You know sometimes you get sent an email (just a normal marketing mail - you know, the 1000 you get sent through a day after signing up for a newsletter? My BTinternet account on my smashed iphone doesn't work any more and I swear it's because it's died under the weight of 8000 "AMAZING OFFER" emails.... yes I know there is a delete button. I just need to remember to use it) and you think - ooh actually, not the usual tat you send me.
But I have to say, since it's come to the UK, for me it seems to have lost something in translation. Maybe it's because I no longer have any need for the more corporate bias to my wardrobe and that's really where Banana Republic come into their own.
However maybe I'm getting older and my tastes are a changing or maybe Banana Republic have slightly edged out of their preppier comfort zone.
Ditto this one which is in the sale and I've just discovered they do a Tall Version which is almost impossible to find in this style.
Sloan-Fit Black Fit and Flare Dress was £89 now £24.99
Back to the blouses now and this is the one that caught my eye. Perfect for work, for throwing on over shorts or boyfriend jeans, with skinnies and heels for a night out. Gorgeous.
Crepe Pleat-top Blouse £49.50
I absolutely love the look of this - I can see this as being the most perfect blouse in your wardrobe. Can't think of an occasion I wouldn't wear it. It also comes in white. Which I'm saving for a white shirt blog. (but you can get a sneak peak online. I'm warning you, it's too gorgeous)
Drapey Dolman Sleeve Blouse £49.50
My one thing I have bought in recent years from Banana Republic is actually my trench. This one I have to say though, I think I might actually prefer. Adore this and all the styling too. So it's offensively preppy - I can live with that (I'd just add Toga Pulla boots...)
Double-Breasted Trench Coat £150
Whilst I'm the jackets category, this is all sorts of perfect.
Heritage Military Blazer in dark olive £110
Thinking ahead again to A/W - also love the idea of these. Love the fact they have pockets and a zip fastening so aren't completely legging-esque.
Sloan-Fit Faux Leather Front Skinny Ankle Pant £69 plus they do them in a regular and long.
Now I may have mentioned that I think I'm in the market for a bag (this is me politely warning you to expect oodles of bag blogs......) and there are definitely a couple of contenders at BR.
Having pontificated extensively about not caving in on the fringed bag front (we can all see where this is going can't we?) they have an olive and a black option which definitely hit all the right notes. Cross body, check, buttery soft leather, check, not overly fringey, check check.
Fringe Crossboy Bag in Olive £99.50
And in the black
However I have to say I think it might be the Leather Duffle which has really caught my eye. Absolutely adore this. I would say it's Lulu Guinness meets Balenciaga... ish.
Leather Duffle bag in black £150
However the olive... oh yes.
So I shall definitely be doing a good try on session next time I venture into London town. Actually I think it's a real shame there aren't more of them on the High Street - for me, far preferable to Gap but hey ho.
I ventured all the way to Next today to pick up my sales goodies. As they were delivered yesterday. Or were they being delivered next Monday? Oh yes, that will be right. Shopping. Fail.
Pics from yesterday and today. As you can see, absolutely making the most of the £15 Forever 21 sandals.