Thank you, thank you guys so much for the overwhelming kindness after my last post and for sharing some of your very personal stories. I am floored by the response and grateful this platform enables us to have more open conversations like this. On that note, I’m excited to meet and talk with some of you at my Boston meet-up this Sunday, held at one of my favorite nonprofit bookstores supporting local youth!
For today’s post, I’m continuing my partnership with Banana Republic and sharing some of their stunning maxi dress options right now! I tried on two maxi cuts – one short sleeved, one 3/4 sleeved. Both cuts are available in different prints and fabrics that can suit either more casual daytime to dressier evening looks. The fabrics I tried on all flow beautifully, and come in regular, petite, and tall sizing! I also love that their maxi dresses in petites are actually short enough for me to wear with low shoes (I’m ~5 feet tall, for reference).
Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress (current version)
This cut features very short flutter sleeves, an elasticized waistband, a small ruffle at the waist and a more generous one at the hem. It comes in a colorful botanical print in lightweight chiffon, and also a solid pink or blue color in soft satin. The print is more playful while the satin is more romantic and elegant, perfect for a wedding guest outfit. I tried both on and was torn! The botanical print won out by a very small margin for me. The pink is not blush, but rather a more dusty mauve pink color that’s a little more timeless and elegant, in my opinion! You can throw on a denim jacket to dress it down or add statement earrings and a clutch for evening.
Fit wise, this cut is TTS with a forgiving elastic waistband (can also work over a small bump) and minimal stretch in the fabric. The chest on my usual size was almost fitted across my nursing boobs, so I went 1 size up for more room, however the dress in my regular size fits better everywhere else. The botanical print is currently sold out, but I have seen small sizes pop back every few days, so check back!
Sleeved Maxi Dress
Another dress I tried on that was better than expected is this belted button down striped maxi dress (nursing friendly) with pockets! Fit is true to size, and the same cut also comes in a chic leopard print. The shirtdress style can easily be dressed down with flat sandals or mules and a casual tote, or dressed up with statement earrings and a small handbag. Both of these are currently fully stocked in small petite sizing – I’ll show a fit photo soon!
Thank you to Banana Republic for partnering on this post. Which version of the flutter sleeve maxi dress do you like better – solid satin or botanical print?