Last year I was able to go into a Banana Republic store and try on all the things to my heart’s content. This year we aren’t traveling at all–and the closest Banana store is over three hours away. But I do know I love all of their stuff–especially in the fall when they have all of their crazy sales going on. (You know I love a good discount.) So I ordered a bunch of stuff for an epic try-on session at home. Here are my favorite picks:
Best. Sweater. Dresses. Ever.
My favorites, hand-down are these two sweater dresses — this crew neck sweater dress and this merino turtleneck sweater dress. They are SO good, you guys. Both are super-flattering and show off curves without being too tight, which is my personal Holy Grail of sweater dresses.
Wondering when and if you’ll ever wear dresses again? Me too…but these dresses are so comfortable they’re perfect for right now. Thanksgiving? Perfect. Any time you want to feel like you’re actually dressed and put together for mental health purposes? These dresses. Trust me, you’ll love them.
This is a perfect crew neck sweater dress. It’s super versatile–wear it over leggings or tights, or just boots and bare legs like I did and under a long cardigan, moto jacket or any kind of coat really. The fabric is soft, stretchy and machine-washable (woot!). I’m wearing the regular size here, but it’s available in tall sizes for taller girls!
(You had me at washable.) I thought this would be way too long on me, so I was really happy when it fit perfectly (it also comes in tall sizes for taller ladies). I love it with tall boots–the slits on both sides helps to give it some shape and movement, and it’s less constricting than other dresses this length. It’s so comfortable and warm without being too thick or itchy. LOVE this one! (Also in dark grey.)
I love this top. Puff sleeves can sometimes be a little too much (hello shoulders!!!), but this one is perfect and not too over-the-top. It comes in multiple colors (the lingonberry red is gorgeous), can be thrown in the washer and dryer, and looks great with everything from jeans to a skirt to faux leather leggings. The v-neck cut is perfect–not too low (there’s no crazy cleavage) but still low enough that it’s sexy.
The cut of this shirt is perfect. I love the flirty lacy sleeves and how they help to balance out wider hips/booty. This top is a great year-round option. (Also in white and olive green.) Also, these Sloan Leggings are thicker and definitely more like pants than most leggings. I like the slimming center seam, and the fact that they aren’t super-tight around the ankle (another good way to balance out hips). The zipper at the bottom also makes it easier to fit over ankle boots.
Or Fancy Pants
You know I can’t let a pair of faux leather leggings pass me by, right?? These are pretty much the exact same cut as the Sloan Leggings above, but are in the faux leather fabric. These aren’t as high-rise as I thought they’d be…more of a mid-rise, but they’re definitely fun. They come in regular, tall and short sizes, as well as petite so you can get the perfect size (I’m wearing a 6 short here, but I think the 8 short would have been better).
These are just really fun–and really comfy! They’re like wearing pj pants but are still fancy. Kind of perfect for the quarantine holiday season we’ve got coming up. They also come in a really pretty light brown color. Oh, and there are pockets! I always love when there are pockets that don’t actually add any extra bulk.
Sweater pants?? Are these too good to be true? These are SO comfy, you guys…the fabric is thick and soft, but they’re just not the most flattering. I couldn’t get the pockets to lay flat and not stick out (unlike the pants above) and the length was too long (not sure why I didn’t get a petite). I loved the matching set, though. (Also in grey!)
OK, so I’m definitely more comfortable in this set. It’s the same thick-yet-soft fabric of the wide-leg pants above, but the joggers are a bit more my style. I should have gone with the petite size here as well (the length is that awkward not-short-enough and not-long-enough length), but overall I love this loungewear set.
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