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?


91 thoughts on “Holiday: Faux fur, wine gloves + Banana Republic lace dress

  • Reply Christina Storm November 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Absolutely love this look, so pretty and feminine! Love the gloves and the belt!

    The Style Storm

    xo, Christina

  • Reply Cee November 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    AH-MAZING from head to toe. You captured the old Hollywood glamour look perfectly, Jean.

    Did your gloves come in a cognac color? If so, I bought a pair a few weeks back at full price. Must remember to get a price adjustment before the return deadline! Thanks for the sales alert.

  • Reply petit chou November 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    11/8/12 – FYI: There is ONE OOP left in the Seattle downtown BR.

  • Reply Anonymous November 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    you look so elegant!

    can you please do a post on outfits to wear to work in the winter please?

  • Reply perfumehk November 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    So pretty and stylish, beautiful outfit and lovely pics.
    Parfum pas cher

  • Reply Julie November 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Love this! You are always so stunning in lace!

    xoxo, Julie @ OBSESSED

  • Reply Anonymous November 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    she says it's a 00p.

  • Reply Megan November 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Jean, you are the classiest lady ever! I am so in love with this look… it makes me crave holiday parties! Can't wait till that time of year 🙂

  • Reply city petite November 9, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I love your outfit. It is so classy and elegant. Gives me a whole new appreciation for how upscale lace can look.

  • Reply Lulu November 9, 2012 at 1:16 am

    This is an incredible outfit…I'd wear this in a heartbeat!

  • Reply Mary Ann November 9, 2012 at 2:26 am

    This is gorgeous Jean – my kind of look! I love the gloves as an accent color! 😉

  • Reply lin November 9, 2012 at 6:15 am

    you look absolutely gorgeous in this post, so very old hollywood glam.

    i haven't tried anything from this collection yet but will be checking it out. thanks for letting us know about the sale on the gloves. i am definitely going to pick some up since i tend to lose my gloves. lol. 😉

  • Reply Mady T. November 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    love love the outfit! the dress looks so sexy with the gloves and shoes…just love it!


  • Reply queenpolitico November 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I love your blog! it brightens my days. now if i can only get that dress!

  • Reply Joanna Le November 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Wow, talk about Hollywood glamour! You look exquisite, Jean. The styling you did for this dress was absolutely perfect.

  • Reply Midori November 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    you look amazing and now I need to look for those gloves!

  • Reply Rosie November 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I'm glad they made this available in petites. If anyone wants to do a store search (yes, BR will do a charge-send, and it's free if you have a Luxe card), the item number for the petite version of the dress is 278823

  • Reply Anonymous November 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Looking classy & pretty as always.

  • Reply Anonymous November 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    you look so elegant and stunning! Of course all the stores are out of small sizes. But a while back I came across a semi-similar dress Maggy London Scoop Back Lace Dress in dark blue. The front looks similar to BR but the back it was a scoop back. It is beautiful and I like dress as well.
    I like lace dresses in general…they are so pretty.

    Thx for sharing

  • Reply Anonymous November 10, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Gorgeous dress. My local BR sold out of all small sizes within a day. I saw a size 0R on eBay. Too bad I am bigger than that.

  • Reply GEMMA November 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

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  • Reply Anonymous November 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Can I just say how much I love your blog? I am also petite and I live in Boston. Checking your blog is one of my favorite new hobbies. Thanks so much for all of the great posts!

  • Reply Theresa Baum November 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    You look lovely, I LOVE this dress! Did you do the alterations yourself or take it to a tailor? If you DIY'd, how did you take in the lace? I've seen dresses like this before that needed the same alteration, but I'm always worried about taking the risk and ruining the lace.

  • Reply Cristy November 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Not a fan of fur, but I love your dress!

  • Reply ravenlocks November 11, 2012 at 1:39 am

    This outfit is beyond chic! Seriously…head to toe perfection. I really like those gloves!

    Just found your blog and I'm now following. Feel free to stop by mine whenever 🙂

    xoxo Azu

  • Reply Petite Adventures November 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    This look is absolutely stunning!

    Kate xo

  • Reply Petitetomatoes November 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Very classy and sexy as usual. 🙂

  • Reply Debra November 12, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    You look stunning in this dress and I love how you accessorized with the faux fur stole and wine gloves. I've actually been debating picking a fur stole….I think I need one now that I've seen how pretty it looked with a dress. I'd like to wear it with a coat as well. What do you think?!

  • Reply Rosie November 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    this dress *just* got restocked in all petite sizes online!

  • Reply Julia November 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    As an alternative, Anthropologie has a very similar dress –

    Love the holiday season seeing everyone with pretty dresses! After searching high and low, I am going for lace at my holiday party this year too!

  • Reply fashionforteens November 13, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    This look is absolutely stunning Jean. It's so luxe and glamorous, very old hollywood, just like the movie itself. I could imagine wearing this on the trans-siberian express while sipping champagne during a long Russian winter (lol). I'm thinking that I need to get myself some burgundy pieces after seeing this– goes so well with black.

    Thanks for sharing,


  • Reply Buy Wines Online November 15, 2012 at 5:41 am

    You look wonderful with this dress, but my opinion is it is better if you wear red colour shoes and gloves, because it enhances your attractiveness more.

  • Reply Soigne1908 November 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Extremely tasteful. I like the belt in particular.

  • Reply Joie December 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Love, love, love the look! Sophisticatedly elegant!

  • Reply Anonymous December 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    You look so demure! I love it! You also remind me a little bit of Anita Mui here.

  • Reply Michelle December 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I went through quite a process to get my hands on this dress – and now that it has been shipped I am so excited to get it!! I also ordered the 00P and I am hoping it will fit me as nicely as it fits you!

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  • Reply Melanie December 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I love your belt! I wish I can afford of the Hermès belts…

    Love xx
    Melanie ~

  • Reply Anonymous February 25, 2013 at 2:29 am

    You look so elegant. I love all your diy and inspired me to alter my dress. Unfortunately, I had to do more alterations with mine, as it was baggy in the waist.

  • Reply Anonymous July 26, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Thanks for posting such a classy photo. You do not mention much about the beautiful Christian Louboutin Decollette Red Sole Pumps in Black 😮 ?

    The barely black nylons also give the outfit a sense of elegance & occasion 🙂

  • Reply rodrigo August 31, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    What a lovely dress, love your gloves! You look stunning, love everything about your outfit and especially the fact you're not wearing animal fur. That is one example what you can look extremely classy and elegant while still using animal-friendly products. Thanks for making a difference! 🙂 Xoxo

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