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Gap’s New Denim-Worth Trying?

Gap has been getting a lot of press lately on its new totally re-vamped line of jeans for guys and gals and since I am a bit of a denim aficionado I figured I better get my denim-clad behind to the nearest Gap and try them all on and see if they are worth the hype. So last night I drug my husband to the mall and we tried on jeans for what seemed like hours (okay it was only an hour but he swears it was longer).

I can honestly say overall I was impressed with the collection for the price which is insanely reasonable ($69.50-$59.50). The denim used was super soft on all styles and washes and the construction was of good quality. What was even more amazing was that for the most part I wore the same size in every style and wash, which is usually not the case with designer denim. I would highly recommend heading to Gap to try them all on, they make perfect knocking around on the weekend jeans. I will always be a designer denim fan but I can now say I have two new pairs of Gap jeans sharing closet space with my AG’s, Seven’s, Joe’s and Citizen’s. My husband also loved the jeans he tried on and we bought 4 pairs of jeans for the price of one pair of designer jeans.

Here is the “lowdown” on each style:

The Perfect Boot:

Gap’s Description: Our perfect boot jean shares all the best qualities of our sexy boot jean, like a contoured waistband that shapes to the body, lifts the seat, and eliminates the gap at the back of the waist. We added a slightly higher rise with a wide waistband that gives a low rise look while providing extra coverage.

My Description: Overall a nice jean, the rise hit right at the bottom of my belly button, fitted through the thigh with a slight flare, although they did gap around my waist, worth trying if you despise low rise jeans.

The Sexy Boot:

Gap’s Description: We’ve redesigned our low rise boot cut jean. The low-rise fit keeps it sexy and we’ve added a contoured waistband that shapes to the body, lifts the seat, and eliminates the gap at the back of the waist. A slim fit through the hip and thigh leads to a perfectly proportioned boot-cut leg, creating a leg-lengthening silhouette.

My Description: My least favorite pair of jeans I tried on, the rise hit in a weird too low spot with a strange angle and the thighs were too tight with a more severe flare at the leg, it also flattened and squushed my bottom, designer denim brands do the “sexy” boot style much better.

Real Straight:

Gap’s Description: Our real straight jeans are cut straight through the hip and leg for a slimming look. An improved design gives the appearance of longer, more slender legs. New fit technology lifts the seat and eliminates the gap at the back.

My Description: My absolute favorite pair I tried on and one of the pairs I bought. The fit is amazing and for a skinny jean they are very comfortable, snug in all the right places but with great ease and stretch. The leg is straight without being too skinny and makes your legs look longer and slimmer. The rise is perfect not too low or too high. Just Perfect!

Long and Lean:

Gap’s Description: We’ve kept what you love about our long and lean jeans–the easy fit and wider leg–while improving the construction for a more flattering fit. Smart design updates lift the seat, slim the hips, and lengthen the legs.

My Description: My second favorite pair of jeans I tried on and the other pair I purchased. It is the perfect super casual, laid back pair of jeans. Excellent updated fit that hits right below the belly button, fits nicely around the waist, fitted through the thigh without giving sausage thigh with a wider proportion balancing leg. They really give you the appearance of having long and lean legs. A great jean for gals of all heights and sizes.

Always Skinny:

Gap’s Description: Our new skinny jean has a very slim, fitted silhouette all the way to the ankle that visually elongates the entire body. Our new design lifts the seat while eliminating the gap in back.

My Description: These jeans were just okay, super skinny and tight in all sizes with an uncomfortable too low rise with not quite enough stretch to hold you in properly. If you like super skinny jeans stick with the higher-end designers like J Brand, they do a better job of constructing this hard to fit style. For a straighter, skinny look stick with the Real Straight style.

My husband tried on Gap’s Standard, Boot and Loose styles and loved the Standard (buying two pairs). The Standard is a great all around jean, good fit with some ease that could be casual or dressy. He thought the Loose fit was too loose and sloppy and he did not like the construction the Boot style thinking designer brands like Chip & Pepper, Kasil and AG do a better job.

Gap’s Men’s Standard Jean:


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Go Bananas

I had a tantalizing offer in my e-mail inbox from Banana Republic advertising 30% off new arrivals for four days, (April 6-April 9). Rarely do you get such a great offer on brand new merchandise. I hopped on the world wide web and pointed my browser to www.bananarepublic.com to check out the new arrivals on sale and was happily surprised by the great selection of perfect, must have basics for spring. Many of these items will become go to favorites that will carry you from spring into summer effortlessly. Since the sale is only for online merchandise check it out at www.bananarepublic.com and use code NEW30 at checkout.

PS You can also get 30% off new arrivals at www.gap.com and www.oldnavy.com.

A perfect spring dress, layer with a cardigan, fitted jacket or denim jacket for cooler days and then pair with chunky wooden heel shoes for a summer wedding or party.

A crisp white cotton tunic paired with denim bermudas combine to make a super chic summer outfit.

Banana Republic always has a great selection of gorgeous jewelry at very reasonable prices (I heard a rumor awhile back that their jewelry looks so good because Chan Luu helps design it, not sure if it is true, but it would explain alot).




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Cheap Trick

Extra long, lightweight cotton cardigans are the perfect transition into spring items. Layer one over a long sleeve tee paired with a scarf and skinny leg jeans on a cool day or throw it on over a strapless dress or shift on a warm day. These cardigans are super versatile and popping up everywhere from Target to Gap to your local high end boutique.

However, I couldn’t help noticing today as I was shopping how very similar the one from Splendid ($189) is to the Mossimo cardigan from Target ($14). Granted the Splendid cardigan is buttery soft and decadent but with that big of a price difference you have to reach for the Mossimo cardigan, leaving you more money to spend on other must haves. Splendid cardigan available at www.revolveclothing.com and Mossimo cardigan available at www.target.com. Check out Gap and J Crew’s selection of reasonably priced rainbow hued cardigans.

Mossimo Cardigan

Splendid Cardigan

J Crew Cardigan

Gap Cardigan

Ways to wear a long cardigan

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Practically Perfect In Every Way

Perfect: per-fect, adjective, being entirely without fault or defect; satisfying all requirements

Very rarely do you find something that is perfectly, exactly what you are looking for and when you do it feels like the stars have aligned! I am excited to say that this occurred the other day when my friendly UPS driver dropped off a small inconspicuous package from Gap. I am getting ready to go on a trip and on the flight home I decided I wanted to dress super comfy and what I needed to complete my comfy outfit was a pair of black, stretchy pants that fit perfectly while looking nice and a bit more fashiony than sweat pants.

Leave it to the Gap, the king of great basics, to have the perfect pair of casual, comfy pants. The essential perfect flare pants, are just that perfect and essential. They are not terribly trendy or super high fashion but they are destined to be one of those items you wear all the time and are so thankful you have them. They are made out of a smooth, thick polyester fabric that has enough stretch to be flattering and comfortable and they are fitted through the leg with a slight flare. They are perfect for running errands, running on the treadmill, curling up on the sofa to watch a football game, taking your dog on a walk or wearing on a long flight. Available at www.gap.com.

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