Market Watch: Banana Republic's Summer Dress Collection


banana republic summer dresses

Looking for the right dress for that garden party or summer wedding? Banana Republic might just have your number. The retailer launched a new signature summer dress collection, full of maxi hemlines and flowing silhouettes.

The main color? All of them. It was a floral bonanza. So if you love the color black (like I do), you'll have to make do with the navy looks.

The fabrics were light—silk, linen, cotton—ideal for upcoming heat waves. My favorite look (which won't be in stores until July, unlike the rest of the collection, which is available now) is a rose-hued dress with a vintage '30s inspiration. I liked the belted sash—it adds definition without being too constrictive.

A slate strapless dress with tiered ruffles came in second place, and alas, you'll have to wait until July for that one as well.

The collection also had cute day dresses—bright bursts of color, prints, and a couple neutral looks that, with the right layering and accessorizing, can go from work to night.

The collection ranges in price from $69.50 to $298 and is available at Banana Republic starting now.