Stock up on classics during the last day of Banana Republic’s Reason to Celebrate promo…

The dress shown here sold out before I could get this post up (here’s a similar one),
but the clutch and shoes are still available and up to 50% off.

Banana Republic is running a pretty insane promotion right now — take 50% off one regular price item (code: BRFIFTY), and then 40% off the rest of your purchase (code: BRFORTY). I can’t imagine that their Black Friday promo will be any better than this.

What’s good at Banana right now? Their bags, for one thing. Although this promo’s exclusions says it doesn’t include leather, I noticed that the code is applying just fine to leather handbags and shoes. So the Envelope Shoulder Bag ($138 + up to 50% off) above? It could be yours for under $70.

Inside, some more new classics that are worth a look during this great promo, which ends tonite.

The Melton Wool Fitted Coat ($328) is nearly sold out, but keeps popping back in various sizes.

My eye is firmly fixed on classic items BR’s stocking these days, trying to recapture some of its past glory. (Bring back the Martin pant already!!) The classics are by and large selling out before my eyes, but there are some really great items still in-stock. Take the Italian Cashmere Blend Button-Back Vee ($88), a simple twist on a classic that’s got a great v-neck and a slimming fit in several colors. I also adore the Heritage Tie-Neck Silk Blouse ($118) which has tiny swiss dots on it and a cute tie-neck.

Dresses like the Fit and Flare Bi-Stretch Dress ($118) and Pleat Neck Flannel Dress ($138) promise to be closet staples for years to come. That fit-and-flare dress is amazingly flattering on curves! Either would pair well with a great bag like the Cross-Body Travel Clutch ($158).

The Houndstooth Short Jacket ($228) promises to be a good looking finishing piece to any outfit.

Then there are new classics, items that feel like they belong in our closet but in slightly new designs. The Bow Back Dress ($138) is simple and cute with a delightful twist in the back; the Herringbone Flannel Peplum Dress ($138) is warm and easy to layer.

Those are some of my top items for this promo — are you shopping BR’s Fifty/Forty promo too?

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