This is a Banana Republic dress that I believe came out last spring/summer, but I'm not entirely certain; it could have been the year before that, too. Before I get to the review, I need to give you a little background. Boyfriend and I were strolling through the mall one day, and we popped into Banana Republic, and this dress was right in the front. I tried it on, and...I honestly can't even remember what I thought of it. Boyfriend and I were discussing the dress recently, and he thought I hated it, but I didn't have that same recollection.
Either way, this is one of those rare garments that I actually regretted not buying. There aren't many things I actually regret buying - I eventually move on and don't really think about things any more, but this is one that I always wished I had taken home. Well, thus began the internet hunt to find this dress. I was at a bit of a loss because I couldn't remember what it was called, and couldn't remember exactly when it came out. A few searches on eBay proved fruitless.Boyfriend: oooh, now I remember ityou hated it after you put it on! (or did you just lie??)Me: no, i didn't think i hated it? :(i might have just lied
The fabric is a soft and light, but a little bit on the stiffer side. That said, because of the numerous pleats on the bodice and the swingy shape of the dress, the dress does move very nicely. On the other hand, even though the fabric is light, because there is so much of it, it's a little heavier than you might expect it to be (but not heavy overall).
The dress is a little bit on the long side for me, so I may look into getting the straps shortened a bit. The back of the dress has a really pretty two-button closure that is in line with the embroidery around the top. There is no zipper on this dress, but because of shape, it's pretty easy to slip on over your head. Because the dress is so voluminous overall, I think it does add a little bit of volume around your hips and backside, but it can also work to hide those areas very well.
I really like the sash on this dress - I think it really helps to pull the dress together, and give it some shape. I didn't take any pictures without the sash, but without it, the dress really just kind of hangs there and looks shapeless, and not in a cute, shift dress kind of way, but more of a sack kind of way.
I really love this dress (as evidenced by my eBay hunt)! I think it is a really pretty shade of blue, and I love the details - the embroidery and the sash. I am really glad to have been able to get this one!