Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Interview Attire

 The tie neck, sleeveless blouse from summer '11 worn with a blue crewneck sweater and blue & white tweed skirt.  This look has a lot of text from the tweed skirt to the cotton blend sweater, it is perfectly paired with a light weight top that adds a touch of androgyny and femininity with the bow-tie.

Small like the matching back zipper add extra embellishment without being over the top.

Black pony hair flats complete the look, adding another sample of understated texture and creating a classic look. The 'smoking slipper' is a particular style that is becoming a huge trend and can be worn to dress a look up or down, and are a particularly refreshing style of flats compared to the standard ballerina flat.

Wearing a skirt to an interview is great, but the proper length is essential. Since this skirt is above the knee wearing it with solid stockings would be ideal.  Also wearing flats as opposed to heels gives a more modest professional look with a shorter skirt. And it goes without saying that mini skirts (which we have seen take a back seat to midi and full lengths this year) are definitely out for interviews. Here's to getting the job!

Gap Girl

Thursday, September 15, 2011

How can I wear that summer dress in fall?

'How can I wear that summer dress in fall', you ask?  Gap Girl knows it's hard to part with some of your favorite summer pieces like this satin trim dress. The best part is, you don't have to.  With the right layering and color combinations you can take your summer looks well into the colder months.

We start with a simple sleeveless dress:

Then add a layer:

The dress is paired with a Gap staple, the supersoft long sleeved tee with colors that compliment the dress and are fall appropriate.  Remember:  fall is a time for rich, warm colors so indulge in burgundy and wine colors!  The layered long sleeves can look a bit much on their own, but never fear the outfit it never  complete without our fall go-to.

The Black Blazer:

After the Little Black Dress, the Black Blazer is a staple in every woman's wardrobe.  The casualness of the cotton tee and dress off-sets the everyday business appeal of the blazer.  

Add a scarf, some glitzy jewelry if your heart desires and enjoy!  For the frigid days add stockings.  User discretion advised however, for extra layering such as stockings and even the long-sleeved shirt, you want to be careful of getting to bulky.  Don't layer chunky knits or thick tights under a dress this style/material (have tights and wondering what to do with them? That post is to come!)  Until next time, fashionistas. 

Gap Girl

Monday, September 12, 2011


1. Plain & Simple

2. Tied and true

3. The Aristocrat

4. Casual Cowl

5. Le Artiste

6. Stumped

7. In the Loop

8.  All in Knots

9. The Bow tie

10. What your favorite way to wear a scarf?  


Gap Girl

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Gap Girl 101

Here at 9402 we've been debating the cuteness, chicness and wearability of the printed, long-sleeved shirt dress pictured below.  What was initially seen as unappealing became quite the standout piece with just a little bit of styling...

First, we belted:

One of the best things about this dress is its print--it has the appearance of wool without the heaviness of the actual fabric, a perfect transition piece as summer dwindles down and we start out fall!  The colors (black, white, grey and a rich neon-green/yellow) are playful, but understated by the classic silhouette of the dress. What this picture does not do justice is the hidden buttons that end at the natural waist leaving a flat skirt and...POCKETS! Always a favorite addition to a dress like this one. 

Then we added a sweater:

The 'rich neon-green/yellow' of the sweater brings out the same color in the dress.  This adds more flare to the look and can be worn over the dress to break-up some of the pattern for those who aren't as fond of all over prints. And if the color is much too much...

Always go for black:

The silk-blend black cardigan allows for a quieter look.  This top can also be worn over the dress to dilute the pattern.

Whatever way you wear this look remember: Fit is important!  Make sure you are comfortable with the length of the skirt and the arms.  If you are unsure about sizing always try up and down a size.  Have fun with your outfits!   Accessorize with shoes and jewelry, roll the sleeves up, wear a tank under the dress with the buttons down, etc. Happy shopping!

Gap Girl

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