Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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The Banana Republic That Was

Here is a rare glimpse of Banana Republic as it once was.  They sold durable traveler's clothes -- things you could cram in a suitcase without wrinkling, things you could wash by beating against a rock, things you could wear in hot weather without dying.  Pockets everywhere, even on the women's wear.  Most of the stuff would mix-and-match well, although it was tricky for me with my coloring because a lot of it was muted khaki, olive, coral, etc.  But they had some colors I could wear, and I loved the comfortable clothes.  Despite the reputation for "safari" clothes, they also sold basics that would blend in with anything else, some of the most truly nondescript and classic garments I've ever seen.  Here's an example of a complete catalog so you can contrast the distinctively safari items with the basics.

I was heartbroken when it turned into just another fashion store, and I've never found anything else as good for travel wear.

Of course, it's still going in T-America, but they're a lot more practical.  As long as people go outdoors for work or recreation, this stuff stays relevant.
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