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style + fashion

the art of getting dressed.

Mad Men Capsule Collection - Banana Republic

Caitlin Surakitbanharn

The Banana Republic design team paired up with Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant to create their next installment of the Mad Men Capsule Collection - featuring Betty, Joan, and Don inspired looks, taking cues from the stylish folks of Madison Avenue in the 60's.




the collection itself is well styled and surprisingly non-campy (some 'capsule' collections based on a certain period tend to be a little costumey), and the pieces are fairy versatile and and well made (although certain looks did seem to run a bit smaller than others...)




cardigans, pussy-bow blouses, a circle skirt, a well cut and conservative sheath - all are clothes that most women can work into their closets with either (that cardigan doesn't only come in leopard...there is a grey and a primrose colored cardi as well...for those who can't quite bust out an animal print.)  the best pieces (and most expensive pieces...although nothing is over $250) are the jackets and shoes..




i love the leopard trench, although when i tried it on, it was a little louder than i expected, and the shoes are absolutely perfect for any occasion...the office, a date, or just running Saturday errands!  i ended up buying the jacket in the last look - a double-breasted, bracelet sleeve wool jacket with an interesting neckline that will go beautifully with jeans or trousers...and will (as pictured) look amazingggg with GLOVES!  i'm so excited to get a great pair of leather driving gloves for fall!  

all in all, the collection is a hit for Banana Republic! It's different enough from their normal aesthetic to garner attention (hell, it got me there on a Thursday night!), and it's fashionable without being avant garde, ensuring their base customer won't be scared off.  well played and very well priced!

i could do without all the pearls..but i am LOVING the chignons!!!

shop the collection at www.bananarepublic.com