Milly Maxi

Milly has long been one of my favorite dress designers. When I first started “Renting the Runway” back in 2009 for formals, semi-formals, and other events in college, they would almost always be Milly. Maybe it’s because most of her dresses have some sort of girly detail like bows or shimmer!

I was so excited when I found out that Milly was collaborating with Banana Republic for a line earlier this spring. I actually got to go to the preview the night before the pieces went on sale and fell in love with just about everything. The next morning, I got up nice and early to place my order before most people were awake. (Remember this dress?)

I hadn’t gotten a chance to wear this maxi yet in New York, but I knew it would be absolutely perfect for dinner in Florida a few weeks ago. We ate at Baleen at La Playa and were right on the water for the sunset. Insanely gorgeous!

Milly for Banana Republic Dress (on sale!) | JustFab Sandals | Samantha Faye Pineapple Necklace | Sequin Lattice Bangle | Sequin White Enamel Bangle | Essie ‘Naughty Nautical’ | Urban Outfitters Rings

Photos: Ellen Landgren (Check out her human-like pups here!)

Fun Fact: I had a hamster in 1st grade and her name was Milly. 😉

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  1. 8.6.13
    Kimberly commented:

    These pictures of you are gorgeous – love the fun printed dress & the beachy waves 🙂

  2. 8.6.13

    This dress is gorgeous! Perfect for dinner right on the beach in Florida. Loving your beachy waves too!

  3. 8.6.13
    Rachelle commented:

    You look gorgeous in that dress, so pretty.


  4. 8.6.13
    Tiffany Elam commented:

    Milly is amazing!


  5. 8.6.13
    WE commented:

    I love that BR dress. Been eyeing it for a while convinced me to get it :).

  6. 8.6.13
    Code Overdressed commented:

    Gorgeous pictures! The dress is so beautiful, it makes a lovely beach dress.

    Cee. ♥
    Code Overdressed

  7. 8.6.13
    Stacey commented:

    What a gorgeous dress and beautiful pictures at the beach!


    Five Minute Style 

  8. 8.6.13
    toniegirl commented:

    I love BR collaborations! The Issa London (think Kate Middleton) collaboration hits stores this Thursday 🙂

    • 8.6.13
      Jessica Sturdy commented:

      Yessss and I can’t freaking wait! xx

  9. 8.6.13
    Kayla commented:

    You look stunning!! Ohh my gosh gorgeous Jessica!!


  10. 8.6.13

    Love this dress! And I’m really loving the fact that it’s on sale now 😉


  11. 8.6.13
    Lauren commented:

    These photos are simply stunning. You look so gorgeous in this printed maxi!

  12. 8.6.13
    Tiffany commented:

    Love the beachy waves, did you use a certain product?

    • 8.6.13
      Jessica Sturdy commented:

      Thanks Tiffany! I actually styled my hair like I normally do even though it looks different. Honestly, I think it was just being on the beach that made it look more beachy! Wind + Salt Water Mist from the ocean + A touch of humidity. 🙂

  13. 8.6.13
    stephanie commented:

    The dress is great!
    xx Stephanie (

  14. 8.6.13
    Olivia commented:

    I love everything from the Milly/Banana Republic collaboration! The colors and prints are all perfect for summer, and this maxi is no exception!

  15. 8.6.13
    Staci commented:

    Color looks great on you! Perfect summer dress


  16. 8.6.13

    beautiful dress on you — the print is lovely! xo

  17. 8.6.13

    Gorgeous print! Such pretty pics too!

    As for hamsters…When I was little, I had two that would fight ALL NIGHT LONG. Eventually one escaped. Never found him. Needless to say…my son doesn’t get any hamsters. HA HA.

    XOXO, Jenn
    The Stylish Housewife

  18. 8.6.13

    This is beautiful!

    Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache

  19. 8.6.13
    Carly commented:

    Great Photos! You look beautiful!


  20. 8.6.13
    Samantha commented:

    I don’t know how but when the Milly collection came out I missed this dress! So glad you posted about it today because now it’s not too late 🙂

  21. 8.6.13
    Chelsea commented:

    This dress is SO pretty on you Jessica! The print is perfect for Summer and the red color is so flattering. I’ve never really looking into Milly but I’m headed to the site ASAP!

    Chelsea & The City

  22. 8.6.13
    Jen commented:

    You look gorgeous in these pics! I have a serious crush on Milly dresses as well and just wore a favorite one to a chicago wedding – featured on the blog.

    I also vacationed to the Naples area recently and am dying to go back.

    Great post Jessica!


  23. 8.6.13
    Ashley commented:

    I just love these shots SO much. Your photog did a FAB job. Looking amaze as usual 🙂 Can’t wait to see you in NY.


    Pursuit of Shoes

  24. 8.6.13
    Kodi commented:

    You look happy — like you’re loving the beach! And that dress is perfect for it. So pretty!
    grey et al

  25. 8.6.13
    Aunt Anne commented:

    Gorgeous! The color is fabulous & your hair looks amazing! Great job w/the photos…lighting is perfect! Forgot about Milly! Thinking you may have been inspired by 41’s dog. Remember you telling me when you were about 3 that I lived near Barnara &
    Milly! Way ahead on your current events! 😉

  26. 8.6.13
    Marissa commented:

    SUCH a pretty dress – the colors look gorg on you with that sunkissed skin! xxx

  27. 8.7.13
    Kelly commented:

    You look gorgeous, Jessica! I loveeeee that maxi on you… And I share that love for Milly, too! (Thanks to you, I was able to score the elephant shorts! Thanks! hehe)



  28. 8.7.13
    meg commented:

    That color looks amazing on you!

  29. 8.7.13
    petal and plume commented:

    you look absolutely flawless, beautiful lady!

  30. 8.8.13
    AJ commented:

    Beautiful dress! Love the sandals as well. Perfect beach night look!


  31. 8.29.14
    Katie commented:

    LOVE this dress! It’s AMAZING! xox – Katie –