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What to Buy at Banana Republic

It’s been almost seven months since we featured Banana Republic in our Monday What to Buy at Post. 

Over the past few seasons, their collections, while gorgeous, hav increased in price and they have offered little sales. 

Much of their new inventory leans more toward an editorial approach to getting dressed rather than going to work. 

Sartorially, I appreciate the brand’s evolution, but as an ambassador of stylish practicality, I find it hard to get behind.

There so many retailers offering expensive statement pieces.

Do American woman need another option for a pair of $450 metallic “explorer” shorts? 

Where are we wearing these?

In car line?

On date night that I now can’t afford because I spent $450 on shorts? 

My smart mouth wants to say, “Calm down; you’re still a Gap brand.” 

Additionally, they redesigned their website to function as a Lookbook, with models styled to an inch of their lives, making it difficult to see the piece for sale. 

I would jump off the page if I didn’t know what I was doing. 

The good news is that I do know what I’m doing. 

And the better news is that laying behind their home page filled with $1000 coats and $500 fringe skirts is a solid lineup of the Banana Republic we love, and today, hallelujah! They are finally offering 40% off your full-price purchase. 

So if you’ve been waiting for a sale, this is it. Unfortunately, their last sale was in February, so we might not see another one until Spring. 

What to Buy at Banana Republic

What to buy at Banana Republic in September

I rounded up my top twelve picks that range from office to weekend-appropriate pieces, with many able to play double duty.

Not sure how long the sale will last, probably only for the next few days.

They offer a decent size range, from 0 -20 in many styles, and some tall and petite cuts.

So let’s do a little shopping…

Modern Wool BlazerModern Wool Blazer

Modern Wool Blazer, $270 NOW $162

Wear to work with your favorite black pants, or pair with straight line dark wash jeans. You can also wear with your black or brown coated jeans, boots, pumps or pointed flats.

Available in regular and tall in sizes 0 – 20. 

Wrap Front Dress

Wrap Front Dress in rust

Wrap Front Dress, $140, NOW $84

Cut like a sheath with the comfort of a sweater, this wrap front dress is stunning on. 

You can wear as is or add a belt, comes in several lovely colors including black, white, camel and spice (above). 

Love this for the holidays or a night out. 

In regular, tall and petite, from XXS – XL. 

Classic Denim Shirt

Classic Denim Shirt

Classic Denim Shirt, $80, NOW, $48

A staple for fall, in the darkest of rinses.

I would wear with black ponte leggings and flats for a work at home but want to fell dressed look. 

Available in regular, tall and petite in XXS – XL. 

Merino Sweater Polo

Merino Sweater Polo

Merino Sweater Polo, $100, NOW, $60

The return of the polo, with a more modern silhouette is so lovely for fall. 

I adore this merino wool option with a slightly lower neckline, though still modest, and relaxed fit. It’s a wonderful stand alone piece or a first layer. 

Available in ivory, pink and a color they are calling “olive green” which reads more brown. 

In sizes XXS – XL in regular and petite. 

Slim Wool Ankle Pants

 

Slim Wool Ankle Pants

Slim Wool Ankle Pants, $140, NOW $84

This is why the sale is so great, these are fantastic, slim legging ankle pants, available in camel, navy and black for well under $100. 

Available in sizes regular and petite from a 0 – 20. 

Straight Wool Pants

 

Straight Wool Pants

Straight Wool Pants, $150, NOW, $90

Another fabulous pant option are these straight leg wool pants. They have a fabulous drape, that you can dress up or down. 

Available in six colors, including this mustard yellow, a bright pink, fun green, and, of course, your go-to tan, black and white. 

In regular and petite, in 0 – 20. 

Utility Field Jacket

Utility Field Jacket

Utility Field Jacket, $230, NOW, $138

Banana Republic always makes a great field jacket. 

This is outerwear that makes an outfit. Your choice of tan or green (skip the camo option).

In regular and petite, in XXS – XL. 

Merino Crew Neck Sweater

Merino Crew Neck Sweater

Merino Crew Neck Sweater, $80, NOW $48

I’m stocking up on some fresh, lightweight crew neck sweaters, since they are on sale for just under $50. 

Available in black, grey and white, all perfect neutrals to pair with black pants or your favorite jeans. 

In XXS – XXL

Classic Poplin Shirt

Classic Poplin Shirt

Classic Poplin Shirt, $80, NOW, $48

Another classic staple, this poplin shirt comes in a range of colors. I scooped up the navy strip. 

Available in regular, tall and petite in XXS – XL. 

Straight Jeans

Straight Jeans

Straight Jeans, $110, NOW, $66

Banana’s medium wash denim is one of my favorite. It works with everything, and on sale, this classic style is only $66. 

In regular, tall and petite, in sizes 24 – 35

Leather Belt

Leather Belt

Leather Belt, $60, NOW, $36

If you’re doing our Wardrobe Challenge and realize you need a new belt, give this one a try. You’re choice of tan with gold hardware or black with silver. 

