They get killed every year in Store Wars. And no one is saying they’re going to mount a challenge to the favorites this year, but after a thoroughly yawn-ish spring & summer, GAP has more than a few pieces in their fall line that… might actually catch the attention of those who’d take the time to frequent a website such as this. (UPDATE: The annual GAPxGQ collection pre-sale launched today, and there are a few items that aren’t half-bad looking. Excluded from this code of course)
Good fabrics, a blazer or two worth a shot, and interestingly hued basics in the mid $30s. And the 40% off site-wide (with exclusions like jeans & cords… cripes) code SHOP is a big help. Not 40% off full priced styles or new-styles or some other qualification. 40% off, and it’s good on the (kinda small) sale section. Remember, free shipping kicks in at $50 PRE code. So if it’s over $50 before you apply the code, it’ll get to you for free. Returns are free too. Here’s a quick dozen:
“Lived in” Slim or Straight Fit Khakis – $35.97 ($59.95)
One of their staples that exceeds the price. Great color selection in the slim, decent color selection in the straight. (C’mon GAP, want those “Palomino Brown” in the straight fits!)
Gotta love the persistent usage of the word “cashmere” in 5% or less cashmere “cotton/cashmere” garments across the retail industry. I’m 5% Einstein, but 95% Gomer Pyle. That said, it’s a good looking cardigan, with some texture and extra thickness around the shawl. Navy or grey. One of those sweaters you gotta just have on hand around your place.
Wool/Nylon Turtleneck – $41.97 ($69.95)
Extremely well made feeling. Good sized gauge to the knit, the 55% lambswool / 45% nylon fabric has some good texture and soft feel (although somewhat scratchy), and the fit is pretty darn good. A lot of these submariner-style turtlenecks can fit like a tent (lookin’ at you Orvis). Not this one. It’s got an authenticity to it. Which is surprising, being that it’s $42. Size shown is a medium.
Interesting. Code won’t work on these since they appear to fall under the “premium pants” exclusion, but they’re still almost half off. And that saturated navy, with the silver hardware (button fly too) is awfully tempting. Also available in Khaki.
Less of a chambray work shirt, more of a just-a-shirt. Casual. Button down collar will keep it looking good under a sweater or a blazer, or with a tie (lots of chambray workshirts don’t come with collar stay slots, or button down collars). One standard chest pocket. Three colors to choose from. Slimmer fit according to the reviews.
Basic Leather Belt – $17.97 ($29.95)
Jeans, chinos, cords. Goes with it all. The belt you’ll probably wear 90% of the time when you’re not wearing a dress belt.
Lambswool Cable Crew – $35.97 ($59.95)
Another classic knit, the cable, in a lambswool crew. Quick question though: Does your friendly neighborhood affordable men’s style website editor need to go to the eye doctor? Because, what are you seeing when it comes to the “yellow” option for this sweater?
Haven’t tried these slim-fit “tailored” style pants on in-person, so not sure how really slim they are. There is a review from “jeanlover” which says, well let’s see: I love the way my bum, legs, and bulge look in these jeans. The fit is so contemporary and the cut is so tailored that it shows off the goods in such a sophisticated and modern way.” … Sophisticated? Bulge?
Most will need some post-purchase tailoring at the sides, but it’s one of the better blazers GAP has cranked out in awhile. The tail, for once, isn’t chopped. The sleeve buttons are non-functioning (but there is some accent stitching around them), and the body is lined in a lightweight cotton chambray. A good casual blazer for the fall & winter.
It’s a henley! It’s striped! It’s placed off center here within it’s frame to create some visual interest because it’s just a striped henley!
Totally out of season, but for some reason, the code works. And these are pretty much the dictionary definition of the oft-mentioned (during spring, summer, & early fall) “off white 5-pockets”.
Mixed Media Belt – $11.99 ($24.95)
The autmun’d up version of a summer belt. Already on sale. Roller-buckle style.
The 40% off at Gap.com (guess it’s not an in-store thing) code SHOP expires today, 9/29. Meanwhile, thoughts on GAP working its way back onto the radar? Did it never leave? Is it still thoroughly “mneh” for you? Leave it all below…