End-of-season sales are here if you live in the US, so be sure to check for discount codes before you check out your online shopping bag. It’s been a good jacket season, and athleisure bottoms are still going strong. There has been a plethora of black and white tops too. Be sure to browse the colour options.
1. Athleta Bottoms
Athleisure bottoms, casual bottoms, lounge bottoms, and jumpsuits from Athleta continue to be a hit with my clients, friends, and forum members. The quality is quite good and the prices are competitive, especially at sale time. Size ranges are diverse, and there is ample variety in silhouette and colour. Many items are made of breathable technical fabric, but items made of cotton and linen are there too. The technical fabrics are thin Summer weights, making them extra appealing for hot weather. Above all, the fits are quite good, and generally work on a range of body types. You might need to size down on some items. You’ll find all sorts of handy pockets in the items too. Good for phone, key and credit card stashing. I’ve ordered a pair of the salutation joggers to see if they work for yoga.
2. Banana Republic Jackets
Trendy Classic jackets and vests (or waistcoats) at Banana Republic have been stellar this season. The quality is great to exceptional, with lots of interesting pocket detailing at the back of the garments. Colours tend to be earthy and neutral, and fits are tailored or fluid. Producing these items sustainably and ethically has become a welcome priority too. I loved the cream Riviera Tuxedo Blazer. Gorgeous fabric, fit and colour. But it’s sold as an item and doesn’t having matching bottoms, and I wanted a pants suit.
3. Solid Black and White Tops
Sometimes, all you need is the right solid black or white top to complete a couple of outfits. If that’s on your shopping list, this collection is a good starting point. Some of the tops are knitted, and others woven. Some are dressy, and others casual. Some are simple, and others more complex. Price points vary. I have the white Ralph Lauren Eyelet Polo Shirt, and the Brooks Brothers Cable Knit Sweater. I have the Club Monaco Floral Jacquard Sweater on order.