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.


30 thoughts on “Banana Republic petites holiday work + party outfits

  • nora wallis November 20, 2015 at 10:08 am

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

  • Dressed With Soul November 20, 2015 at 10:10 am

    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

  • Petite and So What November 20, 2015 at 10:18 am

    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

  • Colleen November 20, 2015 at 10:22 am

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


  • Sasa Zoe November 20, 2015 at 10:38 am

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

    Shall We Sasa

  • Rachel Lynne November 20, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Wow, they have some great pieces right now! Love this!

  • nora wallis November 20, 2015 at 11:08 am

    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.

  • Deasy Noel November 20, 2015 at 11:26 am

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

  • EVA. November 20, 2015 at 12:20 pm

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


  • Midori November 20, 2015 at 6:50 pm

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

  • Katie November 20, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    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

  • Rachel November 20, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    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.

  • Stephanie November 20, 2015 at 11:28 pm

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

  • Aisha S November 21, 2015 at 6:56 am

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

  • Art Adorned November 21, 2015 at 1:05 pm

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

  • Catarina Neves November 21, 2015 at 2:35 pm
  • twenty-something blog November 21, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    I'm lovin' that fringe top!! Thanks for sharing!

    xo, tasha
    twenty-something blog

  • November 21, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    That fringe skirt is stunning!


  • Anonymous November 22, 2015 at 12:35 am

    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.

  • Lucy Lai November 22, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Love that metallic texture on both dresses!

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  • mybeautrip November 22, 2015 at 9:52 am

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

  • La Vie En May November 22, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    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

  • anita roman November 23, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Pearls? Have been looking for something like ur necklace? Thanks

  • anita roman November 23, 2015 at 6:14 am

    I'm 5'3" 100 bought xxsp it's perfect and stunning! Buy it

  • Jean November 23, 2015 at 8:43 am

    The little bra company Sascha is my favorite!

  • Jean November 23, 2015 at 8:43 am

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

  • Jean November 23, 2015 at 8:44 am

    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!

  • Jean November 23, 2015 at 8:45 am

    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 : )

  • Julie Hiller November 25, 2015 at 11:02 am

    That fringe skirt is fantastic! It's perfect for holiday parties!

    Lifestyle by Joules

  • Raven Hill December 19, 2015 at 6:44 pm

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

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