Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It's good to be square

Remember I was looking for some chunky bangles to go with the braided bib-front cardie I blogged about back in February? Well, these ones from Banana Republic fit the bill nicely. And, at £19.50 for all four, that's less than a fiver each.

I've been meaning to write about Banana Republic for a little while now. This American brand hit UK shores last year, opening up on Regent Street in March 2008. Opposite COS and Liberty, it forms a little triangle of my favourite shops in London.

Banana Republic's clothes may look rather corporate at first glance, but if you look beyond the smart workwear, there are well-made, classic-with-a-twist designs to be had. We're not talking bargainista prices exactly but, based on cost per wear, the quality and longevity of its pieces mean you get excellent value for money. One of my most-loved dresses is a simple black silk with a latticework neckline that I've worn so often since last summer it is most definitely worth every penny of it's £95 price tag.

As for these bangles, being just shy of £20 isn't too expensive given their contemporary style and the fact that they look and feel far superior to cheaper high-street counterparts. Plus, you can wear them how you like - by the armload or solo - giving ample opportunity for various outfit combinations. Convinced yet? I hope so.

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