I hardly ever remember to take pics while shopping (because I’m focused more on the shopping part), but I did remember to do so during a recent shopping trip to Gap and Old Navy. (You might notice the earrings from yesterday’s outfit post.) I mentioned in last month’s budget adventures post that I had a couple of gift cards to Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic. It wasn’t really a planned visit, so I didn’t have any particular clothing goal in mind. (A rarity, as I definitely prefer to have a specific goal while shopping.)
Spoiler alert: I only bought one item during this shopping trip. But I thought it might be an interesting process to capture my thought process while shopping.
First up, at the Gap, which was having a big sale and trying to get rid of its summer items. I had been interested in this line of eyelet tops, after Franish highlighted them recently on her blog. But this entire line of eyelot tops turned out to be really oversized, or perhaps just made for women who are bigger up top? I’m generally a medium with tops, but even the small sizes on these tops were all gaping on me! So disappointing.
Left: I first tried on a sleeveless button-front/peplum hybrid top, which I had high hopes for, as I thought it would be a great choice to pair with pencil skirts and not have to worry about waistlines. Such a pretty top, but just way too oversized for me. The size I’m trying on in the pic is a small!
Middle: Here is the eyelet tank option. Again, way too big on the armholes and top, but snug at the hips. So sizing down is not an option for me. Disappointing, as the design is quite sweet.
Right: A black option with three-quarter sleeves and a rounded hem. Super pretty, and this almost worked. Having sleeves helped. But the length of the sleeves looked kind of odd with the raised, curved hem of the top. And raising my arms — which I do ALL THE TIME in my work — exposed my belly. Nope!
I really wanted to like this button-front popover. I don’t currently have a white button-front shirt in my closet, and it’s something that would be useful. And this one has pretty details, including subtle embroidered stripes. But ultimately, it was a bit too long (made it hard to tuck in) and a bit too sheer (I would have had to wear a tank underneath, which would have detracted from the shirt’s design details that I liked). So back it went. (And those grey trousers and red belt I’m wearing in the pic on the right? I grabbed those just to see how the shirt might have worked tucked in and with work trousers.)
I was also disappointed in the dresses that I tried on, at least for myself. I think they would look super cute on other ladies! I just have to accept the fact that if I want dresses at the Gap, I will have to order tall sizes online. They’re just TOO SHORT otherwise. And that was the problem with these striped dresses. For example, the curved hem on the left one was a pretty detail but just too impractical for real life.
So a big ZERO at the Gap this go-round. Oh well. Onto Old Navy!
Can you tell I was really wanting a white top? But alas, these just looked a little too small (and too naturally wrinkly) to me.
Left: Sam really liked the print of this floral dress — he just really likes orange! So I tried it on for him. True love, y’all. But (a) I do have another dress in an orange floral print, seen here, and (b) I don’t prefer spaghetti straps, as it makes it harder to wear a bra. Comfort first!
Middle: This is a super cute swing dress, and I love the stripe pattern. But swing dresses are just NOT for me and my pear-shaped silhouette. A cute dress for someone else!
Right: And most sheath dresses also do not look quite right on me, because of my pear-shaped silhouette. (I need to remember this! I need to stop trying on sheath dresses!) This one was so ill-fitting, I didn’t even come out of the fitting room to show Sam. It looks slightly better in this photo, but I seriously looked pregnant in this dress. The stripes were NOT flattering across my tummy, and it hung like a square sack on me. Definitely a case of “It’s NOT me, it’s the dress!” But pros, the length is reasonable, and the fabric is a heavy knit, so it would be a cute and practical dress for someone else. Plus, this dress comes in several stripe patterns as well as in solid black.
Truly, the fit-and-flare is the best dress silhouette for me and my body shape. I need to remind myself of this while shopping!
And the one item from Old Navy I did take with me: a navy-and-pink gingham shirt. I am always on the lookout for gingham, as it’s a classic pattern that never goes out of style. I still am wearing the gingham shirts I got from Old Navy four years ago (see here and here)! And pairing navy and pink together is a bit unexpected. I liked the slightly oversized fit of this top — it’s the “Classic Shirt” style — as I have found the sleeves on my other Old Navy gingham tops to have shrunk slightly over the years.
I’ll post my monthly budget adventures post for September later this month!
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