Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Banana Republic Linen Cotton Chambray Shirt

CLOTHES: banana republic shirt & skirt
JEWELRY: j. crew necklace, forever 21 bangles
ACCESSORIES: j. crew belt, banana republic heels

I am scrambling to prepare my closet for the first day of school, which starts on August 27 (teachers start on the 22). I feel like I am lacking neutral tops, so I ordered Banana's chambray shirt in two colors. Since it is too warm in Vegas to wear this shirt out, my review is based on my impressions after several minutes of walking around the house. Eventually, I will style something for work like I have shown above.

Banana Reviews vs. My Opinion

9 out of 13 rated the chest as too tight   For reference, I wear a 30C or 30D bra (I am wearing this exact Betsey Johnson bra in 30C). I thought the chest fit fine. However, I can see how it might start to tug too much on someone with a larger chest than myself.

7 of 12 say length is as expected   I am always nervous that the length of petite work shirts will be too short. Several of my work shirts cannot be worn with pants or capris because of this problem. I am pleasantly surprised that this top could be tucked into a pair of work pants and just barely pass the arm raise test. I will not be putting this in the dryer!

10 of 11 say sleeves are as expected   On someone with very small arms like myself, the sleeves are slightly bulky and a little sloppy looking. Definitely not an item to wear if you have to look extra polished at work. Being a teacher, I feel that I can pull the look off so long as I pair it correctly.

Approximate Measurements and Garment Details When Buttoned

size oop / measurements in inches before wash & dry*
  • shoulder to shoulder - 14.25
  • width at bust - 16
  • smallest point at waist - 14.25
  • length at side - 15.75
  • length at center back at bottom of collar - 25
  • length of sleeve when unfastened - 11
  • circumference of sleeve - 23
  • 65% linen, 35% cotton / machine wash cold

More Button Down Options

I have bought two of Banana's non-iron shirts over the years. I have found them to be on the stiff side, so I rarely reach for them. Here are some other options that look promising:

oxford shirt, plaid utility shirt, white stripe shirt


  1. I really like this shirt. The sleeves don't look too sloppy from the front with them rolled up like that, looks good!

  2. Thanks for the review.

    That shirt looks good on you. With sleeves rolling up, that one is really cute but professional on you. Glad to know the length is not too short. Some of BR petite shirts are just so short...

  3. I love how you put together that outfit! And I think the shirt looks great on you. I don't see any obvious fit issues! :)

  4. The top is a great color for you, glad it fits well!

  5. I think the top looks fine. I can see myself working that top to work with a pencil skirt. You and Tara are such stylish teachers. I don't remember any of my teacher looking as good as you two ladies.

  6. Outfit looks awesome and I love that skirt!!


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