Dress to Dream and Rediscover: Our Autumn Wardrobe Must-Haves with Banana Republic

Dress to Dream and Rediscover: Our Autumn Wardrobe Must-Haves with Banana Republic

An all-new collection of classics from Banana Republic reimagines a whimsical American aesthetic for adventure-seeking nomads – an aesthetic our wardrobes are crying out for. Here’s our pick of the collection.

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we’ve forgotten how to dress. Remember when we, you know,
actually put together outfits? If you’re struggling to pack a
suitcase for a new adventure, you’re not alone. There are some
serious blurred lines happening in the sartorial world right now. A
year of disruption has left us not quite knowing where workwear
ends and loungewear begins.

It’s that feeling – the limitless, genre-less moment fashion is
having – that’s inspired the ageless American fashion brand
to chart course in a new direction, following the
threads of nostalgia to create a wardrobe for nomadic wanderers of
time and place. The collection, New Look, is all about marrying
heritage with modernity, and features quality, functional clothes
paired with limitless creativity. Think pockets that are, like,
actually pockets, a mindful nod to the aesthetics of travel’s
golden years, and plenty of luxe basics to take you from
day-to-night – or plane-to-piazza – with as few wardrobe changes as
possible. This is resourceful dressing done elegantly – ensembles
made for travellers.

We’ve had a peek at the new collection and honed in on the
pieces we’re coveting for an autumn escape. With flattering cuts,
tailored design and a focus on utilitarian – yet tactile – basics,
these pieces will redefine your autumn/winter uniform and put some
all-new American cool into your wardrobe, whatever destination is
on your ticket.

Silk Maxi Slip Dress

A bias-cut silk maxi slip in the colour of the season? We’re
sold. Late-night dining on Portofino’s harbourside calls for
elegant, siren-style dressing, and this emerald-toned dress ticks
all the boxes. Add a
gold cuff
or a pair of Italian-made, hand-crafted oval hoop earrings from the Ravena
Collection and you’re set for a dolce vita-worthy dinner on the
Italian Riviera. This is a dress with range, too: chuck on some
knitted sneakers and a belted cargo jacket and you’ve got the
perfect autumn look for a late-night NoHo dinner.

Buy now at £209.00

Unlined Italian Melton Car Coat

A relaxed, tailored coat is the linchpin to any autumnal weekend
wardrobe, so if the Catskills are on your itinerary for October,
this shrug-on, shrug-off number is a must for travel days and
woodland walks when in situ. We’re erring towards the banana yellow
hue for a pop of colour when the days start to get much shorter,
but the warm taupe makes a perfect neutral layer for jet-setting,
too. Add a pair of high-rise wide-leg Italian wool pants, and
you’re channelling some serious AOC.

Or shop the full look by pairing it with the
flyweight cargo jogger
and the
seamless Merino turtleneck sweater

Buy now at £298.00

Ravena Link Bracelet

Ignore your mother’s withering glare: chunky is chic right now
in the world of jewellery. And while taking it to Carmela Soprano
levels might be pushing the trend, a glimmer of heavyweight gold on
the wrist offers an easy way to refresh your wardrobe this autumn.
Think of it as Paul Mescal’s chain getting a little out of hand –
be selective, and don’t go overboard. This hand-crafted Ravena Link
Bracelet is made from durable bronze with gold plating, and it
elevates any outfit. It’s made in Italy, too – Carmela would

Buy now at £79.50

SUPIMA® Padded Shoulder Tank

Serving up serious 1980s vibes, this lilac muscle tank is the
ultimate work-to-dinner wear. Pair the pastel number with yolk-toned high-rise wide-leg Italian wool pant
for a statement silhouette that nods to the A/W colour-blocking
trend. Don’t fear the sharp-shouldered look: the decade-of-excess
outline is back in vogue (think: Diana, out to dinner, and you’re
on the right track). Add a pair of stonewash jeans, a chunky link
bracelet and this soft sherpa clutch, plus some serious blackout
sunnies, for a low-key weekend look.

Buy now at £29.50

High-Rise Wide-Leg Italian Wool Pant

Elegant tailoring, a flattering cut and proper pockets – what
more could you want from a pair of pants? There’s a touch of
nostalgia in the gorgeous fabric and smart silhouette of this
Italian wool pair, but bold colour-blocking (good morning, key A/W
trend) keeps them on the right side of contemporary. Add a
safari-inspired jacket to catch that vintage travel aesthetic, or
pair with a sharp poplin shirt and neutral cotton sweater tank to channel Kendall Jenner’s
iconic oversized NYC-menswear look.

Buy now at £149.00

Quilted Leather Moto Jacket

Berlin called: it wants the jacket back. An essential basic for
when the thermometer drops, this easy-to-love wardrobe staple makes
autumn transitional dressing easy as pie. We’re taking this as a
versatile basic when we head to Copenhagen, Amsterdam or the German
capital. Chuck it in your suitcase for easy layering. Keep it chic
and Euro-cool with a silk camisole and a pair of high-rise jeans, or slip it over a halterneck shift and pull on some boots to
toughen up a summer favourite.

Buy now at £598.00

Organic Cotton Sweater Tank

If you’re packing for a gourmet retreat to Baja, you need a few
of these hero sweater tanks in your bag. Available in a range of
natural colours, from soft lilac and grapevine green to warm
mustard and more, they’re the high-quality, interchangeable basic
you won’t be able to live without. Add linen tailored trousers,
statement earrings and a leather flat for an evening tasting menu
at Deckman’s en el Mogor, or pair with form-flattering utility pants and a skinny leather belt to channel a safari-inspired
look while daytime tasting Finca La Carrodilla’s organic chenin

Buy now at £69.50

Cloud Fleece Jogger

Hands up if you’ve ever struggled to get that plane outfit on
spec? Soft, stress-free, cosy, comfortable and chic, these ultimate
joggers have just reinvented our jet-setting uniform. Offering a
tapered fit, the shell-white ones are now a permanent fixture in
our onboard wardrobe. Just add the essential cargo jacket and some voluminous,
super-soft cashmere and you’re ready to fly,

Buy now at £79.50

High-Rise Barrel-Leg Jean

Jeans are a staple, but if you want to level-up your basics,
we’d grab these distinctive wide-cut ones before they’re gone. High
on the waist, with a balloon-leg cut and in two distressed-look
washes, they’re giving us serious Camille Charriere vibes. Plus,
that under-the-rib rise offers serious Blake Lively legs (sadly,
attention from Ryan Reynolds is not guaranteed). Just add a crisp
white t-shirt, a pair of relaxed-slouch suede boots and an on-trend
puffer tote bag.

Buy now at £98.50

Essential Sneaker

Take it from us, there’s nothing more important to pack for a
getaway than a pair of reliable sneakers. Wandering Prague’s
medieval streets? Joining the après-ski crowd for a Kircher-fuelled
Whistler evening? Heading down Grafton Street for a pint of the
black stuff? You need a pair of these. With leather uppers, a
breathable synthetic inner lining and memory foam padding – plus a
little bit of lift to add height – they’ll take you from the Louvre
to Long Island and back.

Buy now at £138.00

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