DVF for Less: Old Navy & Gap Wrap Dresses Review

Use code ONPLUSUP to get 10-15% off online, ends 3/21. My Old Navy order arrived and I fell in love with the prints and colors. Sizing is big, as expected, but there is at least one keeper. This dress is very reminiscent of Diane Von Furstenberg’s iconic print wrap dresses.

Fit: True to what the reviews said, the neckline of this is low. But it’s a wrap dress…so just wrap it tighter, or wear a camisole underneath, or use a safety pin or fashion tape to secure the neckline. The only issue I had with this dress was the larger armholes that continues into billowy sleeves, but it was the easiest fix ever. It took me about 10 minutes to slim the sleeves (I’ll show what I did later) and now I’m in love with the dress. I was pleasantly surprised that a regular was not too long on me.

Quality: Material is on the thinner side but it’s what I expected for a jersey-like wrap dress. If you’re prone to showing bulges, make sure to wear shapewear underneath. The inside is not printed, as shown below:

Here’s another dress that I ordered to get free shipping, but unexpectedly fell in love with it. The silhouette is simple but the ruffles add a feminine edge, and the deep wine color is timeless. The fit of a Petite XS is perfect everywhere on me (and can probably accommodate someone a size up, as well). One thing I don’t like about this dress is the thin waist tie – I prefer thick. The material is thin just like the Old Navy.

Gap Ruffle Wrap Dress, 2 colors in reg/petite/tall – extra 25% off w/code GAPEVENT (ends 3/21)

For more wrap dresses at reasonable prices, Gap also currently has a cute polka dot wrap dress (see reg XS on Sydney; thanks RL, for sharing!) and a solid striking summer pink wrap dress available in petite sizing.

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  1. Keep the Old Navy dress!!! It stands out more and green is just a great color on you!


    Posted 3.20.12 Reply
  2. little.one wrote:

    Thanks for the heads up about the Old Navy dress. I never shop there, but when I saw this steal on you I knew I had to go. Plus I found some basic shorts and cute, lightweight top for this really warm weather that we're having in Boston. A little digging around on my iPhone for a coupon net me four items for $45 and change. Thanks Jean!

    Posted 3.20.12 Reply
  3. Edlyn wrote:

    Super thrilled I checked your blog over the weekend! I made a beeline for Old Navy on Saturday and got the green wrap dress for $9 and change – would've never shopped there without you!

    Posted 3.20.12 Reply
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Both dresses look flattering on you, but if I had to choose, I'd choose the Old Navy one because the gap one looks cheap (although the color looks great on your skin).

    Posted 3.20.12 Reply
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    i like the Gap dress a lot better on you (:

    Posted 3.19.12 Reply
  6. Hey Jean:)
    I recently came across your blog and I'm totally in love with it! I stopped by Old Navy and picked up the dress after coming across this entry:P It was $13 and some change at my store, near Nashville. Anywho, I had a question for ya^^I wanted to know how you care for your cheaper clothes. Obviously purchasing from Ann Taylor or BR would entail needing to dry clean the items but what is your wash/dry/care routine in general? Thanks so much in advance!

    Dawn Monet

    Posted 3.19.12 Reply
  7. I agree keep both! I have the green one from old navy and I LOVE that you tied it in the back 🙂

    Posted 3.19.12 Reply
  8. kali wrote:

    Hey Jean!

    I just did a review of this dress today over at my new blog. I was just thinking it's amazing how the same dress can look completely different on another person. I mentioned you in my post since we have totally different body types so people can see how the dress looks on another person. However, with that in mind, I think this dress is extremely easy to wear and can look great on so many different skin tones and body types. I'm so obsessed with the print and color of this dress!


    Eek, anyways, I've been on a fashion/clothing kick lately. Need to get back to my makeup. -______-

    Posted 3.19.12 Reply
  9. minty wrote:

    Hi Jean!

    keep the printed dress but return the maroon. The color is lovely on you… but the dress doesnt seem to define your waist. The waistband also makes it look cheap.. I think the printed dress is so much nicer on you 🙂


    Posted 3.19.12 Reply
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    Keep both! I like the maroon better, actually. If you decide to let go of the maroon, send it to me?! It's sold out on Gap.com now.. 🙁

    Posted 3.19.12 Reply
  11. Jessica wrote:

    Hi Jean! So I was in NYc when I saw your blog post and I dragged my friend to Old Navy w/ me to find the dress, but they ran out of the green in my size (boo!) and I guess I couldn't get over how thin the fabric was even for the $10.99 price haha. It looks awesome on y ou though!

    Posted 3.19.12 Reply
  12. Naz wrote:

    I agree with this.

