As longer days and warm weather draws near, we’re reminded of all the best parts of spring. It’s no secret that as temperatures climb, it comes time for a closet upgrade, especially given our return to socializing. Wherever you look, fashion brands far and wide are launching updated, trendy pieces, perfect for you to sport through the upcoming season. And this spring, Banana Republic has caught our eye. Guided by an athleisure aesthetic, its new collection is reminiscent of classic prep-school attire, in the best way possible. For decades, Banana Republic has prided itself on delivering modern, versatile pieces and meets its mark with each of these spring looks.

The collection launched last month and is “uniformity disrupted, designed for all, and ready to play.” Each piece is gender-inclusive, sustainable, and combines luxury with lifestyle, showing no shortage of detail. To top it all off, BR Athletics alters its new garments to “re-interpret their retro style” through ongoing fashion trends. 

The first piece worth mentioning is the BR Athletics Varsity Cardigan. Taking a modern spin on a classic garment, the prep-school inspired cardigan is carefully crafted of cotton. An embroidered logo sits largely on the chest, while the v-neck sweater itself is fashioned with detailed buttons and multiple different colours, giving it the flair it rightfully deserves. Fit to be oversized, this cardigan is perfectly paired with trousers and is an essential piece for layering.

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Another rave-worthy piece is none other than the BR Athletics Silk Square Scarf. Available in half a dozen colours and prints, this accessory acts as a statement, complimenting just about any outfit. For years now, scarves have been sought after as the power pieces you need to complete your wardrobe. Not only do they add colour and texture, but they can be worn in a handful of different ways. It was a smart move for Banana Republic to add a scarf to this Spring’s collection. Why? Well, simply put, it’s a versatile yet essential piece, especially gearing up for springtime; once you get your hands on one, you’ll truly understand just how badly you needed it.

Similarly, there’s another key highlight of this collection worth mentioning, which should come as no shocker. The BR Athletics Polo Dress is giving elegant, private-school party, and we’re here for it! Banana Republic excelled yet again when crafting this masterpiece; the navy blue dress is accented with bold chevron print, adding some dynamic to the once plain one-piece. The half-zip collar adds athletic appeal, and the embroidered logo (while a simple touch) has us salivating at the mouth.

Finally, the cherry on top (even though we don’t pick favourites) would have to be the BR Athletics Stripe Clubhouse Blazer.

That’s right, there’s no power play like this one. The blazer, made in Italy, is quite possibly the most timeless piece of the whole collection. Adorned with a BR crest and pockets strewn throughout, this top-notch striped shirt is gender-neutral and classy as ever. Whether you choose to wear it on its own or layer it over top of a blouse or t-shirt, sporting this number, you’ll surely show everyone in the office who’s boss.

The 16-piece collection, which is available on Banana Republic’s website, offers a wide variety of athletic-elegant clothing items, sure to draw attention. Easily transforming simple, trendy pieces into modern-day, high-fashion looks is exactly what Banana Republic is known for, and what they’ll continue to produce.

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