2 Stunning Maxi Dresses for a Spring Wedding

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Trying on Banana Republic dress 00 Petite (current version), headband, earrings 

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).

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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!

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BR botanical dress 0P (also comes in a button-down or sleeveless top), BR denim jacket xxsp (current version), Dune sandals, accessories

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!

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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?

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  1. Lauren Popper wrote:

    Hi Jean!
    Would you be willing to sell me this botanical BR maxi dress please?
    Thank you so much!

    Posted 7.17.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Lauren, unfortunately it’s not a pice that I’m ready to part with. Best of luck finding one!

      Posted 7.20.20 Reply
  2. Ruby wrote:

    Jean, I am self conscious about my arms! Would I be able to wear the botanical dress with a blue denim jean jacket (to dress down for daily wear &/or a cardigan? Or would that ‘waste’ the dress. It’s so pretty❤️

    Posted 4.14.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Ruby, that absolutely works! I have been wearing it with both blue and white denim jackets, and a cropped cardigan (or a regular cardigan tied casually at your waist in the front) works too.

      Posted 4.15.19 Reply
  3. Jeanne wrote:

    Can you tell me where you got the sandals with the clear block heel in the photos .
    these are not the ones that you called Dunes shoes

    Posted 4.10.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hello – the sandals with the clear jeweled heel are by Dune! It’s a brand from London. Unfortunately I got them a few years ago though but maybe they can be found on Poshmark or eBay as pre-owned.

      Posted 4.10.19 Reply
  4. May wrote:

    Love that spring is finally here and I can wear maxi dresses again. I absolutely am in love with the floral one! Also, loving your head band too.

    May || https://themoderness.com/

    Posted 3.28.19 Reply
  5. Bei wrote:

    Look beautiful! I’m always amazed to see you in shorts in chilled weather. I would freeze just by imagining me in these dresses in such weather. Boston is not warmer than where I am, but I still need to wear thick coat and boots. Would you please share some tips on how to dress lightly while keeping oneself warm? Thanks!

    Posted 3.27.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      These photos were taken in Savannah, not Boston! Not quite weather for this yet here. An easy tip for Boston is layering a turtleneck tee under dresses or sleeveless tops, or try Uniqlo thermals under regular tops.

      Posted 4.10.19 Reply
  6. Linda wrote:

    Beautiful outfits

    Posted 3.26.19 Reply
  7. Andreea wrote:

    As a petite, I’m always a bit reticent to wear maxi dresses, especially with prints, but the dress looks great on you. I’ll have to try it on although I’d probably pick the blush pink one!

    Posted 3.26.19 Reply
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    love the jeweled heeled sandals, where are those from? – your post says Dune sandal

    Posted 3.25.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Yes the brand is called Dune! It’s a brand from London, but I got them a few years ago.

      Posted 4.10.19 Reply
  9. Debbie wrote:

    Stunning dresses. I love their cut and length. The one in the nude colour is my favourite. I like it for its versatility and femininity.

    Posted 3.25.19 Reply
  10. Annie wrote:

    The pink circle bag is so special! Love it

    Posted 3.25.19 Reply
  11. Valeri Pighini wrote:

    I love, love, love what you did with your hair in these photos.

    Posted 3.24.19 Reply
  12. I love these dresses, especially the second one, Jean! Perfect for spring! 🙂 ❤️

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Posted 3.23.19 Reply
  13. In love with both of these maxi dresses <3 🙂 They're so elegant and classy!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

    Posted 3.23.19 Reply
  14. Briana wrote:

    I love how you styled each of these!


    Posted 3.23.19 Reply
  15. Rosanne wrote:

    I don’t know if anyone else has this problem, but I use Bloglovin as my primary reader. Lately, however the way it loads – your blog in particular – don’t show the full post. For example, some links go to Google home page, while others go as directed. There doesn’t seem to be an apparent pattern. Also – the small slide show of the dresses recommended didn’t show on Bloglovin but did when I used the View Original Post link.

    Love your blog! Love all the maxis on you!

    Posted 3.23.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Rosanne, sorry I missed your message earlier! That is so odd – I actually don’t use BLoglovin so I am not familiar with the issue, but I’ve sent an email to them asking.

      Posted 4.10.19 Reply
  16. Jessie wrote:

    I really like the solid pink! Also got the button down shirt in botanical print for work, it’s so perfect! I love Banana Republic so much for the petites sizes and their quality, their clothes are amazing 🙂

    Posted 3.23.19 Reply
  17. Carol wrote:

    Love that print! I am always afraid to wear maxi dresses but you gave me hope!

    Posted 3.23.19 Reply
  18. Brandi wrote:

    I like the solid blue! When I saw the two it reminded me of Sleeping Beauty when the fairys argue over the dress.. ‘make it pink! Make it blue! No, pink! Blue!!’ 😄 Im not usually a pink fan but its nice and does give off a sweet romantic vibe. But my pick would be the blue! I need to check out BR’s dress options. Ive never tried their maxis, usually when I try a petite maxi its still dragging the floor. Thanks for giving fit and length details. Have a great weekend! 😁

    Posted 3.23.19 Reply
  19. Janine wrote:

    Oh my god that potanical maxi dress is my favorite it looks drop dead gorgeous on you! You totally inspired me to go for light flower print for spring this year, I love how romantic and girly, yet absolutely stylish it looks – it’s just a print that makes you happy when you look at it, no?
    Thanks for sharing, you look so beautiful in those dresses!
    xx Janine

    Posted 3.23.19 Reply

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