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A few days ago a coworker was wearing a show-stoppingly cute ensemble, featuring this gorgeous red-based brocade skirt and blazer and this top. All day long as she’d wander by my office on her way to run office errands or talk to someone in a different department, I’d pause and let my eyes go wide and jaw drop. It was that cute on!
Finally on one of her many passes I caught her long enough to ask where she’d gotten such a perfect look. She motioned for me to lean in…and then rather quietly and almost sheepishly, she whispered so low it was practically mouthing, “I got it at Banana Republic!!”
“Whhhhhhhaaaaaaat??!? NO.” I said back. A fellow shopping lover, she and I have often lamented Banana Republic’s tumble after letting Marissa Webb go and their unfortunate struggles with quality. But as my friend clued me in to, BR’s been making huge strides to repair the sucky quality and head into the chic work-ready clothing for the masses they were once quite good at.
Her outfit, as it turns out, is part of the Fall 2017 Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo collection. I have to admit I’ve got a total #girlcrush on Ms. Palermo. Her personal style is somehow modest yet sexy and she effortlessly combines colors and textures in ways that inform and influence my own outfits.
My friend told me the good news that BR’s Fall collection has lots of beautiful pieces, and I’ve got even better news for you — the OP collaboration and BR’s entire Fall collection are 40% off when you spend $200 or more, online only, and you’ll get free 2-3 day shipping! No code required; discount reflects at checkout. I headed over to the store and tried a ton of stuff on. Here’s what I liked.
I’m truly delighted that the Olivia Palermo collection is included in the promotion, because there is a ton of beautiful stuff! There are lots of colors and textures as one would expect from the beautiful orangey-red of the Ruffled-Off-The-Shoulder Dress (now $89, above, I took a 12) which also comes in a silk navy polka-dot version to the modern utility of the Asymmetrical Trench Coat (now $137, I took a medium), there are beautiful tones and body-skimming designs that are so flattering.
I have noticed that BR’s dresses tend to be cut very narrow through the chest and hips these days, and I’m extra plentiful in those areas right now, so I’m often sizing up quite a bit there for ideal fit. I’m mostly a 6-8 in dresses at other places, a 12 or 14 at BR. If you yourself are narrower through the chest, hips and butt then you can likely stick to your true size.
This capsule collection really nails its style and aesthetic and has so much highly wearable stuff! It’s no wonder these accented high-rise cords keep selling out! I also adore this lovely lace-hemmed sweater tunic (I took a M), this lightweight jacket (ditto) and this heavier, more structured jacket (needed a L in this one), and this tiered velvet dress (I took a 10 in this).
You’ll find plenty to love in the rest of BR’s Fall stuff too. There are some classics like the Italian Wool-Blend Peplum-Hem Coat ($268 + 40% off, better in the new army than taupe) and the Water-Resistant Trench Cape ($168 + 40% off) and some you have to see them to believe thems like the Camo Bell-Sleeve Peacoat with Removeable Faux Fur Collar ($248 + 40% off). I also like touches like the animal-print collar on this blouse and the superb fit of work classics like the Windowpane Lightweight Wool Godet-Flounce Sheath Dress ($138 + 40% off) and the same dress in plaid.
From blouses to work outfits to classics or fun, below are my picks for this wonderful 40% off promotion. Have you shopped Banana lately?