Banana Republic petites holiday work + party outfits

banana republic holiday outfit - petite feather skirt

Banana Republic is currently having 40% off your purchase with BRFRIENDS, and everyday free shipping & returns on orders over $50. The promo unfortunately excludes their “BR Picks” like the dress and feather top below. I haven’t been there in a while and was pleasantly surprised by the selection – there were numerous pieces that I really loved and the sizing felt more petite-friendly than before! I think Marissa Webb did a great job with the design direction and I’m curious to see where the brand goes next without her.

Above, this fringe skirt has a feathery feel and is so fun for going out at night, holiday parties, or NYE. It’s comfy and stretchy in the waist which is always a plus. My size was sold out so I’m trying 1 size up, which fit me decently as shown. I love the mini fit on the model and imagine that the right size would be closer to achieving that look. Please ignore the ankle booties I have on in all these pics, as a pump or strappy sandal like these would look much better with such outfits.

banana republic holiday outfit - petite metallic sheath dress

This dress in the same metallic tweed was my favorite, and I’d highly recommend it as a twist on the traditional sheath. The basketweave material is more gunmetal than a shiny silver like in the stock photos, and a 00P was spot-on fitted for me throughout. Fabric felt of medium weight and good quality. You can wear this on a more regular basis to the office with a long-sleeved turtleneck underneath, or a black, cream, or colored cropped blazer over it.

banana republic fringe feather top

Crepe fringe top sz xxsp (also in black), destroyed gray jeans sz 24 /00p

Continuing with the fringe theme, this crepe fringe top also had a feathery feel and would be very fun over skinny coated jeans or leather leggings. I disagree with the reviews about the waist being too big – I think a top like this should have a straighter silhouette. These jeans were my first time trying on BR denim in a while and I loved how soft and stretchy they were. The knee hole placement was perfect but the overall length was an inch or two long on me. I brought them home as I’m in need of gray jeans for the season.

This faux pearl statement necklace is also BR – it was hanging on the rack so I tried it on with these outfits, but I personally prefer the AT version which I’ve posted about here. The price is better on the AT one for the same costume jewelry quality.

banana republic petites tweed dress faux fur vest

This herringbone sheath looks very Amish on me here, but try to imagine it with a more minimalistic and lengthening shoe. I was trying this on and several ladies in the fitting room asked where to find it. If this dress was executed correctly it would be a timeless sheath, but instead it has an odd fit like the online reviews mention. A 00p was very narrow on me across the shoulders and chest to the point where it was hard to lift my arms, while the hip area had extra room. On the right, this faux fur vest was very thick and warm. The material has good color depth to it with a mix of brown, taupe, and darker tones.

banana republic petites winter coats

I also wanted to mention their outerwear included in this 40% off sale – the gray plaid one is their 3-button coat, which I reviewed at the bottom of this post in the neon lime color (please note I’m trying on 1 size up from my usual). This olive flocked hem jacket I saw in store and thought the velvet detailing on the bottom was very unique. It goes all the way around the back and looks like a higher-end design. Unfortunately there were no petites of this jacket in store so I can’t report on the fit, but from the stock photos it looks to be a less fitted style than the 3-button coat.

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  1. Raven Hill wrote:

    Rachel: AT sold a silver-tone version earlier this fall.

    Posted 12.19.15 Reply
  2. That fringe skirt is fantastic! It's perfect for holiday parties!

    Lifestyle by Joules

    Posted 11.25.15 Reply
  3. Jean wrote:

    Hi Katie! Hmm… my opinion is in a business casual environment, even on the more conservative side of that, the white top is fine with a blazer over it to add a little more 'business' back into the outfit. Although, I always say that if you are on the fence about something for work then better be safe than sorry. Around the holidays I always see ppl easing up a little with more fun detailing, metallics, color, ect so I would personally think it's OK, but it's not worth the risk if you're concerned : )

    Posted 11.23.15 Reply
  4. Jean wrote:

    Hi Rachel – when I bought it there was only one color choice…it looks more gold to me if I had to choose one though!

