banana republic. what can i say about a brand that used to be iconic, but has lost its way in recent years? don’t get me wrong. on any day of the week, i can bop into banana republic and come back out with a bag full of treasures. but it’s also just as likely that i will zip in and zip out with nada, zilch, zero. ten or fifteen years ago that would not have been the case. back in the day, the brand knew exactly who they were and what their target market was looking for. clean, classic, versatile, separates. not so much anymore as they are being squeezed by the fast fashion model that demands a lower price point and delivery speed. these are much the same woes that face j.crew. that said, i am liking quite a few items from their spring collection that is infused with bright colors and some terrific accessories. i’ve always liked their shoes which are reasonably priced and there’s always a mix of trendy and classic. if you have never tried on a pair of sloan pants i suggest you do post haste. this pant is one of my all-time favorites due to the fit and fabric. they are heaven to wear and are practically indestructible! last but not least, banana makes a more than decent blazer especially for the price.
all right. are you ready to see what’s on my radar screen for spring/summer? then grab your coffee and start scrolling.
p.s. in the above photo the silk blouse and brooch are both by banana republic
is the Founder and CEO of Style at a Certain Age. She writes Sundays-Fridays on all topics ranging from fashion, health, wellness, home design and more.
She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
As part of my job as an event planner, I wear a dark suit. I have purchased them from Banana Republic for years as they were always sold as separates. In many cases, I had three pairs of pants for one jacket as the pants saw a lot more wear. Loved the fit and buying a suit never a big deal. A few years ago they stopped selling suits! I asked at several stores and they said they were working on bringing them back but I’m still waiting…. To your recommendation on Sloan fit pants – I have about 7 pairs!
it was a dumb move on banana’s part to move away from career separates! not everyone works at a start-up. but as we know all too well brands are losing their way when it comes to their demographic audience. hopefully, they’ll pull it together before it’s too late…
aren’t those sloan’s amazing? what a pant! urban legend has it that jcrew tried to secure this patent protected fabric!
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