After being charmed by Gap’s “Dress Normal” campaign (which popped up during fashion week), I thought I’d wander in to see what was new. So. Much. Fun. Here are my fav pieces at the Gap right now.
Keep reading to see the #dressingroomselfies for each piece (as well as the pieces that I didn’t like)….
Holy crap I love this dress. It’s not really flannel, but it’s something soft and textured and the fit is odd….but in a good way. It keeps the vibe nonchalant rather than girly, which just seems cool, you know? Gap’s Printed Boatneck Dress in red plaid, $69 (I’m wearing an XS for reference)
This is Gap’s Lived-In Sweatshirt Dress, $59. Easy and cute – I’d wear with sneaks. (I’m wearing an XS for reference.)
This little cutie is Gap’s Floral Drop-Waist Dress, $69. Wear it now with a lightweight army parka, then slip a black turtleneck and tights underneath when winter comes. So. Cute.
One Note: The reviews for all three of the above dresses are pretty terrible. However, allow me to offer up this perspective: Gap seems to be moving in a different, more modern direction. These dresses do have a rather unexpected fit….but that’s precisely why I love them. The vibe of Gap is much more APC or Steven Alan right now, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. So give the new pieces a try with an open mind. (Especially with that red plaid dress, experiment with tying it low on your hips, or a little looser….or nice and high and tight – there are no rules with this dress. So break ’em all.)
Another flannel dress (with pockets!! How I love dresses with pockets!!). This one is Gap’s Plaid Shirtdress, $69. (I’m wearing an XS for reference.)
Gap’s 1969 Collarless Denim Shirtdress, $74, isn’t *quite* my style, but it’s soft, so flattering, and an all-around gorgeous dress, so I had to include it. (Wearing a size 0 for reference.)
Gap’s Eyelet Shift Dress is on sale for $48 and is surprisingly cute! I’d hem it shorter, however, and wear with flat, over-the-knee boots and a long scarf. The eyelet detail is really cute, too. (I’m wearing an XS for reference.)
Ex-cuse mah blurry face.
Gap has been pushing their new denim as of late, and for good reason. I’m totally in love with their “washed black” – the pic does not do it justice (and the pic on their website is worse). I’m wearing Gap’s Always Skinny Skimmer Jeans in washed black (size 0)….but go check out Gap’s 1969 legging jean in camden black – that picture is closer to how the washed black actually looks.
I’m also wearing Gap’s Fitted Boyfriend Shirt in light heather gray (size xs, above) and it’s perfectly slouchy and thin and soft and I LOVE IT. Currently on sale for $38.
So the boyfriend shirt also comes in blue (Gap Fitted Boyfriend Oxford, $49, still soft and thin and again, wearing size XS)….and I’m LOVING Gap’s Quilted Knit Bomber, $69. It’s thin-ish, and soft and warm. (Wearing a size small for reference.)
Gap’s Classic trench is pretty amazing. It looks and feels much more expensive than the $138 Gap is selling it for. (However, if you are a shorty like me, I suggest trying the petite size, or hemming the bottom. I’d want this shortened a couple of inches. Wearing an XS for reference.)
I’m kinda obsessed with Gap’s Fair Isle sweater, $59. Nerdy chic at it’s best. (Size XS for reference.)
I like Gap’s Marled U-Neck sweater, $54, slightly over-sized and half-tucked. I’m wearing a size….crap! I didn’t write it down! It’s either a medium or a small – SO SORRY YOU GUYS. That’s annoying. But size up, in any case, for that sort of slouchy-sexy fit. (Playground smolder, as my friend Tysie says. xoxo)
Not a bad tee, Gap’s Fluid Shirt-tail Tee, $24. I also really liked Gap’s Always Skinny Jeans in Black Destroy Wash, $75. A few things to point out: Despite the picture on Gap.com, these jeans are actually a pretty dark black. Darker than the washed black. These are also not “skimmer” jeans…which means I had to roll them up a couple of times.
There were a few pieces that broke my heart. Steer clear.
From the permanently-wrinkled fabric (I mean seriously it makes me look pregnant) to the fact that I had to sacrifice the use of my arms…Gap’s Pleated Indigo dress was a no on all fronts. Oh, look. It’s on sale. SHOCKING.
NOPE. Gap’s Quilted Moto Jacket is stiff, uncomfortable, and once on is….meh. And I recommended it a few weeks ago!!! GAH!!! [bangs head on desk]
Foiled by Gap photography.
Blurry pic, but it doesn’t take much to show the problem with Gap’s Basketweave Wool Blazer. It’s rather boxy through the waist, yet is unnaturally high and tight on the armholes. Oh, and it’s made out of a thick, non-stretchy fabric. Besides, the last time I was happy with a 2-button jacket like this was in 1998 as I interviewed for my first real job. Sooooo……NOPE.
I tried, you guys. I really tried. The denim shirt was rather uninspired (it has a similar fit to the boyfriend shirt, but not nearly the drape)…and this floral vest.….I can’t quite put my finger on why it’s not working. Maybe the pattern? (But I did think it was pretty.) Definitely the fact that even when zipped it gives no hint of a waist. NOT A HINT.
I think if you are a curvy girl, Gap’s vest *might* be OK worn tight, and zipped (or half-way zipped). But for Mamas like me who need a little help making curves, this was pretty bad. Even so, I’d probably try Gap’s fur-trimmed puffer vest instead (look at the red – you can see it zipped and the lack of shape becomes apparent. But like I said…it might work, worn tight, on Mamas with curves. Or maybe I need a petite? Because that red is awfully cute….hmmmm…thoughts???)
Or HECK – why not just go all whole puffer and get the jacket? No promises, but Gap’s Multi-quilt puffer jacket looks really, amazingly sleek.
This was my biggest heartbreak. Because I am WAY too small to pull this coat off. This is the Gap Parka I’ve been drooling over for weeks. And while I’m tempted to try the petite size…..the fact that the jacket weighs as much as I do is a pretty big turn-off. (Although, now that I think about it, great for working out.) Also, it’s just too…much. If I stand 0h-so-still and take a picture, with the hood carefully arranged, it’s fine….but in reality, it looked as though some large green animal was eating me.
Perhaps on a taller mama, this would be cute? Because the model in the picture on gap.com is rocking it….
Want to end on a high note? How about a navy-and-black backpack? SWOON.
But tell me: what are you loving from Gap at the moment?
ps. Where should I do the next #dressingroomselfies article? Someone mentioned LOFT…??