The Savvy Shopper
For all your basics...
I was in Banana Republic, a very large store at the Bell Tower this week speaking to the manager, Anthony. They carry a complete line of clothing and accessories for both men and women. The great thing is their clothes are timeless. You will find a lot of basic tops and bottoms that never go out of style and give you a great fit. You will also find pops of bold colors all over the store. You can easily mix and match to build your own wardrobe.
In the ladies department find a good selection of shorts, capris and slacks that look like they won't wrinkle, very crisp. Anthony said he will be carrying swim wear for the ladies this summer. I found lots of comfy knits in novelty tees and tanks. The soft cotton camis come in bright to basic colors and also in great prints.
The dresses were found in everything from the long patio dress, which is making a big come back in solids and prints, to sweet little dresses for a lunch date, or elegant evening dresses. Even fun dresses for the beach. They are in style groupings making it easy to shop.
A handsome linen skirt had the added detail of hand stitching in rows around the short skirt, nice touch. Beautiful chiffon tops in prints with added detail at the neck with small metal beads. There was a handsome pair of brown linen pants paired off with a long short sleeve sweater that had pockets and a tie at the waist. Perfect for a business trip. Another item great for an all day meeting are the no-iron shirts, a must have for travel. The long sleeve sweaters were a perfect weight for our Florida climate, very thin with a V neck. Pair them up with the many skirts in stock. Not-so-basic black and white. Step out in spring's most striking combo. It's the most figure-flattering thing to wear a black bottom with a white top. There is a big choice. Add some chunky jewelry, a scarf and sunglasses and your are ready for anything. There is a great selection of shoes too!
In the men's department just across the store you will find all the essentials for that important business meeting from crisp dress shirts in basic solid colors to smart pin stripes and small plaids. A great assortment of ties. From dress shirts to golf shirts they've got you covered. Or the washed linen shirts for a more casual look, come in plain colors, small plaids, stripes and small checks. For summer find cotton linen suits or smart linen shorts. And the ever popular cotton sweaters. Again find the neutrals with pops of green and blue. There are dress chinos in a variety of color selections. For casual wear, cargo shorts and Bermuda shorts, Tees in crew neck or V neck or fitted tees in rainbow colors. All kinds of jeans, boot cut, straight, or relax fit jeans.
Banana Republic also carries personal care items from shower creams to perfumes.
There is a sale section in the back of the store where you will always find a bargain.
Banana Republic is located at The Bell Tower, 13499 S. Cleveland Ave.
Store Hours: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday's - Saturdays, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sundays