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Happy Sunday, ladies! All month, I've been reviewing the pre-fall collections from some of my favorite retailers. So far, I've reviewed Talbots, Ann Taylor & Chico's. Today, I'm reviewing the Banana Republic Factory & LOFT pre-fall collections.
At a high level, a few Fall trends have emerged across all retailers:
I'm focusing on Banana Republic Factory and LOFT because their price points are very reasonable, and I think they both have a lot of great items this year.
As always, my "reviews" are a bit non-standard. Instead of deep-diving into countless items from each collection, I like to use those collections to construct new outfits based on outfits I'm worn in the past.
But why exactly? A couple of reasons, actually. First, it's just fun for me to go through the archives and revisit fashion from the past few years.
But in doing so, I can show that classic dressing never goes out of style. Although I can't recreate each outfit note for note, I can get pretty darn close. This just means that if you build a classic wardrobe, you'll always be on trend.
Today I'm reviewing the Banana Republic & LOFT pre-fall collections
I've gone through my archives and pulled 5 outfits from the past 5 years. From those outfits, I've built similar composed of Banana's and LOFT's new items
Each outfit I've built is shoppable via a text- or image-widget
The 'What': This outfit highlights the pairing between an oversized sweater and a fitted pair of pants.
The 'Why': Many women avoid 'oversized' anything because it's not slimming. But the contrasting silhouettes of an oversized sweater and slimming pants have a neutralizing effect.
The 'Different': The similar outfit I created is neutral based. But don't be afraid to add a pop of color by swapping out the brown shoes with, say, red ones.
The 'What': Here, I'm focusing on the classic pairing between a neutral sweater and crisp button-down.
The 'Why': This pairing is a style staple that will never ever go out of style.
The 'Different': At my core, I'm a classic preppy dresser. But I like to change up the look by making interesting modifications. Here, I swapped out the traditional loafer for something more casual like a slip-on.
The 'What': Layering stripe shirts with a solid cardigan or lightweight jacket is always a great Fall look.
The 'Why': When wearing patterns, it's best to set them against a solid background.
The 'Different': Immediately dress this look up by swapping the jeans for a pair of trousers. Match your trousers to your stripes for a little extra elegance.
The 'What': I love print sweaters. What can I say?
The 'Why': Print sweaters are a great way to stay on trend and introduce levity into your wardrobe. (This year, zebra sweaters are showing up all over the place!)
The 'Different': In the photo, I'm wearing a pair of boyfriend pants. In the similar I constructed, I picked a pair of slim pants.
Try a new pant silhouette this year. If you traditionally wear slim-fitting pants, try a wide leg. And vice versa.
The 'What': Dress + jacket is a classic but infinitely modifiable Fall look.
The 'Why': As temperatures cool, dresses aren't always wearable on their own. A jacket or blazer is my go-to layer.
The 'Different': If you're wearing a printed or patterned dress, match the color of your coat to one element of the print or pattern---such an easy way to add exciting colors.