BANANA republic picks

When I was little I remember thinking Banana Republic was the coolest place to shop - everything was leather (it was the 90's, after all) and expensive (hey, I was in elementary school - anything over five bucks was a lot). When I got to the age where Banana Republic was a frequent stop on my list (right after college when I needed things other than jeans and tanks to wear to work), I remember thinking, man, didn't this used to be cooler? There wasn't nearly as much leather, and the once "hip" store wasn't full of grunge-era baristas buying all black outfits anymore. In place of 90's hipsters was middle-aged women buying tweed pantsuits. Not high on my list of cool things. So for a long while I took a break from the store, deeming it too "professional" for me (jeans will forever be my favorite uniform, after all). 

Until now. Banana Republic has switched gears and stepped up their fashion game, ten fold. And man, they are KILLING it. Here are my favorite things they're repping right now (most of which I just scooped up at their huge additional 40% off sale):

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Hallo Hei Hello Graphic Tee - Love the simple chicness of this muscle tank. 

Faux-Leather Trim Pullover - Oversized sweater + leather? Perfect in my book. 

Striped Dolman-Sleeve Shirttail Tee - Stripes. Need I say more?

Glasses Intarsia Pullover - Such an adorable print!

Mixed-Media Shirttail Pullover - I'm still drooling over the short sweater vest/long white shirt combo a la Clueless's Cher Horowitz. This is a great updated version.

Fringe Leather Moto Jacket - Fringe. Cropped. Leather. Perfection.

Faux-Leather Cocoon Dress - The little leather skirt detail is fantastic on this. Comfy and stylish is the way to go.

Soft-Wash Burgundy Plaid Boyfriend Shirt -Good ol' fashion plaid never goes out of style.

Heritage Striped Tunic Dress - Love the simplicity of the shape and stripes. 

P.S. I also got a women's version of this, but it's apparently sold out now, so I'm linking to the very stylish men's version!