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Is Banana Republic finaaaalllly ‘back’? (I remember it started to go downhill when Goodby Silverstein did this advertising campaign back in March 2005.)

A few months ago, I bought a dress* from Banana Republic and didn’t return it. And now, this Nautical Basketweave blazer is on my very short list. I love a good navy blazer and this one reminds me of the Balmain on Emmanuelle Alt that I posted about 4 years ago.

I tried it on at the store today (a rare B&M visit). Since I have short arms, I go for petite sizing when I can and this comes in regular, petite, and tall sizes. My store only had regular sizes but it was enough to help me get a sense of sizing. It is cut well. if you want a close fit, size down. I could’ve gone for a regular size for my arms, so that means the sleeves are on the shorter size. The material is on the thicker side, so it’s not for a hot summer, but would hold up in other seasons or in air conditioning.

Get 40% off $200+ through tomorrow with code BRSAVE.

P.S. Banana Republic, your search function needs work!

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Most of Uniqlo x Ines de la Fressange Spring 2015 is on sale. This linen tailored jacket is a favorite and looks to have been massively restocked in the last 24 hours. Great quality and great fit! Currently on sale for $49.90, there’s another coupon if you purchase over $125 and shipping is free on all orders. My only quibble is I need to alter the sleeve length. If your size is out, the website seem to restock frequently at all times of the day.

Sidenote: Dear Uniqlo, if you had an online price adjustment policy, I would make less returns.

 


Image source: Uniqlo

 

Image source: Refinery29

The Uniqlo collection by Helmut Lang designer, Alexandre Plokhov, dropped last week. It was sold out online but it is now back in stock. I haven’t tried it on at all, but my friend checked it in person (since she’s way more unlazy than I had to drag myself up or downtown) and here’s a quick paraphrase of her in-person review:

  • Some pieces aren’t attractive and are too expensive. (I totally agree.)
  • The kids’ collection is really cute (and we all know some of it runs big enough for petites and it’s cheaper).
  • I wonder how long the black will stay black…

Click on each item’s “Fit guide” for exact measurements!

 

The J.Crew schoolboy blazer that I posted about two weeks ago is still on sale with an additional 40% off and it’s not final sale. And the navy blazer’s petites and talls are now also on sale. I got the regular size, but need to get the petite. I’m pretty much always a petite in J.Crew blazers. Scroll down for more details.

Image source: J.Crew

Schoolboy Blazer in Black ($58.80)
Schoolboy Blazer in Navy ($58.80)

Use code DEPTOFSALE to get the price above. Despite it being advertised for 40% off final sale styles, it’s good on all sale items. If a sale item is final sale, there will be a “FINAL SALE” sign before you add it to your cart and next to the item in your cart.

Image source: J.Crew

I’ve been unintentionally avoiding J.Crew lately, but the few times I’ve popped on to jcrew.com, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the amount of items on sale and the prices. This go around, I see plenty of classic styles on sale. I’ve never seen the schoolboy blazer properly on sale (i.e. temporary mistake) for less than $80. If you’re in the market for one, there are tons of sizes in both black and navy (oh, what a dilemma) and it’s a very very decent price with the 40% off code. It’s also not final sale (best way to tell is when you add it to your cart)!

I consider the schoolboy blazer style to be a classic piece — whether for work or play — and the quality of a J.Crew blazer is excellent. You can’t compare it to e.g. Gap or Zara.
Schoolboy Blazer in Black ($58.80)
Schoolboy Blazer in Navy ($58.80)

Oh, and this top looks pretty nice for $14.99. I typically don’t like exposed zippers, but will make an exception for this one :)

J.Crew’s sister brand, Madewell, has a similar sale going on and the highly rated eyelet hideaway dress is at an attractive price.

Both sales run through Monday. If your size/color sold out, check back early in the morning (ET) for restocks.

My favorite clothing purchase of the season is the Baukjen Maryna Blazer. A long time ago, I blogged about my search for the perfect, affordable navy blazer. I was inspired by the effortlessly chic (well a editor’s clothing allowance does help in the effortless part) Emmanuelle Alt, who is pictured in Balmain below. I loved the feminine take on the military look and the gold buttons.

I looked for a while but it’s hard to find a blazer that is double breasted, yet fitted and flattering to curves. Isabella Oliver is behind Baukjen (and just relaunched it from the 365 name this year). IO is a maternity brand, and obviously knows a thing or two about dressing the real woman.

The Maryna Blazer isn’t navy, but it’s in my other favorite neutral – black – and it’s in ponte. At first glance, the price of $289 was too high for me. I pinned it and went on my merry way. Then DailyCandy Deals had a 65% deal on this random brand and I randomly happened to stumble on it. Baukjen also runs promotions pretty often and they are stackable with gift certificate codes.

The fit is true to size and similar to J.Crew. The quality is excellent. I do wish they had petite sizing – the sleeves are too long and it doesn’t look like an easy alteration. I flip the sleeves up for now. It also comes in royal blue, but I prefer to buy things like blazers in a very neutral color to maximize usage. I also got the caramel and black Pippa stripe top. That runs on the smaller, very fitted side.

Baukjen ships from the UK, but there is a return address in the US. I’ve exchanged a few emails with customer service and I give them a thumbs up. I rarely embrace unknown, newer brands like this, especially since there were barely any reviews online, but the customer reviews helped me make my decision. More retailers should get on the review bandwagon.

I’m so glad DailyCandy ran their promotion for a while. Long enough for me to get the blazer and buy more credit. I doubt I’ll ever see anything as insane as 65% off credit again!

Keep track of promotions on their Facebook page. The blazer is currently 25% off, along with a bunch of other items in the Vogue Edit.