Dear Banana Republic…

I almost gave you my hard earned money today, when I saw this cardigan in store…

The black ribbon on navy merino wool looked really great sitting there, nicely folded on the table, so I tried it on in a size petite XS, since that’s the smallest size you carry in stores. I loved it, but I needed just one size smaller, so I hopped on my computer as soon as I got home, credit card in hand, ready to purchase.
But then I saw this…

Where’s the navy? That color isn’t even available online in petites! Um…I’m confused…and a little bit hurt. Oh yeah, and you didn’t get any money from me today.

-Kelly

**Update** As some commenters suggested, I called Banana Republic customer service to ask about the navy blue in petite sizes. Customer Service said the navy blue in petite was never made for the online store, and size petite XXS does not exist in the store system. Bummer. =(

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27 Comments

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    PetiteAsianGirl

    So very strange…so navy was definitely available in petites in-store? I know retailers make limited colors for petites but if it's available in stores then I'm baffled about why not online. Boo!

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    kileen

    i hate that!! the gray cardigan actually looks cute still too, but i know what you mean about it being frustrating when they don't have even have the color available online.

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    Alterations Needed

    PetiteAsianGirl – Yup, I most definitely tried on a petite size XS in store, so I assumed it would be online too! Strange right?

    kileen – The gray is cute, but I really liked the navy. I'm so bummed I can't find petite xxs!

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    Anonymous

    I wonder if this is a website error. You might want ask customer service.

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    AubreyOhDang!

    lame.

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    The Little Dust Princess

    haha that happens a lot to me when I try to go home and get it online. Do you think you could've possibly just shrunk the XS though? Maybe the navy one was only available in a few stores and it was sold out at the BR warehouse where they ship their things from. : )

    xx The Little Dust Princess

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    Nelah

    I like the navy color better than the gray. Usually I like pretty much everything in gray but this is an exception. Hope you can find one soon, it is pretty.

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    Erin

    Ugh this is a serious Pet Peeve! (Yes it deserves capitalization!) I don't understand why stores don't bother fully stocking petite colors! I wonder if the store could order it for you…?

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    Anonymous

    Call BR CSR directly!
    Request CSR to check with the inventory dept. It could be an error online.
    Good luck. Don't settle for a color you don't like.
    Did you keep the ATL Gray skinny pant? You look very very very lovely in it.

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    Jen

    I absolutely hate when stores do that!

    xoxo,
    Jen
    The Haute Road

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    HM63

    Awe….that's too bad, Kelly. :/
    I've got my eye on this as well. Haven't seen it in person yet. I looove navy!

    I've seen this before….things in store that are not online. Strange indeed.

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    Michelle

    I can totally imagine that cardigan on you! What a perfect match!

    I agree with the other readers…try calling customer service to find out if there is a petite xxs out there. My store sometimes gets the petite xxs returned to them. There has to be one somewhere! Good luck! :)

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    PetiteXXS

    Wow I had no idea they do that, since I rarely shop in store. I guess there's a possibility that they're sold out in navy in all sizes?

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    N

    Did you contact the CS? They might be able to offer it to you that way?

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    Alterations Needed

    I just called customer service…sure enough…that color in petite was never made for the online store, and size petite XXS in navy does not exist. Bummer =(

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    Alterations Needed

    The Little Dust Princess – I did think about shrinking the petite XS, but I'm afraid of what will happen to the ribbon detail. Eek!

    HM63 – The navy is really great! As long as you're not a size petite XXS like I'm cursed as being, the navy is available in all the other petite sizes in stores.

    Michelle – I know! The cardigan is so me! Guess it wasn't meant to be…*sigh*

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    CynthiaC

    This happens A LOT. I saw a sweater at Banana today in XSP but it was a little big. Went home to check the US site to see if I could get an XXSP, but the sweater was not available in PETITES AT ALL……..huh??

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    PetiteLittleGirl

    I love the navy. It's not the color I would typically buy. It happens a lot to me. I see what I like in store but couldn't find it online. Let's hope that it'll pop up online the next time you check

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    glitterstars111

    I had a similar horror happen to me earlier this season. I was lucky enough to shop at a Chicago BR that had lots of petite styles. I figured I would go home and order them online with a coupon, only to find that NOTHING I wanted was even on the website in petite. :(. Since then I've tried stopping at every Banana Republic that sells petites that I could find to get those items. Only found one shirt.

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    SewPetiteGal

    Weird! I too can totally see you rocking this cardigan. I really like the combination of the navy with black detailing. Hmm, I might have to try this as a future project. :)

  • Reply November 15, 2010

    Angie

    aww that sucks :( that was such a great find. they'll learn next time and it's okay you'll probably find something even better in the next few days hehe

  • Reply November 16, 2010

    Anonymous

    The blue cardigan is on the website now

  • Reply November 17, 2010

    CynthiaC

    @Anonymous: It isn't for petite sizes. I just checked.

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    CynthiaC

    @Anonymous: It isn't for petite sizes. I just checked.

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    Angie

    aww that sucks :( that was such a great find. they'll learn next time and it's okay you'll probably find something even better in the next few days hehe

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    Michelle

    I can totally imagine that cardigan on you! What a perfect match!

    I agree with the other readers…try calling customer service to find out if there is a petite xxs out there. My store sometimes gets the petite xxs returned to them. There has to be one somewhere! Good luck! :)

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    Jen

    I absolutely hate when stores do that!

    xoxo,
    Jen
    The Haute Road

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