Review: Banana Republic Striped Ponte Dress

Theory white blazer (tailored to 3/4 sleeves), similar here
Banana Republic Striped Ponte Full-Skirt dress, size 0P
(Thanks to Annie for enabling, see size 00P on her here)
Belt from an old F21 dress
Target Merona Marguerite Closed Wedge Canvas Espadrille

I ordered this striped dress last week for 40% off and I also used my $20 in BR Rewards. I always assumed that we lose the rewards in the event of a return but Annie assured me that there is nothing to worry about. She had the same concern and confirmed that the rewards eventually get credited back to our accounts. First world problems. 🙂

Here is the dress on my dress form:

Banana Republic Striped Ponte Full-Skirt Dress, sz 0P Banana Republic Striped Ponte Full-Skirt Dress, sz 0P

I actually struggled to put the dress on her and zip it up because
she has a 33″ bust but it fits me perfectly (I am one inch smaller at

The measurements of the 0 petite are as follows:

15″ bust
13 1/4″ waist
35″ total length

Without further ado, here is the dress on me:

Banana Republic Striped Ponte Full-Skirt Dress, 0 petite

It hits right above the knee on me making it perfect for work. I really love the way the box pleats fall on the skirt and the fact that it has pockets. There is a exposed zipper on back but the dress is so cute that I don’t mind. It’s made of a comfortable, stretchy ponte material that drapes well and is not very wrinkle prone. (Any wrinkles seen above are due to the harsh lighting and they are not apparent to the naked eye in real life.)

Banana Republic Striped Ponte Full-Skirt Dress, sz 0P

Pairing with Banana Republic Striped Ponte Dress

Banana Republic has been running a 40% off one item promotion every Wednesday (including today) for the past few weeks. I’m not sure how long they’ll keep this up but it’s a decent discount if something catches your fancy. This dress is a total keeper for me and I definitely recommend trying it on for size when you get the chance.



  1. Christine
    April 4, 2013 / 4:38 am

    I love the dress Jess! I like how you paired it with a white blazer, I would probably do the same as well. As you said, the length is good for work and the stripes are fun for play. I love how it has pockets too, I go crazy for pockets. Definitely picking this up next Wednesday!

  2. Always Maylee
    April 4, 2013 / 1:51 pm

    I love this dress on you, it fits perfectly! I like it with the added belt, so cute. I'm sure you've probably already said this, but how tall are you?xo, Yi-chiaAlways Maylee

  3. Stylish Petite
    April 4, 2013 / 3:53 pm

    Yay! So happy this dress worked out for both of us. It's so adorable and looks way better in person than online. Thank goodness you didn't buy the F21 version – glad you listened. lol

  4. Jess L
    April 5, 2013 / 1:17 am

    Thanks Christine! I can't wait to see it on you if you get a chance to order it. I really wish they would carry more petites in stores. My local store has a pitiful petites selection and I have to go to the city for the good stuff. I much prefer shopping online though. 🙂

  5. Jess L
    April 5, 2013 / 1:19 am

    Thanks Yi-chia! I was happy the belt worked out even though the (F21) dress did not. Cute belts are essential.I'm 5' 2 1/4". 🙂

  6. Jess L
    April 5, 2013 / 1:20 am

    Thanks Annie! <3 Agreed. I was worried the neckline would be too low like the model in the stock picture but the petite version fits perfectly! Thanks for the advice. One less F21 return I have to worry about!

  7. Christy
    April 6, 2013 / 5:26 am

    That is a super cute dress! Perfect for spring/summer wear. I love how it looks a bit high-waisted and looks very flattering with that belt. Great find! I may have to swing by Banana this wednesday now 🙂 Thanks for sharing!ChristySunny with a side of…

  8. Samantha
    April 8, 2013 / 3:55 am

    SO pretty!! I love the dress on you!! and how versatile it is..Also love how you paired it with a white it a brighter look for spring!!

  9. Jess L
    April 8, 2013 / 5:05 am

    Thanks Christy! It's my pleasure. I hope you find it in store and I'm sure you'll look amazing! Your blog seems so sweet and I can't wait to read it in more detail.

  10. Jess L
    April 8, 2013 / 5:05 am

    Thanks so much, Yvonne! <3

  11. Jess L
    April 8, 2013 / 5:08 am

    Aww Thanks Samantha! It's supposed to be spring here but why is it still so chilly? lol I can't wait to wear this dress out.

  12. Yvonne Huynh
    April 11, 2013 / 2:58 am

    i love the white blazer with this dress jess! that would be my outfit for work since I get so cold easily at work! hope ur doing well ! see u on instagram 🙂

  13. Jess L
    April 11, 2013 / 3:35 am

    Thanks Yvonne! I think you should try it on! 🙂 My office blasts the A/C so I'm always shivering and having goosebumps in the spring/summer.

  14. Nici
    April 18, 2013 / 6:55 pm

    This dress looks so good on you! Like it!Nici

  15. LC
    April 19, 2013 / 5:07 am

    Love it! But I'm afraid it's a lil too low cut for me!

  16. linh ly
    April 21, 2013 / 4:12 am

    yay! i finally found my way on here and following you! I love this dress on you. it fits like a gem!

  17. Jess L
    April 23, 2013 / 1:39 am

    Thanks so much Linh! <3 The weather has been chilly lately but I plan to wear this dress out the next time it warms up.

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