Lunch Date

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On Monica: Trousers, Shirt, Clutch Bag, Earrings (in Blue), Heels, all Banana Republic

On Oli: Chinos (in Grey), Shirt, Shoes, all Banana Republic.

Oli and I both work for ourselves, which gives us the freedom to try out new lunch spots (often not at a traditional lunchtime!) a few times a month.  Winchester is a beautiful Cathedral town close to us, and earlier this week we negotiated our timetables to grab a coffee and sweet potato muffin (sounds weird, tastes amazing!) from a coffee van our Winchester-based friends had been telling us about for ages – it didn’t disappoint!

Whenever I look at mine and Oli’s clothing rails alongside one another, it’s always amuses me to see the difference in our colour palettes. Oli sticks to navy, denim, and a few other neutrals, whereas I love a pop of colour.

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I recently added these Banana Republic pinstripe trousers to my wardrobe, and I’ve been experimenting with how to style them. Last week I nipped in to the Banana Republic store on Regent St for a personal styling appointment. If you get an opportunity to trial the service – do! The stylists are so lovely, and it is the most peaceful way to shop – you can hang out in the suite (which by the way is fuelling my interior inspirations!) and the styling team help you to navigate the store’s huge selection of products.

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Despite it raining almost every day at the moment, I am totally ready to welcome in spring. This neon printed shirt (available in the Regent St store) is such a fun colour, I loved the eclectic mix of pairing it with the more formal pinstripe trousers.

Banana Republic has recently brought out a range of four womenswear trouser styles – Ryan, Sloan, Avery and Logan – designed to fulfil all your trouser needs. Explore the range and see which one might work for you! For me personally, I opted for the Ryan style, which is slim and straight, I liked the idea of dressing them up with a shirt and heels like I did for lunch the other day, but also rolling up the cuff slightly and pairing them with trainers, a casual T-shirt and a leather jacket for a more low-key look.

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For Oli, he found his perfect trousers in the form of the Fulton style from Banana Republic. He actually bought the exact same pair in black, in New York, when we visited last November, he loved them so much that he had to re-purchase them in this khaki colour way.

I’ve been a jeans girl forever, but recently I’ve been swapping in more trousers, if you’re thinking of doing the same (or are now tempted to!) I’d definitely recommend checking out Banana Republic’s styles – each cut serves a different purpose, and I’m convinced that there is a style for everyone!

I’d love to know how you guys get on!

Love, Monica x

Thank you to Banana Republic for sponsoring this post, and to you guys for supporting our partners.

Thank you also to Jimmy Bean for our picture-perfect lattes & Catkin & Pussywillow for allowing us to peruse your gorgeous blooms.

Photography by Tom Pointer

???? A scheduling note: there is no Croissant Reading roundup this weekend. Normal schedule resumes next weekend!


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