Weekend Dress

Available from Summer 1985 through Spring 1986, this dress came in Natural and Black and was as versatile as advertised. From the catalogue: “Put it in your purse when you go to work on Friday. On your weekend getaway wear it over pants like a big t-shirt; belted at the waist; belted at the hips; with boots and a turtleneck if it’s cold; as a a bathing suit cover-up if it’s hot; as a nightshirt; with sandals; with heels. In fact, don’t bother going home Sunday night-simply wear the dress to work on Monday.”

Photos courtesy Kimberlee English Anderson. Thanks!!

I was delighted when the WordPress robots told me about Cynthia Closkey’s 2012 post about the Banana Republic “Weekend Dress” that was inspired by my upload of the Soviet Safari Catalog.

It’s humorously accurate….”Banana Republic is nothing like this now, as we know. Now, it’s more like eternal casual Friday at a law firm.”)

…and thoughtful …”I hoped buying the right piece of clothing would cover for what I didn’t think I had. It took me a long time to understand that clothes don’t make the woman — the woman makes herself. But I do appreciate that that dress helped fill in for a short time.”

I love the fact that she and a commenter both have such fondness for dresses that they don’t think were very flattering on them. Check it out at My Brilliant Mistakes.

 

About The Author

Robyn Adams
Robyn's fascination with Banana Republic began in 1984 when her Alaskan adventurer father began buying the clothing and giving her the catalogs. She loved the clothes and as an artist she was drawn to the illustrations. She went on to study illustration at art college in BR's hometown of San Francisco and worked for years as a background artist for animation. She is now based in Oakland, CA as a graphic designer and illustrator with Secret Fan Base . She's been collecting and archiving at Abandoned Republic since 2011.

5 Comments

  • Cynthia on April 27, 2012

    I’m glad you liked my post, and I’m even gladder that you have created this site. I used to read the BR catalogs like novels. I’m glad to be able to relive that.

    • Robyn on April 27, 2012

      Thanks, Cynthia, it’s my pleasure. It was especially nice to read some perspective from a female BR fan, this blog tends to focus on what I know.

  • Glo on August 17, 2013

    Same here. I was as interested in the stories as much as the clothes. And I bought all this stuff. Bought it, wore it, used it, loved it.
    Still wearing a pair of button-fly jeans, held together with duct tape and repaired many times over with fusible web fabric stuff. Wearing ’em right now.

  • Stephanie Ellison on September 26, 2016

    Namaskāra (reaching down to touch your feet and clasping hands together in front of you). I was a customer of Banana Republic in the second half of the 80s. I absolutely loved their stuff. What I don’t understand is why no one has thought to resurrect something like this, since a generation has passed since the last time something like this was available (25+ years). Today’s generation has not had the experience of shopping at such a store, nor wearing these clothes. The only stores I’m aware of is TravelSmith and Tag Safari (the latter being an absolute niche store – that is pretty much all the clothing they have, but it is good quality, long-staple cotton professional safari clothing that wears well: I’m one of their customers).

  • Susan Baird on February 13, 2017

    Oh, the sight of that catalog page, is so nostalgic. I loved BR, and was so disappointed when it sold. I told one of the Gap employees, how they ruined it. Did not make a hit with him. But thanks for this. I still have one of the scarves illustrated above.

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