What else is a mom to do on her first morning sans kids because they are ALL in school at the same time? Cry? Heck no. (Ok maybe just for 5 minutes). Drink a mimosa? Now we are talking, but probably not carpool savvy. Meander through the GAP alone? Touch the clothes? Walk slowly admiring the displays? Maybe even try something on? YES. If you aren’t there yet, don’t worry, it’s not thaaat great (wink) AND I’ve done a little leg work for you in my newfound spare time so you don’t miss out. Maybe I’ll even make this a new series on the blog? Crash a store, try a bunch of stuff on, and let you know what I loved/didn’t love? What do you guys think? I mean, what do veteran free-time moms do with their free time? Please don’t say catch up on laundry and make dinner so it’s ready to go. Please. Don’t.
Back to my 30 minutes of alone time in the Gap. I love the Gap for many reasons, but mainly for the basics and the price point. Gap does basics so well, but recently they’ve put out some statement items that have made me think twice.
I curated a little sampling of basics and standouts that I believe are staples in every fall wardrobe.
How to Wear it: With jeans, and sneaks, add a scarf (see below), tucked into a skirt, under a vest….I mean if I keep going I’ll insult your intelligence. It’s a white tshirt. It goes with anything. Gap card members get 60% off today so I should probably buy three (because, you know, kids and ketchup).
This jacket is your answer to your “this outfit needs something” dilemma.
How to Wear It: Throw it on over anything! It’s your denim jacket’s cousin – just a lot less stiff and more comfortable.
Ok so this poncho/cape number has A LOT of material. It’s very heavy and likely man repelling. So there’s that….. BUT imagine this outfit with some booties and it’s the cool/chic way to bundle up on Friday nights at your kid’s football game in freezing cold temps.
How to Wear It: I think I got excited and already explained this piece above, but basically it’s your warmest solution. I tried to illustrate how it is literally a blanket in the right side picture. Going to see the Rockette’s this winter in NYC and want to look tres chic while bustling through the wind tunneled streets and want to avoid that jacket situation where you are frozen outside/hot in stores debacle? This might be your top contender.
There is a time and place for our collection of hoodies. And I know we all have a collection. If you still have your high school soccer/volley ball/field hockey or whatever sport you played hoodie, raise your hand! GREAT! Wear them to the gym. These two options (left side here/right side here) are equally cozy without the “slummin’ it” factor.
How to Wear It: With jeans, over a tank dress (to help stretch your summer wardrobe), with a baseball hat, and a vest…. It’s your bus stop/carline essential.
I can’t get enough of these jeans. The end.
How to Wear it: You mean besides everyday? I love, love the black, but they seem to run a little smaller than the regular blue denim ones.
If you’re not daring enough for the cape/poncho number (which is not at all a flaw, I’m not sure I am myself) this is another sideline parent option. It’s sherpa lined and VERY warm. I’m wearing an XS in the picture, but would probably size up to accommodate more layers.
How to Wear It: When you’re cold. Basically November-March.
Yep. So that’s what I found when I crashed the Gap. Any other stores you’d like me to check out? Leave a comment or send me an email!
P.S. Most of these items are 40% today and if you are a card member you get an extra 20% off tonight with code: CARDPERK
And some other staples that caught my eye: