What I Wore: Issa for Banana Republic

issa for banana republic size 14
ruth barzel bracelet
issa banana republic zebra

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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  1. GeorgiainAR
    October 14, 2013 / 5:26 pm

    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!

  2. October 3, 2013 / 10:59 am

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

  3. Guest
    October 3, 2013 / 10:58 am

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

  4. Ginger
    October 2, 2013 / 7:42 pm

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

    • October 3, 2013 / 8:50 am

      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

  5. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle
    October 2, 2013 / 7:23 pm

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

  6. October 2, 2013 / 2:32 pm

    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

  7. foodfashionandflow
    October 2, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    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.

  8. Diane
    October 2, 2013 / 1:49 pm

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

  9. Beth
    October 2, 2013 / 1:19 pm

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

    • October 2, 2013 / 1:23 pm

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

  10. Anamarie
    October 2, 2013 / 12:32 pm

    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!

      • Anamarie
        October 8, 2013 / 9:04 pm

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

    • October 3, 2013 / 11:02 am

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

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