Banana Republic x Issa

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banana republic dress, banana republic issa collaboration, kate middleton engagement dress, kate middleton issa, gap canada straw fedora, h&m bag, diane von furstenberg suede pumps, brooklyn designs necklace, lia sophia ring, pandora ring, loose braid, ombre hair, braid, summer style, casual chic, casual summer style, to vogue or bust, vancouver style blog, vancouver fashion blog, vancouver fashion, canadian fashion blog, fashion in vancouver, alexandra grant
banana republic dress, banana republic issa collaboration, kate middleton engagement dress, kate middleton issa, gap canada straw fedora, h&m bag, diane von furstenberg suede pumps, brooklyn designs necklace, lia sophia ring, pandora ring, loose braid, ombre hair, braid, summer style, casual chic, casual summer style, to vogue or bust, vancouver style blog, vancouver fashion blog, vancouver fashion, canadian fashion blog, fashion in vancouver, alexandra grant
banana republic dress, banana republic issa collaboration, kate middleton engagement dress, kate middleton issa, gap canada straw fedora, h&m bag, diane von furstenberg suede pumps, brooklyn designs necklace, lia sophia ring, pandora ring, loose braid, ombre hair, braid, summer style, casual chic, casual summer style, to vogue or bust, vancouver style blog, vancouver fashion blog, vancouver fashion, canadian fashion blog, fashion in vancouver, alexandra grant
banana republic dress, banana republic issa collaboration, kate middleton engagement dress, kate middleton issa, gap canada straw fedora, h&m bag, diane von furstenberg suede pumps, brooklyn designs necklace, lia sophia ring, pandora ring, loose braid, ombre hair, braid, summer style, casual chic, casual summer style, to vogue or bust, vancouver style blog, vancouver fashion blog, vancouver fashion, canadian fashion blog, fashion in vancouver, alexandra grant
banana republic dress, banana republic issa collaboration, kate middleton engagement dress, kate middleton issa, gap canada straw fedora, h&m bag, diane von furstenberg suede pumps, brooklyn designs necklace, lia sophia ring, pandora ring, loose braid, ombre hair, braid, summer style, casual chic, casual summer style, to vogue or bust, vancouver style blog, vancouver fashion blog, vancouver fashion, canadian fashion blog, fashion in vancouver, alexandra grant
Dress c/o Banana Republic, DVF heels, H&M bag, hat c/o Gap Canada,

You’d have to be living under a rock to not be familiar with the famous Issa dress Kate Middleton wore  for her engagement announcement – the sapphire blue number immediately sold out everywhere, spurring a gazillion copycats. If any of you fell in love but missed out on a chance to scare the original, then you’re in luck…Banana Republic and Issa recently collaborated on a beautiful line including the famed dress, which I was lucky enough to receive pre-launch! You can see some of the pieces on Refinery29 here.
I decided to mix mine up a bit from the new mama’s polished take on it: a straw hat and loose braid gave it a summer-apropos casual vibe, tying the bow in the back lends more of a peasanty vibe and a pop of fuchsia gives it an air of playfulness. Definitely comfortable but slightly more elevated than the uniform I detailed yesterday.
On another note, it’s a very special guy’s birthday today – my boyfriend Matt’s turning the big 2-6 today!!! We’ve somehow wound up spending a fifth of our lives together and I’m very grateful to have such an equally weird, wonderful person in my life. Wish the boy a happy birthday!

17 Comments

  1. 7.30.13
    Kimberly said:

    What a gorgeous & classic look – love everything about this!!

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

  2. 7.30.13
    Annick said:

    I'm SO excited about this collaboration! Can't wait to see the line in full!

    You look great in that dress Alexandra – it seems like the perfect little black dress for a night out, but great for the office as well!

    Happy Birthday to Matt! Hope he has a great day!

    Bold Subtlety

  3. 7.30.13

    That's such a cool dress – and I love how you've styled it. I want one!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

  4. 7.30.13
    Emily said:

    That dress looks amazing on you and I love the way you styled it! You always do the best at picking out just the right accessories to compliment your outfits.

  5. 7.30.13

    so chic and love those bright heels! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

  6. 7.30.13

    This dress looks amazing on you, love that you took it and dressed it down with the fedora and side braid. It looks incredibly comfortable as well! Happy birthday to your man!
    xJennaD

  7. 7.30.13

    I have to check out the line at BR! That dress is gorgeous!

  8. 7.30.13

    How chic, I love this dress.

  9. 7.30.13

    That's a great summer dress! Love how you accessorized it 🙂

    xoxo

    http://lalageorgia.blogspot.ca/

  10. 7.30.13

    Love the dress. I am really liking the collection from what I have seen so far!
    xo Emma
    http://strollingthecityinheels.com

  11. 7.30.13
    Neshel G said:

    One can never have enough fabulous LBDs in their wardrobe! I love the kimono sleeves on this dress. And the cut and shape is very flattering. And I particularly like your dainty, delicate jewelry.

    Wardrobe on Wheels

  12. 7.30.13
    Stefani said:

    That dress looks great on you! So chic!
    xx

  13. 7.30.13
    Emma said:

    I love those types of hats because they're both masculine and feminine!
    emmastyleguide.blogspot.com

  14. 7.31.13
    t said:
  15. 7.31.13

    Love the dress!! I can't wait for it to hit stores soon!

  16. 7.31.13
    amuseume said:

    This wrap dress is perfect! It cuts so well to create an effortlessly flattering shape. The braid is so cute, makes me wish my hair was long enough to do that too!

    -Laina
    http://www.amuseume.wordpress.com

  17. 8.5.13
    Carmen D said:

    I like the simple necklace you chose with this gorgeous dress. Great choice for summer heat. It's not unlike the types of jewels you might see the Duchess herself wear.

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