Banana Republic Proposes Inclusive Ivy With New “Athletics” Collection

Polos, pleats and pinstripes comprise the preppy capsule

Two model shots of various BR Athletics apparel
Banana Republic

The tradition of ivy style — that is, the prep-oriented manner of dressing that traces its origins to ivy leaguers and the investment bankers they’d grow up to be — is a seminal menswear style; it’s affected suiting, madras patchwork and affinity for all thing Brooks Brothers and J. Press have inspired generation after generation in dressing like they own a boat (they very well might) and enjoy discussing great works almost as much as they enjoy discussing the merits of an OCBD versus a polo shirt when it comes to layering their favorite cable-knit sweater. And those same folks will surprised to learn that Banana Republic Athletics is the newest entrant into the genre. 

a yellow zip polo and tweed jacket on a model
Banana Republic

Banana Republic is taking a crack at the collegiate-inspired look, with a notable twist — a gender-inclusive capsule. The GAP-owned subsidiary, while a trusted business-casual stalwart, isn’t often associated with the cutting-edge of fashion, but the “Athletics” collection is surprisingly successful in its informal and generous cuts, thanks in part to the relaxed tailoring cues it’s borrowed from modern street style. A collation of archival looks and modern sensibly, it’s a refreshing proposal from the brand.

The best part? We can actually see ourselves wearing the entirety of the collection. With spring-ready zip polos and insignia-emblazoned blazers, the very informal formalwear plays well with everything from spring chinos to casual sneakers. It’s got the classic ivy hits for the conservative dresses, but pieces like a handsome pleated short or silk scarf for the sartorially daring, as well. 

The Banana Republic “Athletics” collection is now available at Banana Republic, and retails from $20-$500. Shop the capsule below; there’s something for everybody, no matter how you do ivy.

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