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.


83 thoughts on “DVF for Less: Old Navy & Gap Wrap Dresses Review

  • Reply Anonymous March 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    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.

  • Reply Anonymous March 17, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    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.

  • Reply Y March 18, 2012 at 12:56 am

    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. 🙂

  • Reply jen chung March 18, 2012 at 2:49 am

    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 🙂

  • Reply kali March 18, 2012 at 3:43 am

    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.

  • Reply Faten March 18, 2012 at 5:16 am

    stunning dress :D! love it


  • Reply jo March 18, 2012 at 5:37 am

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

  • Reply Anonymous March 18, 2012 at 6:50 am

    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.

  • Reply Anonymous March 18, 2012 at 7:34 am

    you should keep the red one! 🙂

  • Reply Raffaella Arnaldi March 18, 2012 at 8:45 am

    PRINT!! I love it.

    Or both, as other said 🙂

  • Reply april March 18, 2012 at 8:53 am

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

  • Reply newpetite March 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I love both the dresses on you!

  • Reply XiaoYin March 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    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.

  • Reply mirigoround March 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm

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

  • Reply XOXO, m March 18, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    you have to keep both! xo

  • Reply Christie March 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm

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

  • Reply SewPetiteGal March 18, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    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?).

  • Reply Aimee March 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    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!

  • Reply Anonymous March 18, 2012 at 11:24 pm

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

  • Reply Suzy March 18, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    i agree! they both look great on you 🙂


  • Reply Naz March 18, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I agree with this.

  • Reply Jessica March 19, 2012 at 2:02 am

    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!

  • Reply Anonymous March 19, 2012 at 2:06 am

    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.. 🙁

  • Reply minty March 19, 2012 at 2:35 am

    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 🙂


  • Reply kali March 19, 2012 at 7:48 am

    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. -______-

  • Reply Justyn Lord March 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

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

  • Reply Love and Looks March 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    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

  • Reply Anonymous March 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm

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

  • Reply Anonymous March 20, 2012 at 12:03 am

    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).

  • Reply Edlyn March 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    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!

  • Reply little.one March 20, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    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!

  • Reply benjamin + trang March 20, 2012 at 11:33 pm

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


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