I happened to visit the Trafford Centre recently and got ridiculously excited to see that Banana Republic have opened their doors there. Banana Republic is a store I love to visit when I’m in America – mainly for work wear but I really like their casual but modern and clean styles for off-duty dressing too.
The new store is classically Banana Republic in style, spacious, light and lots of marble flooring with a sweeping staircase up to menswear.
I’m actually a bit disappointed as I wanted to share some of the new collection with you today but frankly, the images on the site aren’t up to much and some of the things I really wanted to share weren’t even on the website.
However, taken from the look book, here are some of my favourites…
The Carole dress was displayed instore with a fab little khaki green jumper over the top which had sequinned shoulder panels, showing perfectly how to take a dress that works well in warmer Autumn days (– will we be getting any of those?) because of the colour palette, into cooler days. This is a great secret to making your wardrobe work – I know lots of people would shy away from spending so much on a work dress, but consider it as a skirt and a dress and you have a piece that works for a large part of the year. Think courts for the Winter in the office as well as a chunky boyfriend cardigan over the top with a big scarf, belt and flat boots for the weekend.
The thing I was most excited about was the Belle Capelet. A modern take on a cape and perfect for this weather when it doesn’t seem to know if it wants to rain or blow a gale or shine, it looks really chic. I may have to make a purchase!
(Click the link to see a little video of the Banana Republic buying director telling us why she loves the Belle Capelet.)
The other thing worth mentioning, particularly if you’re a fan of the fifties/sixties look, is that Banana Republic have launched a Mad Men Collection. Inspired by the TV series it’s got some gorgeous shift dresses and a hefty dose of leopard print to make for some serious glamour.
Do you shop at Banana Republic?
PS I also spotted this Mac which I thought would be great for a guy… they never want to wrap up anyway and this is perfect for showers and looking
PPS. There’s 25% off trousers at the moment online only at Banana Republic.