Summer Weekend Wardrobe Essentials

Summer is just around the corner, which means after-work patio drinks, weekends at the cabin, wedding celebrations, and backyard barbecue soirees are about to start filling up your calendar! With all these fun events to look forward to, it’s not a bad idea to start building your warm-weather wardrobe before summer officially kicks off: having a closet stocked with pieces that are effortless and versatile will let you kick back, relax, and enjoy every upcoming activity in style. To help you weekend warriors prepare for every occasion on your summer schedule, we’re partnering with Banana Republic to share some outfit tips and inspiration to get you even more excited for the season. As an added bonus, Banana Republic is currently offering a great discount on all online orders:

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For the Casual Backyard BBQ


For those perfectly sunny late afternoons out on the deck with the smell of grilled summer delicacies in the air, Banana Republic’s got you covered in an outfit that’s easy-breezy: a ruffled romper or an off-the-shoulder statement shirt are pieces that will have you looking effortlessly put-together. Accessorize off-the-shoulder tops with a small silk scarf tied around your neck for a fun pop of color.


For the Day-to-Night Quick Changeover


Banana Republic has always been a shop for go to pieces that do double-duty, appropriate for the office but also suitable for a night out, are invaluable additions to your wardrobe. A structured sheath dress paired with a loafer and blazer for your morning meeting can take you through to patio drinks with the girls by swapping out your shoes and adding a denim or leather jacket. Or, make a tank dress office-appropriate by styling it with a t-shirt underneath: simply remove the tee and add some statement earrings at the end of the day and just like that, you’re ready for whatever the evening brings.


For Shopping at the Farmer’s Market


Channel your inner bohemian spirit for an afternoon at the market with white linen paired with tan accessories – you’ll be light and airy (meaning comfortable!) without sacrificing style. Lace-up espadrilles are both fun and functional, and you can add a woven tote or basket bag to stash your organic, locally-sourced goodies to complete the look. If dresses aren’t your thing, Banana’s got a great wide-leg linen pant: easy, breathable, and a timeless addition to your closet.


For the Summer Wedding


Remember that Banana Republic isn’t just great for staple pieces on a casual summer day, they’ve got an amazing line perfect for formal looks. Accessorize with glam earrings or a statement necklace to be wedding-ready – you’ll be sure to stand out in the crowd but without stealing attention away from the bride. If being the lady in red doesn’t appeal to you or if black is your go-to shade, try experimenting with different fabrics and cuts in a neutral palette to achieve a breezy, summer vibe: drapey silks and off-the-shoulder dresses are fun options while not venturing too far out of your comfort zone.


For a Bike Ride in the Park


A classic tee paired with high-waisted or cropped denim is the perfect outfit to wear cruising around on your bicycle: it’s low-key chic while also creating a flattering silhouette. A loose tank top or a knotted tee are both cool, casual summer staple, and to complete your ensemble add a crisp white sneaker to be perfectly on-trend.


Lace-Up Sneaker

For a Summer Date Night


Pair sneakers with your maxi dress for a casual take on a classic look that’s perfect for a low-key date night strolling in the park or catching a screening of the next big summer blockbuster. For a no-fuss option that kicks your style up a notch, try a jumpsuit on for size: if you’re ready to rock a retro piece, a denim jumpsuit radiates laid-back ‘70s vibes, or if you want to let your shoes have the spotlight, a cropped jumpsuit will showcase your kicks.


For the Cabin Weekend


Chambray tops and white denim are easy, versatile options to pack for a weekend cabin getaway – they pair well with other fabrics and patterns (like stripes and gingham!) so you can keep your overnight bag as streamlined and light as possible. Don’t forget a denim jacket for nights hanging by the bonfire, and a cozy sweater to keep warm in case the weather doesn’t exactly cooperate.


For Sunday Brunches


Meeting your crew for a lazy Sunday brunch and not sure what to wear? Experiment with vibrant, bold colors and summer-themed prints like loud florals or quickier patterns for a playful look to set the tone for your last free weekend afternoon. A white blazer is a versatile piece that will work for you seven days a week: wear to brunch on the weekend with jeans, to the office Monday to Friday with trousers, and out for dinner and drinks with a dress.


For the Cloudy Days


Just because it’s gloomy outside doesn’t mean your outfit has to follow suit – if you’re tired of blacks and greys, look for a rain jacket in a fun pattern or a cheerful color to brighten up your day while the sun’s taking a break. Millennial pink is a great option as it’s the perfect summer neutral – it pairs well with bright colors, floral patterns, and other popular summer neutrals like navy blue and crisp white.