Fitting room Friday: WHBM and Banana Republic petites

I only started browsing WHBM this year but have been loving some of their offerings. If you are narrow framed, look for knit pieces with a lot of stretch as I’ve found they fit well off the rack. The sizing can vary quite a bit based on material – I had to alter the cotton skirt from this post, whereas knit items I tried in the same size were too snug. This dress was my favorite try-on:

WHBM striped dress

WHBM instantly slimming stripe dress in 00 regular (also in petite)

This is from their “instantly slimming” collection, which in general feels high quality with built-in “shapewear” of sorts. I first tried on my usual size in work wear (00 petite) but it was both snug and short, however may work great for petite ladies who are usually sized out by American brands. I then tried a 0 petite which fit better but hit 2” above my knees. That’s typically fine, but for a more fitted dress I’ve been loving longer knee lengths to balance it out. Lastly, I tried a 00 regular (shown above) which gave me my favorite fit out of the three.
white dress

Banana Republic white ponte fit & flare dress (also in navy, in regular and petite)

I was helping a friend shop for a white dress for her bachelorette weekend, and remembered seeing this one on BR’s website with great reviews. It was just what she needed, and I couldn’t resist trying it on too. The dress fit like a glove but not too tight (trying 00P), the length was perfect, and the fit and flare shape is universally flattering. My only qualm was an exposed back zipper. That aside, I thought it was a beautiful basic for warmer weather and put it on hold to mull over. I was also looking for this fun lemon fit and flare dress or skirt to try on, but that print wasn’t at my local store yet.
This is their sloan dress in a recent color/cut – color is a more classic true red, unlike what these photos show under the dreadful fluorescent fitting room light! Similar to their other sloan dresses, the 00P fit well off the rack for me.
red dress

Banana Republic piped sloan dress in regular or petite

I do think I prefer the sloan stretch canvas-like material in pants form, though. The pair below is my most recent color addition from a month or two ago. To answer some of your recent questions on sloan pant sizing, I would suggest going with the size that fits you best off the rack. Yes, they do stretch out a little with wear, but in my experience shrink right back down to size after a machine wash and dry. The fit shown on me below is a 00P after machine washing and drying (I’ve been doing this for all my sloan pants, please wash at your own risk since they are labeled dry clean only!). I’d highly recommend checking the dryer every 10 minutes or so to test the fit, as mine shrunk about a whole size – too much, due to my own dryer neglect.
blue pants

Banana Republic boat print blouse (trying xxs petite), petite Sloan pants in Tanzanite Gem c/o 

Hopping back to WHBM, I posted about this blazer a while back and thought it was cute in concept but better without the (removable) bow. I wanted to show it for sizing, as I was surprised again by how well the regular worked. Without the pin you get a fairly classic white jacket with black trim. I’m nitpicky with sleeves so I would slim these a bit, but the shoulders, torso, and overall length fit really well. I would say this runs small for regular sizing, esp. compared to AT/LOFT/BR’s regular line.
WHBM white jacket

WHBM tweed jacket with removable pin in 00 regular

Reviews for a more chanel-esque white tweed jacket (looked adorable on SPG) also mentioned to size up. Both options come in petite sizing online, which I would expect to run a little shorter and more narrow than the regular size versions. I didn’t take home any pieces from this post as I’m in a downsizing state of mind (due to an upcoming move), but just wanted to share. Hope you all have a great weekend!

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  1. That first dress looks amazing on you Jean! I also love the last two. My favorite blog posts from you are fitting room ones.
    white fit and flare dress

    Posted 2.25.16 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    I have the BR Sloan pants and I normally wash them in cold water and hang dry without any problems. I once tried warm wash with machine drying and they also shrank on me. I wore them once to see if they would loosen up but I wasn't hopeful as I haven't found that these pants relax too much from wear. Good news is, I tried washing them two days later with my old tried-and-true method and now they fit again!

    Posted 5.1.14 Reply
  3. Jean wrote:

    Good to know about the sales associate! Makes me feel a lot better knowing I'm not damaging the material or anything.

    Posted 4.28.14 Reply
  4. Jean wrote:

    Thank you! I machine wash it cold and dry it on warm. As I noted above it does shrink in the dryer so please be careful!

