Hey guys, I’m back with a reader request for Banana Republic dressing room selfies! I focused on work wear but lots of these outfits can pull double-duty at spring parties, church, anytime you need to look a little polished. I also included some outfits that combine work wear + casual because versatility is key.
Just like the Loft dressing room selfies, Banana has a strong blazer game going on right now and some funky surprises as well. Even better? Most of it’s on sale!
Note: This is not a sponsored post, just my opinions on Banana Republic’s fit and style. Also, pretend that I’m smiling – I forgot. Again.
Banana Republic Work Skirts & Dresses
This structured tank is so pretty – it’s crisp white cotton so the peplum ruffle really keeps its shape and dips lower in the back (like an itty bitty wedding dress train, kinda?) Busty/inverted triangle types: this doesn’t have much stretch – I sized up but the chest was still too tight to be decent – and nope, it’s not cold in the dressing room, those are bust darts! I tried it with a bright coral crossover pencil skirt to bring the spring color even though the black version is my comfort zone- the skirt was comfortable and heavier weight two-way stretch material- highly recommend.
I didn’t want to take the peplum off yet (and none of the other million tops in the dressing room went with it!), so I tried it with a pretty, flowy floral midi skirt. The wide waistband is so comfy and the full skirt was so feminine – IRL I’d pair it with a moto-type blazer (leather?) and stripes a la Kate Spade’s latest campaign.
ponte fit & flare dress on sale! (size 6)
This dress was so comfortable and…. it has POCKETS!! Fit & flare isn’t just for body types that need to balance top and bottom proportions, it’s the kind of magic bullet that looks good on everyone. This one’s a thick ponte kit and makes a great work/event/date night dress on the less busty model. Chestier friends – nsfw, save it for date nights & cocktail parties! (Or try S’s go-to fix and wear a turtleneck?)
The flouncy bottom and interesting shoulder lines drew me to this dress immediately. The good? Comes in some daring, poppy colors like chartreuse (surprisingly pretty) and red, plus stand-bys like my fave, navy. Not so good? I’m about 2 seconds from passing out and had to take the shot really fast – and it wasn’t even zipped up all the way. D’oh. Really tight in the upper body and under-bust/waist area and no real stretch, I felt very sausage-y. BUT – this would look so cute on petite types or those smaller through the shoulders & bust.
The black & white patterned dress was really cool, heavyweight textured and had a flippy skirt so I tried it on for fun. This one? Also really tight in upper body/through the waist but again, would be awesome on petites. I tried it with the Frye Veronica Shorties (Why am I so late to the party?? I want to wear these forever-ever. So soft, perfectly slouchy, wear-all-day comfy.) I wore that day for an off-duty look – I think it works.
Banana Republic Work Pants & Blazers
Note: The store I visited didn’t have a petite section (ah know! outrageous) so pants look a little off since the knee’s too low for my short legs – I got a good idea of the pants’ rise & fit though so I found lots of similar styles in the boutique below.
I had heard only good things about Banana’s Sloan pants and they seriously lived up to their reputation of perfection. These weren’t even a petite size but fit like a glove! I tried on a wilder pattern than I’d usually pick, and in go-to neutrals or a bright red, these would be a workhorse in your closet year round. The navy wool jacket was heavier weight and textured, a little boxier than the J.Crew hacking jackets from a few years ago. Cute contrasting gray flannel under the collar when you pop it.
I fell in love with some casual pieces at Banana, so thought I’d show them with versatile dressier pieces. This blazer. Right? The lapels and collar are so unique – modern, streamlined and painfully cool. The long lapels, open front and longer length create one long, lean line – it’s very slimming and perfectly drapey, like a deconstructed tuxedo jacket. I can see this working on lots of body types, but my inverted triangle buddies – this one’s made for us! I paired it with an on-trend and gorgeous floaty white peasant blouse – the delicate little details that you can see below really make the blouse. It’s a silky crepe fabric so easily dressed up, but just as perfect with jeans & moto boots. The gray ankle skinnies were really stretchy & comfy, if these were petite-sized, they look much better. (Here’s a great alternative gray high-waist skinny since the on-sale one’s I’m wearing have lots of petite & tall sizes left but limited regular length).
Check out the intricate sheer lines, they make the peasant blouse so unique. Here’s the lightweight wool one-button blazer from earlier with the same outfit for a more traditional work look (minus the jeans).
So I forgot to grab a cami to go with the very sheer top (sorry, Ma) but at least I wore a pretty bra? Definitely wear an underlayer for work! Super comfortable silky dot shirt with sweet rounded collar; didn’t gap in the front when buttoned! It also comes in white – black looked more dangerous though. I popped on the jacquard blazer for fun – it’s definitely an outfit-maker! Same heavy-weight cotton tapestry type material as the mini dress.
Versatile Banana Republic Picks