Happy Tuesday ladies. I hope you had a wonderful long weekend. I have a petite dressing room diary for you today from a retailer I am becoming increasingly fond of.
I find many retailers have an eery sameness to their collections. Banana Republic was sinking into that pit with nothing to differentiate itself from other brands until 2021 when it decided to rebrand and revamp its offerings.
If you’re new here, welcome. A dressing room diary is when I go into a local store for a try-on session so you can see what’s new and how it looks on a woman over 25. For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh around 134 lbs with broad shoulders and straight hips. I have a long torso and long arms so I often buy one size larger on top. I try on clothes in colors and shapes that may or may not flatter me so you can see what’s in the stores and get some styling ideas. I tell you what sizes I am wearing to help you understand how things run.
This top is a very pale, soft blue. It comes in 7 colors, sizes XXS-XL. I am wearing a medium and found it runs small so you should size up. It fits very close to the body so is a great layering piece. These wide-leg linen pants have a high, 11 7/8″ rise and are straight through the hip and thighs with front pleats. they come in petite and regular, 0-20, with short, regular, and tall inseams. The inseams are petite 28.5″, regular 30.5″, and tall 33.5″. I am wearing a 4 petite.
One of the changes I’ve noted is the quality of their cashmere. It’s lofty and luxurious with a substantial feel and incredibly soft hand. This polo comes in three colors, regular and petite, XXS-XXL. I am wearing a regular small in soft, crisp blue. It’s a classic style with an updated dramatic Johnny collar and deep rib at the waist. These are the sort of classics that keep things modern.
These slim jeans have a nice medium summer wash and stove pipe leg that’s skinny from hip to knee then slim, not skinny, to ankle…a favorite shape. It comes in regular, tall, and petite, sizes 24-35. I am wearing a petite 27 which is too snug so it runs true to size. The inseams are petite/short 26″, regular 28″, and tall 31″
This is meant to have a relaxed and roomy fit. What are your thoughts about the sizes?
I’ve had my eye on this silk charmeuse blouse for months. I love that it’s machine washable, has a relaxed fit, and classic styling. It comes in 5 colors, regular, petite, and tall, sizes XXS-XXL. I am wearing a regular small. This is the kind of blouse I would pull out every holiday season or anytime I wanted to add a bit of luxe to any outfit. I’m wearing the cream which has a cool-toned cast that is not warm.
These linen Bermuda shorts are really full and long…as you can see. They come in 4 colors in regular and petite, sizes 0-18. I am wearing a regular 6 which is large for me but also way too long. The inseam is short 8″, Regular 8.5″, and tall 9.5″. I would prefer the petite and even then, they’re likely too full for me in this stiff linen.
Here’s the same silk shirt in crisp blue. Can you tell I’m pretty smitten with this blouse?
This camisole is in the same washable silk as the above blouses. It’s got my favorite v-neckline and adjustable shoulder straps in petite, regular, and tall. It comes in 5 colors sizes XXS-Xl. I am wearing a regular small in cream. I think the cami runs narrow so I suggest you size up. The linen-blend cardigan comes in regular and petite, in 4 colors…this one happens to be on sale. It comes in regular and petite, I am wearing in small.
I used to shop at the Banana Republic often. I gradually found their merchandise ordinary. Their newest direction has me intrigued. The quality has improved and the styles are different than what I find in other places which makes them unique. Many are over the top for my lifestyle, but just as many are classic shapes with a twist.
Have you shopped at the Banana Republic lately?
Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.
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