|Banana Republic Issa Collection|
What can I say? It was the day they were putting this collection out onto the floor. The top, might I add, was a wrinkly mess from having shipped flat in a plastic bag. I have no need of a new jersey top that mimics a wrap. It looked a bit long on the hanger. I didn't see it in the petites section and the only size out was a regular medium (almost always too big).
I was walking out. I was not going to stop. I did not have time to try on a shirt. And yet the colour compelled me. Oh Lord, it is gorgeous. Futhermore, it makes my eyes look like big ol' emeralds. And the fit is delightfully small in that the shoulders, in the medium, are perfect - and the top is most definitely cut for a woman with a rack. Finally, with a pencil skirt, it almost looks as if I am wearing a fancy dress (though with jeans, I am a chic urbanite).
I can see why the Duchess likes this brand.
It's taking all of my will not to go back and buy the whole freakin' collection.
Moreover, when I purchased (having been convinced I would not purchase), I did not bring one of the 8000 coupons BR had already sent me that day, offering me 25% off the new collection. Amazingly, I called when I returned to the office, the SA took all the receipt info (and the voucher code) and refunded 20 bucks to my Visa card on the spot?!
This top cost the exact same price (to the penny) as the cardigan I'd just returned.
Look, I can go years without buying something at Banana Republic. It's the Ikea of clothes stores, IMO. But sometimes, they do things very well - at a super-fine pricepoint. This collection is one of them. I highly recommend you check it out. (And make sure to bring your coupon.)