So, how was your Easter? Mine was spent lamenting the utter deficit of attractive footwear that keeps your feet warm, whilst I traipsed, blue-toed, around various zoos, farms and parks. Still, hopefully I have accrued enough brownie points doing this to slope off to the shops for a bit today to look at more sandals I will NEVER WEAR.
This morning’s Lust List comes to you curtesy of Gap. I have been really impressed with their output over the last few seasons; gorgeous bright colours in great staple shapes with plenty of neon thrown in, and the accessories have also been fabulous. And guess what? For today only there is 20% off all full priced styles when you enter GAPSTYLE at checkout.
I genuinely believe there is no easier, chicer summer throw-on than a Breton striped dress, and I love this navy and green version:
It also comes in the more traditional white/navy stripe, but I like the more unusual colour choice. It’s a good length too, short without getting you nicked when you bend over to retrieve a dropped toy.
I love the range of fitted boyfriend shirts Gap has out at the moment, in an array of lovely brights, cute ginghams and quirky prints. While I find a more masculine shape suits my body type, it can be a tricky trend to wear without looking like a shotputter. However, I’m definitely going to try one of these…
The grown-up way to do Hawaiian print (if that isn’t a total oxymoron), I think the bright florals are great for the summer I keep imagining. I’d wear this with rolled up chinos and metallic sandals.
The reality is, when summer does finally arrive for a week at the end of August, I’ll just be swapping my thick cashmere jumpers for a lighter, cotton version.
What I really like about Gap is that unlike a lot of retailers, they are not overly reliant on man-made fibres. I bought a smiliar sweater to this from a mid-range designer at 6 times the price, assuming it would be cotton. More fool me, it was 100% viscose and has bobbled hideously after only a couple of wears. This Gap one actually is 100% cotton and looks great. It also comes in cobalt, red, navy and, I think, grey, though I can’t see it online. I’d sling this on with boyfriend jeans and a pair of Superga pumps for a relaxed off-duty look.
By now you’ll have gathered that cobalt is my absolute favourite colour, so this trench is perfect for me:
It also comes in the more classic navy and beige, for those of you who draw the line at lurid coats, but I love the incongrous juxtapostion of uber-classic style with a very modern bright. I’d wear this over a simple black shift for work.
If you still haven’t found your perfect Boyfriend jeans, this pair might just be for you:
Gap introduced their ‘sexy boyfriend’ style a few seasons ago, and they acheive the near impossible; good slouch without swamping. This vintage wash is great for summer, and in my fantasies I’d be wearing these with just a white vest and Converse high tops.
I’ve been deliberating over getting a pair of printed trousers for a while now, and these could be the ones:
I love the fresh green and geometric pattern, and historically I’ve always found trousers from Gap to be very good. Primarily cotton, with that all important bit of elastane for stretch, I reckon these will be a great fit. I’d wear these with a white tee, black blazer and black pointy courts for a sharp work look.
Another one of the ‘holy grail’ items on my permanent shopping list is a denim shirt dress that doesn’t make me look, as my husband so charmingly puts it, like a farmer.
Could this be ‘The One?’ I’m certainly going to try it to find out!
Let’s move on to accessories now, and how about this for a bargain?
A leather clutch for under £20? Don’t mind if I do! Perfect for summer drinks, it would look lovely with a simple column maxi and jewelled flats.
I spotted this lovely pair of sandals in a magazine last week and have subsequently become obsessed with them.
I love the blue/grey tones in them – they’d be perfect with white jeans and a hot pink silk tee.
And finally, how about something you might actually be able to use this summer…?
If there is one thing on this list I can GUARANTEE you’ll be sporting for S/S13 it’s this! I love the cute bug print on this umbrella – makes a nice change from black!
I’ll definitely be trying the green print trousers, boyfriend shirt and western dress if I can find them in store – I will report back! What, if anything, do you fancy from Gap this season?
Hope you all enjoy the last day of the long weekend!