Banana Republic Silk Camp Shirt, size p00 :: Paige Blue Heights Skinnies, size 23 (hemmed) :: Ann Taylor Perfect Patent Belt, size xs :: J.Crew Supernova Pearl necklace :: Timex watch :: Christian Louboutin Simple 85 Pumps, size 35
With a few Rewards Cards burning holes in my wallet, I wandered into Banana Republic not expecting to find much. The petite offerings at my local store is pitiful, so it’s rare that I find something worthwhile. Then I saw this little silk shirt hanging on the rack, and along with a few other button downs (I’m on a button down kick lately), headed to the fitting room.
Silk shirts are an item that usually leaves much to be desired. Silk is usually cut roomy, much to this tiny petite’s dismay. I want to add more luxe fabrics such as silk to my wardrobe, but when I drown in them…what’s the point?
So imagine my surprise when this little silk shirt didn’t swallowing me up!
When I got home, I checked the Banana Republic website for reviews of this shirt out of curiosity. Sure enough, there’s a few ladies on there saying this blouse runs small (in width, that is…not length).
I also tried the cream version of this blouse in store, but it’s very, very sheer. Unless you like playing with sheer textures in your wardrobe, opt for one of the two colored options. All I’m wearing underneath in these photos is a nude colored bra, so the colored options are opaque enough to prevent see-through.
Here it is un-tucked & un-cuffed:
Admittedly, it’s not much to look at in it’s un-styled glory, but a little crafty tucking and cuffing can turn it into something very wearable. It’s too long for me to wear un-tucked, but I tuck my button-downs anyways. It’s a pretty slim fit (best seen in the side photo), especially for silk, which makes tucking without poofs and bulges possible. I like the feminine pin-tucking along the front and back, and epaulets on the shoulder and two chest pockets give it a military vibe to appease my tomboy side.
A look on the inside of this blouse showed a lot of long, loose hanging threads that didn’t get cleaned up in the manufacturing process. This made me worry about the integrity of the seams, but a close inspection didn’t turn up any problems, so I’ll just snip those out when I get a chance.
I imagine this blouse looking fantastic underneath my black Theory blazer when the weather gets cooler. Until then, it’s a light, slouchy blouse I can pair with jeans.
If anyone is interested, Banana Republic will be having 30% off one full-priced item (40% off two) promotions on Wednesdays from August 31st through September 21st, in store only. The cashiers have the coupon cards behind the counter. :)
Size 00P Product Details (laying flat):
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