I had a really big surprise when I was down in London last week for meetings. Joy of joys we finished early and happened to be on Kensington High Street. Mr MC was with me and wanted to pop into Gap for some new jeans so I went in to have a look around the womenswear on the ground floor and boy is it back on form. Of course I’d read about their Spring/Summer 14 collection and new creative director Rebekka Bay being the new Jenna Lyons but I hadn’t really believed it. New wardrobe staples 2014 were on my mind and Gap used to be one of my favourite shops for basics until about 2003 when it just seemed to lose its way. Anyway I was drawn in by a huge Grazia promotion for 30% off that was advertised all over the store.

Everything was really well merchandised with looks planned by colour. Pastels was the driving theme and it moved through different tones of blues to pinks and peaches. Great staples were covered off with sweatshirts, brilliant boyfriend shirts, knitwear, jackets, shoes and of course jeans all worked up by outfit rather than simply shoved together in categories. I found it a really easy, inspiring way to shop.

These are the things that really stood out :

Wardrobe staples 2014 in…peach

Leather loafers (online only) £39.95


Midlife Chic Gap Loafers, wardrobe staples 2014

Luxlight sweater – Gap’s answer to faux cashmere, actually very nice £19.95


Midlife chic luxlight sweater, wardrobe staples 2014

1969 legging jeans £44.95

Midlife chic peach jeans, wardrobe staples 2014


Wardrobe staples 2014 in…blue

Chambray shirtdress £39.95

Classic chambray shirtdress, wardrobe staples 2014



Fitted boyfriend gingham shirt £29.95

Midlife chic essential - gingham shirt, wardrobe staples 2014

Snakeskin ballet flats £29.95

Blue snakeskin ballet slippers, wardrobe staples 2014

Sleeveless fit and flare dress £44.95 – available in tall if you prefer it to the knee

Flattering cobalt fit and flare dress, wardrobe staples 2014


Wardrobe staples 2014 in…pink

Marled sweatshirt £29.95 – this looks better in real life than the pic – it has a great unfinished hem

Relaxed pink sweatshirt, wardrobe staples 2014

Multi colour stripe scarf £19.95

Pink spring scarf 2014, wardrobe staples 2014

1969 destructed jeans £39.95 – I like these becasue they hit the destructed trend without having too many actual holes or rips which I think look great if you can carry them off – if you’re a New Balance kind of girl but not if you’re aiming for over-40s chic. It depends on your style.

Smarter destructed jeans, wardrobe staples 2014

Anyway I was also struck by the quality of their simple, basic wardrobe staples – supersoft cotton and modal crew necks from £8.99

Basic cotton and modal t-shirt, wardrobe staples 2014


and a great classic trench on offer for £47.99.

Classic trench coat, wardrobe staples 2014


Of course you must be wondering what I bought, well the answer is nothing – the Grazia offer kind off backfired on Gap. Although they very kindly told me that I could buy a copy next door in M&S, they’d all sold out. So knowing I couldn’t get the discount (despite having the code on my phone) just meant I couldn’t bear to part with any money despite the fact that Mr MC went ahead and bought everything he wanted – license to spend or what ! I will though, as soon as I see them running another offer.

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