There’s no getting around it: Banana Republic is in trouble right now. Over on J.Crew Aficionada (lively discussion going on there regarding this!) a community member linked to this Fortune article which gets former designer Marissa Webb’s name wrong (cringeworthy mistake) but gets the facts more or less right — shoppers are staying away after the brand ventured way too far into trendy and forgot all about quality and fit.
I don’t mean to start this post off on a down note, because right now BR is running two great sales: 40% off regular items (code: BRSTYLE; exclusions abound) and an extra 50% off sale, no code required But I do want to warn that the quality is more miss than hit right now at Banana, which is why I’ve assembled some great picks inside from the store that do hit the mark.
Here are some items included in the promotions that you can’t go wrong with:
1 | As I mentioned at the top of the post, Banana Republic’s merino is really nice! And the sleeves are full-length which has been very hard to find this year. I highly recommend the Merino Crew Sweater ($60 + 40% off, top of post)…
2 | As well as the Merino Boyfriend Cardigan ($78 + 40% off)…
3 | And the Extra-Fine Merino Wool Ribbed Cardigan ($98).
4 | The Extra-Fine Merino Wool Scallop Crew Pullover ($68) is excluded from the current promos, but I wanted to mention it too because the scallop-trim neckline is super cute, the fit is great, and the material is fantastic for the price.
5 | Any of those sweaters would look great with the Textured High-Waist Pencil Skirt ($88 + 40% off), which you’ll want to size up in if you’re curvy like me.
6 | The High-Waisted Pencil Skirt ($78 + 40% off) is another great option and I love the vivid royal blue color. Size up in this one too if you’re curvy like me.
7 | The basic oxford shirt gets a lovely feminine touch in the Riley-Fit Asymmetrical Ruffle Placket Shirt ($68 + 40% off).
8 | The Italian Silk Cotton Ribbed Vee Pullover ($78 + 40% off) is somewhere between sweater and top, and has cute contrast cuffs in all of its colors. Don’t forget to use code BRSTYLE for these items above!
9 | The Pleated Dot-Print Dress (now $78 + 50% off) is all-seasons cute, has a great fit, but is final sale.
10 | Size down two sizes and you’ve got a lovely tie-neck top in the Heritage Tie-Neck Silk Blouse (now $75 + 50% off).
11 | The Stripe Aire Yarn Turtleneck Sweater (now $65 + 50% off) comes highly rated and is very similar to a LOFT sweater I own, love, and have worn all the time on extra-chilly days.
12 | A pink shearling moto coat for under $250 before the promo discount? Yes please to the Faux-Shearling Trim Coat (now $228 + 50% off!!!).
13 | The Flannel Side Button Skirt (now $75 + 50% off) just hit sale. This skirt is cute, flattering and a great neutral for winter. I love the navy colorway.
14 | Although the skirt portion is not a-line like the picture leads you to believe (hence all the negative reviews), the Herringbone Flannel Peplum Dress (now $87-$97) actually fits beautifully and the burgundy color is rather stunning.
Have you bought and loved anything recently at Banana Republic? What are you missing there, wishing they’d bring back or change?