I don’t know about you, but I am in desperate need of a LBD (Little Black Dress). There has been more than one occasion where this little number could have saved me some time and angst…ok, maybe not angst, but definitely some creative brainstorming to come up with a suitable, stylish outfit from my sad assortment of mom clothes hogging my closet.
Roland Mouret is my new style hero to the rescue! He created a line for Banana Republic that exudes sophistication, timeless clean lines and a lovely feminine look. Plus, it’s always fun to score designer looks for a fraction of the runway prices.
I was cautiously excited when I woke up yesterday morning because the clothing line would be available in stores. I was feeling the same way when Philip Lim had a line of cool, structured handbags at Target and those sold out in a matter of minutes. I arrived at Target that day last spring late in the afternoon and could not find even one item that had the Philip Lim label. I finally asked and found out from a sales clerk that his clothes and bags had been sold within twenty minutes and there was literally a line of women waiting for the store to open that morning.
That experience haunted me a bit when I hopped online to see sadly that half of Roland’s dresses had sold out by 7:30 a.m. I saw that you could reserve the dresses in stores and the nearest participating one was in Oakbrook- about 35 miles from where we live. I was determined so I reserved the dresses and the girls happily hopped into the car with their breakfast-to-go (Goldfish crackers and bottled water) and we were off.
We were lucky and the Chicagoland traffic was very light despite some areas under construction. We arrived just a few minutes after the store had opened and all was quiet. There were already a few women in dressing rooms looking for the same line that I was there for, but I was happily relieved to see that there weren’t any lines or fighting over sizing. I tried both dresses on and my girls were very complimentary. “Oh, Mommy I like that one. Oh, get that one too.” They were right. Both looked good. I took pictures on my phone and sent them to my husband. ‘Get the black and white one. Very hot.’- he texted back immediately. Hmmm…I bought both and decided to try them on at home. I showed a friend who came over for lunch and she had a great idea to add some red shoes or a pop of color, but alas, she liked both too. Thank you Debbie. 🙂
Which dress would you buy? This? Great for a Christmas party or wedding.
or…this? Vacation or date-night dress. Hmmm…decisions, decisions.
What’s your favorite wardrobe staple for a dressy occasion?
Thank you Banana Republic for your images. FYI-I was not compensated in any way to promote this line. I just love it and wanted to share it with you all.