You want to know what my problem is with Gap?
I want everything (groaaaan). Like, all of it.
Gap try-ons are especially dangerous for my wallet, but I’m doing it for YOU. For research purposes.
Statement Coats, Easy Fall Tops & The Perfect Trousers: A Cozy Gap Try-On
You might recall my Free People try-on (specifically from Nordstrom) I did a few weeks back in an attempt to lift my spirits about the inevitable change of seasons coming our way. It was JUST the thing I needed to put a pep in my fall/winter-fashion-step, and I actually got a little excited about seeing what else was out there.
SO, I’m taking another run at all things cozy and turning to one of my most favorite brands of the past few years: Gap.
Unlike most retailers that rely heavily on product shots to list items online (or, in my opinion, simply do a straight-up terrible job at styling products), Gap has a way of showing off its catalog that makes me deliberately copy the models’ looks from head-to-toe (I have Google reverse-image-searched their shoes on multiple occasions).
Long Statement Coats For Chillier Days Ahead
At the top of my fall/winter wish list is a long statement coat. Whether it be a wool coat, a trench coat or something else entirely, a long top layer can really elevate a cold-weather outfit. As it turns out, Gap has all the versions I’ve been wanting to try.
I thought I was over shirt jackets, until I spotted Gap’s Long Wool Shirt Jacket. It was the large chest pockets that had me curious, and in person, on my body, the jacket is so freaking cool. I often take a size large in heavier coats and jackets for the colder months, but I grabbed a size medium since the description mentions “relaxed fit,” and it turned out perfect.
The wool shirt jacket is made from a combination of wool and recycled polyester, with a length that’s just right for all the fall outfits ahead.
A chic wrap coat is an item that’s been on my list for a while, but it’s one of those “wardrobe basics” I always forget to actually purchase (or maybe just find it boring to shop for). That said, those wardrobe basics are ALWAYS the ones that complete my outfits, and I’m ecstatic to have. This one from Gap is light yet cozy, and has an almost-silky feel to the fabric, which is all around very delightful.
I grabbed a size large in hopes to have it a bit more drapey and oversized, and it’s just what I wanted — but for a more fitted look, I would need a medium.
Unsure of which color would work for my wardrobe, I grabbed the Recycled Wool Wrap Coat in this Holiday Brown color too (I mean, that name alone…). Now, naturally, I want them both.
I’ve wanted a trench coat for YEARS but have always felt a little overwhelmed (intimidated?) by them, especially since every brand seems to have its own version right now. Gap felt like a good place to start, and I love how classic the Icon Trench Coat is (just call me Inspector Gadget). The buttons are the right amount and placement, the collar is timeless, and it’s the perfect neutral color to go with both warm and cool outfits this fall.
Reviewers agree that it runs a bit big, so I grabbed a medium and it still feels roomy and oversized (just what I wanted).
4 Tops From Gap That Will Be Wardrobe Staples This Fall
I’ve been keeping my eye out for tops that are different from your classic fall sweater. Not that I don’t love a good, classic sweater, but those are easy to find and buy (and boyyy, do I buy them). I love that Gap has a fun little mix of unique sweaters and tops right now, all of which would be good for various different climates!
The Boucle Cropped Sweater Jacket is a top I became immediately giddy about (even running out of the bedroom, squealing, to show my husband as if I were 10 years old).
I couldn’t help but initially think how similar this sweater jacket is in style to J.Crew’s famous lady jackets, but with a soft boucle fabric, this one feels way more exciting. Initial stock of the sweater went lightning quick, and I grabbed the only size I could just so I could simply try it (had it been completely in stock I think I would have tried a regular medium or large). I’m REJOICING that it worked out the way it did, because I love how this one fits me. It’s soft, feels elevated, and looks far more expensive than it is.
Keep an eye out on our social channels. You KNOW I’ll sound the alarms the moment this one comes back in stock in all sizes.
I love that Gap takes its cult-classic Big Shirt and reinvents it each season with new fabrics. This flannel button-up is easily my favorite. The Big Shirt is a drapey, long top that works well with so many kinds of bottoms, and the 100% cotton fabric is lightweight (great for all winter climates) and super-soft.
The fun part is that there’s a ton of good colors and patterns to choose from (or maybe that’s the hard part).
Gap is BRILLIANT for the Linen Cropped Shirt.
Gap took its famous linen button-up and, quite simply, cropped it. I scoop up Gap’s full-length linen tops each summer, but this feels like a fresh way to keep rocking them through the fall, because it’s so good with high-rise trousers and denim.
As someone who doesn’t always love fitted tops, this drapey style is a great option to pair with the looser jean silhouettes of the upcoming seasons, while still being able to have some sort of eye-pleasing dimension to the outfit.
A black crewneck has been on my fall/winter wish list, and I’ve already tried on multiple that I put back on the rack or returned. THIS is the one that’s getting a spot in my closet — not only for it’s soft feel and perfect shape, but also because it also has that unique touch I always love finding. The eyelet-sleeve detail is SPOT on.
The little lacy detailing is in the best location so as not to make weird bumps on the shoulders, and bonus, gives a breezy flow to my underarms, which will be quite lovely for living in a warm climate!
Trousers, Sweatpants & Cargo Jeans Walk Into A Bar…
While good ol’ blue jeans are often my most favorite at Gap, I couldn’t help but notice all of the unique bottoms for fall. From wide-leg trousers to unique sweatpants and cargo jeans that could easily be sold at a higher price, they’re all bananas good.
Two words: NO PLEATS. I’ve been trying so hard to be a trouser girl, but I’ve only been buying pairs that have pleating in the front (because that’s mostly what’s available). Every time I have tried to put an outfit together with different pairs in my closet, something feels off, and I end up changing directions completely. It didn’t occur to me until (far too) recently that it’s the pleating detail on the front that makes me feel uncomfortable in them. Just, not like myself or the look I was trying to achieve.
With all that to say, THESE wide-leg trousers from Gap feel like a breath of fresh air. The moment I found them — wide leg, without pleats — I added them to my cart immediately. They fit beautifully. I arguably did NOT need the long inseam, buttttt I do love my pants extra-long.
I’ve been a bit bored of sweatpants over the past year or so, simply because they all look the same. When I spotted these cargo sweatpants, I decided they would either be a huge win or a hysterical fail. I gotta say, I LOVE ‘UM.
Gap’s Vintage Soft line is phenomenal, if you haven’t tried it. This pair not only has cool cargo pockets to feel right on-trend, but the bottoms can also be worn wide and open — or cinched up for a slight jogger effect. These are the kind of sweatpants I’m going to build entire outfits around.
I’ll just come out and say it — these cargo jeans are an amazing dupe for FRAME’s Utility Jeans or AGOLDE’s Cooper Cargo Jeans but at a much lower price. The quality is amazing, and they’re much more lightweight cargo jeans than others I’ve tried. The top front pockets have this unique straightedge design that I immediately loved, and at 5’9″, I’m really glad I grabbed the tall inseam!
I’m hopeful that these will be restocked soon, and I’m crossing my fingers that we get more washes!
As many of us commonly find ourselves saying around TME: Gap, you can take all my money.
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