Beyond Banana: 25 Other Stores Like Banana Republic for On-Point Stylish Clothes

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Though it’s long been one of my go-to brands, I also understand why style-conscious folks might want to find some other stores like Banana Republic to score stylish and affordable clothes.

On the one hand, BR’s styles are always reliable, their website is robust and easy to navigate, and they run a lot of sales, making it easy to score some good pieces at some great prices.

On the other hand, while their styles are generally smart, they can also be a little… well, predictable, let’s say.

Plus, when they’re not running sales, their base prices are actually on the higher end compared to other popular mall-based retailers.

Fortunately, they’re hardly the only game in town.

In this post I’ve rounded up more than two dozen other stores and brands like Banana Republic where you can find clothes in colors, styles and prices that you can’t always get at good ol’ BR.


The Best Stores Like Banana Republic

Breaking Down the Best Clothing Brands Like Banana Republic 

J.Crew

J.Crew

Number one with a bullet.

Easily the closest Banana Republic alternative, J.Crew offers a similar selection of styles ranging from casual clothes all the way up to formalwear like suits and tuxedos.

Though they filed for bankruptcy shortly after the pandemic set in, by the end of 2020 they had re-emerged, which is great news for those of us who appreciate their modern-classic styles.

Check Out J.Crew ➤


Everlane

Everlane

Like many stores on this list, Everlane carries sharp and modern staple pieces, but they also offer an added advantage:

They put a heavy emphasis on ethics, which means that they exclusively make clothes in ethical factories using fine, high-quality materials.

Check Out Everlane ➤


Fisher + Baker

Fisher + Baker

Like Banana Republic, Fisher + Baker specializes in the sort of modern-meets-classic staple pieces you can use to build a capsule wardrobe.

Their offerings are a little more limited than some of the other stores on this list (they don’t do jeans, for instance), but they’re a great place to turn for core pieces like tees, shirts and sweaters.

Check Out Fisher + Baker ➤


Bonobos

Bonobos men's clothing

One of my favorite menswear brands, Bonobos shares Banana Republic’s “classic meets modern” aesthetic.

Like Br, they specialize in sharp versions of the kinds of core wardrobe pieces that you can (and should) have in your wardrobe for years to come.

Check Out Bonobos ➤


Frank And Oak

Frank and Oak

Canadian brand Frank and Oak definitely isn’t as well known as Banana Republic, but makes a great alternative.

They specialize in casual pieces like denim, shirts, sweaters and jackets, but have a modern design aesthetic that puts an on-point spin on staples.

And like a lot of other brands recently (including BR), they’ve been moving into the comfortable/athleisure space, offering a Flex Collection made from premium fabrics designed to stretch as you move.

Check Out Frank And Oak ➤


Nordstrom

Nordstrom tuxedo

As a full fledged department store, Nordstrom carries a much wider range of options than Banana Republic (some of which carry much higher price tags).

But the two stores definitely have a similar aesthetic, and Nordstrom offers a number of brands priced similarly to BR, particularly their in-house fashion brands.

Check Our Nordstrom ➤


Mr. Porter

Mr. Porter men's clothing

This definitely isn’t the place to turn if you’re looking for cheaper stores like Banana Republic.

Mr. Porter specializes in carrying designer menswear from some of the biggest names in fashion, and often has the big price tags that go with it.

While the prices are certainly the high, both the designs and quality are second to none, so this is a great place to turn if you want to splurge, or pick up an investment piece that you can keep for decades.

Check Out Mr. Porter ➤


Madewell

Madewell

A member of the J.Crew family (like I said, they’re a close BR competitor, so pretty much all their stores make for good Banana Republic alternatives), Madewell has a slightly more focused mission.

They put the emphasis on denim and all the staple pieces that go with it (i.e. sweaters, tees, boots, etc.), making them a little more casual than stores like Banana Republic and J.Crew, but a solid option for everyday pieces.

Check Out Madewell ➤


Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitter’s core audience definitely skews a little younger, a little more casual, and to be frank, a little hipper than Banana Republic’s.

But with that said, they carry a pretty lineup of casual staple pieces from reputable brands, and have the advantage of selling more than just clothes: it’s a good place to find everything from stylish accessories to cool home accent pieces.

Check Out Urban Outfitters ➤


Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch men's clothing

Back in my day, this brand as notorious for catering to a market of affluent teens and college kids (as well as hiring only attractive people to work in their stores).

But times have changed!

So while you might not think of it as a close Banana Republic competitor, these days, A&F carries a wide range of stylish staples that rivals both the quality and price of Banana’s more casual offerings, making them a good alternative.

Check Out Abercrombie & Fitch ➤


End Clothing

END men's clothing

End carries a wide range of stylish and modern pieces from cool designers whose stuff you might not find anywhere else.

In addition to clothing, footwear and accessories, they also carry a pretty big selection of lifestyle products that includes everything from home furnishings to grooming products, fragrances and more.

Check Out End Clothing ➤


Stores Like Banana Republic But Cheaper

J.Crew Factory

J.Crew Factory

J.Crew Factory is essentially J.Crew’s little brother brand.

They’re similar to stores like Banana Republic and J.Crew in that they offer a wide range of clothes and accessories, but different in that they tend to offer a smaller selection at (pretty significantly) discounted prices.

Check Out J.Crew Factory ➤


Nordstrom Rack

Nordstrom Rack suit

Nordstrom Rack is the baby brother of the flagship Nordstrom store and offers similar styles at significantly discounted prices.

