Happy Friday ladies. As you read this, we are heading south with our little trailer. House hunting is stressful and although I’m afraid the perfect house will come on the market while we’re away, we need a change of scenery. We are looking forward to a few days at the coast with crashing waves, bonfires and long walks down the beach.
Before we left, I stopped into Banana Republic for dressing room diaries. I found they’re modern, versatile classics have some distinctive new shapes in denim for spring 2019.
I started with this cotton chunky cropped sweater. It’s labeled cropped which is waist length. I haven’t seen this proportion around for years, so it feels modern. I’m wearing a medium in regular so the petite would be way too short on me…maybe that’s what they mean by cropped;). It also comes in gray and both are available in tall. The crew neck part of it isn’t the best proportion for my wide shoulders but the width of these jeans help make up for it. And speaking of these jeans…I always take an image of the tag of what I try on to be sure I link to the correct garment for you.
These jeans don’t seem to be on the website. I had these jeans on my body two days ago and there was an entire rack of them but I can’t find them to link for you #bloggerissues. They were labeled high-rise straight leg. The rise was nice and high and theoretically, I should be flattered by a jean of this shape, but these are not my best look:) The sales lady had nothing but flattering comments about how these looked on me but I knew better. (Listen to the voice in your head, not the salespeople)
This utility jacket runs true to size and is available in regular and petite. I’m wearing a regular in a medium. The waist shaping is at the right place for me but the sleeves are a bit long so I’d push them up or fold back the cuff. It comes in this stone gray or deep olive. This Quinn oxford shirt is straight through the body, in a shorter slightly cropped length that’s perfect tucked or untucked. It has a very slight shirttail hem and is available in regular, tall or petite. I’m wearing a medium in regular and like this length. It runs true to size and comes in lots of other prints and fabrics.
These are the classic Sloan skinny fit chinos in olive. They run true to size. I’m wearing a size 6, regular which is too snug because I wear an 8 at Banana Republic these days. They are also available in tall and petite. Since they have a mid rise, I would not go for the petite which would have a lower rise plus they’d be 2″ shorter which would feel too short for me.
*Petite sizing varies tremendously by both garment and brand so don’t limit yourself to what you think you should wear. Compare the measurements given online with what you know fits you.
This is the Dillon classic fit machine washable silk blouse. It comes in 3 colors of silk plus cotton stripe, polka dot, plaid, floral, you name it, tons of other fabrics. This silk has a beautiful drape and will dress up or down easily. I’m wearing a regular length, medium. The petite version is 1 1/2″ shorter and sleeve length is 1 3/4″ shorter which would be better on me.
These high-rise skinny crops have a red and white stripe down the legs. It’s highly visible so know that if your jeans bunch anywhere, the stripe looks wiggly. My persnickety self would be bothered by that. I’m wearing a regular 30 and they don’t seem cropped to me so I imagine the petites would be pretty short.
Here are two more “straight” legged styles. The pair on the left is a mid-rise straight leg, ankle jean described as “more relaxed than the high-rise version”. I’m wearing a regular 30 which hits right at my ankle. They also come in tall. The jeans on the right have an unfinished hem that is folded up twice. They are also described as “looser fit than the high-rise version”. The label says they’re “skinny” but the website describes them as straight, which they are. I’m wearing a regular 29, petite would feel too short for me.
This is their classic shaped denim jacket, which runs true to size. This small is too tight for me. Most people never do up their denim jackets, but they should at least look like you could if you wanted to:). I really liked the seams on this jacket which look slimming from the front. These black jeans are a customer favorite described as mid-rise but they reach right to my waist in this regular 30. The petite version would be 2″ shorter. They have a true skinny leg that isn’t like a compression stocking and fade resistant black denim.
This is their vegan moto jacket in black, medium. It’s soft and pliable so comfy to wear. It also comes in navy online. It has classic bomber styling and shoulder epaulets. I could zip this but never would because it’s all about the attitude in a leather (look) moto jacket. I’m not a huge fan of shiny near my face because it accentuates wrinkles so would opt for it in this vegan suede version which is available in several colors, and petite.
This knit striped top is a faux wrap style with a snap that keeps the wrap from gapping…smart idea. I’m wearing a regular medium but would do better with the petite. It hits low hip which I kept hiking up because this looked too long. It also comes in black with white stripe and all black. These jeans are in a light wash which the salesperson described as perfect for spring, but they felt dated on me. They’re not as skinny as most other skinnies so combined with the wash, they looked unstylish to me.
I made a bee-line straight for this long classic trench coat. It’s in a gorgeous soft fabric that drapes beautifully. This maxi coat is long (duh) so I’d be better in the petite version. It runs true to size and available in 4 great colors…the olive is stunning. I’m wearing a regular in small but I’d need a medium if I wanted to wear anything other than a tee under it.
Brands all have unique fit models which their sizing is based on.
Do you have certain brands that always seem to fit you?
Thanks for reading and have a great day.