Review: Banana Republic Classic Petite Trench Coat and Halogen Suede Bow Pumps

Banana Republic Navy Classic Trench XXSP
Classic Trench in Navy – size XXSP (buy here)

This fits nicely except for the sleeves. I’ll need to take it a couple of inches if I decide to keep it. It’s well made and has all the qualities of a classic trench – button epaulets, buckle belt, button-tab cuffs, notch collar, and center back vent. It’s fully lined and is machine washable.
Banana Republic Navy Classic Trench 2
Banana Republic Classic Navy Trench XXSP
Measurements: Shoulder to shoulder 14″, armpit to armpit 15.5″, sleeve length 24″, total length 33.5″
I adore the striped lining inside! The color may look black but its a true navy in real life.
Banana Republic Classic Petite Trench XSP
Classic Trench in Cocoon – size XSP (this color is not avail online for petites yet) (buy HERE)Banana Republic Petite Trench Comparison
Left: Feb 2013                             Right: Current 2014

I’m still kicking myself for not buying this trench from last February! I think I was in a rush and didn’t really think it through. When I got home and called the store, it had already sold. Since then, I’ve been hoping this would come back. As you can see, the XXSP fits much better on me than the XSP. 
Banana Republic Colorblock Sloan Dress
Banana Republic Colorblock Sloan Dress – size 00P (not yet avail online) See it on Instagram here.
Banana Republic Polka Dot Blazer
I didn’t get a chance to try this on but it looked pretty narrow. The length seemed long but it has potential if you are a polka dot lover.
Banana Republic Striped Peplum Pullover
Striped Peplum Pullover (buy here)
Shirt: Ann Taylor {old} (similar here and here)
Purse: Coach (buy here)
Denim: Loft
Shoes: Halogen Suede Bow Pumps (buy here)
Necklace: Ann Taylor Brilliant Bow (buy here)
I scored this striped peplum sweater in store for $13.50 but I see it’s much more expensive online. Use code: BRSALE50 for 50% off sale items. I realized that the petite sizes are marked down to $69.99 while the regular sizes are on sale for only $39.99? Very strange.
Brooks Brothers Bowtie Bracelets
I also saw these cute bowtie bracelets at Brooks Brothers. They are adjustable and very expensive at $58. It looks like it would be a pretty fun DIY project. I would make the bowtie a bit smaller for those with smaller wrists.  It’s also available in plaid.
Halogen Suede Bow Pumps 1
Halogen Suede Bow Pumps (red and navy) – size 4.5 (buy here)
Halogen Suede Bow Pumps 2
If you follow me on Instagram, I’ve been raving about how much I love these pumps! I ordered both the 4.5 and 5’s and ended up keeping the 4.5’s. I’d say they run TTS so it’s safe to order your normal size. The 4.5’s fit me similar to the J.Crew size 5 – no heel gap! The heel height measures 3.5″ even though it states 3 1/4″ online. They seem pretty comfortable when trying on at home but will update once I wear them for a full day. I like that the bow isn’t too big or pouffy and looks good from every angle. The only negative I have with these pumps is the noticeable stitching on the flaps of the bows. I’m not sure why they chose to do this because the underside doesn’t have it. So strange! Nonetheless, I love them and definitely keeping!
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  1. The navy trench is adorable. I have the black one from last year from BR and wish I hadn’t bought it. The sleeves are WAY too long, the belt too long and I really need to just bite the bullet and get it altered. I love the bow pumps!

  2. Great reviews Annie! The trench is so gorgeous and I can’t believe the khaki is still missing from the BR website even though you called and got yours that way. I didn’t get to try it on this weekend but hopefully soon. The colorblock dress is amazing on you and BR dresses really do compliment your figure! 🙂 I saw the bow pumps this weekend and of course I had to slip them on for fun since you got them. They’re really pretty and so you! <3

      • I know! 🙁 Last year’s looks like it fits better based on the side by side pictures but we’ll see when you get your correct size in the mail for this year’s version. I was too lazy to ask for my size but the stitching on the bows was noticeable and I smiled a little when you wrote that. It doesn’t look bad though and it’s a really cute cut. I would have gotten them if they were more of a round toe.

        So I was actually in Nordies returning the 50/50 boot that J got me because they are so tall! It looked ridiculous on me especially when I sit down. Next time I’ll just save myself the trouble and listen to you.

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