Citrus Chic

On trend for spring — lemon. Lime. A burst of orange. Citrus is always refreshing. We like ours with a twist of khaki. The result? A sophisticated pallette that’s 100 percent fresh.

1. Adding a pop of citrus is a cinch — just buckle into the bright Lizard Skinny Belt. 2. The Sleeveless Safari Blouse in chartreuse is a super cool hue and pairs to perfection with the floral Mirabelle Blooms Pencil Skirt. 3. A fresh squeeze of color on your feet with the Stacey T-Strap Sandal will take you everywhere. 4. The Sunny Days Full Skirt in citron is both flirty and versatile.

Colors us ready for spring.


Accessories in Bloom

Spring and summer are on the horizon and bringing with them fresh new trends for one of our favorite accessories — jewelry. We caught up with our senior merchandise manager Robin S. to get her philosophy on accessories, favorite picks from the new collection and a sneak peek at what’s in store for fall.

Banana Republic: What are the top jewelry trends for spring and summer?
Robin S.: We love bright, saturated colors like coral, turquoise, green and yellow to really signal the spring and summer seasons. Mix colors or wear a range of the same color tones together. Another trend is stacking bracelets. Combining bracelets with bright color, leather and pattern creates a custom look that pairs back to a range of outfits. We also continue to love the cleaned up safari look. Tortoise and gold together really compliment khaki apparel and can be worn dressed up for work or casually on the weekend.

BR: What are some of your favorite pieces from the spring and summer BR collection?
RS: I love mixing the Skinny Resin Bangle, Cab Stretch Bracelet, and Resin Stretch Bracelet together — especially the bright pink and turquoise colors. The Tropical Sunset Necklace looks great under a woven for work but also is perfect for a dressy occasion like a wedding or graduation during summer. I love the simplicity of a great link necklace — the Interlock Link Necklace can really be worn with anything. Every woman should own at least one of these!
BR: What is your personal accessories philosophy (pile it on or simple is best)?
RS: During the week I normally wear simple jewelry — stud earrings, a simple necklace, and a few bracelets worn with my watch (as I take jewelry on and off all day trying on new samples.) There are other days, however, that I love to wear a simple white t-shirt with a bold statement necklace or a few pieces layered together (depending on my mood.) I almost always wear something large or colorful when I go out with friends for drinks or dinner. I love using jewelry to make my outfit!

BR: Can you give us a teaser about what jewelry trends we’ll be seeing for fall?
RS: For fall, the trends we love are: pearl, rich fall-appropriate colors like purple and amber tones and tortoise (which carries over from spring and summer.) You will see jewelry get a bit more dressed up as we move into the fall season.


Classically Inspired

While catching up with a favorite film this weekend — the Hitchcock classic, To Catch a Thief — we couldn’t help but notice how great those nautical stripes look on Mr. Grant (and how on trend they are for spring)!

We got to wondering what other classic icons we could find wearing this timeless look. Here are a few images we came across. If inspiration were a crime, we’d gladly be behind bars to follow this trend.

1. Coco Chanel 2. Bridget Bardot 3. James Dean 4. Jackie Kennedy 5. Audrey Hepburn

(Jackie Kennedy photo via Life.com)



Think chunky cardigans. Wool pants. Tweed jackets. Altogether. Mixed and matched that’s where the real cool factor comes in. It’s amazing how a cable sweater layered over The Great White Shirt can become a modern revelation. Your turn to texture.



It¹s not complicated—it¹s actually the opposite. Classic just works. Then. Now. Always. It¹s streamlined thinking and great looking. The crisp white shirt. The perfect tailored black pant. A new suit that speaks more to personal style than tradition. Because you know a thing or two about what works. Sure, they say clothes don’t make the man (or woman), but those rules don’t matter when you’re wearing timeless on your sleeve. It’s right here in black and white.