Fitting Room: Banana Republic & Anthropologie

I love seeing bright new spring styles pop up online and in stores this time of year.  It makes me excited for the longer days and warmer temperatures ahead!  Although it is not quiet warm enough yet to fully transition to my spring/summer wardrobe, I found some time this weekend to try on some new pieces at both Banana Republic and Anthropologie.  Several pieces from Banana Republic's new spring line came home with me due to in-store sales and rewards.  Please read on to see the pieces that I tried on along with notes about how they fit.  For size/fit reference, I am 5'4" with a 25" waist, so I can wear both petite and regular sizes.

The first item that caught my eye was this Short-Sleeve Flounce Dress.  The store I visited did not have petite sizes in stock, but this size zero regular fit great and has an inch or so extra length (compared to the same size in petite) to help make it office-appropriate.  There is a bit of stretch, which I also like, and it is very comfortable to wear.  This dress is also available in navy, but I absolutely love the cheerful bright yellow!  This dress (and some others) are 30% off right now in stores and online, so I was sold and this dress came home with me.

The second dress I tried on was this Floral Cap-Sleeve Dress in size two petite.  Since this dress has a looser fit, I appreciated the slightly slimmer cut of the petite size and I think that this would be a perfect dress for a sunny getaway!  It was lightweight and comfortable to wear.  I did not purchase this dress this time, but I'm going to keep an eye out for a good discount and I may purchase it at a later date.

Next I tried the Dillon-Fit Watercolor Floral Shirt in regular XS (the store I visited did not have petite sizes for me to compare), the Avery-Fit Chambray Lightweight Wool Crop in both zero regular and two petite, and these tassel pumps that are unfortunately no longer available online.  I love the print on this blouse!  It is lightweight and a bit see-through, so you would need to wear a tank underneath.  The sleeves on the XS regular were a bit long for me, so I would like to try a petite size at some point.  I did not purchase the blouse, but I did purchase these pants at 30% off.  The lightweight wool has a bit of stretch, and the color is so versatile!  I opted for the zero regular for a bit of extra length.  These blush tassel pumps were the last pair in the store and on super clearance (only $19 after discounts!), and since they are a comfortable low-heel it was a no-brainer purchase.

The next item I tried was this Jacquard Peplum Tank in a size two regular, the smallest size available in the store.  This top is not available in petite.  This top is made of a thick cotton blend, so it is hard for me to imagine wearing it in warm weather, but I think the print is fantastic!  I passed on this one, but I would like to try on a size zero next time for a better fit around the waist.

 My next stop was Anthropologie, where I wanted to try this Deryn Tie-Front Midi Dress that has been featured in their print ads.  This dress is stretchy and ultra-comfortable, the XS fit me very well.  It would make a perfect travel/vacation dress and the midi length is ideal for places where you need to have your knees covered.  For example, it would have been great to wear this on our Thailand/Cambodia trip last year to visit temples!  You would just need a shawl for your shoulders.  I am going to keep an eye on this one and maybe pick it up on sale.

This Rosny Skirt caught my eye with its bright floral print!  It is a thick stretch cotton twill material with buckles at the waist.  I tried a size zero regular, and with the waist buckles cinched in the fit was great!  I paired it with this simple Sequence Tank in sky blue and my trusty white Converse sneakers for an fun casual look!

That's it for this time, but stay tuned for outfit posts with my new pieces!  What spring pieces are you most excited about?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a wonderful week!


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