Wear it Two Ways: Banana Republic Zebra Print Blouse

Today’s post is FULL of easy to wear pieces for work. 

We’re using this updated blouse from Banana Republic, in a fresh zebra print as the anchor of our two way post.  It’s also available in solid black, a crisp white, olive green, chartreuse, and a leopard print (marked down to under $60). 

Why I love Banana Republic

One of the many challenges I have writing this blog is sourcing quality merchandise, with a size-inclusive scale, that is easily accessible to the majority of our readership.

BR checks all of those boxes, offering missy, petite, and tall sizes, and plus within those categories.

Their selection is well curated, with appropriate options for work, weekends, and everything in between. If only more retailers were like them.

Zebra Blouse Two Ways 

Zebra Print Blouse Two Ways for Work

Today’s blouse is the kind of piece that seamlessly works in your wardrobe. Make it a go-to for days when you wake up and all you have the strength to do is throw on your favorite black pants. Add a simple shoe and you’re dressed in minutes. 

But, if you want to zhush it up a bit, below are two other ways. 

Outfit One: After Work EventZebra Print Blouse Two Ways for Work

Outfit 1: Top, $85  |  Faux Leather Skirt, $47  |  Shoe, $118  |  Bracelet, $25  |  Clutch, $30 

An outfit composed of basics, made with elevated fabrics is one of my favorite ways to create a sophisticated look with little effort. 

In December we featured a faux leather skirt I found at Target. If you picked that up, you can use it here. At a similar price, check out this slim faux leather skirt by Halogen at Nordstrom for under $50

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It’s cut like a pencil skirt so it works in certain office settings – you’ll know if it will work in yours. 

Because the blouse as an internal tie waist, you can leave this untucked, but still get the effects of a cinched waist. 

I paired it with this dramatic cuff for only $25. Don’t you love when you find something and it looks so much more than it is?!

For shoes, I used our Reader Favorite Banana Republic 12-hour pump in black suede. Pairing suede and faux leather is a great example of mixing lux fabrics together for an elevated look. 

Worried about your legs? You can wear black tights, a pair of hose or go bare legged – it’s entirely up to you. 

To make transitioning from the day to nighttime event easy, tuck a clutch into your work bag. This $30 option at DSW will take you lots of places without a big investment. 

Outfit Two: Casual Friday

 

Zebra Print Blouse Two Ways for WorkOutfit 2: Top, $85  |  Cardigan, $25  |   Jean, $199  |  Shoe, $100  |  Earring, $38  |  Bag, $358 

Perhaps a more realistic outfit idea, this jeans and sweater combo is ideal for casual or creative offices. 

First, this blouse looks best with an inky blue denim. I’m showing it here with the Paige Skinny Jean. They are expensive, but a big reader favorite. You can swap them for whichever brand you like most – just keep it dark. 

It is, however, important that your bottom is slim to your body so the blouse drapes properly. 

Next, assuming your office is freezing, it’s nice to add that third layer, to not only keep you warm but to add some interest. This one, from H&M is fantastic and only $25

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Rounding out the look, this cute earrings from Gorjana are under $40 and play off the black and gold accents. A classic black bag from Kate Spade adds structure and practicality.

Finally, I love these backless mules with a pointed toe. The keeping the slim line of your leg moving and feel appropriate for a more casual day in the office. 

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Wear it Two Ways: Banana Republic Zebra Print Blouse

6 thoughts on “Wear it Two Ways: Banana Republic Zebra Print Blouse”

  1. BR is one of my favorite. I love the way their clothes look and feel. Thank you for posting about BR:) Have a great Valentines.
    BTW, I meant to respond about having girls and the comments people make. I am much older than you and most of my girls are of adult age now. I always wanted girls for obvious reasons, I just couldn’t relate to having a boy. I am humbled and grateful for my daughters, you will see what I mean one day. I did wind up having a boy, my last, and I was depressed about it. What I’ve learned is it’s not about their sex or what I expected but instead, about the love and relationship I built with them. I was a stay at home mom for most of their lives and I am thankful for every moment.
    Keep loving and enjoying your daughters…you are blessed more than you know:)

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    • Thanks. I do very much know how blessed we are. The point to my comment was that I was disheartened by peoples reactions to families of all girls. I always hear, “three girls, your poor husband!” as if it’s a burden, or we’re missing out because we didn’t “get a boy.” We’re very much delighted with our daughters, and couldn’t imagine our family any other way.

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  2. Some questions about Banana Republic garments. What are the conditions under which these garments are made? Do the garment workers receive a fair wage? Work in safe conditions? Have reasonable working hours? Have any benefits that we in North America would expect for our working hours?

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