Banana Republic Textured Swing Pullover, size XS regular
LOFT Outlet Lace Sleeve & Hem Tee (style no. 358252; similar here and here), size S regular
LOFT crystal leaf necklace (now available via Nordstrom)
Club Monaco Dace Scarf (sold out)
Banana Republic Indigo Denim Leggings, size 0/25 short
Banana Republic is having a sale for 40% off select items. I’ve been eying the Tilia bootie since trying them on at the beginning of the season and I would have loved them in both colors but black is sold out online in my size. I purchased some new skinny jeans online and I figured I would do a quick review in this post.
When I went to pick up a pair I had hemmed for free (a very nice BR Luxe perk) I bought this white textured swing pullover in size S but I ended up exchanging it for size XS for a better fit. Below is how size XS looks on me. This sweater washed well in the cold cycle and air dried.
I’ve favored my trusty Old Navy Rockstar super skinny jeans for a few years now but I was intrigued by the introduction of the new BR premium denim. I ordered the indigo skinny jean and indigo denim leggings to try around the end of January. As pictured above on left, the skinny jeans feel like Spanx, sucking in and lifting up in all the right spots. This pair had a 28.5″ inseam when I checked measurements for the pair I received. I have the extra length cuffed above but I don’t like too much scrunching at the end of my jeans so I decided to get it hemmed for free via my local store. I love how the thighs and legs are slim throughout as one of my problems with many skinny jeans are baggy thighs and knees and too wide openings at the ankles. If you have thinner calves you may like this pair but if you have larger calves then you may have a problem pulling them on due to the lack of stretch. Most importantly this pair maintains its shape throughout the day and they didn’t bleed onto my hands or clothing.
Below is a picture of how the skinny jeans look after hemming. The ankles are still small enough for my preference since the opening that smallest at the bottom was sacrificed for the sake of hemming.
Moving onto the pair on the right, the indigo denim leggings are stretchier and therefore more comfortable than the skinny jeans. Beware that this wash bleeds on your hands until the third or fourth wash. I’ve washed this pair about six times now and it’s maintained it’s dark pigmentation but it still bleeds a bit onto my lighter articles of clothing. For example, it bled onto my white textured swing pullover but it came out in the wash. (Note: I wash my clothes on cold and air dry them to prevent shrinking. If you experience color transfer/bleeding never wash the item on hot water or it may set in the color.) The jeans have also bled on my sandy grey heather colored LOFT open hoodie but that also came out in the wash as well. Per my measurements the 0/25 short had a 27″ inseam for the pair I received so it required no hemming or cuffing unlike the skinny jeans. They also maintain their shape very nicely and they’ve been the pair of jeans I’ve worn the most on rotation.
Banana Republic is having a Friends and Family event next week (March 12-15) per a mailer I received with one time codes. If the promotion works on denim then I plan to stock up on more jeans. I wish retailers offered more white jean options but I recently came across DSTLD jeans and re-ordered the low rise skinny ankles in size 24 waist. I had ordered size 25 and 26 but I find this brand and style to run larger. Size 25 had fit me except for the baggy ankle issue. If size 24 works out I’ll do an updated review.
Banana Republic Indigo Skinny Jean, size 0/25 petite after hemming
I also got this textured stripe boatneck pullover after trying it on in stores. I saw it on a sales associate and just had to try it on. Unfortunately I think this sweater became a tad tighter after I washed it last week despite washing it on cold and drying it flat. It’s still the same length but I prefer the looser fit. If it goes on further discount I may buy another and dry clean in order to maintain the relaxed fit.
I wanted this perforated mesh wrap so I was delighted to find it on sale in stores. It’s very soft, long and warm since you can wrap it around a few times without being too bulky.
Lastly, I also tried on this pretty draped sleeveless blouse which I passed on it in stores but I can’t stop thinking about it. I love the flowy fit but the vneck is deep so I would need a hidden snap button put in to avoid flashing my bra. I don’t like to wear a cami if I don’t have to for sheerer tops that I plan to use for layering purposes. In my opinion the cami outline ruins the otherwise clean, polished aesthetic.
Thanks for reading!