    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  13. Suzy wrote:

    i agree! they both look great on you 🙂


    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    Mine was that price too! I was trying to tell them that it was lower in a different store but they wouldn't budge -______-

    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  15. Aimee wrote:

    I just bought the green Old Navy wrap dress in XS too! I love it and am actually hemming it 1-2 inches shorter. I bought it in black as well. Keep them both!

    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  16. If you have to choose one, I'd vote for the green (esp. if you slimmed the sleeves and it looks nice like the ruffle one). I love the graphic print and green just seems so fresh. The ruffle one looks lovely as well but price is higher and color seems more suited for fall (looks maroon / plum?).

    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  17. Christie wrote:

    Love the gorgeous wrapped dress!!! Its so elegant and classy, and super practical! You should definitely keep them both! Loveee it! – xo

    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  18. XOXO, m wrote:

    you have to keep both! xo

    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  19. Ooh I love the Old Navy dress- it is so fresh and youthful. Perfect for spring!!

    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  20. XiaoYin wrote:

    Have you tried any of the petite collection at Target? I was browsing through target online and saw that they did have a petite section…but wasn't sure about the fits.

    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  21. newpetite wrote:

    I love both the dresses on you!

    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  22. april wrote:

    i love the old navy dress on you…it has better fit and the print and color is like retro chic..love it

    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  23. PRINT!! I love it.

    Or both, as other said 🙂

    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  24. Anonymous wrote:

    you should keep the red one! 🙂

    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    That GAP dress is absolutely adorable, I really want one for work. I hope they're still in the store near me! I think the wrap dress is lovely too, the colours look great for this time of year. If it was up to me I'd say keep them both – but the GAP dress completely blew me away. It's stunning.

    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  26. jo wrote:

    Jen, which lipstick are you wearing with the green dress? Looks great!

    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  27. Faten wrote:

    stunning dress :D! love it


    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  28. kali wrote:

    The green wrap dress has been on my list forever! I just got it but my score had it for $13.49. =( But I got 17% off.. so not too bad.

    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  29. jen chung wrote:

    Thanks for always updating us with your purchases Jean! I know you're busy studying but I really appreciate how you take the time to keep up with your blog for your followers 🙂

    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  30. Y wrote:

    Jean, I thought you and your readers might be interested in this: Banana Republic has extended its exclusive Friends and Family offer to facebook fans. The coupon is good for 50% off 5 full-price items in stores or 30% off your online purchase with the code BRSAVE30. Enjoy. 🙂

    Posted 3.18.12 Reply
  31. Anonymous wrote:

    Bought both the green and black today in xs for 9.12 each down from 10.99 with 17% discount. Also bought the striped banana republic wrsp dress.

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  32. Anonymous wrote:

    The green dress is lovely but the fabric is way too thin and it looks kind of cheap. I can see the outline of your bellybutton in the top right picture. I would return it.

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  33. Very Beautiful dresses! At first glance I thought ON dress was a kids DVF for Gap dress that I somehow had missed!

    I think you should keep both. The green is a fun color this season and both dresses can be worn season to season. Keepers!


    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  34. jo wrote:

    I like the green one! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    xo Jo

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  35. No! Only the red one. It's gorgeous!

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  36. You look gorgeous in both! The Old Navy dress compliments the top half of your figure a lot, it's very feminine and I thought the sleeves look fine. I'm in love with the GAP wrap dress though, I'm going to find it next weekend, it looks great! xX

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  37. claudia wrote:

    I love the old navy dress on you. I had tried it on a few weeks ago in store and it just didn't look right on me, but it's great on you! It's definitely more interesting than the gap dress, which is nice too, but just not as fun and sophisticated looking.

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  38. Sorry, it's a deep berry red. It was really dark in my room so the color in my photo may not be accurate.

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  39. I've hemmed and hawed about whether or not to keep them … the leather color is perfect and matte, and the silhouette is nice. I'm returning them because I bought another pair (pre-owned, unfortunately so no link) that I like better. You should give them a try!

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  40. Have them ring it up – the one at my local store was unmarked and appeared to be pricier, but rung up as $10.99 (plus an extra 17% off today).

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  41. XiaoYin wrote:

    Keep the Old Navy Dress one, it shows off your curves better

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  42. Genie wrote:

    I think the Old Navy dress is more vibrant against your skin tone and more flattering! Return the Gap one and keep the Old Navy dress 🙂



    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  43. Anonymous wrote:

    Gap ruffle. Color & shape look better on you, just needs some slight hem altering.

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  44. Jackie wrote:

    I like the Old Navy dress. I guess I like the style and fit better…and the pattern is cute for spring!

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  45. Tarah wrote:

    I could wear both of these dresses and be happy. Thanks for the review. 🙂

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  46. SugarNikita wrote:

    Keep them both. You can always use/make another belt with the wine-colored dress. Both fit you well. You look beautiful! 🙂

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  47. Keep them both, you look great!


