Old Navy spring – prints and bright colors under $35

Just a quickie post as I realized Old Navy’s 20% off new arrivals (use code ONNEW20) ends tonight. I recently browsed their website and was pleasantly surprised by all the spring choices. Unfortunately, knowing their quality and typically generous fit, I’m keeping expectations low. I started with a mountain of items in my cart, and whittled it down to these three (out of which, I’m only expecting the blue skirt to fit):

Print wrap dress (reg only), Print bow chiffon top (reg only), Jersey maxi skirt in petite (3 colors)
**Only the maxi skirt is a “new arrival” and qualifies for the 20% online discount**

The bright blue skirt looks so comfy and perfect for warm, casual days…I was ecstatic to see it available in petite. I’ve received several emails from women who are self-conscious about their legs for one reason or another, seeking advice on what to wear in hot weather. I have skin issues and inverted bow knees (got the obligatory teasing for both in grade school), and thus used to be very uncomfortable showing my legs. Although I’ve gotten over it as I slowly learned to embrace my body, I can still relate. I highly recommend maxi skirts or dresses (I love a good maxi) for staying covered up, yet cool and comfortable.

I bought the maxi skirt last week but customer service kindly gave me a price adjustment for 20% off. Here are some other items that were in my cart but got cut…

A-lined skirts are not typically my style, but there’s something about this chevron/striped one that looks preppy-chic yet demure. I can see it being flattering on women of various body types.

Available in reg, petite, and tall sizes:

 Charmeuse dress (3 colors), foldover jersey skirt (qualifies for 20% off), ruffle chiffon maxi dress

Old Navy products receive numerous online reviews, which is great. Be sure to scope out these reviews for indications of low-quality or static-prone materials. Reading through them, the general consensus on many of the items I had in my cart is that the designs are cute, but the materials are sheer, sheer, sheer, and the fit is generous even for non-petite women (womp womp). Sheerness doesn’t bother me, but poor fit is unfortunate, especially since ON’s jeggings run so darn small.

More items available in petite, cut from my cart:
Pintuck sleeveless top (20% off, 4 colors; could be darling with an A-line skirt or white denim)
Tie-hem Drape Shirts (4 colors; picturing these as casual-fit shirts with skinny denim)

I’ve been looking for a lightweight, semi-sheer white shirt with good drape for a while, however the white color here is sold out in small sizes. It has lots of good reviews, so may be worth checking out if you like the bright blue or poppy orange color. If you wear regular sizes, the sales in-store are usually better, so I’d check stores before buying any clearance items online. Unfortunately, special-sized ladies may have to shell out a bit more online to snag our size.

Readers – Have you tried on any of the above pieces? Please share!

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  1. I have the pintuck sleeveless top in green- got it for St Patrick's Day and it is wonderful!

    Posted 3.23.12 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Thank you so much. Great suggestions,

    Posted 3.13.12 Reply
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    beauty post please 😀

    Posted 3.13.12 Reply
  4. Hannah wrote:

    The sleeves didn't bother me one bit probably because I loved the dress so much 🙂 I look forward to seeing what you think.

    Posted 3.12.12 Reply
  5. Kat wrote:

    I am trying not to shop! Makes it so hard looking at your blog! It's not your fault… just my own. 🙂 Thanks for the info though!

    Posted 3.12.12 Reply
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    I loved the dress; however, I would have to wear another shirt (tank) under it because it appeared almost open to my navel and I have large breasts for my size (2P, 36C). I did not purchase it.

    Posted 3.12.12 Reply
  7. i.rene wrote:
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  8. Lela wrote:

    Usually not a fan but I am a suuuucker for wrap dresses!
    – Lela
    (I'd love it if you took a look at my fashion blog!)

    Posted 3.12.12 Reply
  9. Vero wrote:

    So cute, I love your choices. Too bad I missed the sale.

    Posted 3.12.12 Reply
  10. Ashley D wrote:

    The tie-hem drape shirt in white is nothing of a disappointment:) I enjoy pairing it with almost everything, especially coloured jeans!

    Posted 3.12.12 Reply
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    I ordered the print wrap dress and found it somewhat shapeless and thin. I returned it!

    Posted 3.12.12 Reply
  12. Are you talking about the wrap dress? : ) how was the fit other than length? I read the bust is low and loose which concerns me as I'm a 30a.

    Posted 3.12.12 Reply
  13. Agree with you on the sleeves. I thought it may be an easy fix, but only if the dress is worth keeping.

    Posted 3.12.12 Reply
  14. $15 is a fair price if you're getting wear out of it. I wish their prices online for special sizing would reflect the in-sore deals! Thanks for sharing about the quality/fit.

    Posted 3.12.12 Reply
  15. Oo, very excited for it to arrive now! Thanks for sharing : )

    Posted 3.12.12 Reply
  16. Hi Han- thanks for sharing your finds!

    And oh, I've prepared myself for the roominess and gaping armholes. It's an easy fix though, if the piece is worth keeping (we shall see : ).

    Posted 3.12.12 Reply
  17. I'm expecting the neckline to be low, so great to hear you love it otherwise! How are the sleeves? Is the shape awkward?

    Posted 3.12.12 Reply
  18. I meant *light weight long sleeve shirts with good drape

    Posted 3.12.12 Reply
  19. Lots of possibilities! A print sleeveless blouse tucked in, or something simple like solid white or colored sleeveless top tucked in broken up with a wider waist belt plus necklace. If you have light weight sleeve shirts with good drape they'd work too tucked in. If the bow blouse I have posted next to it doesn't run too big I'll try it with that for one pairing.

