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What to Buy at Banana Republic

What to Buy at Banana Republic

It’s been a couple of months since we featured Banana Republic in a What to Buy at posts, though it wasn’t for lack of options.

Their current collection is gorgeous, like the wardrobe of a rich mom in a movie. But, the prices are on the high side, so while I think they are very much worth the price, I was waiting on a sale.

Currently, they are offering 20% off full-price items to their “reward members,” which is just a fancy marketing term for people on their mailing list. So give them your email, and you can use the code F58RJN12 and get a discount.

The sale ends tonight at midnight. I have no idea when they will offer another promotion, so I would take advantage of this one if you could use pieces. I think they’ve been a little stingy with sales as this is the first one, on new arrivals since November.

What to Buy at Banana Republic

What to buy at Banana Republic in February 2022

With their mix and match options, for work and weekends, along with their full-size range (including petite, plus, and tall), it’s hard not to love BR.

In many ways, they are a rare retailer that figured out a way to grow with their target market, constantly evolving but never steering too far away from what makes them work.

Right now, the BR website is stunning, but the models are styled to an inch of their lives, making it difficult to see the key piece.

But under those layers are fantastic options for still cold weather and early spring; along with some fresh basics, there is something here for everyone.

Be warned, if you are looking for more color, BR might not be for you since they are currently a sea of neutrals.

Full prices are noted below, remember you can take 20% off with the code

Straight Wool Pants


Banana Republic Black Wool Straight pants

Straight Wool Pants, $150 

These straight wool pants are incredible. So if you need proper black trousers, not a knit, not an elastic waist, but an actual, menswear-inspired, go to the office, workhorse pants, here you go. Full length, straight cut, three-season wool.
Available in regular and petite from a 0 – 20, with a short, regular and long inseam.
I’m featuring the black because THESE ARE THE BLACK PANTS YOU ARE ASKING FOR, BUT they are also available in several fun colors. 🙂




Banana Republic Italian Wool Blazer in pink

Italian Wool Blazer, $229

IF you would like a pop of color in the form of a perfectly tailored blazer, this is for you. I’m featuring this gorgeous pink blazer but it’s also available in cream, yellow, red, green and black – which, when paired with the black pants above makes a modern suit

You have a full size range up to a 20, some colors are limited. 

Resort Shirt

Banana Republic Resort shirt in white

Resort Shirt, $70 

A trend we’ve been seeing and will continue to be relevant for the next few seasons is stable pieces that create a new silhouette.

Now, I don’t always love the exaggerated shapes and extra volume we see off the runway, but I do think, when toned down, it’s a fresh take on classics, and BR is doing a great job with their interpretation.

For example, this “resort” shirt. It’s like a modern take on a camp shirt: slightly oversized, with an elegant inverted pleat in the back, just gorgeous. 

Tuck it into your high waisted bottoms and let it blouse out.

Available in XXS -XXL in regular and petite in four colors

Poplin Shirt

Banana Republic Poplin shirt in a blue and white stripe

Poplin Shirt, $75

Another example is this poplin shirt. If some of the button-downs recently featured have generally felt too big, you may consider this one.

They call it “cropped,” but it’s not if you wear it with a high-waisted bottom. Doing so creates such a pretty shape. You’ll see one of the models even has the front tucked in, so you shouldn’t see your belly button.

Available in three neutral stripe options, in XXS – XXL in regular, petite and tall. 

Half Zip Sweater
Banana Republic half zip sweater in black

Half Zip Sweater, $140

I can’t resist a knit with leather trim detail. It’s just so sleek and chic. 

This one, available in XXS – XXL in regular and petite sizes looks stunning layered over a slim cut button down, or even a thin turtleneck. 

Trench Coat

Banana Republic trench coat

Trench Coat, $270

It’s getting to be trench coat season!

And BR’s trench coats have been on my list of must haves for years. Aside from a Burberry that costs thousands of dollars, they offer the most classic and traditional styling for the best price. 

Available in XXS – XXL in regular and petite. 

Terry Polo

Banana Republic Terry Polo in Black

Terry Polo, $65 

I mean, how elegant? A sweatshirt that looks like a blouse!

I already ordered in black and cream. There is also an olive and tan option. Available in XXS -XXL. 

Boatneck Tank

Banana Republic Boatneck Tank in white

Boatneck Tank, $40 

It’s been SO LONG since I’ve come across a simple, basic boatneck tank. And it’s a great price even before your 20% off. 

Wear as a layer or alone if it get really hot in your neck of the wood. 

Available in white, black and black and white striped, in XXS – XXL.

Haircalf Leather Pump

Banana Republic Haircalf leather pump

Haircalf Leather Pump, $140

The Madison 12-Hour Pump is like their signature shoe, with a cult-like following of women who swear that they can stand, walk and run all day in these bad boys.

They added a calf-hair option in a warm zebra print for this season.

Wear these like a leopard print; they work as a neutral with other neutrals and kick your whole outfit up a notch.

These paired with the black pants and hot pink blazer featured above would be stunning.

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What to Buy at Banana Republic

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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!

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