Striped Trench Dress: Styled 2 Ways

When I see a dress that has all the classic elements that I love, and that I know will do double-duty, I know it's a keeper. This striped trench dress from Banana Republic has become an immediate favorite of mine for these reasons. I just adore it! It's a fresh, modern take on the traditional striped dress: the variated stripes that give the illusion of a chevron pattern, the double-breasted trench styling, the self-tie belt, the side pockets. It's lovely and ladylike and transitions nicely from the office to after-hours with only a few key style changes.

In this post, I'll be showing you how to style this dress two ways: one that's dressy, polished, and suitable for the office or Sunday brunch, and another that is more business-casual and ideal for the weekend or a night out on the town.

This first look is sleek, polished, and definitely on the dressier side. Here, I'm letting the dress speak for itself and serve as the focal point of the entire outfit. The alternating stripes are such a fun take on a traditional, striped dress and keep it interesting. The hidden-button closure of the dress keeps the lines clean and sleek, which is a really nice touch, too. A simple tie of the waist belt, and you're set. The matching belt cinches the waist nicely and the skirt portion of the dress gently flares out into a flattering A-line silhouette. And I can't forget the side-seam pockets: love, love, love them. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: dresses with pockets are my favorite! 

To keep with the modern-classic theme, I've added a rich cognac saddle bag and a pair of nude patent pumps. The nude pumps don't compete with the dress and also have the added benefit of lengthening the leg line. Sometimes simple is best, and these accessories are both simple yet elegant. If you need more coverage for a conservative office environment or just a chilly day, add a navy cardigan or blazer and you're office- or luncheon-ready.

This second look is more casual, fun and slightly unexpected. Here I had fun taking liberties in styling this dress as a vest. This is a great way to get more mileage out of your favorite dresses, ladies! Remember I said I'm drawn to pieces that can do double-duty? This is a perfect example. The trick is to use a button-down shirt dress or trench dress, like this one, that can be worn open and layered. If the dress has a tie-belt, just slightly cinch and tie it at the back. You want the vest fitted but not overly so; otherwise, it won't drape properly in the front. 

To keep the look dressy-casual, I've styled the dress with a silky, cream shell and dark skinny ankle jeans. The shell is crisp, drapes nicely, and serves as a neutral backdrop for the dress/vest. The dark jeans serve to anchor the look, with the slim, ankle fit also lengthening the legs. The long, openline "vest" also gives the illusion of added height, which is always nice for us petites! To infuse some color and a few extra playful details, I've added a roomy, camel tote and my favorite blush-suede, tassel, high-heeled sandals. For both style offerings I've added a cute and affordable pair of sunglasses and I've kept the jewelry minimal with dainty, gold necklaces and bangles. This look is one I'd wear out to dinner or to a business-casual office/event.

And there you have it -- one dress styled two ways! Which look do you prefer? I hope this post inspires you to re-style some of your own favorite wardrobe pieces and breathe new life into them! Also, if you have any questions on this amazing dress, please let me know and I'll be happy to help. I love it and highly recommend it, plus it's currently on sale for 30% off with no code needed!

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Look 1 (Left):
Striped Trench Dress (00p) // Coach Cognac Satchel - old (similar here, here) //
Nude Patent Pumps // Sunglasses // Gold Choker Necklace - gifted (similar here) //
Earrings - old (similar here) // Gold Bangles - gifted (similar here) // Lipcolor "HD Spark"

Look 2 (Right):
Striped Trench Dress (00p) // LOFT Cream Shell - old (similar here) //
Skinny Ankle Jeans - old (this season's here) // Anne Klein Tote - sold out (similar here, here) //
Gold Choker Necklace - gifted (similar here) // Earrings - old (similar here) // 
Gold Bangles - gifted (similar here) // Lipcolor "HD Spark"

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