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Somebody want to give GAP a hug? Their models are starting to look… Topmanish. ASOSy. They’re getting dangerously close to becoming the emo middle child between the young, spunky, slightly obnoxious Old Navy, and the older more mature and successful Banana Republic.
Despite most of their color options now being stuck in the worlds of dark and dreary or light and pale, there’s more than a few items worth a look. There’s also a few items that land in the realms of disappointing or downright laughable. All three categories, the good, the bad, and the ugly, follow below…
THE GOOD: Slim V-neck Sweater – $27.97 (reg. $39.95)
Think of these as the sweater version of the INC Ultra Light Blazers. These ain’t gonna keep you warm. But at the same time, if you like to layer a V-neck over a shirt and under a blazer but hate the bulk? Try one. They’re thin. Too thin for anyone who wants any kind of weight to the sweater. But a nice option for those who like to layer.
Pocket Nylon Jacket – $55.97 ($79.95)
Surprisingly well fitting through the sides, a little darker in person, and the barely noticeable slight angle of the chest pockets adds some interesting lines. Hand pockets at the sides and good hardware too.
Basic Leather Belt – $20.97 (reg. $29.95)
GAP hasn’t changed the look or feel of their basic leather jeans belt in years. You can absolutely wear these with chinos as well. The two seen here are at least six or seven years old and show no signs of giving up any time soon.
Modern Trench Coat – $82.60 (reg. $118.00)
Haven’t seen it in store but it has potential. Looks to be a little cropped but not drastically so? Still might look a little goofy with a suit if it doesn’t drift at least a few inches past the drop of your jacket. 64% cotton 36% nylon is a win. The Banana Republic taupe looks much better, but, haven’t seen that one in the flesh yet either.
Chambray Collar Polo – $20.97 (reg. $29.95)
Not bad, but could be trimmer through the sides and it’s a little long in the tail. If you’re a tall guy that’s not quite lanky enough to wear “tall” sizes, then maybe give the regular version of these a spin. The collar doesn’t look like denim material. It’s a chambray with a nice texture to it, but not Dad jeans in any way.
THE BAD: Houndstooth Blazer – $68.60 (reg. $98.00)
Had high hopes for this one. I was anticipating it’d be closer to a cotton version of this and the web photo was just a poor representation. The web photo is in fact a poor representation because it’s not that bad looking in person. That is, until you put it on. The button stance is pretty low, which can be okay, but it becomes a big problem because the jacket is really short. Not just short, awkwardly short. Like capris for your torso short. Stopped 15% short too short.
THE UGLY: GAP 1969 “Slim” Trouser Pants – $45.47 (reg. $64.95)
God help us, GAP is making Jeggings for men. I could barely get the ends of the legs over my calves. They might have spandex in them. Being a huge fan of Levi’s 501s, seeing a pair of blue cotton pants with a button fly was worth a shot in the fitting room. Good grief these are awful. Horribly tight. If your testicles are larger than raisins, then mark my words you’ll have issues. Single file is not an organizational structure that should be applied inside your scrotum.
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