Dressing Room Diaries: Stripes and Dresses

Dressing Room Diaries: Stripes and Dresses

Happy Friday ladies! Today I’m sharing dressing room diaries from the Banana Republic. This is where I try on different pieces for you to see how they look on a real woman over 50 instead of the rail thin, very young models that brands use. There’s no question that stripes are trending and Banana Republic has a terrific selection…many of it 40% off.

Sadly, my local store was cleaned out of most things in my size so nothing I am showing fit and many things wouldn’t even zip.

This white lace midi dress has a great fit and flare shape. I have been hunting for a Little White Dress and this is now in the running…in my size.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing lace fit and flare dress from Banana Republic It’s fully lined, as all white dresses should be, and has 2 pockets on the side godet of the skirt. I have narrow hips and love pockets so the extra volume they give is a good thing for me. They help keep the dress from looking fussy and too formal. I’m wearing a regular and needed the petite, 3 sizes larger! It also comes in tall. This dress would be great all summer for casual or more dressed up options.

This gingham racer back dress was so small I could barely show it to you. This is a regular length but it’s 4 sizes too small so the back is not zipped and it’s fitting me like a sausage casing.


This dress has a lined bodice and unlined skirt. It’s black and white check is small enough for a petite woman and available in petite, regular and tall. It’s a very light breezy fabric that flows nicely around the legs.

I adored this striped handkerchief hem dress!

It’s a deep navy blue stripe. The fitted bodice and flares from the waist seam to a midi length with a contrasting stripe at the hemline. The ponte knit fabric is a substantial weight so the dress hangs beautifully. I am wearing the regular length,  3 sizes too small for me. It also comes in petite and tall.

There is not enough Spanx in the world for me to zip this striped dress up but I wanted to share it with you because I loved it.

It’s a bold blue and white stripe in a substantial ponte knit. I love the 3/4 sleeves and shape. It’s meant to be figure hugging but not the strangled look I’m showing. I needed this dress 3 sizes larger. It only comes in regular and tall, which is fine because I like this regular length.

I love this skirt and styled it the way they showed it in the store window with this linen and cotton shirt.

The skirt is a super stretch poplin and so perfect for hot weather. It’s a high waist style that is fitted through the hips then flares with two softly ruffled tiers. I topped it with a super lightweight linen and cotton shirt, tied at the waist. I love the contrast of structured shirt with a ruffled skirt. This would look pretty dressed up with a knit top as well.

This striped shirt has dramatically contrasting wide stripes and a shirttail hemline.

The fabric is silky and semi-sheer with classic shirttail styling. I love that the stripes begin below the shoulders and line up perfectly down the front. Prison stripes came to mind but not enough to keep me from liking it. I think it would look great tied at the waist over white trousers or jeans or even over a white dress.

These girlfriend side stripe jeans are a great fit and the dark sides make them look very slimming.

The jeans are intended to be cropped but I prefer the length of these regulars. It also means the rise is higher for me which I always appreciate. I am wearing them with this very soft cotton shirt with lemon print. Lemons and yellow are trending these days so you can find them everywhere. They’re fresh and fun for summer.


Banana Republic is giving an extra 40% off sale and 40% off select new arrivals at checkout.

Are you a fan of summer skirts and dresses?

Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day!

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  1. RoseAG
    June 2, 2018 / 5:06 am

    The jeans are nice. I hadn’t thought about the side stripe being a visual plus!

  2. June 1, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    I really like the white dress. I have not been by a BR in a long time, you have me wanting to take a peek. Thanks Jennifer.

  3. Marie
    June 1, 2018 / 9:27 am

    Hi. I love the clothes and the look on you. I enjoy shopping in stores and unfortunately Banana Republic has no petites locally.

    I find shopping very limited to a few places because I wear petites.

    Love the white dress and black and white checked.

    • June 1, 2018 / 3:23 pm

      That is why I purchase most of my clothes online…I get a larger selection and sizes that fit me.

  4. Heather
    June 1, 2018 / 8:28 am

    Love the white dress!

  5. Debbie Davis
    June 1, 2018 / 7:44 am

    Love the handkerchief hem striped dress! Very flattering on you!!

  6. June 1, 2018 / 7:20 am

    I like the striped ponte dress on you best and I like the length on you too. I am not for ruffles they are too busy.
    Good idea for tying your blouse, it suites you. I must try try that.

    • June 1, 2018 / 7:42 am

      It’s one of my favorite ways to wear a blouse with a skirt. Tucking in seems so much more formal.

  7. L H Carter
    June 1, 2018 / 3:45 am

    I vote for the handkerchief hem dress and the side stripe jeans.

    • June 1, 2018 / 7:40 am

      Honestly, everything had such great potential!!

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