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Banana Republic, not that bad

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by deveandepot1, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. mkarim

    mkarim Well-Known Member

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    I try to piece together a nice shirt + tie combo for them out of the shit we have, and their girlfriend always picks out the worst combo ever, (see above, or dark green shirt with dark green tie :fail[​IMG] and they always go with her choice.


    Yes, why is it that women usually go for the worst combo? I thought women had an eye for style...[​IMG]
     
  2. mkarim

    mkarim Well-Known Member

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    I actually got a perfect fit in the new-cut $60 slim-fit banana dress shirt. Something I couldn't achieve in any $200 shirt on the market. I think it all depends on your body type.

    Maybe so, but I bet the fabric is paper thin and won't stand up to washing.
     
  3. srgprod

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    Really sorry you didn't grab that jacket. With the 40% discount (or even at the retail price of $ 298) that was one of be best leather jackets you could find and was a real bargain. One might show up on ebay. so try looking there from time to time. I don't know how many pieces they made but I assume there were quite a few. The quality of the leather, having six pockets (two interior, two patch and two hand warmer), gusseted sleeves, button cuff closures, etc. made this an amazing piece.

    It's too bad that some brands get so much hate. Not all clothes from these companies suck. There are some really great pieces from time to time.

    Not having too much experience with leather, I thought it was decent and almost bought it with a 40% off coupon.
    But when I hesitated and posted my uncertainty here, the replies I got scared me away.
    [​IMG]
    Wish I could find them again.
     
  4. ruben

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    What is mindblowing to me is BR's resistance to anything that resembles either fashion or style. It's in a clothing purgatory where everyone always wear a blue dress shirt and Gavin chinos with their shiny black shoes. I hope someone reinvents them, and fast.

    Another great quote, although for me the quintessential BR a light blue v-neck (ribbed even) over a white tee shirt, over some light stone-colored stretch paints, and tacky black leather square toed shoes.

    I really hate BR, so I'm enjoying reading through this thread.
     
  5. uhurit

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    There's 2 things I always buy at BR...when on deep deep sale : socks and crewneck longsleeved t-shirts
     
  6. Makeshift_Robot

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    Another great quote, although for me the quintessential BR a light blue v-neck (ribbed even) over a white tee shirt, over some light stone-colored stretch paints, and tacky black leather square toed shoes.

    I really hate BR, so I'm enjoying reading through this thread.


    FWIW, my iconic BR look is an argyle quarter-zip mockneck sweater, with a light blue/dark blue striped shirt under it and the shirt is not tucked into the straight-cut khakis and the khakis bunch up over the black moc-toe shoes and the collar of the sweater is in this strange not quite flat/not quite up netherworld.

    I'm not sure how they're still in business when J Crew is doing such fantastic marketing and lifestyle branding at the same price point.
     
  7. Asherlc

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    FWIW, my iconic BR look is an argyle quarter-zip mockneck sweater, with a light blue/dark blue striped shirt under it and the shirt is not tucked into the straight-cut khakis and the khakis bunch up over the black moc-toe shoes and the collar of the sweater is in this strange not quite flat/not quite up netherworld.

    I'm not sure how they're still in business when J Crew is doing such fantastic marketing and lifestyle branding at the same price point.


    Banana Republic's brand is business-casual. J. Crew's brand is east coast preppy casual.

    Most people would not shop for work at J Crew, and would not shop for their weekend wear at BR.
     
  8. brad-t

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    Yes, why is it that women usually go for the worst combo? I thought women had an eye for style...[​IMG]

    this is a fallacy, most women can't dress for shit and can't dress men for shit, either
     
  9. uhurit

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    this is a fallacy, most women can't dress for shit and can't dress men for shit, either

    +1

    Most women can't dress, period. No surprise their boyfriends/husbands/SO who trust them in dressing them up, end up looking inept...a match made in Podunksville
     
  10. mkarim

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    +1

    Most women can't dress, period. No surprise their boyfriends/husbands/SO who trust them in dressing them up, end up looking inept...a match made in Podunksville


    ...and the prettiest women seem to congregate around the worst-dressed guys... [​IMG]
     
  11. dtmt

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  12. a-rock

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    Most people would not shop for work at J Crew, and would not shop for their weekend wear at BR.
    The state of American business wear sucks so people intentionally shop at BR to look sucky? I don't think the relative "appropriateness" in style drives purchasing decisions between JC and BR. I would wager most BR customers shop there because they simply don't know any better about style. If they cared so much about what they wear and the role it plays in their professional life, they probably wouldn't be BR shoppers to begin with.
     
