I’ve been a fan of Marimekko since I first saw some dresses in a shop in Sweden many years ago. It was love at first sight. A Finnish company, Marimekko has been printing their designs and creating clothing since 1951. I feel a little bad for anyone who has had to listen to me talk about how many of their prints started as paper and paint spread out on the floor on a canvas and then converted into a repeating print on fabric…and the subsequent stories of the inspiration behind the art. So you can imagine what happened when I heard about the Banana Republic Marimekko Collection; my excitement was overflowing. To be honest, the collection doesn’t even really come close to what I think Marimekko can really bring to the table, but I am still so happy to be hanging out in my first Marimekko dress. And, of course, I couldn’t show the dress without sharing the creator’s inspiration behind the fabric print, known as: Siirtolapuutarha.
A flower blooms from the grey concrete. A morsel of nature in the urban jungle.
Strolling the streets of the city, Maija Louekari marvels at the tiny gardens tucked into the nooks of urban life. Siirtolapuutarha is Finnish for “allotment,” which refers to the community gardens allotted to city dwellers.”
Swoon. I’m merry in Marimekko.
Dress: Marimekko for Banana Republic ($100 marked down from $130, used a coupon)
Shoes: DSW ($5 marked down from approx $75)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack ($5 marked down from approx $20)
Cuff: Hermes (gift)
1) I have liked many collaborations between designers and bigger retail stores. The price point is generally more affordable than designer originals and the quality can still be quite good, depending on the retail store. Some of the collections, including this one, in my opinion, doesn’t really get at the heart of the designer, but still makes the clothing more accessible than it would be otherwise. Another way to snag a designer you love is, of course, via resale, or via online shopping. Marimekko’s US website has a pretty decent sale section, but I’ve found you need to check somewhat regularly to find pieces you are eyeing because their collections are fairly small. If you’re shopping a retail collection/collaboration, get online early. I got this dress the morning the collection was available, and by 6 am, it was the last blue dress I could find on the Banana Republic website.
2) Maxi dresses at work. I think it can be done, but I’m going to need to think this one through! I’m thinking of adding a short sleeve blazer or a cardigan and wearing the dress to work. I’ll post it when I do style it for work. My other idea is wearing it in fall with a long cozy sweater.
Anyone else have any ideas for styling this dress for work? I’d love your tips!! Thanks so much for stopping by, readers. I appreciate it so much!