Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo – A Full Report (With #DressingRoomSelfies)

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It didn’t take me long to wander on in to Banana Republic after I found out about the BR x Olivia Palermo collection. She’s impossibly chic (almost annoyingly so, ha)…and has such a fantastic way of mixing classic, preppy pieces in unexpected and fresh ways.

I was intrigued about the fact that they called this a capsule collection. Always drawn to the idea of a simplified wardrobe, I was more than game to give the collection a test run to see if I could actually see myself wearing these pieces on a regular basis.

I headed into not one, but two local BR stores and literally picked out every single piece available in my size…then headed to the dressing room. My aim was to find the most wearable pieces – ones that could easily be styled with the majority of the collection, but also ones that could easily be worked into my current closet line-up.

The Skirt

I started with the Bias-Cut Skirt.

It’s not something I would usually reach for, because it looks too fancy-shmancy for Mrs. Mom over here. I decided to give it a go anyways…

br x op

I first tried it with the Cable-knit Turtleneck Sweater w/ Lace Accents. Pretty, simple and easy. I had worn my oxfords into the store and, actually, I would wear them with this outfit.

bias cut skirt

I thought the navy version of the sweater would be even better, actually…because it matched the deep color of the skirt. This combo ended up being my favorite.

& then I threw the Asymmetrical Trench Coat over it all…

belt with trench coat

…& topped it with the Wide Pieced Brocade Belt. So OP, amiright?

I just needed the lace-up oxfords to really finish it all. I like the snake-skin pair, but you may prefer the black.

Now, let’s talk about an epic top.

tiered bell sleeve top

This Tiered Bell-Sleeve Top is such a good statement, with the layers of pleats and bell-sleeves. I loved it with the skirt, but could also easily wear it with my favorite boyfriend jeans…and these leopard print Triple-Bow Flat. mmm hmmm. That’s an outfit right there.

FYI: This top is a heavier one, so I’d only wear it during the cooler months, when there’s a definite chill in the air.

bias cut strappy tunic

I liked the idea of the Bias-Cut Strappy Tunic and the skirt together. They both draped so nicely and could be a good look for date night (or the very occasional event).

I liked it and it would look awesome with these Strap Kitten Heels, but I still felt like it all needed something just a bit more…

silky skirt and tank

So I added the Skinny Silk Buttoned Scarf. Perfect.

You may also notice that I knotted the tunic to the side. Cute, but I like it better undone. I thought it was supposed to be tied…but no. ha.

After trying it with all of the above, I discovered that I would actually wear this skirt…and quite frequently.  It was very possible to “tone it down” with a pullover, a pair of oxfords etc.

The Pants

Easily one of my favorites from this collection. The Lace-up Flare Pant  was something I immediately grabbed, thinking I could definitely wear it with the majority of sweaters I have in my closet.

flare trousers

I tried the Cable Knit Sweater (in Navy) for a monochromatic look and yeh, totally.

tiered bell sleeve top with flare trousers

I then went back the Tiered Bell-Sleeve Top for a more funky-fun look.


casual work wear

It did not disappoint! Not one bit.

Notice: the black top compliments the black tuxedo stripe down the sides of the pant. Nice.

fun work wear

Now, moving onto an equally interesting and fun top…I tried on this Pleated Bell-Sleeve Top in Gold Lichen.

pleated bell sleeve top

Loved it with the pants, but could also see wearing it with the Ryan-fit Tuxedo Stripe Pant or even just a pair of my jeans.

I really liked it with my oxfords, by the way.

gold lichen pleated bell sleeve top

I wanted to see the pant with a lighter color up top, so I grabbed the Ivory Cable-Knit Turtleneck again…and threw it on over. It’s a nice Fall combo, right?! Love the burgundy color peeking out underneath.

ivory sweater with navy pants

Looking at this now, again…I should have untied the tank underneath. I would have liked it better if there was a drapey layer under the sweater. 

Now, I HAD to try on some of the outerwear, because they all seemed like pieces that could really elevate an everyday outfit.

I started with the epic Long Military Coat.

long red military coat

Wow.

I mean, if you’re up for making a statement this coming Winter, this is your coat.

wearing olivia polermo red military coat

& then a shorter, slightly more understated option with the Belted Military Jacket

navy military jacket

I tried it over the Cable-Knit Turtleneck

navy jacket and pants

& then the Tiered Bell-Sleeve Top.

Both would look fantastic with my Louise et Cie Lace-up Loafer.

The Dresses

I was excited to try on the longer dresses…and was really happy that I got the chance to try on both of the styles I had my eye on online.

First up, this Pleated Off-the Shoulder Maxi Dress.

pleated off the shoulder maxi dress

I felt incredible in this dress. It laid perfectly and the length was actually perfect (which is crazy with my 5’10 stature).

I would wear this Crisscross High Heel Sandal for a more dressy affair and then these Pointed-Toe Robin Ballet flats (in the gold, probably) for a day-to-day look.

brocade chunky belt

This Wide Brocade Waist Belt had to come out and play…and yesssss. It looked amazing over the maxi.

The bits of gold in the belt would accent the gold flats so nicely. I was totally sold on this outfit. LOVED EET.

utility jacket with maxi dress

I had a little more fun with this dress and took it to very casual town with the Bell-Sleeve Surplus Jacket (also available in Seaweed). With the Robin Ballet Flat (in Camel), this would be a great weekender look, don’t you think?

Now, dress #2…

paisley tie neck dress

Aaaaaa. So boho-chic. The Paisley Tie-neck Dress was at the top of my list for try-ons, because I could really envision wearing it every other day. I’d just switch out the footwear and outerwear here-and-there, for a bit of a different look.

wrap belt with midi dress

Also, this Skinny Triple-Wrap Belt is a real winner wrapped around waist of the dress, just above the ruffle.

wrap belt with dress

Yep. I think it actually finished the look…giving it a more refined look by defining the waist.

I’d really like to see this outfit with the Round Block Heel Bootie.

asymmetrical trench coat

I couldn’t finish the dressing room sesh without trying on the Asymmetrical Trench Coat again, because who doesn’t love a classic trench?…and it’s a cool update to a classic must-have.

 

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All in all, I was really happy with the four capsule pieces I tried on. They were easily styled with everything else that I pulled from the collection…and I was able to see how they definitely could get a lady through the Fall & Winter seasons. Nice job, OP.

Can we expect a new collection for Spring then?

Cheers,

Cams

Find me on Instagram (@camilledipaola) for more day-to-day shenanigans.

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4 Comments

    • I bought a super cute top that was work appropriate, but because it had ties and bell sleeves, I just couldn’t deal. It would get in the way of using my computer mouse and would drive me crazy. And for the cold-shoulder looks… some can work, but I just get cold!

      • Ha, agree with you on both! Never understood the idea of a cozy sweater with giant holes in the shoulder or sleeves so long they end up dunking into your breakfast lunch and dinner.

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