  13. Asherlc

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    The state of American business wear sucks so people intentionally shop at BR to look sucky? I don't think the relative "appropriateness" in style drives purchasing decisions between JC and BR. I would wager most BR customers shop there because they simply don't know any better about style. If they cared so much about what they wear and the role it plays in their professional life, they probably wouldn't be BR shoppers to begin with.

    No, not at all. But BR has positioned itself (intentionally or unintentionally) as a place to buy your clothes for work. J Crew's marketing is clearly marks it as a casual wear brand. This is reflected in their advertising, and when the average person thinks J Crew, they think sun faded pants or madras shirts, etc, not slacks and a no-iron button down.

    Does J Crew even make a non-iron dress shirt?

    I'm not arguing that someone should or shouldn't buy their "adult" clothes there -- but when a 22 year old fresh out of college needs his uniform, he thinks BR as cheap and foolproof.

    I was responding to someone wondering how BR stays in business, when from the SF perspective, they occupy the same branding space as J Crew. But to the rest of the world, they serve two very different markets. In fact, I would wager many people shop at both BR and J Crew, but for different purposes. Hell, they're right next to each other in the mall. J Crew is not some underground secret.
     
  14. super_paws

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    Banana Republic gets a bad rap here for some valid reasons, but if you give it a chance you might be pleasantly surprised.
    Here are the top reasons why BR deserves a second look

    1. Slim fit shirts are actually slim. The slim fit shirts are about 2-3' slimmer in the chest than J.Crew.
    2. Medium Tall/Extra small/31-34 pants/...: They offer more sizes than any other mall brand in the US.
    3. Sales: BR has amazing sales. I have bought socks for a dollar, a %100 cashmere sweaters for $15, Made in the USA belts for $8, Ties for $7, a full suit for $80, leather gloves $15...

    Anyone Agree?


    I have a button-down shirt from Fall 2008, and it fits much like most of my BoOs, plus the quality is top-notch. BR no longer makes anything like this in fit, detail, or quality.
     
  15. *intellect*

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    their quality has gone down, but still a decent store with good prices.

    their winter jackets/trench's are crack
     
  16. aaaeeeiiiooouuu

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    Something about BR bothers me. Maybe it's the fact that they pretend to be luxe when it's really just a neutered Express. Also, the giddy models on the website piss me off

    Some of the Heritage stuff looks decent, but I bet the fit is shit
     
  17. wogbog

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    I bought a t-shirt from there two years ago that I still like a lot. It's dark green, very soft and has a tree on it. Haven't been in one since lol
     
  18. Meis

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    this is a fallacy, most women can't dress for shit and can't dress men for shit, either

    + 1,000
    Yet most women think they can dress themselves and others well because they read a few mags with shitty "fashion tips" in them.

    Banana Republic's brand is business-casual. J. Crew's brand is east coast preppy casual.

    Most people would not shop for work at J Crew, and would not shop for their weekend wear at BR.


    Umm really? I mean its not like J.Crew sells suits and ties and dress shoes, oh wait....

    No, not at all. But BR has positioned itself (intentionally or unintentionally) as a place to buy your clothes for work. J Crew's marketing is clearly marks it as a casual wear brand. This is reflected in their advertising, and when the average person thinks J Crew, they think sun faded pants or madras shirts, etc, not slacks and a no-iron button down.

    Does J Crew even make a non-iron dress shirt?

    Non-iron dress shirts? who cares. Lots of places don't make non-iron dress shirts. I don't own a single non-iron dress shirt.

    I'd disagree as to the positioning. BR has plenty of ads showing their models in really shitty excuses for casual outfits, and while yeah the majority of J.crew ads show off their casual stuff a substantial portion of their ads/etc are on their suits and other dress clothes... so I wouldn't say one brand clearly markets itself to casual the other brand to work. They both arguably position themselves as "you can get pretty much all your clothes here" sort of places.
     
  19. El Argentino

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    I'd disagree as to the positioning. BR has plenty of ads showing their models in really shitty excuses for casual outfits, and while yeah the majority of J.crew ads show off their casual stuff a substantial portion of their ads/etc are on their suits and other dress clothes... so I wouldn't say one brand clearly markets itself to casual the other brand to work. They both arguably position themselves as "you can get pretty much all your clothes here" sort of places.

    Agreed. I work for BR currently p/t, and still would buy just about anything at JCrew before BR, if not for the decent discount.
     
  20. Philip1209

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    Some of BR isn't bad. However, Express has been plummeting in quality and design.
     

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