    Posted 4.28.14 Reply
  5. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – it's a very old one from H&M;

    Posted 4.28.14 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

    So glad the white dress worked for you! I tried a size up as well and it was also hard to choose, but the shoulder area was just a little more gap-y. I do agree it runs smaller than BR's other items, but the resulting 'fitted' silhouette is so pretty : )

    Posted 4.28.14 Reply
  7. Jean wrote:

    Thank you! : ) I have not started shopping for beach season yet, but from past years I think a breezy maxi skirt or dress is a must (also doubles as a cover up). I've seen several on Nordstrom petites online (ie. Calson brand, I believe), Target, LOFT, H&M;, and the like. Most of my swimwear is Target juniors or H&M; which has served me well over the years. For footwear I like the flat T-strap sandals in brown/tan for a leg lengthening look, and of course an over-sized water-resistant tote (too many cute options to narrow down here). Sorry this wasn't much help – hopefully I can do a post next month with some more specific suggestions!

    Posted 4.28.14 Reply
  8. Julie wrote:

    Lovely choices! I like them all. Perhaps I should shop at WHBM more often.

    Style by Joules

    Posted 4.28.14 Reply
  9. MaggieXM wrote:

    Hi, Jean, inspired by you, we also created our own blog. We just want to say we love your style:)

    Welcome to our blog and hope to get your comments :D

    Posted 4.28.14 Reply
  10. Faye Y wrote:

    Loving that first stripy dress, looks amazing and suuuuper flattering! 😀
    And that red dress, OOH MAMA!!! <3

    Posted 4.27.14 Reply
  11. Angela wrote:

    Love the first WHBM dress on you, it looks absolutely amazing! It's really too bad we don't get that brand here in Canada.

    Thanks for the tip on the Sloan pants. I love the material so much because it's heavy but comfortable. I went with the Sloan pants in 0P just because it's more comfortable on but I'm a bit worried because it gets a bit loose around the crotch and knee area with some wear. I may have to try your drying trick. The sales associate told me that it was fully machine washable and dryable despite the tag saying it's dry clean only.

    Posted 4.26.14 Reply
  12. Janna Dana wrote:

    I love your white dress and the last jacket !

    Posted 4.26.14 Reply
  13. I love the nautical print top and cobalt blue Sloan!

    Cheresa @

    Posted 4.26.14 Reply
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    The white fit & flare dress looks great on you! Can you talk about how your washed the sloan pants at home? I have only dry cleaned them. THanks

    Posted 4.25.14 Reply
  15. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi, Jean, what is that black top you have on under the white blazer? I like the lace detailing!

    Posted 4.25.14 Reply
  16. That first dress looks amazing on you Jean! I also love the last two. My favorite blog posts from you are fitting room ones.

    A Petite Treat

    Posted 4.25.14 Reply
  17. I was struck by the banana republic boat top and the cool

    Posted 4.25.14 Reply
  18. Hilary wrote:

    I just bought the white Banana Republic dress today for an event I have tomorrow (nothing like the last minute). I tried my true size and one size up and ended up going with the larger size. It was tough to choose, but I felt less pressure from the bands around the ribcage in the larger size. Very cute dress and can be dressed up or down. Thanks for the review on the red Sloan dress; I was tempted to add that in, too, but glad I waited and read your piece.

    Posted 4.25.14 Reply
  19. I love the white dress and the red piped dress! I'm also not a big fan of exposed zippers, and have turned down buying a lot of dresses because of this, but I will give in and buy a dress with an exposed zipper if it's a super cute must-have!

    Posted 4.25.14 Reply
  20. Love the bright blue pants!

    Posted 4.25.14 Reply
  21. Anonymous wrote:

    love that white dress on you!

    Posted 4.25.14 Reply
  22. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, first of all , I love your blog! especially that you post more frequently now. Do you have any suggestion for a beach vacation as far as "must have" for outfits, swim wear, shoes and bags for petite? thanks a lot for any suggestion

    Posted 4.25.14 Reply
  23. Love the first three dresses. Looks fabulous on you!

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    Posted 4.25.14 Reply
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    Posted 4.25.14 Reply
  25. Colleen wrote:

    I love that sailboat top!

    Posted 4.25.14 Reply
  26. You have indeed the perfect body for dresses and I wished really dresses would look as great on me than on you <3

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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    Posted 4.25.14 Reply
  27. I am in love with the pants. will try them out I hope they fit like yours

    Posted 4.25.14 Reply
  28. The BR Sloan dress looks amazing on you – the fit and design are gorgeous!

    Posted 4.25.14 Reply

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