Banana Republic Sheath Dress for Summer + Review

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Banana Republic dress (in stores only, but very similar here online), Anthropologie pin, Sam Edelman sandals, Target clutch (old, amazing option here)

I wore this new Banana Republic dress in the sweltering heat while in DC visiting my best college girlfriends. We had an amazing weekend filled with brunches, late night talks, girly drinks and lots of laughs. I don’t think i’ve had that amazing of a weekend in a while and i’m so thankful I got to see them. In other news, this dress is wonderful. It is the first of it’s sheath kind in my closet and though it is very basic, when dressed up with a fun pin or a glam hat, I think it is going to be a great staple for Summer.

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This particular dress is only sold in stores, unfortunately, but I love the line down the back to give some added interest, and the slight high-low hemline for extra coverage. It is a thick ponte material and has a cap sleeve that was a smidge too tight on my arms, but was easily fixed with a slight tug on either side.

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As with any sheath, the dress was slightly roomy in my torso area but hung nicely over my hips. I walked without feeling like it was riding up and felt covered and comfortable all day.

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Have an amazing Monday and thank you for reading!

Wearing a Jersey Maxi

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J.Crew gingham top (here in solids), Gap maxi dress (similar), J.Crew belt, Sam Edelman sandals, Prada sunglasses, YSL lipstick

This is seriously one of my favorite new outfits. A comfy jersey maxi paired with longer length button up is cinched at the waist with a thick belt. I mean, could it be any more perfect for San Francisco?

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I also love tying this maxi up in the corner. I think it creates more interest and dimension in the outfit and also breaks up the awkward ankle-length that this dress tends to hit me.

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See the other way I styled this maxi dress here!

*Photos by Luci

How To: Wear A Crop Top

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Forever 21 crop top, J.Crew skirt (last styled here) + flats (here in pink) + bracelet (no longer available, but loving this one), Sweet & Spark bracelet

If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever wear a crop top I would have thought you were bat crazy. The thought of showing my stomach in public still terrifies me, quite frankly. Bathingsuits are another story. The beach, for me, is an “almost anything goes” environment, but the streets of San Francisco, no ma’m. Ever since I bought this adorable high waisted skirt, i’ve been wanting to play with different ways to pair it. The cheeky print and adorable flared length lent itself perfectly to a slight Parisian pairing, of a gingham crop top.

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Not wanting to spend too much money on this trend, I stuck with Forever 21 for my first try. When choosing a crop top I intentionally shied away from clingy or spandex fabrics. I knew I would feel slightly uncomfortable so extra pulling and tightness didn’t sound appealing. I also looked for a top with a tie that hung low. This would, in my mind, provide some extra coverage in the center of the stomach. Delusional?  Maybe. But I loved this look and wore it all day through the city with no crazy stares or discomfort!

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If you can see by this close up photo, the crop top really isn’t too cropped on my short-torso frame. It only really shows about an inch of skin given how high I have the skirt placed. Perhaps one day i’ll experiment with more skin.

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Would you wear the crop top? Tell me how you would style it!

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Trend/Pearshape Solution: Black and White + J.Crew Midi Skirt Review

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My Outfit: Banana Republic tank, J.Crew skirt, Sam Edelman shoes, J.Crew bracelets, Chanel WOC, Gap belt (similar)

This month on the Trend/Pearshape Solution post I am collaborating with the lovely Megan from Step-Brightly! A longtime blog friend of mine, Megan and I decided to both style the popular Spring trend of black and white. We had total free reign to create any look we wanted in this color palette based on our tastes and bodies, and as you can see, they couldn’t be more different. Just further proof that fashion trends can apply to women of all shapes and sizes!

Megan opted for a black and white striped sweater, black skinnies and ankle booties: perfect for her petite frame. The scarf brings some added interest upwards while the fully black bottom is streamlining.

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For my look I decided to pair this stunning J.Crew midi skirt with my tried and true LOFT striped trench. I wanted to avoid wearing horizontal stripes on the lower half of my body for this particular trend as I feel like they add bulk. A black and white skirt in a gauzy, fluid fabric allows me to still experiment with blacks and whites without adding width.

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This particular skirt has a thinner waistband and less pleating allowing it to just graze my bottom half rather than adding to the bulk. I paired this piece with some basic accessories: my favorite black Gap bow belt for added girliness and metallic sandals to give me some height.

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And can we talk about the shoe print on this skirt…dying.

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Thank you Megan for participating in April’s Trend/Pearshape Solution post! Be sure to pop over to Megan’s blog for more amazing fashion inspiration.

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