Blouse: Gap Tie-Neck Blouse sz XSP (also in mustard)
Pants: J.Crew Bi-Stretch Wool Minnie sz 00P (bah, unflattering, going back...)
Belt: H&M sz XS Shoes: Louboutin Simple 100 Pumps sz 35
The sale: Today through Sunday, Gap is having 35% off everything in stores and online with code GAPCHIC. If you're shopping in-store, you can get an extra 5% off using your Gap/BR/ON card. If you're shopping online, Ebates (referral link) is giving 10% increased cash back. Here are my picks, all around $30 or less after promos/cash back:
1. Gap Tie-Neck Blouse, available online in petites. Ties can be worn hanging down scarf-style, or looped in a big bow. I like that they add interest when layered under a plain cardigan or blazer. The material is a bit unusual - slightly coarse, but still comfortable.
I got this blouse last month and wore it a few times already. Each time, someone has given it a half-compliment (never a gushing compliment, but at least there is interest) and asked where it was from. The smallest size available is XSP - a little roomy on me, but nothing that DIY slimming doesn't fix. I'll show it again soon, post-alterations.
2. Dropped-Shoulder Dolman Sweater in XS regular, no petites. This comes in 3 colors, but my fave is "sulphur" - it's very neon in person and I love it. Material is light and comfy but thin, so you can see my bra outline here. I wavered on this in-store, but ended up picking it up online with 35% off + 10% ebates = $29.25.
3. Shirred Shoulder Blouse, available online in petites. I am trying on an XS regular in sand brown. Although most Gap blouses are 100% polyester, the drape and cut of the polyester is nice. Good drape can help conceal the fact that something is big on you, whereas stiffer fabrics will poof out or be boxy. I came home and ordered XS Petite online for $23.40 after sales and ebates. If you can fit regular sizing, it's cheaper in-store (around $17 after the promo).
4. Raw-edge Henley Shirt in XS regular, no petites. Only about $18 after promos! This shirt is less stuffy in-person than it appears online. There are many features that I like: shoulder epaulets with shirring detail, raw-edge layers along the front button placket, and again - nice drape for a polyester material.
Readers - Have you tried on any blouses from Gap lately?