Banana Republic is currently having 40% off your purchase with BRFRIENDS, and everyday free shipping & returns on orders over $50. The promo unfortunately excludes their “BR Picks” like the dress and feather top below. I haven’t been there in a while and was pleasantly surprised by the selection – there were numerous pieces that I really loved and the sizing felt more petite-friendly than before! I think Marissa Webb did a great job with the design direction and I’m curious to see where the brand goes next without her.
Above, this fringe skirt has a feathery feel and is so fun for going out at night, holiday parties, or NYE. It’s comfy and stretchy in the waist which is always a plus. My size was sold out so I’m trying 1 size up, which fit me decently as shown. I love the mini fit on the model and imagine that the right size would be closer to achieving that look. Please ignore the ankle booties I have on in all these pics, as a pump or strappy sandal like these would look much better with such outfits.
This dress in the same metallic tweed was my favorite, and I’d highly recommend it as a twist on the traditional sheath. The basketweave material is more gunmetal than a shiny silver like in the stock photos, and a 00P was spot-on fitted for me throughout. Fabric felt of medium weight and good quality. You can wear this on a more regular basis to the office with a long-sleeved turtleneck underneath, or a black, cream, or colored cropped blazer over it.
Continuing with the fringe theme, this crepe fringe top also had a feathery feel and would be very fun over skinny coated jeans or leather leggings. I disagree with the reviews about the waist being too big – I think a top like this should have a straighter silhouette. These jeans were my first time trying on BR denim in a while and I loved how soft and stretchy they were. The knee hole placement was perfect but the overall length was an inch or two long on me. I brought them home as I’m in need of gray jeans for the season.
This faux pearl statement necklace is also BR – it was hanging on the rack so I tried it on with these outfits, but I personally prefer the AT version which I’ve posted about here. The price is better on the AT one for the same costume jewelry quality.
This herringbone sheath looks very Amish on me here, but try to imagine it with a more minimalistic and lengthening shoe. I was trying this on and several ladies in the fitting room asked where to find it. If this dress was executed correctly it would be a timeless sheath, but instead it has an odd fit like the online reviews mention. A 00p was very narrow on me across the shoulders and chest to the point where it was hard to lift my arms, while the hip area had extra room. On the right, this faux fur vest was very thick and warm. The material has good color depth to it with a mix of brown, taupe, and darker tones.
I also wanted to mention their outerwear included in this 40% off sale – the gray plaid one is their 3-button coat, which I reviewed at the bottom of this post in the neon lime color (please note I’m trying on 1 size up from my usual). This olive flocked hem jacket I saw in store and thought the velvet detailing on the bottom was very unique. It goes all the way around the back and looks like a higher-end design. Unfortunately there were no petites of this jacket in store so I can’t report on the fit, but from the stock photos it looks to be a less fitted style than the 3-button coat.