 

Black Leggings

Leggings, $90, NOW, $54

They are calling these leggings, but they are not like the Zella ones we’ve featured recently. These are a ponte knit, with a front seam that gives a tailored finish, so you can dress them up and take them to the office without some telling you “leggings aren’t pants.”

These are pants 😉

Available in navy and black, in regular and petite, sizes 0 – 20 your choice of short, regular or long inseam. 

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Catherine

Monday 19th of September 2022

Eeek! The black wool pants are on backorder until January 2023!!

Kristina

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

If you can pay it off monthly, the GAP card offers amazing rewards if you're inclined to buy clothes, and know you don't really *need* them. (guilty) There are months I get $100 worth of rewards when they have x3-5 point bonuses. When you get to couple them with deeper discounts on your purchases - it makes the card even better. I DON'T WORK FOR GAP! 😂 I love Gaps workout clothes/jeans, ON for little kids, and BR for all my upscale basics. Always enjoy your posts on these brands. ❤

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

Thanks Kristina! I do this with the Nordstrom card, it's always nice to leverage the extras if you pay it off right away :)

Barbara Armacost

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

I have already purchased two colors in the Terry Polo - looks great!! Now I am eyeing the camp shirt. Thanks for your great input!!

Pat Patton

Friday 12th of November 2021

I ordered the denim shirt from Banana Republic and I love how it has shape and not so big. I love it! Thank you.

Megan Kristel

Saturday 13th of November 2021

Wonderful! Thanks for letting me know!

Deb Tweddell

Thursday 11th of November 2021

Did I miss something? I put several things in the BR cart from this post and there is no discount. It is full price at checkout. 🤦‍♀️

Deb Tweddell

Thursday 11th of November 2021

@Megan Kristel,

Thank you….

Megan Kristel

Thursday 11th of November 2021

This post is from Monday when they had a 40% off promotion.

Julie Berry

Tuesday 9th of November 2021

These are great findsAre you finding these items at BR in store or online? I shop at BR a lot but recent visits to their store in Houston have been very disappointing and I’m not seeing much on the website unless I see something in a post like yours and search for it. Frustrating!

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 9th of November 2021

Thanks Julie, I'm glad the posts are helpful. I order almost exclusively online now, but before COVID I still frequented the stores. Now, most are totally useless, their inventory stinks and their sizes are limited. If there is ever a store you'd like us to feature that we haven't covered, please let me know!

Deanna Debrecht

Monday 8th of November 2021

Just picked up that beautiful poncho - Banana Republic has so many good pieces right now :) Thanks for always finding us the good stuff!

Meg

Monday 8th of November 2021

Thank you for the quick response! When I select my size the add to bag button is no longer highlighted to allow me to add it to my cart. What am I missing?

Megan Kristel

Monday 8th of November 2021

Your size is probably not available.

Meg

Monday 8th of November 2021

Great post! How do I order something backordered like the blazer?

Megan Kristel

Monday 8th of November 2021

Thanks! Simply add your size to your cart and process as usual. It will ship to you directly when it becomes available.

Sylvia

Monday 16th of March 2020

Hi Megan!

I have a style challenge for you. Can you help those of us older petite ladies that don’t have a flat stomach anymore? I’m 5’1” and should weigh 20 lbs less than I do for my age/height, but I do have somewhat of a figure left—although not as much of a skinny waist anymore 😌. I’m having trouble finding fashion bloggers that aren’t 5’6” or even 5’0” that don’t have cute flat bellies. I would love to wear pants or cute jeans with a jeans jacket or blazer but everyone tucks in their shirts and that just doesn’t work for me. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Thank you for all you do for your readers, and I love following your blog.

Gerin Canin

Monday 16th of March 2020

Hey Meagan, Just wanted to let you know that if you click on some of the items, they pull up a different item. I tried pulling up the pink utility shirt and the shorts came up. When I went to the descriptions of items, and tried the utility shirt again, the blue ruffles print shirt came up. Just letting you know!

Megan Kristel

Monday 16th of March 2020

Thank you so much. Just triple checked them and fixed the broken links :)

Jen

Monday 16th of March 2020

I absolutely love this series! So helpful as I hate wasting time wandering around these stores, and prefer to at least get a "headstart" online. Thank you for continuing with this this week, Megan, what a great way to focus on something positive!

Megan Kristel

Monday 16th of March 2020

Thanks so much Jen!

Tracy

Monday 16th of March 2020

Hello! Great pieces from BR... I recently posted about buying the BR Trench Coat... That same day in store, I also bought the Olive Green Utility Jacket! It's perfect and it is great to throw on over an outfit with leggings or jeans in this transitional Season to spring.. Like the Trench coat, I have received plenty of compliments on it too :)

Megan Kristel

Monday 16th of March 2020

That's awesome! Thank you for telling me! :)