Product Review: Banana Republic Sloan Sheath Dress

I had been eyeing the Sloan Sheath Dress for a while, and decided to splurge and buy it yesterday. I am not disappointed. At $140, it is not a dress you just buy on a whim. I avoided trying it on for months, but as soon as I did, I was sold. Never have I tried on a dress that is so figure flattering. In a thick fabric with 5% spandex, the dress hugs your body and moves with you without losing its structure. The length hits me just above the knee, making it ideal for work or interviews. It is a versatile dress than can be worn from desk to dinner, which helps justify the price.

The dress comes in regular, petite, and tall sizes. Regular sizes are available in 0-16, and come in black or red-orange. Petite sizes can be purchased in 00-14, and come in black or hot-pink. Tall sizes are only available in sizes 2-16 in black. Some reviews say the dress runs small, but myself and the majority of others believe that it is true to size. To be safe, go in store and try it on before purchasing.

The only negative to this dress is that it is dry clean only. While this is slightly inconvenient, the dress is not something I will be wearing everyday, so the extra care should not be a problem. Overall, I think the Sloan Sheath Dress is a great addition to any young woman’s wardrobe.

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From Desk to Dinner

It’s Friday night and you have a date after work. There is no way that you have enough time to go home and change, and you’d rather not wrinkle your top by stuffing it in a bag. Solution: wear something versatile! Pairing work-wear with more casual elements is a great way to extend your wardrobe and get more use out of each item.

Blazers, dresses, tailored pants, a nice blouse: none of these items are work specific. Pairing work-wear with casual-wear is a great way to achieve the balance you are looking for when going out after work, whether for dinner, the movies, or drinks with friends. You don’t want to look like you are trying too hard, but you want to avoid looking like a slob. Instead of going to the movies in that oversized sweatshirt yet again, dress up your jeans with something more formal and sleek.

Wearing a blazer, black slacks, and a blouse to work today? Trade out the slacks for dark skinny jeans, add a bit of jewelry and lipstick, and you’re set!

Wearing a dress? Add some fun, colorful accessories and a cute heel.

Lauren Conrad gives advice to her readers in her article about dressing for work and night. She suggests starting with a basic canvas and changing out accessories and layering pieces at the end of your shift. Accessories are small and easy to bring along, plus you don’t have to worry about them wrinkling.

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I made very simple changes in the above example. For work, wear a blazer and heels with a pearl necklace.  To make the look more casual for after work, switch the blazer out for a cardigan, change into flats, and add a scarf. All of these accessories are easy to transport, plus you do not need to worry about finding a place to change.