    Posted 11.23.15 Reply
  5. Jean wrote:

    Hi! Check out the Ann Taylor one I linked within this post!

    Posted 11.23.15 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

    The little bra company Sascha is my favorite!

    Posted 11.23.15 Reply
  7. I'm 5'3" 100 bought xxsp it's perfect and stunning! Buy it

    Posted 11.23.15 Reply
  8. Pearls? Have been looking for something like ur necklace? Thanks

    Posted 11.23.15 Reply
  9. I loooove that fringe skirt! It's so cute, I've been looking for something like this. I like the metallic tweed too. Very unique twist on a classic style/shape.

    May from La Vie en May

    Posted 11.22.15 Reply
  10. mybeautrip wrote:

    Firts outfit is amazing and the skirt is to die for!

    Posted 11.22.15 Reply
  11. Lucy Lai wrote:

    Love that metallic texture on both dresses!

    MISS LUCIA | Fashion & Lifestyle

    Posted 11.22.15 Reply
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Love the first outfit! What bra did you wear with it? I'm a size 30a and it's veryyy hard to find bras that give some cleavage.

    Posted 11.22.15 Reply
  13. That fringe skirt is stunning!


    Posted 11.21.15 Reply
  14. I'm lovin' that fringe top!! Thanks for sharing!

    xo, tasha
    twenty-something blog

    Posted 11.21.15 Reply
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  16. Wow these pieces are gorgeous, I love the white fringe top, and also the metallic top my favorite pieces.

    Posted 11.21.15 Reply
  17. Aisha S wrote:

    That's some good haul! I l love that feather skirt too Jean. Def a keeper!

    Posted 11.21.15 Reply
  18. Stephanie wrote:

    Have you ever been to Frugal Fannies in Westwood, MA? I think you'd like it a lot!

    Posted 11.20.15 Reply
  19. Rachel wrote:

    I love your blog! Is your favorite Ann Taylor Pearl Statement Necklace in gold? They only sell it in gold that I saw, but it looks silver in some of your photos.

    Posted 11.20.15 Reply
  20. Katie wrote:

    Jean, I LOVE the items you chose to showcase here! My favorite is the fringe white top. The only thing holding me back is: how can I wear this at work?

    I work in business casual environment but my role requires me to dress on the more conservative side of "business casual" if that makes sense. So daily uniform might be blazer + blouse + BR Sloan crops. Would fringe top be appropriate or should I minimize risk and just wear on weekends?

    Thanks in advance

    Posted 11.20.15 Reply
  21. Midori wrote:

    i actually dig that sheath pretty hard…maybe it'll fit me since i have monster hips and no upper body haha

    Posted 11.20.15 Reply
  22. EVA. wrote:

    the first dress is soooo nice!! Love it, it suits you perfectly! 🙂


    Posted 11.20.15 Reply
  23. Deasy Noel wrote:

    Love how you styled all these outfits. The first outfit is so fun and festive! And that square blocked coat is so pretty!

    Posted 11.20.15 Reply
  24. Can you give some more info on how it fits? I'm torn between a M and a L and also between an petite and a regular. SO MANY CHOICES.

    Posted 11.20.15 Reply
  25. Wow, they have some great pieces right now! Love this!

    Posted 11.20.15 Reply
  26. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    I have the fringe skirt too! Love it so much:P

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 11.20.15 Reply
  27. Colleen wrote:

    Wow I'm really surprised by these designs. Go Marissa Webb!


    Posted 11.20.15 Reply
  28. Oh! I am completely in love with your fringe crepe white top! It is awesome and perfectly suitable to Petites! <3

    Petite and So What

    Posted 11.20.15 Reply
  29. The feather skirt is my favourite here and I'm still in love since a very long time with your pearl necklace 🙂 Thanks for sharing so amazing pieces and have a lovely weekend.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 11.20.15 Reply
  30. LOVE THAT SKIRT and I have been dying to know how it fits from a reliable source. GETTING IT NOW.

    Posted 11.20.15 Reply

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