the name of the game this week is mixing styles and fashion flexibility. yesterday, i featured lightweight summer cargo pants from Talbots that are easy and breezy to wear. today, i’m featuring another pair of cargo pants this time from Banana Republic. in this day and age, we want to get the most out of our wardrobe, and mixing styles is a great way to do it.
mixing styles and fashion flexibility with banana republic
way back in the 1990s and 2000s Banana Republic was the IT brand that always had the coolest and chicest items on hand. but somewhere along the line, they lost their footing and their focus and veered away from classic items with a twist. that’s when J.Crew stepped in with Jenna Lyons at the helm and wonder-boy CEO Mickey Drexler guiding her behind the scenes. for over a decade J.Crew could do no wrong and was regularly worn by the likes of First Lady Michelle Obama or the Duchess of Cambridge. one thing to remember from Jenna Lyons’s tenure at J.Crew was how adept she was at mixing styles. it became hip to wear sequins for day and a jean jacket for the evening. the concept flipped traditional style rules on their head and we’ve been going strong ever since. in all fairness, Sharon Stone led the way in 1998 when she donned that gorgeous Vera Wang lilac satin skirt and crisp white button-down from Gap for an outing to the Academy Awards.
cargo pants revisited
so in keeping with mixing styles, i decided to start with satin cargo pants and pair it with a simple leopard top (similar here and here). both are from Banana Republic. the top was purchased this past weekend at a Banana Republic store but i couldn’t find it online. not to worry as Banana has lots and lots of leopard tops to choose from. the pants are dressy without going over the top and can easily be dressed down for day. sizing on the pants run tight around the waist so consider sizing up. i am wearing my typical size 8 and they just fit.
can you believe Georgia started off Tuesday with temps in the low sixties? it was glorious. those are the days when a jacket is required. so why not choose a white denim jacket? it’s a great alternative to the traditional jean jacket.