Previously featured in this not so continuous series.
The last time I ordered the Gap classic leather sandals, the United States Postal Service royally screwed up. Gap just restocked these in all sizes and colors. Just in time for the 40% off sale! I really like the simple, clean lines. I don’t expect them to last forever, but they’re a good buy for the sale price. I’ll consider a visit to the cobbler if they are worth it!
Now through tomorrow, June 17 midnight ET, use THANKS for 40% off at Gap and Banana Republic and 30% off at Old Navy. Code SHOPFAST gets you 25% off at Piperlime through noon PT. If you have yet to sign-up for a brand’s mailing list, typically that code is stackable with the above codes. All sites have some exclusions (boo!).
If you’re into cashback, MrRebates has 5% off for Gap at press time. Since it’s one cart for all of the sites, I typically look up which Gap Inc. brand has the highest cashback and checkout from there. (Tell ’em irenelikes at gmail dot com sent you!) I’m a long time user of eBates, but I’ll take 5% over 2% any day!
Image source: Gap
I love this pintucked trapeze top. Despite the lackluster rating, the price was right (<$15 during a promotion) and there were many positive reviews to balance out the negative. I’ve found that many negative reviews on apparel websites aren’t due to quality but sizing — most reviewers are too lazy to try on another size before slapping on a low rating.
As an avid Gap shopper, I ordered it in XS, S, PXS, and PS. I am near the petites cutoff and found the petite to be shorter than desired, so I opted to keep the XS and S. For some reason, I liked the white in S and the navy in XS, but the differences are pretty negligible if you can only find one of the sizes. The airy rayon/cotton blend is perfect for sweltering temperatures (I speak from experience) and/or buffets. Pair it with a slim bottom to offset the volume. I might try belting it one day. Since I’m very picky when it comes to prints (fear of print fatigue), I did not try the print version of the top.
Through tomorrow, September 4, you can get 40% off Gap clearance (not to be confused with the rest of the sale items), including this top!
Of course online reviews are helpful, but one must always consider who the reviewers are – typical suburban housewife, city slicker, etc. On Gap.com, you don’t run into the same factors as on Yelp (where I may dig deeper into the reviewer – elite? all negative reviews? comments with no support?) but when someone raves about an Old Navy super casual dress being perfect for a wedding, you think twice.
Over the years, Gap has remained one of my favorite brands. As an American brand, it’s managed to continue to appeal to the fashion forward crowd while appeasing its conservative audience which will always expect to find their classic chinos, jeans, and tees.
Don’t stop churning out trendy items, Gap (and in case you forgot, re-read this post on Gap’s Fall collection)! Another brand with a similar issue is J.Crew. See what CEO Mickey had to say about that.
Read Part I here.
Gap has extended their Friends and Family 30% off sale through Monday. Use code GAPFRIENDS for 30% off and don’t forget eBates! Gap has 2% back and Piperlime has 7% back. I’m experimenting with checking out through Piperlime…
I always look forward to the Spring collections. It usually means the return of 100% cotton clothing at Old Navy and Gap. I loved Gap’s shirtdresses from last Spring. Sifting through the overabundance of shirtdresses for this season, these are my favorites. All of them come in tall lengths. Pair it with a thin belt, strappy sandals, a straw hat, and a casual purse and you’re ready to go!
Striped pintuck dress ; Gingham tie-waist shirtdress; Embroidered pintuck dress
It’s important to find dresses that are breathable 100% cotton and not viscose or polyester in anticipation of the steamy summer days. I also like these other non-shirtdresses, but I regret to inform that the one on the left is polyester (I swear it used to say cotton!).
Printed short sleeve tunic dress; Gap slub drop waist dress
Image source: Gap
Baggu has gotten so popular since I went to my first sample sale 2+ years ago. I’m still processing what I got at the last sale after standing 1+ hour in the cold ill-dressed, so let’s talk about custom Baggu bags. More forthcoming than most brands, Baggu has a special tumblr, just for their collabs!
These are my fave. See the rest here.
(Image source: Baggu, West Elm, Gap, MOMA)
(1) Baggu for Gap. Custom duck bags. I think these are in-store only. When I saw them in the store last spring, I thought Gap was ripping off Baggu. I’m glad they weren’t!
(2) I <3 NY. Iconic logo. Perfect as a tourist gift.
(3) Baggu for J.Crew. Their first vertical stripe in candy pink. I wish this designs came in the baby size.
(4) Baggu for West Elm. The duck bag looks like a dirt magnet to me. The latex dipped bottom looks like an ideal situation for the germophobic.
(5) Baggu for J.Crew. Anchor print. So prepster.
Gap Striped Twill Zip Jacket ($88) vs. Zara Striped Jacket ($129)
Slight differences in the shoulder, zipper trim, and one’s black and the other is navy. Both are cotton and lined.