Before I say something about the outfit, I just wanted to note that I’ve loved the discussion on the background of Banana Republic’s name and the cultural nostalgia imbued in the company’s campaign. Thanks to my co-blogger E, I’ve learned a few new things myself this week. And thanks to those of you who chimed in with comments and further suggested readings on the topic!
In addition to questions regarding our collaboration with a large retailer this week, we’ve received several comments and emails expressing surprise at our decision to take on sponsorship. As sponsorship seems to function in different ways on different blogs, it might help if we clarify what it is that we’re looking to do so that those concerned about the future of academichic may find their questions answered. Readers who have expressed apprehension at the possibility of us changing our styles to reflect a company or sponsoring retailer may rest assured that this is not what we are looking to do. We’re simply looking for sponsorship in the form of a small ad (as seen with the sample on our sidebar) that would allow us to incure a bit of monthly income to offset some of the costs of this blog…our Pro Flickr account, the shipping on the almost weekly giveaways we host, and some of our camera equipment and accessories.
We love procurring our wardrobes through a variety of ways – sales, thrift stores, hand me downs, eBay, etc – and would never want to trade that in. (In fact, stay tuned for an upcoming Weekend Workshop that I’ve been working on regarding budget shopping tips!).
As long-time followers of academichic know, we’ve always accepted items for review that mesh with our style and aesthetic and we’re especially keen to do that when our readers benefit in the process; that’s how we are able to host those awesome giveaways.
We are especially happy to review and feature products that benefit a particular organization or project that funds causes we believe in and we also loved getting to collaborate with Banana Republic because we are all long-time fans of their quality-made and classically tailored items. We did not receive free items from Banana Republic for working with them but simply a limited time discount and the $50 gift card as a giveaway bonus to one of our readers. Since we already feature many items from this particular retailer on a regular basis in our daily outfit posts, we were delighted to explore their new Spring line and to be able to gift one of our readers a spending allowance at a store we love.
That, in a nutshell, is how we see our role in collaborating with companies and small businesses. Other than the small sidebar ads, our policies are same as they have always been.
And, lastly, I also want to add that it’s been nothing but encouraging to read all the comments and reactions to our sponsorship post because it’s shown us all how vested so many of our readers feel in the future of this site. It’s wonderful to see so many people care enough to comment or write in regarding the future of our blog. Thank you for that! We love working on academichic and we love seeing how many people care about the site enough to write in, comment, and engage in lively discussions week after week. We look forward to many more posts and conversations with you!
Ok, and now on to a few words on the outfit itself…
After showing you my two dress(y) looks, here come my casual outfits. I loved everything about this look because it’s one I could easily see myself wearing day in, day out. And can you believe I actually fit into a pair of Banana Republic’s jean leggings at almost 18 weeks pregnant? I did leave the top button undone and used the hair elastic trick but couldn’t believe how comfortable these pants were even in my preggers state. I would have definitely bought this pair if I weren’t quickly expanding and uncertain of what my post-preggers size will be.
I added this comfortable tunic and belted above the bump to give the outfit a bit more structure. Embellished flats pick up the dark neutrals of the rest of the outfit as does this silver and ribbon bracelet. And the best part? The awesome yellow bag that adds a pop of sunshine to an otherwise more somber look.
You can find the striped tunic here, the dark denim leggings here, the skinny belt here, the vintage -inspired stud earrings here, the bag here, and for the flats and bracelet, you’ll just have to go to the store.