The Trina Turk for Banana Republic collection hits stores and online today, with my favorite item being this graphic print skirt. I love that the collection is inspired by Palm Springs, one of Southern California’s favorite summer time playgrounds, and love even more that the entire collection comes in petite! Thanks BR!
I’m hard to please when it comes to prints. I very rarely meet a floral I like. Paisley icks me out. I generally avoid cutesy things like hearts or stars. And I only own one item in animal print. That basically leaves simple geometric prints like checks, stripes, and dots (which I’ve been stocking up on since they’re on trend these days). But I do like quirky, and something about this quirky print called out to me. Called “Zazzy Zebra”, it reminds me of marker squiggles, and I love the simplicity of the high contrast black and white.
This print is less mod than the others in the collection, which is right up my alley. This a-line skirt is a heavy weight cotton blend (not see through), with nicely detailed pockets (I like the reinforced fabric at the slit opening), a full lining, and a back center zipper. Size 00P rests on my low waist, and then flares out for a comfortable and easy silhouette.
I love the idea of Banana Republic doing designer collaborations, and here’s why. Usually, designers partner with big fast fashion or discount chains (like H&M or Target), and produce sub-par versions of their collections that really don’t interest me in quality or design (although I did like the Missoni for Target collection). Part of the appeal of these designers are their quality, and while it’s tempting to snatch up a $20 shirt because it’s got a big name attached to it, I’m usually turned off by the poor fabrics and quality of these items. Not to mention, these collaboration collections rarely come in special sizes such as petites (and I’ve noticed tend to run generously in sizing). Through this collaboration, Trina Turk is not only putting out lower price-pointed items to get the brand known to a larger customer base, but items that carry the same quality, fabrics, and range of sizing as trusted brand Banana Republic. Big designer collections, at a lower price point, in quality materials, and in my size? Yes, please!
Outfit Details – Ann Taylor shirt :: H&M vest :: Banana Republic skirt (c/o) :: Ann Taylor belt :: J.Crew handbag :: Christian Louboutin shoes :: Stella & Dot necklace (c/0) :: Jet bead necklace :: Sterling silver bangles & ball bracelet :: Carnelian bracelet :: Essie Turquoise and Caicos nail color