Banana Republic Drapey Trench // Size petite xxs
First up, this great trench! This is an oversized fit in a soft, drapey fabric that makes for an effortless and light-weight topper. The fabric is 100% lyocell, and resembles a twill fabric, kind of like a pair of chinos…except softer and drapier (is that even a word?). You won’t want to wear this on super hot summer days obviously, but its mid-weight would make a nice top layer for chilly summer nights, and could carry you well into fall depending on the climate where you live.
There are no shoulder seams, only epaulettes (which appear to be fairly simple to move up or down by a tailor if need be), so it’s easier to fit on narrow and broad shoulders. The sleeves have a button-tab for easy rolling, but I found the length to be too long for where I prefer to roll my sleeves (first photo). I just continue rolling a few more times for a better proportion. I especially like the overall length on this one, which ends a few inches above my knee, making it easy to wear for this short girl who can be easily overwhelmed by a lot of fabric.
Bonus points: the care label says you can hand wash.
More photos of this drapey trench in action here.
The approximate measurements of size Petite xxs are as follows:
Sleeve Length at button-tab cuff: 16″
Overall Sleeve Length: 22″
Overall Length: 30″
Banana Republic Jacquard Short // Size petite 00
$59.50 // 40% off with code BRSUMMER
I much prefer to wear shorts vs. skirts in the summer, so I’m always on the lookout for good ones to add to the rotation. I was drawn to these for their neutral easy to pair color (black) and small (petite-friendly!) neutral yet dressy pattern. I imagine these being dressed up with a silk blouse, black blazer and pumps…or dressed down with an easy fit tee and loafers.
I really like the fit on these in the waist, hip and rise. If I were to nit-pick I’d like to see the leg opening a tad slimmer, but that’s specific to my proportions and I think most people would find them to fit there just fine. As a fan of natural fibers, I’m also on board with the mostly cotton fabric content (98% cotton, 2% spandex).
The approximate measurements of size Petite 00 are as follows:
Overall Length (front): 10″