Banana Republic Manchester

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…

Banana Republic Manchester

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 hot smart.

PPS. There’s 25% off trousers at the moment online only at Banana Republic.

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