Banana Republic is typically known for their more mature, professional clothing, but recently they’ve really upped their edge and are releasing a lot more fun, feminine clothes and accessories. In particular, I’m loving their quasi-neon stuff — what great pops of color and personality against a very polished outfit! Here are some of my favs.
I’ve been hearing lately that Emerald green is the “color of the year” — whatever that means…Anyway, I have to just say, I’ve always loved Emerald/pine green. It is such a rich, saturated color and perfect with gold accessories (which you know I love). I rarely see clothes in that perfect saturated green shade though. However, just a couple days ago I went to the Banana Republic site for some reason, despite not having thoroughly browsed in a while. On the homepage was a model wearing the most beautiful green blouse with this stunningly simple, long gold pendant necklace. Kind of horsebit-icon-ish, which reminded me of Gucci. The blouse had the perfect shade of green, perfect casual/loose/effortless fit, and the gold necklace matched so well with it. I was so in love yet immediately disappointed to find that color had sold out in all sizes. I dragged myself down to the local Banana Republic store and asked around — the color was sold out everywhere. I resigned myself to constantly checking the site to see if any randomly pop up in my size. Luckily, I snagged one yesterday! The normal stock photo below really doesn’t do it justice.
The Navy is currently on sale for $59.99. If the Pine Green comes and is as amazing as I think it’ll be, I’m definitely ordering this in all the colors (white, navy, black). I think they’d all look great with the gold pendant necklace below. Get it here from Banana Republic for $79.99.
Love this outfit. It feels so high end and somehow very Hermes. The graphic print on this top is very rich and quite flattering, prone to hide any bumps. Great looking drape and perfect tucked in or belted. Paired with a white skirt or white jeans/pants, add a pop of color via orange leather belt, and it’s an inherently very high-end look. I love it and will be on the hunt for the perfect skinny orange pebble leather belt to complete this outfit! Get it here from Banana Republic for only $49.50.
I didn’t even think of wearing scarves until a couple of years ago. I went through a phase where I fell in love with Love Quotes scarves and started collecting them. I found that when I threw on a scarf, I looked instantly more dressed up. There was one time I wore just jeans with a normal black coat, threw on a red scarf, and everyone at work was like “why are you so dressed up today?” I thought, “really? I didn’t even do anything besides wear this scarf…” So, now I own a ton of scarves. They’re such a great accessory, and especially seasonally-appropriate for the upcoming cold months. Here are some of my current favs:
Not only do I love plaid shirts, I love plaid scarves. They just look so cozy and wintry/holiday-y for Fall/Winter. Reminds me of winter nights at a log cabin by a fire. Mmmm….Not every plaid is cute though. Most are boring. I love this color combination here — deep red and green with dashes of yellow. Not to mention the sparkles! Too fun. So perfect for holidays. Get it here from Macy’s for $58.
Who knew Lord & Taylor could produce such cuteness? This reminds me of a wool tartan wool mini skirt from J.Crew a few years ago. Tartan plaid is one of my favorite patterns in the world — and I’m particularly a fan of white-based plaid. So cute, so chic, so cozy. Get it here from Lord & Taylor for $39.99.
Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot more of these “infinity” or “loop” scarves. They’re brilliant. How many of us struggle to make our scarves look perfectly fluffy and casual on us? It may look nice in the mirror at home but sure won’t stay that way all day. There are videos online of how to tie a scarf because it’s such an issue. I usually just put them on backwards then pull the two ends to the front, which then just flap all about if there’s any wind. Now these “infinity” scarves are easy to just pop on and they’re already pre-fluffy and effortlessly chic — and sure to stay that way all day. This one is classic with a twist — not just navy, not just striped, but variations of them with a touch of nautical chic. Love. Get it here from Banana Republic for $49.50.
The other “loop” scarf I found that I like. Grey and yellow is not a common color combo, but grey with any bold or cheery colors is quickly becoming a trend I love. The variations in thickness of the lines also adds some visual interest. Get it here from Ann Taylor Loft for $34.50.