Labels I Love: Banana Republic
Once upon a time, I thought that, much like The Gap, pricier older sister Banana Republic was stodgy and boring. I don't know what's in the water over at Gap Inc. headquarters--maybe their designers can just pull off spring's romantic look well--but suddenly I want to buy everything in the store (and while not as inexpensive as runty youngest sibling Old Navy, that notion is not entirely out of the question). Banana's jewelry has always been top-notch (and as of late, the accessories have been, too), but now the clothes are incredible as well. Plus, any store where I can comfortably wear a size 8 is A-OK with me.

Some of my favorites for spring: This sequined miniskirt makes me want to go dancing. Pretty quick with the knockoffs, this dress reminds me of Madonna's Grammy dress (also see this ruched top). These cropped pants are perfect for spring-transitional weather. The shoulder ties give this top a nice spin on the layered look. My lace-trimmed boy shorts are one of my favorite pairs of underwear, and they're virtually invisible under pants. (That was a pun.) I'm a big fan of whimsical shoes (well, okay, of shoes in general), and these suede leaf shoes certainly qualify. Finally, the jewelry I'm lusting after: the pearl cluster necklace, the enamel and stones cuff, the jade drop earrings, and the enamel flower brooch (trust me, brooches are the new chandelier earrings).

And, as if you needed any more incentive to shop, spend $125 and get free shipping (not a hard thing to do).

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