The Unexpected (But Familiar) Place You'll End Up Doing All Your Summer Shopping

Real talk: When was the last time you thought of swinging by Banana Republic to shop for anything other than one-off job interview getups? It's probably been a while since you've revisited the beloved mall staple, which likely served as your introduction to business-casual dressing. But if you're only browsing the retailer's buttoned-up garments (which it still does quite well, of course), you're seriously missing out on a treasure trove of pieces that strike that oh-so-delicate balance between on-trend and unexpected. Here's what we want to know: When did Banana Republic get so good (again)?

The Gap Inc.-owned brand may have parted ways with creative director Marissa Webb in 2015, but its fashion credibility isn't floundering: It still counts on stylish faces like Olivia Palermo and Kevin Love as ambassadors, and holds onto its time slot on the official New York Fashion Week. Banana Republic's sales figures may have been rocky for some time, but the retailer is truly stepping up its game when it comes to forward-thinking garments, breaking from its sensible-staple mold. In fact, its summer '17 selection has plenty of major trends in the mix: high necklines, asymmetrical hems, silky slips, daring slits, and cold shoulders galore... and that's just the apparel. We were delightfully surprised when we found ourselves perusing its site randomly, pretty much continuously adding items to our carts (specially considering how the once-familiar landscape of our local malls continues to change ...and not in the best way).

Ahead, we rounded up some of our favorite pieces currently on offer at Banana Republic — because sharing our favorite retail secrets is caring.

Adding to cart, ASAP.

Banana Republic Heritage Linen Apron Maxi Dress, $158, available at Banana Republic.
Finally, a button down that's both weekend and 9-to-5 ready.

Banana Republic Riley-Fit Pleated Bell-Sleeve Shirt, $57.50, available at Banana Republic.
Two words: SO. GOOD.

Banana Republic Logan-Fit Ruffle Crop Pant, $168, available at Banana Republic.
We probably need to pen an open love letter to the gingham trend sometime soon.

Banana Republic Gingham One-Shoulder Swimsuit, $118, available at Banana Republic.
This well-fitting strapless is ready for any occasion.

Banana Republic Floral Strapless Ponte Fit-and-Flare Dress, $92.50, available at Banana Republic.
If it feels like you're seeing white and black polka-dotted prints everywhere, it's because you are.

Banana Republic Dot Pleat Medium Square Scarf, $48, available at Banana Republic.
Swap out those baby blue dresses for something periwinkle with a satin sheen.

Banana Republic Heritage Asymmetrical Seamed Dress, $148, available at Banana Republic.
We could see ourselves easily paying double the price anywhere else for this swim style.

Banana Republic Floral Ruffle Bikini Top, $55, available at Banana Republic; Banana Republic Floral Ruffle Bikini Bottom, $45, available at Banana Republic.
This silhouette will help to elongate any height.

Banana Republic Print Utility Shirtdress, $110.50, available at Banana Republic.
Hello, spring slides for under $70.

Banana Republic Haircalf Low Heel Slide, $68.50, available at Banana Republic.
Is is the flattering off-the-shoulder style? The cinched waist? The fun print? Whatever the case, this dress is definitely working.

Banana Republic Swiss Dot Off-Shoulder Dress, $59, available at Banana Republic.
We're still trying to figure out how to wash these, but we want 'em anyway.

Banana Republic Pearl Embellished Girlfriend Jean, $138.50, available at Banana Republic.
We love that this dress is easy and breezy, but we love the pockets even more.

Banana Republic Stripe One-Shoulder Maxi Dress, $95, available at Banana Republic.
These double (triple?) hooped earrings are just the set we've been looking for.

Banana Republic Hammered Double Hoops, $29, available at Banana Republic.
This dress would look even better with a pair of high-top sneakers.

Banana Republic Cascade Slipdress, $102.50, available at Banana Republic.
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