mint + stripes // how to re-style an outfit with subtle changes

banana republic petites spring outfit mint dress striped shirt

This was one of my favorite outfits from our trip last month, and I’ve already re-styled each piece several ways since! I’m a little behind on posts here and on social – between prepping for a new job and an international trip next week (and realizing with alarm that my passport just expired), it’s been a bit hectic!
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This outfit, comprised of two classic pieces from Banana Republic, is an example of how small tweaks in styling can switch up a look. The dress by itself is on the semi-formal side, pretty for a weekend brunch or garden party. You can dress it up further with a statement necklace, heels, and a wrap worn around the shoulders for events like a spring wedding. Alternatively, with a lightweight button-down knotted over it, a cross-body bag and a pair of low sandals as shown here, the look becomes a little more effortless and casual for an afternoon around town. Last but not least, try layering the button-down underneath the dress instead and topping it off with an optional blazer (shown below) for business wear.
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I’m wearing both pieces in my usual sizes – 00p for the dress and xxsp for the shirt without any alterations. The dress is made of a stretchy, ponte-like material and is fully lined with pockets and an invisible back zip. The fit is pretty snug on me throughout the torso however layering is still comfortable given how lightweight the shirt is. I’m surprised to read that several reviewers thought it was too flared – it’s not a full flare at all but a swingier subtle flare that I thought was really flattering!
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And here’s the aforementioned styling idea with the shirt underneath instead of over:

styling a dress button up shirt blazer work outfit

Banana Republic dress + shirt, H&M; blazer, Manolo Blahnik pumps, Talbots belt


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  1. Linna wrote:

    I love the way you styled the mint dress!!! Looks great on you – I ended up buying it from!

    Posted 7.5.16 Reply
  2. Unknown wrote:

    Jean, did you find the sunglasses to slip off your nose?

    Posted 5.16.16 Reply
  3. I love Banana Republic and your outfits along with the photos are stunning!

    Posted 5.15.16 Reply
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean! I know you mentioned that the dress was a bit snug. I bought the same dress and in the same size as you and feel the same way too. I was just wondering if you were able to try 0P to see if there is a difference. I am trying to think if I should exchange it or not.

    Posted 4.20.16 Reply
  5. Minau wrote:

    Beautiful look!

    Posted 4.19.16 Reply
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    So sweet. …don't know why i came here looking for edge tho; back to sartorialist…

    Posted 4.16.16 Reply
  7. Love love love your style! I'm actually obsessed with your outfit

    Posted 4.15.16 Reply
  8. Joyce Pak wrote:

    All your outfits are really cute and a great way to change things up easily!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    Posted 4.15.16 Reply
  9. Great idea to style the dress and shirt in several ways. Like all of them and think I have to get a mint dress too 🙂
    All the best from Germany,

    Posted 4.15.16 Reply
  10. Rachel wrote:

    Perfect combo! you look so pretty!

    Posted 4.15.16 Reply
  11. Diana wrote:

    Love that bag! Where is it from? 🙂

    Diana |

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  12. Jean wrote:

    Hi E! I removed your comment just to minimize any further back and forth on this topic. Everything I wear & post is my own style. I work hard on each post and don't like to replicate others…I hope that comes through to readers!

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    It's the other way around. Jean posted this look on Instagram last month. And well, a copycat will always be a copycat.

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  14. Bela Anzu wrote:

    Congratulations on your new job Jean! I'm happy for you and hope everything goes well.

    I like how this mint flared dress fits and looks on you and am glad to hear it's lined. The colour looks the same as that pencil mint green dress you blogged about a few years ago.

    For the sandals, I only recently looked into Talbot's shoes even though you've mentioned how well made they were for quite some time. I love this year's Trulli Ankle Strap Sandals and am now eyeing a second pair. I wish I had looked into Talbot's shoes earlier because I love the style you are wearing in this post. Thank you for writing such thorough reviews so that we have a better idea on what to purchase online.

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  15. Unknown wrote:

    I just wanted to say thank you so much! I am super petite (though also curvy), at 4'11. I hadn't figured out why I hated shopping so much these days, but then after mulling it over I decided it's because there is nothing out there for short women and if there is – it's most likely not going to fit me properly anyway since I have a big butt. I am thinking of delving into the alterations world now. I'm scared of investing so much into my wardrobe, but I do love fashion and I love love love your blog. You look great!!


    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  16. You always find so many different ways to style a piece! I love the version under the tied striped blouse, and this photo location is stunning!
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  17. Great post!! Love all the looks 🙂

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  18. Hi Jean,
    I'm a long time reader, but first time commenter.
    I totally understand the rush and excitement of a new job and travel, I am currently in a similar predicament. I am moving, changing jobs, and headed to Hawaii in a few short months and life is hectic!
    I just wanted to say, I love your style!
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    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  19. E Craig wrote:

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    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  20. Jenn wrote:

    I really love seeing people play around with pieces to find new ways to wear them! I am always trying to get the most use out of my clothes…otherwise it seems like such a waste.

    a small bit | bloglovin | twitter | latest post

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  21. Leah wrote:

    You look wonderful! You have given me so much inspiration as a petite girl to wear things I never thought I could. The length and fit of that dress really flatter you, and you don't even have to be wearing high heels to achieve that. I also agree with you that I don't think it is too flared, it looks swingy, springy and fun. THANK YOU for all you do!

    Also, thank you for tweeting at me earlier this week! It made my day 🙂

    – Leah

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  22. angelina wrote:

    What a gorgeous dress! I love all the different ways you styled it, it's definitely more realistic than most style bloggers (: And the fact that it has pockets is amazing!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  23. nonnapuffo wrote:

    It's a great lovely look.
    My favorite is the second way
    I love your style and your blog.
    Visit mine if you want
    many kisses

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  24. I just love that dress styled with the button down knotted over the top. Definitely pinning for inspo–I have so many dress I could restyle like this!

    Lifestyle by Joules

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  25. Such a pretty skirt and the color is perfect for Spring!


    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  26. Love this outfit and the pictures are amazing!

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    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  27. Love the shirt!

    Raspberry Jam

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  28. Your outfit is perfect and I love it so much how you are wearing the striped blouse together with the mint dress <3
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply

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