Banana Republic Dressing Room Selfies – Work Wear

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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

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white peplum tank on sale! (size 8) |  wrap pencil skirt (size 6)

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.

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white peplum tank on sale! (size 8) |  floral full skirt (size 6)

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.

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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?)

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flounce dress on sale! (size 6) |  jacquard fit & flare dress (size 6)

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. 

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lightweight wool blazer on sale! (size 6) | sloan slim ankle pant  (size 6) | pleat hem tank on sale! (size 6) | navy hacking jacket on sale! (size 6)

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.

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open long blazer (size 6) | embroidered peasant blouse on sale! (size M) | gray distressed skinny ankle jean on sale! (size 6)

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).

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embroidered peasant blouse on sale! (size M) | gray distressed skinny ankle jean on sale! (size 6) | lightweight wool blazer on sale! (size 6)

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).

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dot print sheer blouse on sale! (size M) | gray distressed skinny ankle jean on sale! (size 6) | jacquard blazer (size 6)

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.

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6 Comments

  1. Thanks for this! I am not a BR customer, but you made a strong case for becoming one! I love the open long “rock star” blazer (Well, I love that you called it the rock star blazer as I trained my boys to say that I am a rock star- that’s right, they were two and when people asked what I did for work they would say, “Mom’s a rock star.”)

    And, florals are not my thing- but the idea of that floral skirt with a leather jacket is right up my alley! Love that idea- thoughts on a top to pair with the skirt under the jacket?

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