Originally Posted by jet
Congrats you know how to search back in time. I've owned a fuk ton for the past 10 years you've got a great point.
Now do you see me discussing its merits on a dedicated thread?
No, but you're acting as if discussion of Banana Republic has absolutely no place whatsoever on a fashion forum. Though I could reluctantly understand this position if you were always some sort of "sartorial savant," you were extolling Banana Republic's virtues merely three years ago. Considering the fact that Banana Republic's general aesthetic has not changed very much in the last five years, it would appear as if you have simply adopted an unjust, haughty air of entitlement.
It's no secret that Banana Republic makes some visually unappealing clothing, and nearly everything sold at BR is "overpriced" at full retail. Nonetheless, intentionally "basic" wardrobe pieces including pants, sweaters and some outerwear (much like your aforementioned "loves") are very difficult to bastardize, and Banana Republic does a decent job at creating these garments. Granted, they most certainly lack impeccable quality and innovative design, but there's nothing fundamentally awful
about a red sweater or gray wool pants. When one takes into account the outstanding sale prices mentioned in this thread, there is no reason that the occasional Banana Republic article can't be incorporated into a timelessly stylish wardrobe. Endlessly complaining that a "mall brand" (let alone one that you recently wore) is not suitable fodder for a fashion forum on which Uniqlo and sneakers are championed is unabashedly arrogant, and not unlike the behavior patented by a now-unemployed HonestForum "maven."