If you follow me on Instagram (@shanachristine) you already know that I stopped by Banana Republic on Friday, wanting to check out #thenewBR (their words).
Now, when I do #dressingroomselfies, I have a rule: No shopping for myself. I can go back and buy something after thinking about it for a day or two, but in the thrill of the moment? NO. (I need this rule because this Shopping Enabler enables herself in the WORST WAY.)
Anyway. I broke allll the rules on Friday. I don’t know if it’s due to the fact that the 40% off was calling my name, or if it’s because #thenewBR has managed to hit the perfect note of comfy but sexy in that JCrew-in-the-late-90’s sort of way, but everything reminds me of what I wore in college but better (modernized?) and I’m totally into the #thenewBR.
Swing Back Sweater and OMG THESE SHORTS
Just a cute little sweater from the front…but with a gorgeous open swing back (but not so open that you can’t wear a bra) – see the top pic in the article for a back view. This is Banana Republic’s Textured Cross-Back Pullover, and I’m wearing a size small petite for reference.
Ok, the shorts. They are a bit longer than I like, so I tried them on just for funsies, never imaging that they would come home with me. But here’s the thing: they’re soft, slightly slouchy, and when rolled up nice and high….sexy. (Mike loves them.) The extra length actually works – if they were shorter, they wouldn’t hold the roll as well. These are Banana’s Roll-Up City Chino short, and I’m wearing a size 0.
Linen Tanks That Are Actually SOFT
I’m wearing Banana Republic’s Linen Scoopneck Tee in a size small petite. I love how it’s vaguely a badass muscle tee, but with a lowish neckline and amazing drape. And unlike other linen tees I’ve tried, it’s really, really soft. I bought two.
NOTE – The neckline isn’t low enough for nursing, unless you really go up a size or two.
And I’m wearing this tank with Banana’s Roll-Up City Chino short again. (Size 0)
A Perfect Tee for Post-Partum and Nursing
Swingy, pooch-hiding shape? Check. Easy nursing access?
Yup. Checkity check. I’m wearing Banana’s Drapey Swing Tee in size XS, with Banana Republic’s Distressed Skinny Jean which was surprisingly good. Verrrry stretchy and tight alll the way down. I think I’m in a size 24 (VANITY SIZE ALERT!).
This Cute Little Cropped Top
Blush is the new white you guys. This is Banana Republic’s Eyelet Cropped Top. I’m wearing an XS, but may exchange it for an XSPetite to really get a cropped shape. Also wearing Banana Republic’s Distressed Skinny Jean .
Let’s Talk About Jackets
THIS? All kinds of amazing! It’s soft, stretchy, and crazy-flattering. Love the leather details, too. Wearing Banana Republic’s Drapey Tweed Blazer, size 00Petite.
Also loved this seriously cool Banana Republic Cream One-Button Blazer. Such a cool Tomboy vibe, and soft and comfortable. Love it with a ton of leg.
I also liked Banana Republic’s oversized Military Jacket. I’m swimming in an XS…but that’s kinda the charm. I like the slouch.
My New Favorite Way(s) To Wear White
Call me crazy, but I love it with my birks.
…cute, right? But I think I’d like it better if it was short and boxy. But…..hunh. I do…really…like…it…. Decisions, decisions.
Banana Republic’s Linen Shirtdress (size 00Petite) manages to be both crisp and soft – a tough combination to find! It’s a little sheer, though, but would be cute layered over short-shorts (and worn unbuttoned) or as a swim coverup. Although…if I had on nude panties, it would be fine. I also like that it’s longer in the back than the front. It didn’t come home with me though…I had to face the fact that I’m a shirtdress collector, rather than a shirtdress wearer. Sigh. One of the mysteries of life.
I will always love a little white mod dress (LWMD?). Perfect all summer, but looks rocking with black tights and boots in the fall. This is Banana Republic’s Spacedye Ponte Zipdress, size 0Petite.
Banana Republic’s V-Neck Romper is crazy comfortable and cute. Add flat sandals and done. I’m wearing a 00Petite.
The best part? EVERYTHING at Banana is 40% off until tomorrow with code SUNSHINE. I kid you not. I’m also dying for this quirky clutch, this gorgeous bucket cross-body, this edgy black-chain choker, this layered fringe necklace, these stunning heels – oh heck. Here’s a boutique with all of my favs.