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What to Buy at Banana Republic

What to Buy at Banana Republic

Our What to Buy at series continues with a roundup of some incredibly wearable, size-inclusive pieces from one of our favorite retailers, Banana Republic.

Hopefully, you are enjoying a long weekend, so pour yourself another cup of coffee and let’s shop Banana Republic’s New Arrivals, where you can take 40% your purchase at check out. 

What to Buy at Banana Republic 

What to Buy at Banana Republic 

Banana Republic has long been a Well Dressed Life Community favorite. With their mix of easy to wear pieces, for work and weekend, along with their full-size range (including petite, plus, and tall), it’s hard not to love. In many ways, they are a rare retailer that figured out a way to grow with their target market, always evolving but never steering too far away from what makes them work.

So let’s talk about what to focus on. There’s no category I would tell you to avoid. Right now, there are some fantastic options for the season ahead. Whether you’ll be home-based for the foreseeable future, are going back to the office, or simply need to refresh some basics, there is something here for everyone.

Wide Leg Pant

Banana Republic wide Leg Pant

Wide-Leg Pants, $110 

These wide-leg pants are a work-from-home dream. They are high-waisted, with a subtle side elastic, and oh so comfortable. Skip the cream option (totally see-through) and go instead with basic black.

Remember, when wearing anything wide-legged, keep your top fitted to your body to create a balanced shape.

Available in short, regular, and long from sizes 0 – 20.


Trench Coat

Banana Republic Trench Coat

Trench Coat, $229 

Need a trench? With 40% off this classic trench coat is under $140. That is a tremendous deal considering how often you’ll pull this out of your closet. If tan isn’t your best color, opt for the black, or go with the non-traditional but still neutral sage

Available in XXS – XXL. 

Terry Joggers

Banana Republic Terry Joggers

Terry Jogger, $70 

These Reader Favorite joggers are worth the hype. If you want a casual pant somewhere between a sweatpant and a legging, these are for you. Available in black, green, and light grey in XXS – XXL and petite (here).

Pick up the coordinating top to create a sophisticated matching “set.”

High-Low Shirt

Banana Republic High-Low Shirt

High-Low shirt, $80

This slightly oversized high-low shirt will pair perfectly with any bottom, from a pair of black joggers, to faux leather leggings, to your go-to black work pants. Half tuck in the front and let the back drape to create a casual but polished look for work or weekends. 

Available in regular and tall sizes from XXS – XXL. 

Flannel Shirt

Banana Republic Flannel Shirt

Flannel Shirt, $80 

I love this pink flannel Dillon Classic Fit Shirt. It has a slimmer, more feminine cut and would look lovely with dark or grey jeans.
Available in several patterns, in regular, tall, and petite sizes.

Peplum Top

Banana Republic Peplum Top

Peplum Top, $80

Peplum tops can be incredibly flattering, especially if you are trying to minimize your midsection. Just be sure to pair it with a bottom that has a flat and smooth waistline. This top would be great for work, zoom, or a night out for drinks and dinner.

Available in regular and tall sizes, XXS – XXL in a neutral floral, olive green or berry (above). 


Banana Republic Terry Jumpsuit

Terry Jumpsuit, $120 

The first of two jumpsuit options on the list is this long-sleeve option.

Would I spend $120 on what is essentially a terry cloth onesie? No.

But with 40% off, you can make a case for it being the simplest form of one step dressing.

Pair either of these with a fresh pair of sneakers and a denim jacket for a cute and sporty, leggings-alternative outfit.

With FIVE STAR reviews, it comes  in black, light grey, and oatmeal, in regular and tall sizes from an XXS – XXL.

I’m going with the black.


Banana Republic Knit Jumpsuit

Knit Jumpsuit, $120

Your second option is this short sleeve version, in a slightly lighter-weight fabric. I like it here in the green, and I love how they style it with a leather moto jacket and sneakers. So cool.

Available in regular and tall sizes, XXS – XXL.

12-Hour Pump

Banana Republic 12 Hour Pump

12-Hour Pump, $97 

A few years ago, we asked our readers to tell us their favorite comfortable heel to wear to work, and the Banana Republic Madison 12-Hour Pump was at the top of the list.

This simple yet timeless and gorgeous heel is available in a ton of colors, textures, and patterns.

Right now, with the additional 40% off, they are around $50 (depending on the style). Take advantage of the savings if you need to replace a black pump or add a fun and poppy color for springtime.

Inclusive Cami

Banana Republic camisole

Camisole, $22 

Size inclusive underpinnings for all skin tones at affordable prices. What a novel idea!

When I worked with private clients, the market lacked simple layering camis. On the rare occasion, I found something decent, it was often too dark for me and way too light for my darker-skinned clients. So my delight over these $22 (plus an additional 40% off) cannot be overstated.

Available in 11 nude-to-you colors, in regular and petite, up to a size XXL. Go stock up for the spring, when tops become see-through whether we like it or not.

What to Buy at Banana Republic 

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What to Buy at Banana Republic

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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 :)


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!


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! :)

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