Gap makes denim now without waist gaps! I tried on a mid-rise True Skinny jean in regular sizing recently and it was nearly perfect even though I typically take petite sizing. There was no waist gap, it was fitted throughout, and was just a tiny bit long in the inseam, hitting just below true ankle. They were pretty flattering except for the fact that there was wrinkling in the knee area due to the jeans being slightly too tight. I tried to find the same style online to link here but can’t (even though they were fully stocked in store).
I also tried a mid rise True Skinny jean in Sculpt fabric (above, here). Their product photos online have featured curvier models and so I expected the cut of the denim to not work for slimmer figures, but these actually ran so small that if I were buying petite sizing, I’d consider sizing up one size. I didn’t think I’d like the Sculpt fabric but it really sucks you in and I’ll definitely keep it in mind going forward.
Both pairs of jeans I tried had about 88 percent cotton in the fabric blend, but I noticed that the fabric content as well as inseam length vary widely amongst the many different styles they offer even within the same category (ankle, cropped, etc). This makes shopping online a special kind of nightmare! At least they provide some info on inseam length in the product descriptions now.
More interesting were the batik inspired offerings including this robe, which was more of a ballpoint pen blue than navy in person, and this linen blend swing jacket, both made in Indonesia if I remember correctly. Neither are offered in petite sizing. I tried the swing jacket and it could work for some. The fabric was a nice weight, not thin or flimsy, and it’s machine washable. I don’t need another jacket, although it’s nice to see Gap offering some nicer pieces again after a very long hiatus. Everyone loves these kinds of straw totes.
The last thing I like at Gap right now is this straw tote. I like the black option as well.
I finally tried the Sloan again, more specifically this one (above), and I was pleasantly surprised. Banana Republic has vastly improved the fit of this pant. There no longer is a waist gap, baggy thighs, or saggy butt. The inseam off the rack is perfection. Alas, the wrinkling extra fabric in the crotch region has been reduced, but has not been fully eliminated, and this is why it went to the reject pile. You can kind of see what I’m talking about in the product video on their website as the model walks and turns. The stretch of this fabric will make this pant outstanding as soon as they fix the crotch issue. So close.
Also tried the Petite Skinny Zero Gravity Light Wash Ankle Jean with Fray Hem. Wow, that is a really long product name! No waist gap, excellent fit off the rack. Just a handful of denim in petite sizing available online unfortunately. It’s great to see denim options that are made in the USA on their website (and unfortunately a higher price point to match) though, but all the petite styles I checked were imported.
In the sale section, this knit midi dress with a-line skirt and tie-back at the neckline looks cute and is fully stocked in all petite sizes in the olive/brown color.
There is not much else to speak about at BR. I’m not sure what the deal is with BR. While Old Navy has been on a winning streak for years, and Gap is slowly making a comeback, BR seems to be on a downhill slide. I will say that their items look better in store than online in general, but how many people are checking the brick and mortar first before the website?
The best thing at Old Navy right now is this 100 percent cotton Distressed Denim Jacket in petite sizing!