to shop / {gap favorites} the polka dot chambray shirt

Previously featured in this series: the striped knit dress, the shirtdress, and the ballet flat.

Gap rolled out the 1969 polka dot boyfriend shirt in July 2012. I was in Paris at the time (and shopping at le Gap!) and tried it on. I had no idea it would sell out as fast as it did. It was a rare instance that I got a cancellation email from Gap. I stalked it on eBay, but missed it. I wasn’t diligent enough to store-stalk it.

If you missed it the first time around, and are not convinced that the J.Crew Perfect Shirt in Chambray Polka Dot is a suitable substitute, and didn’t fall victim to the Old Navy doppelganger (in less substantial fabric), hold your breath, because… it’s back! Renamed as the Dot boyfriend pocket shirt. I think it was listed some time over the weekend. It’s Monday and already sold out in almost all sizes.

It looks pretty similar to the earlier shirt, doesn’t it? (Left – new; right – old.)

I love an unconventional polka dot and they make the classic chambray so playful. I also love how blogger, what do i wear?, styled it with arm candy:

Image source: Gap & what do i wear?

to shop / gap picks (stripes and polka dots)

If you’re a member of the free American Express membership rewards program, you can redeem points instantly for Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic gift cards through their iPhone app for use in-store or online. I don’t see any discounts right now, but Gap regularly has 15-30% off codes on their website. Most codes are broadcast that way. If you have a giftcard for Gap/ON/BR, it works on any of the 3 brands as well as Piperlime or Athleta. 

Gap is a total stripe or dot lover’s paradise right now. I think it’s a bit too much; not every item creates the same level of excitement.

Images from Gap.

(Left to right, top to bottom)

to shop / {gap favorites} the striped knit dress

Previously featured in this series: the shirtdress and the ballet flat.

Gap’s been knocking out a series of striped dresses and I’ve tried every one of ’em.

  • The first incarnation came out in late Winter 2012 and was made of non-preshrunk ponte knit, that’s right, preshrunk. I shrunk one by accident because I stupidly decided to put it in the dryer and it shrunk! I did manage to secure another one, but I have some plans to save the shrunken version.
  • The latter versions came in a heavier rugby cotton or a slub material. I favored ponte because it is soft, rather lightweight and therefore seasonless, and easy to throw on under a blazer and over tights. Rugby is too heavy for the summer.

The current edition is the nautical shift, on the righthand side of the picture. The zipper detail on the shoulder makes it slightly trendier. Since all of these dresses shrink slightly in the wash, I highly recommend the tall sizes if you want a more conservative skirt length (I’m still talking about above the knee). You can also see that I’m not the only person who opts for the tall length… most of it has sold out! Continue reading “to shop / {gap favorites} the striped knit dress”

to shop / {gap favorites} the shirtdress

I got a shirtdress earlier in the season from Gap – pintucked and white. It brought me through many hot and sticky days in Asia. Some of my favorite summer basics have been from Gap because they use a lot of cotton. Other brands, even sister brand Old Navy and Anthropologie, have too many clothes with synthetic content. While polyester can be easy to maintain, it’s not breathable, especially in the heat of the summer.

The shirtdress is such a versatile, basic piece and Gap knows it too since the below image showed up in my email today. The accessorizing possibilities are endless. Who else remembers Rachel McAdams’ shirtdresses from Midnight in Paris?

Continue reading “to shop / {gap favorites} the shirtdress”