I loved your accessories, sadly missing an H&M; near me. This sounds dorky, but what do you do with your accessories when inside? Do you hold me or put them in your purse? Every year hubs has a fancy holiday party we attend. They have a coat check and yet I am shivering when inside or by the pool (as this is at his boss's house). I also wouldn't have thought to add tights to the look, but it totally works.

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  28. Anonymous wrote:

    It looks beautiful on you! I had my eyes on this lace dress since the first day it was launched but the $150 price tag put me off. (plus you cannot apply any discount to this line). Do you have any suggestion for similar but less expensive alternatives? Thx


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  29. Suzie Q wrote:

    It's such a beautiful lace dress! I can't get enough of lace dresses, they're so elegant and classic. I love how you accessorized the outfit with the faux fur stole and belt. The trench is beautiful too!

    Suzie Q

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  30. WOW, you look stunning! What a gorgeous dress. This look is so glamorous. . .totally up my alley! 🙂

    xo Jenny

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  31. gorgeous lace dress!!!! so chic!

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  32. Anonymous wrote:

    Absolutely gorgeous! It's very different with a normal office wear, yet still so classy! U r the best, Jean! 🙂

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  33. you look fabulous! i love the mood and style. And your makeup looks marvelous.
    question: what do you do with the extra fabric when you slim down your skirts/dress/pants. Do you detach the seams and cut off the extra fabric and hide the cut portion by ironing it down a bit and sewing over to keep the lines clean, OR do you use a serger?

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  34. jen wrote:

    Why don't you try putting the faux fur stole over or under the coat? 🙂

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  35. Lee Ann C wrote:

    Hi Jean, I have similar sizes to you, and I'm wondering if you purchased a 00P or 0P for this dress. Could you share that information please? Thank you =)

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  36. You look so classy and elegant! 🙂 Beautiful ensemble!

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  37. Um, my jaw just dropped from how stunning you look in this ensemble. This is perfect, Jean and seems so "you" – sophisticated glam 🙂

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  38. grace wrote:

    I adore this lace dress and you look so Hollywood glam Jean – am so absolutely jealous.

    Too bad the lace dress is sold out. I glanced at the collection when it came out, but I think this was already sold out by the time I saw it. Such a shame. Pretty sure it's probably sold out in stores too in SD. I've been wanting a lace dress for the longest time, but haven't found one I liked yet. This one is perfect.

    Beautiful though Jean, just beautiful 🙂

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  39. So classy and beautiful. You look stunning!

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  40. Tara wrote:

    Lovely. I am also feeling very inspired by the elegance of the upcoming film 🙂

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  41. Anonymous wrote:

    You look great! I loved this post!

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  42. m wrote:

    you look so elegant! the alterations came out perfectly.

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  43. Sweet (: wrote:

    Absolutely beautiful, Jean!

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  44. Anonymous wrote:

    I am quite envious of your hair bump it. I purchased one after your hair post, but I look like a cone head and it gives me a headache. It is also a nightmare to remove. Looks fabulous on you, maybe it's my head shape 🙁

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  45. Anonymous wrote:

    the "H" belt goes with everything 🙂
    ……. i bought one exactly the same, just because of you! lol


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  46. SD wrote:

    Wow, you look gorgeous! This dress is beautiful too. Too bad it's sold out online. 🙁 I want one so bad!

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  47. Petite-ish wrote:

    You look gorgeous Jean! (But a bit too Morticia Addams for a holiday party maybe?)

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  48. Jenny wrote:

    You look gorgeous and glamorous Jean! Love this look. Perfect for holiday parties and weddings.

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  49. Love the lace dress and the overall look! It looks so old Hollywood glam :)! Also thanks for letting us know about the H&M; accessory sales, I will need to check in the store to grab some of those leather gloves!

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