Saturday, August 17, 2013

All Wrapped Up

While I have no interest in English royalty - nor the dresses certain ladies wear on announcing their engagements - I have to say I'm in the grip of this top:

Banana Republic Issa Collection
In fact, I only bought it by accident - ok, I did understand that I was buying it - having popped into BR to return a recent (and poorly-thought-out) cardigan purchase.

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.)

17 comments:

  1. On sale or not, if you find something that fits perfectly, lets you change your look from fancy dress-wearer to chic urbanite, AND makes your eyes look like big ol' emeralds . . . Snap that baby up! And you did. And I'm amused to note that you've set up, pre-emptively, a tag "issa" -- as if you might "buy the whole freakin' collection" after all . . .

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  2. OMG - am I that transparent??! :-)

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  3. It's such a smart purchase when you end up not spending a single extra dollar. That top is beautiful and I love the color.

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    1. It was so much more fun to have spent not a cent more than I had originally! Thanks Faye.

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  4. What materfamilias said! Now post pics, please!

    Darn it, now I'm going to have to visit Banana Republic, one of the few places that has petites sizes in store...all your fault...

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  5. Banana republic knit tops have been a hit with me too - the fit is AMAZING! The only problem is the quality. Either it is super good and last years and years, or it pills in a month (What's up with that?). I love their merino wool stuff too.

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    1. I think they do the merino VERY well. Though I do hear you about some things pilling fast. I have had that happen, but not for years. Maybe the quality has improved? How weird would that be?

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  6. Heck, you did exactly the right thing... I would buy a top that made my eyes look like big old emeralds too. The best I can hope for is a couple of big swamps!

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    1. That is SO not true :-) Now, if only I made and sketched that top...

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  7. That colour is a fav of mine right now as well! I have just dyed up a bunch of yarn this hue for my latest jumper. It is good for us green-eyed goblins...;-)

    It has been a while since I shopped at BR but have been pretty lucky in the past with quality and still have items a decade later that I wear pretty regularly. My favourite black cardi is from there...purchased in 2005! Starting to get a little hole-y now, though.

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    1. It's SUCH a good colour. I do think the quality is good on that clothing. I have some pieces I'm still wearing years later. It's hard to complain...

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  8. The Issa tag will feel lonely with only one post :).

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  9. Susan hit the nail on the head...

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