The only catch (and there’s almost always a catch when it comes to brand new clothes sold at a heavy discount) is that they carry last year’s inventory, so it’s a great place to score a deal on pieces you intend to keep for years, but not necessarily the best place to turn if you’re looking for super trendy pieces that are of-the-moment.

Check Out Nordstrom Rack ➤


TopMan

Topman

It’s not a perfect analogy, but you could sort of say that Topman (now owned by Asos) is to the UK what Banana Republic is to the U.S.

Both stores sell stylish, modern and affordable clothes that reflect the current appetites of their respective countries, and are simultaneously responsible (at least partially) for shaping those appetites.

Check Out TopMan ➤


Uniqlo

If Topman is kind of like the British Banana Republic, you could say that Uniqlo is kind of like the Japanese BR.

They’ve developed something of a cult following in North America for their fashionable and functional staple pieces, like their lightweight merino v-neck sweaters and other pieces designed with both form and function in mind.

Check Out Uniqlo ➤


H&M

H&M male model

H&M is another example of a store like Banana Republic that leans a little younger, a little hipper and a lot cheaper.

They’ve carved out a reputation for being one of the most fashion-forward of the mall based clothing retailers, but also one of the cheapest — both in terms of price and the quality of their clothes.

Check Out H&M ➤


Target

Man wearing clothes from Target

Like Banana Republic, Target stores are so easy to find that they’re almost ubiquitous in American shopping centers.

But don’t let their commonality fool you: Target actually makes a great Banana Republic alternative for anyone looking for timeless and staple pieces and affordable (and very attractive) prices.

Check Out Target ➤


ASOS

ASOS suit

Whereas Banana Republic exclusively sells clothes made by its own brand, Asos is both a brand and a department store that carries other popular brand names.

And unlike BR, which specializes in safe pieces that look sharp but won’t necessarily turn heads, Asos is all about the sort of flashy statement pieces that will help you stand out.

Check Out ASOS ➤


The Gap

Gap men's clothing

Owned by the same parent company as Banana Republic, the Gap is kind of like BR’s kid brother.

If Banana Republic is where you shop to find clothes for work, Gap is where you should shop to find clothes for the weekend.

They specialize in the sort of unimpeachable, all-American casual staples everyone needs in their coset.

Check Out The Gap ➤


Old Navy

Old Navy men's clothing

Also owned by the same parent company as Gap and Banana Republic, Old Navy is the most casual and most affordable of the three.

If the Gap could best be described as “like Banana Republic, but more casual,” then Old Navy could best be described as “like the Gap, but cheaper.”

Check Out Old Navy ➤


American Eagle

American EAgle

Moving away from stores with the same corporate parent, American Eagle skews younger and more casual than BR, making it a closer competitor to Banana Republic’s casual cousins Gap and Old Navy.

But it’s one of those reliable stores like Banana Republic that’s typically in most malls, especially for affordable staples like jeans and T-shirts.

And like BR, you always know what you’re going to get at AE: while the exact styles may change from season to season, the overall aesthetic hasn’t changed in years.

Check Out American Eagle ➤


Amazon

Amazon dress pants

Amazon has long carried a wide selection of clothes from some of your favorite brands, but in recent years they’ve also invested in becoming one of your favorite brands.

They carry a range of in-house clothing brands, including Buttoned Down and Amazon Essentials, both of which offer the sort of modern-yet-timeless staple pieces you’ll find at Banana Republic.

Check Out Amazon ➤


Forever 21

Forever 21 men's clothing

As you might have guessed from the name, Forever 21 skews younger than some of the other brands like Banana Republic, and is probably a closer competitor of its baby brother store Old Navy, which also targets a younger demo.

But much like Old Navy, it carries a wide selection of casual staples at prices that are quite affordable, making it a good place to turn if you want a more casual alternative to Banana.

Check Out Forever 21 ➤


Hollister

Hollister

Another store that skews kind of young, Hollister is owned by the same parent company that owns Abercrombie & Fitch.

They’re a close competitor of stores like American Eagle and other brands aimed at college-age people, but have a pretty good selection of casual staple pieces with the same laid back, California-inspired vibe that’s worked so well for Abercrombie.

Check Out Hollister ➤


Zara

Where as Banana Republic’s merchandise is designed to be relatively timeless, Zara’s is basically the exact opposite:

They specialize in fashion-forward affordable designs inspired by the current looks of the world’s top runways, and famously turn over their entire industry every season.

So if you see something you like on their shelves or website, nab it; you’re not likely to see it again.

Check Out Zara ➤


6pm

Men's clothing from 6pm

6pm offers a wide range of shoes, clothes and accessories, all at affordable (and often heavily discounted) prices.

They’re owned by Zappos, which is a subsidiary of Amazon, meaning that they’ve got the whole “online shipping” thing down to a science and are a great place to score some good deals online.

Check Out 6pm ➤


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About Dave Bowden

Dave Bowden

Founder, Irreverent Gent
Author, Man in Command and Stop Doubting, Start Dating
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Dave Bowden is a style blogger, menswear expert and best-selling author (in Canada—but still!) whose advice on how to look good and live well has been featured in New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Men's Health and more.

When not obsessing over style and self-improvement, he can usually be found spending time with his wonderful wife and two amazing sons, indulging in a hoppy craft beer, or sobbing over the woeful state of Toronto's sports teams.

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