    Posted 3.12.12 Reply
  20. Anonymous wrote:
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  21. Petite-ish wrote:

    ON's cap toe flats are cute too, but sizes start at 6 🙁 (Also, the med jargon-y term for your knees is "valgus" 🙂

    Posted 3.11.12 Reply
  22. Lauren wrote:

    i've been eying the navy floral maxi for my trip to florida next month, but i'm imagining a cheap material. i'm also not a huge fan of waist bands like that. i might just have to pop into the store and see if they have it!

    Posted 3.11.12 Reply
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    I saw the jersey dress at the store and tried it on. Loved it, but didn't get it because I'm on a really nigt budget and can't find a place or occasion to wear it. For reference, I'm 5'1, 113 lbs. The dress hit me a bit below the knees, but can be hemmed. I will wait until I get enough points to buy the dress, teehee.

    Posted 3.11.12 Reply
  24. Joy wrote:

    Hi Jean,
    thanks for showing your picks. I really like the print wrap dress and jersey maxi skirt. However, the sleeves of the wrap dress seem a little awkward to me, like they would hit strangely too high above the wrist and it's somewhat of a bell sleeve, which might make eating, or reaching for food kind of awkward as well. I love maxi dresses, but it's always too cold for me to wear skirts, and I hate that I would most likely have to get it hemmed. Can't wait to see you post pictures wearing the skirt. Also, I believe you've shown many posts of yourself in pictures wearing skirts and I've never noticed anything wrong with your legs!


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  25. Christie wrote:

    Love your selections. The green colored tops are so lovely for Spring. Happy shopping!

    Posted 3.11.12 Reply
  26. I absolutely love all of your picks! I haven't actually ever bought anything for myself from Old Navy (not since I was a toddler actually).

    Posted 3.11.12 Reply
  27. Love the wrapped dress and the bright yellow one. Great selections.

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    Posted 3.11.12 Reply
  28. Katherine wrote:

    I love your picks! I bought the tied white shirt a while ago and love it, you can see it here (ignore my wrinkled jeans- sigh): http://www.featherfactor.com/2012/01/tied-white-shirt.html

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  29. Stephani wrote:

    I'm a little bit bigger than you and I still find most of their products to run large. I do love the foldover skirts and have them in many colors. The XS petite *might* fit you! If not that's too bad because it's awesome!

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  30. Anonymous wrote:

    I bought the wrap dress a few months ago and I love the fit, the only problem you'll find is that the cut is pretty low so I just put a safety pin which is carefully concealed so no one notices it.

    Posted 3.11.12 Reply
  31. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi. I love the blue maxi skirt but do you have any suggestions for what I can wear with it?

    Posted 3.11.12 Reply
  32. Wow, these pieces are great! I love the blue maxi especially!!!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


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  33. Han wrote:

    I tried the Charmeuse dress in pink, but it was huge and kind of shapeless, and there was a lot of extra fabric bunching up in the back. I had also tried the print bow chiffon top– the chiffon material is really cheap and is actually already fraying on the edges of the bow and the sleeves. The width of the shirt is huge, giving that gaping arm-hole look. I did stock up however on their Perfect Cardigans in bright blue and yellow– great layering pieces and with the promotion, price is hard to beat ($20 CDN).

    I also got this top, which fits surprisingly well– slim around the torso, looks nice tucked in a pencil skirt, and I like the dolman tab sleeves: http://oldnavy.gapcanada.ca/browse/product.do?cid=72302&vid;=1&pid;=897947&scid;=897947023

    Posted 3.11.12 Reply
  34. clare wrote:

    I have the blue maxi skirt & it's very nice…a bit thicker, nicer material than a lot of the other jersey skirts out there and lovely color 🙂 Size wise, it has a narower cut that most maxi skirts so I actually sized up for probably the first time ever for an Old Navy purchase. For anyone with really slim thighs/butt, I'd say stick with your regular size. Hope you like it as well!

    Posted 3.11.12 Reply
  35. Anonymous wrote:

    I have the charmeuse dress in pink (wore it last night). It's lined so that helps with quality, but the bust is sort of floppy and loose (I have almost no bust). Worth the price I paid (I think $15?) but definitely not perfect.

    Posted 3.11.12 Reply
  36. Gigi tried on the chiffon here: http://www.gigisgoneshopping.com/2012/03/old-navy-irl-pics.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm;_medium=feed&utm;_campaign=Feed%3A+GigisGoneShopping+%28Gigi%27s+Gone+Shopping%29

    and said it was quite sheer. Pretty print and colors though! I think I saw that chevron skirt in store and it looked really long.

    Posted 3.11.12 Reply
  37. kaleirose wrote:

    Love the Charmeusa dress…can see dressing up or down…feel like I have to be very selective with the fabric quality

    Posted 3.11.12 Reply
  38. Brittany wrote:

    I just went to Old Navy yesterday and saw a lot of these things. Most of the tops you show were cut very large. I bought a light weight button front tank top perfect for warm summer days. I also got a free best t from an online promo they had. Maybe when more things go on sale I'll buy other things. Thanks for your post on Old Navy, it is more in my price range. 🙂

    Posted 3.11.12 Reply
  39. Old Navy has been so great for the past couple of years, offering stylish and affordable options. Nice picks!


    Posted 3.11.12 Reply
  40. LOVE IT ALL. The foldover jersey skirt is SCREAMINNNNNG my name. I ill share it when I pair it on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

    I have not shopped Old Navy in years….I will have to pay them a visit.
    Thank you for sharing.


    Posted 3.11.12 Reply
  41. wow great selection old navy's been having!
    xo, Tina

    Posted 3.11.12 Reply

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