Monday, January 10, 2011

Post-Holiday Haul Review: Banana Republic 50% off Sale Items

I am on a roll with my shopping resolution! I braved the mall chaos last weekend and came back with a couple goodies from Banana Republic. I was quite surprised to find that the prices in the stores are much less than you find online. Who knew I was paying so much more online? Banana Republic was, and I think still is, having 50% off all sale items in-store. Online, they're only offering 30% off.

Italian Spun Pointelle-U-Neck in XS - $64.50 now $18.49 in stores. $54.99 plus 30% off online.

Here is the same sweater on me in gray (color not available online).
This is a nice casual weekend wool/cashmere sweater! The body is slim fitting but the arms are not. The seams are sewn to look like a sweatshirt but it has nice pointelle detail on the front u-neck area, sides, and down the center of the back. I got it in size XS, but it's also still available online in PXXS and PXS in several colors for $39.99 plus 30% off.  
Verdict: Keep 

Belted Striped Shirt in Blue Stripe - $69.50 now $20
This was a last minute purchase and I think I'll return this one. I don't need anymore casual button down shirts! This shirt drew me in initially because I liked the tie waist and the striped chambray material. And I could see myself wearing this in the summer with a little white tank and shorts. It's available online in gray stripe as well as blue stripe in size XS for $49.99 plus 30% off.
Verdict: Return

Vest in XS - $89.50 now $18.99, in-stores only
I should really take a picture of myself wearing this. On the hanger, it looks like an old man vest, but on me, I think it has a snow bunny ski slope kind of cute! The fit of this is a tiny bit loose and the arm opening could be a tad too big, which will make the entire outfit look sloppy. But if I wear it with a thicker layer underneath, it would fit just right.
Verdict: Maybe

What do you think? Should I keep or return these items?


  1. I like the sweater and chambray shirt! The sweater seems to fit very nicely in the torso but it looks a tad long - do you like longer sweaters? As for the vest, I think I'd need to see a picture of it on you to judge. Great job on finding the deals!

  2. I keep browsing BR too when I go to the mall but my particular store must be frequented by small people because there are usually no small petite sizes available!

    ps do you have a google follower widget here? I keep trying to find it so I can subscribe but don't see it anywhere. :)

  3. @SewPetiteGal - Thanks for your comment! I do tend to like longer sweaters that can cover my rear. :) I wonder if it's as flattering on me now that I don't wear high heels as much. I'll try to post a picture of the vest soon. I would love to hear what you think!

    @Elle - Thanks for the suggestion and following! I added the google follower widget to the right side bar now. This was my first time at this particular BR and I was surprised to see so many small sizes too. Hope it wasn't a fluke!


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