Banana Republic has been in the game since 1978, over which time it’s mastered its own particular blend of preppy, irreverent and cool. Turn to the brand when you’re stuck in a workwear style rut, or make it your new go-to for those occasions when smart casual is on the agenda.
Before becoming the Banana Republic we know today, the American-born brand was called the Banana Republic Travel & Safari Clothing Company and specialised in safari-themed products. While much has changed since then, a sense of the exotic still runs through the brand’s clothes: wear-with-anything pieces in neutral hues are interspersed with flashes of rich prints and sparks of bright colour. Both the ladies and men’s collections include tops and trousers with irreverent twists, which can be dressed down with trainers or smartened up with refined accessories like a leather belt. Not too dressy, but definitely not drab, these pieces perfectly tread the line between smart and casual styling. Well, fashion experts often call American style ‘wearable’ for a reason, you know...
Banana Republic was founded in San Francisco, so it’s little surprise to see a preppy, all-American vibe running through its collections. Being rich in navy, grey and cream hues, this is often a safe workwear option, meaning you can get more mileage out of your Banana Republic pieces: put them on for the office, then wear them to after-work drinks … handy, right? Ladies, try teaming one of the brand’s form-flattering dresses with some stiletto heels for a timeless, elegant look that’ll translate as well in the boardroom as it will on an evening out. Gents, pair some of Banana Republic’s slim-fitting coats or trousers with brogues to nail refined, professional style.
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