    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  48. Bella wrote:

    I like the red one more:-) The green one makes you extremely thin.

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  49. Anonymous wrote:

    I love the green dress!
    Also, is that Gap ruffle dress red? In the link, the only colors are blue and a berry/pink

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  50. Anonymous wrote:

    The wrap dress is so feminine. You look even more beautyful in it.

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  51. Lloyd Lim wrote:

    Both are very nice. Keep them both.

    – Lloyd

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  52. S wrote:

    These wrap dresses are so classy!

    I love how they look on you!


    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  53. elle wrote:

    both!!! :p

    Posted 3.17.12 Reply
  54. I like the gap dress! But for $10.99, you should keep the old navy as well! lol

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  55. maree wrote:

    I would say keep them both! They both are adorable! May have to take myself down to soho tomorrow for a shopping haul again!!

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  56. Anonymous wrote:

    Both looks nice on you…
    btw, are you interested to get more dresses like this and sell it to Indonesia? Pls let me know… there are many petites here and its hard for us to find something that's fit and good looking.

    My email is: serenity_d22@yahoo.com


    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  57. I've always thought that wrap dresses can make slim petite women look skinnier. Thanks for showing us that petite women can still look good on them.:) You look really amazing, but I think the red one is lovelier!

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  58. Anonymous wrote:

    You look lovely in both

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  59. Anonymous wrote:

    both dress look cute on you. i really like the dvf dress.

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  60. Ping wrote:

    jean, i love both!!! and i want both!!!

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  61. Edwina wrote:

    Keep both!! They look nice on you 🙂 If you don't like the sleeves, try and alter it or something 🙂

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  62. Anonymous wrote:

    Keep them both! Very nice fits.

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  63. Di wrote:

    Love the green dress. Went to my local store and of course they were sold out of the xs. Maybe I'll be able to find it at a different location. Wish me luck!

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  64. Anonymous wrote:

    I just called old navy and I was told the green one was for $22.50

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  65. Annie wrote:

    They both look good on you! keep both!

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  66. Callandra wrote:

    I love both of those dresses on you Jean! I plan to check those out at my local ON tomorrow!

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  67. Anonymous wrote:

    They both look very nice on you. The print is more casual, the ruffled more dressy.

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  68. Megan wrote:

    keep both!!! They look amazing on you, and an awesome fit like that is rare! 🙂

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
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  70. Beautiful dresses!

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  71. Jane wrote:

    I don't think you'll be happy with the burgundy dress over the long term. The elastic waist looks cheap, and the ruffles look too little-girl-ish. It's OK to go out to dinner in, but if you're thinking of this to wear to work, I don't advise it. The green print looks great; eager to see how you fixed the sleeves. As is, they are way too poofy.

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  72. ofpreciosa wrote:

    I absolutely love wrap dresses for spring and summer. I can never find something that fits well here, so the few that I have were all custom-tailored in Shanghai. About $25 can buy a perfect-fit wrap dress in almost any common fabric like jersey cotton, cotton, linen, modal, lycra, other synthetics… I wish I had more made before I left!

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  73. Thanks for the review. Both dress look very flattering on you. I say if you love them then keep both.

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  74. Anonymous wrote:

    i like the old navy dress more, but both look great on you.
    do you like your new bcbg heels? i am considering getting a pair!

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  75. Julie Khuu wrote:

    $11 WHOLE dollars??!! Wow, such a steal J! I can always count on you to scope out the best deals and follow up with incredible reviews…love that you take the time to help your readers! This piece is perfecto for St. Patty's day! Have an awesome wknd babe!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture.com

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  76. Janki wrote:

    While both a cute, I think the printed ON one looks more classic. Plus it's a great color and I think wrap dresses look very smart in classic print patterns. The red dress is cute, but the ruffles bug me and I think will seem very dated soon. The thin tie makes the outfit look like a matchy-matchy blouse/skirt combo. Though, you do have an eye for potential so maybe that can be fixed. Amazing the ON was fine on the length. I'm headed there tomorrow, hopefully there will be some left!

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  77. Anonymous wrote:

    I agree that they both look very flattering on you. Keep both of them.

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  78. Sophia wrote:

    Both of them are perfect! The shape is so classic and feminine. Keep both!

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  79. Parveen wrote:

    If you had to keep one I would go with the Old Navy dress, it's such a beautiful colour that would work perfect for the upcoming seasons! I love how you paired it with nude heels, you look lovely 🙂

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  80. Anonymous wrote:

    Just the Old Navy. You look great, but the red dress looks cheap.

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  81. keep both! they both look very flattering on you!
    xo, Tina

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply
  82. Ida wrote:

    Both of these dresses are gorgeous on you. I say you keep both. The green is amazing but the red one is really lovely, too. <3

    Posted 3.16.12 Reply

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