You know those dresses that are so amazing that they almost flatter every body type? Well, the Banana Republic Roland Mouret dress isn't one of them. The community here was abuzz about the collaboration between Roland Mouret and Banana Republic. Something remotely like Roland Mouret at low prices is super exciting.
We first reported the Banana Republic and Roland Mouret collaboration in the comments of this Roland Mouret announcement. Banana Republic's version of Roland Mouret was very frugally priced. Since regular RM normally costs thousands of dollars, this was exciting news.
I immediately ordered what I considered to be the prettiest dress, the only dress that was in a bright color.
Looking at the lookbook (first picture) and the sale page (second picture), it looks as if the dresses are completely different. The pictures from the lookbook depict clothing that are much more form-fitting.
About a week later, I received the dress...
The dress is constructed in Sloan cloth, a signature Banana Republic fabric. It is moderately thick and somewhat stretchy. From mid-waist to bust, it is double-layered. From mid-waist and below, it is an unlined single layer. The bust area was very fitted, while the waist and hip area were roomy. In my opinion, the tailoring was slightly above average. The fabric from waist down was unimpressive, and the dress offered very little to no shaping. Based on the lookbook, I had much higher expectations.
But, it's not all bad news; I don't want to be unfair. I'm used to amazing Herve Leger dresses, and my mind is inevitably comparing it to dresses that retail over $1000. Of course a Herve Leger dress is 10x better, but this dress also retails around $150. If I still had a job that required office attire, I would probably keep the dress. It fits well enough, looks polished, and $150 is a very fair price for the item. But, don't expect it to blow your socks off like an original Roland Mouret or Herve Leger dress would.
These dresses ran very true to size; you can reliably use the Banana Republic sizing chart. For reference, the one modeled here is a size 0 regular on a 5 foot 5 inch frame. I had also purchased the size 0 petite to try as well. The 0 petite dress was only slightly smaller; the top bodice area had roughly the same dimensions and tailoring, but the bottom skirt was a few inches shorter.
Hope you enjoyed my personal review. Check out other reviews from the Lollipuff community in the comments of the Roland Mouret article.