The Hot Pink Banana Republic Pantsuit

Hot pink pantsuit from Banana Republic with blush pink J. Crew camisole and blush suede loafers from Clarks

It's that hot pink Banana Republic pantsuit again! Going through my archives I see I purchased this suit early in 2017. I wore it to the rewardStyle Conference, to NewsBash, to showcase the Chico's How Bold Are You campaign. I've worn the blazer alone, the pants alone, and the combination to many situations off the blog. Last year I went to put on the suit and it no longer fit well (to be honest it didn't fit well in this post). I took it to the tailor.  It wasn't cheap; the jacket has buttons on the cuffs and both pieces are lined.  But it's cheaper than a new suit and a much better fit.  Each time I wear this suit I feel great – confident, stylish, and myself.  And that feeling is priceless.

Hot pink pantsuit from Banana Republic with blush pink J. Crew camisole and blush suede loafers from Clarks Hot pink pantsuit from Banana Republic with blush pink J. Crew camisole and blush suede loafers from Clarks

Blazer: Banana Republic (old; similar) | Pants: Banana Republic (old; similar) | Camisole: J. Crew (14) | Shoes: Clarks | Earrings: Monogram Hoops c/o Jenny Bird | Bracelet: Large Chloe Cuff c/o Jenny Bird
(note: when purchased, the blazer was a 16 and the pants a 14; both have been tailored to fit my current shape)

Hot pink pantsuit from Banana Republic with blush pink J. Crew camisole and blush suede loafers from Clarks

I still love Banana Republic for suiting.  I recently ordered this blazer and these matching pants but they didn't have petite and it would be near impossible to tailor it to fit properly. I have a navy pinstriped suit from Banana Republic (worn this year, worn in 2016) and several separates and find the quality and fit quite good.  They have washable suiting; some is quite nice and some… well it looks like it's made to be washed (not lined, not as tailored, fabric with a weird finish).  Banana Republic goes up to size 20 for their suiting and they have petite and long in several styles. They regularly have 40% off promotions and their suiting often goes on sale when they sell out of most sizes.  This winter I got a sparkly suit from them and I don't think I even paid $75 total for both pieces.  In summary, Banana Republic is worth checking out for suiting for the office, for social events, or if you just like a great blazer or well-fitting pants to add to your wardrobe.

Hot pink pantsuit from Banana Republic with blush pink J. Crew camisole and blush suede loafers from Clarks

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Hot pink pantsuit from Banana Republic with blush pink J. Crew camisole and blush suede loafers from Clarks

I have three of these camisoles from J. Crew. They're nothing exciting, but that's why I love them.  They can handle being thrown in the washer, they're not shiny nor too casual, and they have adjustable straps. Since I didn't plan on taking off my blazer, I wore a regular bra.  I wore this same suit with the same cami for NewsBash, but because that was a dressier affair, I paired it with strappy heels and a glammed-up face (glossy lips and plenty of mascara).

These photos were taken just before I headed to The University of Maryland College Park to speak on a panel for MBA students. We discussed influencer marketing, and it was an amazing group of students who asked us some hard questions. I wanted to look professional yet approachable; I felt the combination of a suit but a happy color would provide that balance. This is a selfie Barnette from The DC Fashion Fool took after the panel; Danny from Eat the Capital is the other person in the photo. I went to Maryland and it's pretty cool to now be sharing my experience with current students!

Hot pink pantsuit from Banana Republic with blush pink J. Crew camisole and blush suede loafers from Clarks

I have an upcoming post about spring wide width shoes and spoiler alert, these loafers are part of it. My sister the other day was wearing a pale pink blazer with jeans and red driving mocs and I was inspired.  I haven't had luck with loafers, they usually are too tight to fit my high-volume feet.  I took a chance with these from Clarks and they were comfortable right out of the box.  First time I wore them, no blisters or hot spots.  This is the second wearing, I liked that they weren't an exact match to anything in the outfit but still in the same color story.  Also, the color is essentially a nude for me, which will be a great choice for ankle pants and situations when I want my shoes to virtually disappear and not compete with my outfit or its silhouette. 

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16 Comments

  1. Erika
    April 23, 2019 / 7:01 pm

    Is the camisole lined? I looked at the website but I couldn’t find any information about the inside of the top.

    • April 24, 2019 / 10:24 am

      It is not, it’s a single layer but opaque.

  2. Allison
    April 22, 2019 / 6:57 pm

    Have the jacket – and love it! Also love the shoes!

  3. April 22, 2019 / 5:55 pm

    You look amazing in this! That suit is so flattering on you. I love bright colors and would totally wear this.

  4. SusieG
    April 22, 2019 / 4:32 pm

    LOVE that suit and that color on you. I got a new job and am going to need to dress the part. Thought I’d drop into BR to see if any of their suiting would fit the bill, mostly thanks to your recent positive reviews of the brand. Sure enough … I ended up with a great navy suit, a striped pair of pants that complement the jacket and two shells all at 40% off. Then I hit the upstairs sales and found a great dress that also goes with the other pieces for under $10. Woot!

    • April 24, 2019 / 11:36 am

      Oh I’m so happy to read this! Yay for Banana and congrats on the new job!

  5. April 22, 2019 / 2:26 pm

    I have been looking all over for this exact color suit. Alas, the BR blazer which is a good color doesn’t have matching pants. I hope they bring it back. This looks fab on you and it makes me want a hot pink suit more.

    • April 24, 2019 / 11:43 am

      Oh darn I’m sorry it was sold out. Looking for similar it’s all blush pink this season. However, Banana has had a hot pink suit almost every season, it just sells out quickly. Look back every so often, I hope they bring it back again for late summer or fall!

  6. B.A.
    April 22, 2019 / 10:36 am

    Those loafers look so.good. with that suit!

    • RoseAG
      April 22, 2019 / 12:35 pm

      I think so too.
      They look comfortable and the color doesn’t create a big disconnect. A gal could wear the nude of her complexion and it would have a similar effect.

  7. April 22, 2019 / 10:30 am

    That’s a gorgeous suit! That colour is beautiful and in a suit, it looks so powerful and feminine. I’ve been thinking of getting a suit lately even though I don’t really know where I’d wear it to because in my lifestyle it doesn’t really make much sense but I’d love to at least have one in my closet just in case I ever need one and a suit in a bright colour like that is exactly what I need.

    • April 24, 2019 / 11:45 am

      I find I wear it more than I think I would. It’s a great go-to for weddings, showers, fundraisers, etc. And you can tailor it as your body or trends change!

  8. nobodyssister
    April 22, 2019 / 9:41 am

    I feel about hot pink they way you feel about orange so I couldn’t ask for a better pick-me-up for the start of my work week.

    • April 24, 2019 / 11:46 am

      Oh yay! Pink is such a happy color!

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