What I Wore: Issa for Banana Republic

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I'm not a fan of designer collaborations. I don't understand clamoring for a cheaper version of a designer piece. I don't want a glued-together pleather bag or ill-fitting polyester blouse no matter what name is on the label. However, once the Issa Collection came out for Banana Republic I was intrigued. Banana Republic already has good quality and fits me relatively well, and the pieces in the collection were things I would buy no matter the designer. I liked the kimono dresses, and felt this print was one I would wear now and five years from now, in spring and in winter. For those considering this dress, I chose a 14, and yes, they do run short (it's veering on not work appropriate and I am 5'3″). However it's made extremely well, a heavy matte jersey that feels good and is a style that I think would work if I gained or lost weight. And you know me, I waited until it was on sale, Banana Republic was having a big sale, and I had reward dollars!

And how great is this bracelet? Wearing gold jewelery? No problem! Silver? No problem! Everything goes with this piece from Ruth Barzel, and I love that it's rock and roll while still being elegant. I've been wearing this bracelet a ton lately (check my Instagram for proof), I like it mixed with other bracelets, but with such a bold dress, I felt it looked best all by itself.

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  • GeorgiainAR October 14, 2013

    Ah, me! I got the dress at 40% off and was so excited! And it is as comfortable as a robe. I am 5’2″ so the length is fine. But – my boyfriend doesn’t like it. Geez, what to do? I am not the type to jump through hoops to please a man and he did not tell me his opinion until I asked him. If he hadn’t hated it, he would have said, “Oh, it’s okay.” I will probably return it because if I am going to spend money, I guess I’d feel better about something he doesn’t hate. Anyway, it’s very cute on you!

  • Sara October 3, 2013

    That dress is so great– I love the print– it looks fabulous on you!

  • Guest October 3, 2013

    That dress looks fabulous! I am in LOVE with the print– you look great!

  • Ginger October 2, 2013

    I like the print a lot, will the sleeve fit into a jacket? It looks pretty wide.

    • Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen October 3, 2013

      They are wide, when it’s jacket weather I’d likely fold to tuck them in. Since it’s matte jersey it won’t get all bunch and weird under the sleeves

  • Patti_NotDeadYetStyle October 2, 2013

    fabulous dress, what a great style. The length could be a problem for me, but there are tights for such things : >

  • Lady of Style October 2, 2013

    Gorgeous dress! I love everything wrapped and draped and this is a similar style. Animal prints but a little different, I really love your look, Alison.

    Annette | Lady of Style

  • foodfashionandflow October 2, 2013

    I really love that dress on you! It looks like you could wear it season after season. I was all ready to go to Banana Republic until you said the dress runs short. At 5’10 I have no chance of pulling that off unless I wear it as a tunic. It is defnitely a great looking dress.

  • Diane October 2, 2013

    Allie, I ordered it! I love it. Plus it is an extra 35% today online. I hope you get credit for it!

  • Beth October 2, 2013

    I love this, but considering I’m 5’11” guess it would seem more like a shirt! Looks great on you though.

    • Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen October 2, 2013

      Yep, this does run super short, though did read reviews where people bought it to wear as a tunic with leggings and skinny jeans!

  • Anamarie October 2, 2013

    I LOVE that dress! We have similar body types and I love dresses in this style. I’m only 5′, so the length will probably be a bit longer on me. Yes, I ordered it! Thanks, Allie!

    • Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen October 3, 2013

      My pleasure, hope you love it too!

      • Anamarie October 8, 2013

        I got my dress today, and I love it! So excited to wear it tomorrow!

    • Sara October 3, 2013

      I just ordered it as well- 40% off today!

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