Does this ever happen to you? You go to gap.com to buy one very specific closet staple item and somehow end up shipping yourself a hoard of stuff from Old Navy?
Old Navy gets me EVERY TIME. Worse than Target.
I’m not sure Old Navy has ever looked better online. Each week J.Crew Aficionadas discuss items that fit the J.Crew aesthetic but are made by other brands. Well, Old Navy arguably looks more like J.Crew right now than J.Crew itself (still love you, though, J.Crew). Clockwise from top left:
Classic Crew-Neck Cardi for Women: The polka dots are woven into the fabric not printed on to it, according to a reviewer. Available in petite sizing. I seriously cannot see this ever going out of style. UPDATE: the polka dots are like thread sown on to the fabric. The thread has a shiny quality. The sleeve length is actually proportional and hits at the right place for me off the rack. Overall fit is the best yet from Old Navy petite sizing. Fabric quality is very good especially considering the price. Pleasantly surprised.
Super-Long Open-Front Sweater for Women: I have been looking for a longer length sweater like this literally for YEARS in marled gray. Each year someone makes one, and each year I do not find it until it is totally sold out. This one is a machine washable cotton-rayon blend. The already beloved cornflower blue is a hard to come by color, at least in recent times. Interestingly, I want every color except the marled gray. Petite sizing available. (And in the time it took to create this post, the periwinkle/Cowboy Blue color is sold out in Petite S and on the verge of selling out in Petite XS I think. Check for pop backs as it is full price now.) UPDATE: the color is darker than expected and seems to have gray undertones. I’m not sure how else to explain it. I think it looks great over white or light colored outfits but kind of frumpy over dark colored outfits. Good quality, great sizing, hits exactly at the knee as pictured, just can’t decide if it is a cute office appropriate sweater or if it looks more like a robe for bed time. Fabric quality is pretty good – it IS thin – but the fabric of the polka dot cardigan feels better.
Twill Field Jacket for Women: Oh dear, this twill field jacket is back again, and maybe better than ever. This jacket has as of this writing 1883 reviews and is rated 4.7 stars. The Dried Herb and Bubblegum Pink colors are very of the moment. Petite sizing available.
Graphic French Terry Bikini Bag for Women: I am such a sucker for a good lemon print. This one on a mint green background is so much fun. The bag has a cotton exterior and nylon coated interior.
Classic Striped Cardi for Women: The striped design looks like it is woven into the fabric although it is hard to tell from the product photos. A classic wardrobe staple in a machine washable cotton/poly/acrylic blend. Petite sizing available.
Relaxed Bell-Sleeve Cutwork Blouse for Women: 100 percent cotton, machine washable, petite sizing available. I’ve not had good experiences with their eyelet fabric before, but maybe this one is better quality?
EveryWear Graphic Slub-Knit Tee for Women: The print shown is called “Calla Lillies.” It reminds me of Highway 1 and Big Sur. Jack Kerouac. On the Road. The Beat Generation. San Francisco. What it does NOT remind me of at all are calla lillies. Someone please enlighten me.
The Calla Lillies California shirt is made in Vietnam. The hem curves slightly up at the sides. I can see some people liking that but I am not a fan. The 100 percent cotton fabric feels nice. It’s lightweight and semi-sheer.
If you are ready for summer, I really like the idea of mixing and matching bold prints in monochromatic colors for a bikini and so it’s great that Old Navy’s latest collection of swimwear makes this possible. Please excuse the bad photo editing.
The Knotted-Tie Swim Top for Women and coordinating Swim Bikini Bottoms for Women (pictured above in different combinations) look really cute online. I really like that these Old Navy mix and match separates come in bold geometric white on black polka dots, stripes, and gingham prints. I’ve said this before, but I’m loving black almost as much as Justin Theroux does.
Historically I have not been a fan of bandeau styled bikini tops, but found one from Forever 21 at a thrift store recently that had a very flattering cut and liked that you don’t have to worry about weird tan lines so much, as with super strappy styles. I’ve been open to bandeaus ever since.
This Old Navy bandeau top is very cute in the photos, but in person I’m not totally sold. While trying the top on, it already started to roll down over itself along the neckline. If you intend to wear it only with the straps and never strapless, this may not be an issue, but…
If you look at the product photos, you’ll notice that the strap attachment points for the solid colors and the prints are slightly different. The solid color straps attach closer together, while the printed tops have the straps wider set in the front. The closer attachment points of the solid color tops may be more helpful in preventing the top from rolling down over itself than the printed top design, and will also probably be more comfortable to wear. But the prints are cuter, right?
The top is padded and fully lined in black fabric, but the spandex outer fabric is on the thin side. Not surprising at this price point I suppose. I just cannot see this suit lasting more than one season unfortunately. Made in Vietnam.
The bottom is also fully lined, but in a nude fabric. I don’t think the gingham printed bottom is see through when wet, but didn’t fully submerge it in water to really test that. The cut is just OK. There are so many other bikini bottoms out there that have a more flattering cut IMO, but maybe not at this price point. Made in China.
I thought I’d like the polka dot top and gingham bottom combination best, but found that with the darker color top and lighter color bottom, the eyes are drawn upward and the combination somehow makes everything seem top heavy while visually narrowing the hips. This could be a good or bad thing for you depending on your body type. It may not be the black versus white colors as much as the relatively large, bold polka dot print versus the smaller more inconspicuous gingham print. Actually as a petite person, I thought the polka dot print was a little too large proportionally, particularly when it is close to the face as with the bikini top.
Maybe I’m overthinking this, but my recommendation is to put the larger print wherever you want the focus to be. Pear being the most common body shape, I’d say the polka dot top with any of these bottoms is best unless you have broad shoulders or find the polka dot print too large and overwhelming for your stature. What do you think?
Note the gingham print top is currently out of stock in sizes XS and S.
Okay the last thing I am LOVING is the Los Angeles canvas tote that is already totally sold out. Old Navy has a bunch of canvas totes right now with graphic prints on one side inspired by different American cities and one state – Los Angeles, New York (picture above, my second choice), San Francisco, Atlanta, Texas, Hawaii (is Honolulu not iconic enough, Old Navy?). Stated measurements 15 1/2″L x 5″W (pretty respectable depth!) x 15″H, with 10″ strap drop. For some unknown reason, the NYC print is more expensive. The tote bags seem like decent quality for the price.
The tote prints are particularly exciting. Could all of this be a sign of even greater things to come at ON?
(P.S., the 2018 International Women’s Day tee. How freaking rad would a men’s version of this shirt with this print be?)