I walked past the Banana Republic store in The Gardens about a week ago, and literally did a double take. I know many people find Banana Republic’s clothes boring. Well, I like them because they are boring :P But they are also wearable and comfortable. But what made my head swivel around was the poster for the Mad Men Collection.
I’ve never watched Mad Men but I’ve seen images around of the fashion from the show, and I like what I see. I also liked what I saw in Banana Republic because dammit! These are dresses and clothes I’d wear! I also think the cut classic :)
Here are some items I picked out from the Banana Republic Mad Men Collection that I liked and I went to try them in store too.
The dresses! I love the dresses – the flowy skirts, the fitted shifts. I like them all!
Left: Cream Lace Dress Right: Houndstooth print shift dress
We only get the lace dress in cream and the cut runs big. I liked how this looked on actually with a string of pearls and nude pumps. The Houndstooth print dress is very nice too. The skirt is heavy tweed while the top is a light silk so its very different textures. It holds you at all the right curves but I have a weird body so when the skirt fit, the top was too long and loose so it did not look nice on me. Boo! Otherwise, its sexy :P
Left: Print dress Right: Dress with cowl neck and lace trim
We get the dress with the red flowers which isn’t bad but I did not try it on because I prefer the look of the navy. The black dress on the right is a right stunner. But we do not get it in black, just olive. The dress has lace trim along the bottom like a peekaboo petticoat, and lace trim along the sides of the neckline, rather like as if a camisole is showing. Its super sexy and when worn is figure hugging and very nice. Sadly however, I fell prey to the perils of having hips :P The dress that draped well at the neckline pulled at the hips and the one that fit the hips did not look nice at the cowl neckline. I would have plonked down money for this otherwise.
I also liked the school marmish cardigan over dress/blouse look. I think with the right accessories, its actually sexy school marm not just plain school marm ;)
I love the animal print cardigan because its a little unexpected since its not in very loud prints or animal colours. I rather like the ensemble and that ribbon tie blouse on the left too. The blouse on the left is very nice in real life, and in navy is lovely and comfortable in silk. I may get it :P The tafetta dress shown on the right made me look fat :P But its a cute party dress because it has a can can and all and that leopard print cardi is really cute in real life!
And speaking of animal prints, I absolutely adore this leopard print trench coat!
They carry it here too and its actually a light coat. I thought it looks different from the regular animal print coats and less obvious. Its also a nice neutral shade that can go with most, but would be best suited for an early autumn. You’d freeze to death otherwise.
Above everything else, I’m also loving the red lips. If I end up with nothing from the Banana Republic Mad Men collection, I know I will, at least, have the red lips down pat ;)
Are you eyeing anything from the collection? Or perhaps you already own something? :)
*Images from BananaRepublic.com