The eagled eyed loyal reader, I’m sure, will remember, if you cast your mind back to a mere few weeks ago, where we discussed “Back to Work” Uniform ideas. In that post we highlighted the work of the Retailer Banana Republic and what masters they are of brightening up the workwear wardrobe, which we all know we can fall into the trap of it being as dull as a Mid Winter Wednesday lunchtime with only a tuna sandwich and a cup-a-soup to keep us company. After this I concluded, I needed to revisit this notion and delve further into BR (Banana Republic) and give a little more thought and highlight what they are doing for this season, as I really didn’t go into enough detail.
Banana Republic are a relative new comer to these shores, but have been dressing our American cousins since the late 1970’s in contemporary, sort after workplace style for the professional man and woman, essentially, ensuring you look your best from the water cooler to board room. Banana Republic’s sartorial crusade is dedicated to helping customers achieve professionally and personally the best they can and offers versatile work wear that can be styled up or down for pretty much any occasion — from work to play and back again.
Don’t worry, I can hear you from here, “Well there isn’t one near me”. Well you might be mistaken, with stores as far North as Manchester and right the way down to Bath, plus they are now shipping to over 90 countries via their website.
What Banana do so well is that whole mix and match thang with your wardrobe, offering pieces with sit great with items you already have, lifting an outfit so it looks completely new. The key thing is the ease of what they offer, it isn’t stuffy, fussy or look as though you’ve over thought your daily attire.
The Clothes Make the Man pick of the best pieces from Banana Republic for Autumn 2013
This is a perfect example of not always having to be super dapper to still be smart. Instead of a white shirt and navy knitted tie(nothing wrong with that by the way) go with a checked shirt for a change show how versatile you can be.
The classic fine gauge cardigan. IT GOES WITH EVERYTHING ! It looks equally well with a single breasted suit, in most colours as hit does with jeans and this is a great example at a great price
The Aiden Chino, offered in 8 different colours. Sums up the whole Banana Republic ethos of catering for your work to play wardrobe. The Aiden chino will see you through any occasion your work or social calendar can throw at you. Team them with a differing coloured blazer to show, not only your creative side but how you can make colour work best for you.
This cheeky lil number is the height of versatility, will look great with a navy suit and knitted tie as it will at the weekend with jeans, I promise you.
The epitome of Sharp, this 3 pcs Charcoalsuit made of Italian wool from their Monogram range. Wear it with or without the waistcoat or wear the waistcoat with jeans for a more relaxed feel.