Milly x Banana Republic Limited-Edition

By Camille Espiritu
Photography by Denice Sy 

With summer just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than to add tons of stylish pieces to your wardrobe?! If you are looking for fun pieces to add to your closet, Milly designer, Michelle Smith, and Banana Republic’s Creative Director & EVP Design, Simon Kneen, definitely have your fashion ticket.

When you think of Banana Republic, the brand resembles class, sophistication, and fun so collaborating with Michelle Smith was a match made in fashion heaven! She has designed the most gorgeous clothes for this hot, summer season for both women and men. From the bright women’s blouses to the men’s comfy vintage straight shorts, the Milly collection is one of our top picks this summer! This must-have collection hit Banana Republic stores and online on May 30, 2013 and the San Francisco branch celebrated the release of the collection with a mixer on Thursday, May 30, from 5-6:30pm. You can find the apparel price ranging from $24.50-$165 and the accessories’ price range from $29.50-$130.

The mixer summarized what a classy beach party would look like and it captured the true essence of the collection. It was fun, had fruity mocktails, fresh snacks, and most of all, there were bright, colorful clothes, accessories, and shoes! What is not to love? And the extra added bonus was that there was a sand castle being built in honor of the event.

Truly noteworthy of this the collection is the range of colors and different patterns. You can find bright green garments, but surprisingly you’re also presented with elephant prints – the designer played around with a black and white palette as well. The collection signified fun in the summertime and also allowed for shoppers to easily mix and match pieces to find their own unique style

One of my favorite pieces from the collection is the true navy, cocktail inspired dress (pictured left). It is simple, classy, and chic and is perfect for those summer outings. For a day outing such as a lunch with the girls or brunch with the family, it is nice to pair it with a bright orange or yellow blazer or with a bright statement piece of jewelry (pictured below). While for a night out at the town, pair it with a Milly collection white blazer that will give the outfit an elegant tone. I suggest to play around with the many colors in the Milly collection and find what style speaks to you.

For men, going to those backyard barbecues and summer night parties will never be the same. The Milly collection has a product line of men’s wear that is hard to resist. The vintage straight shorts have a clean and straight cut, while fitting comfortably (pictured above). These shorts can be paired with a white long sleeve or a nice polo; having a monotone colored shirt such as black or white will help make the shorts the statement piece of your outfit.

You can find the wide range of choices for these shorts in the Milly collection. Pictured below you can see the colorful polos and fabulous blazers that will pull your outfit together nicely for any occasion (pictured below).

Overall, the mixer was filled with fashionistas who could not wait to get their hands on the collection. And if you could not get enough of the Milly collection, feel free to join the conversation with #BRMilly on Twitter and Instagram and don’t forget to show how the Milly collection inspired you by tagging @BananaRepublic & @MillybyMichelle. You can also visit a Banana Republic store or shop online – Banana Republic + Milly Collection

 Who wears Banana Republic + Milly Collection?

Olivia Palermo taking a stroll in NYC wearing the new Banana Republic Milly shorts

Maria Menounos wearing a Banana Republic Milly Collection dress

Zoe Saldana looking great in Banana Republic for Milly Collection dress