Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Gap's premium pant collection

If you've been in Gap recently, you'll have noticed a little bit of black magic going on: namely its premium black trouser collection. There are seven styles from skinny to straight, curvy to cropped and bootcut to boy fit, with the seventh being my favourite: the perfect trouser (above).

A wide straight-leg cut that flares gently towards the bottom, its tailored silhouette hints at the 70s and Chloé's a/w 2010 designs. The perfect trouser is, well, perfect with my H&M leather tee. And, the best bit is, it makes my legs look über-long. There's more: it's created to flatter all shapes. Yep, that's endless legs all round! Not bad for £35. It's just a shame it's made of polyester.

A close contender for favourite is the relaxed crop (above). Ideal for the shorter leg, I'm pleased no alterations are needed. I love it's androgynous, slouchy vibe and the fact that you can wear it with flats; in this case, my Sam Edelman brogues (a £45 summer sale buy from Whistles, reduced from £125), along with an old Topshop tee. However, it is the most expensive style in the collection at £45 and, being a wool-mix, it's also the only pair that isn't machine washable.

As for the other styles, I've tried them all on so here's my round-up...

The modern boot (£35) is a great day-to-night trouser. It looks both sophisticated and sexy thanks to a slim cut on the hip and thigh which caresses your curves, before opening out into a boot leg.

The true straight (£35) is good if you want to look thinner. It was a bit shapeless on me, but for the curvier figure this will work wonders. It's all down to the crisp tailoring, with a straight cut on the hip and legs for a sleek and slimming style.

The curvy (£35) is perfect for the pear shape. Designed with curves in mind, it hugs in just the right places and skims the rest to really flatter your figure. One that will make you feel sexy and feminine.

The boy fit (£39.50) is for the tomboy in you. With a tapered leg and slouchy silhouette, it's like the relaxed crop but longer. Definitely one that's chic and androgynous.

The skinny (£35) is for skintight jeans converts. Stretchy and skinny throughout the leg, think Audrey Hepburn in cigarette pants. So elegant.

So, what else did I learn from this exercise? Autumn/winter 2010 is the season of the trouser for two reasons: trousers perform the miracle job of making your legs look longer. Plus, they make dressing for work a doddle. But, bar the cropped styles, heels are essential.


  1. Great reviews, and a really useful post! Thanks :)

  2. The perfect pants look lovely - can I ask, did you have to size up/down with them, or did you buy your usual Gap size?

  3. Really want a pair of those perfect trousers! Sold out on website :-(

  4. Sounds great! I have a 30% off GAP voucher so I'm thinking I'll invest in the boot-cut ones; though I am only 5'3", so leg length could be tricky... love your blog :) please have a sneaky peek at mine if you have time!


  5. Thanks for the advice, ive always wanted to try a straight pant.



  6. Thanks geek_kitten,
    After doing my research I really wanted to give you guys a helpful blog post. Gald you found it useful :)

    Hey anonymous,
    The perfect pants are my usual Gap size. But with some of the styles I did go down a size.

    Hi stolenfromother,
    Yeah, looks like it's only the grey and navy pinstripe colourways that are available online at the moment. Don't despair, if you contact Gap customer services they should be able to tell you when they'll next be available or the nearest store that has them in stock. Good luck and let me know how you get on.

    Welcome Gemma!
    So pleased you've discovered me. I often have jeans and trousers taken up, but if they're just right then it's worth it. The 30% discount will help towards that extra cost :)

    If anybody is wanting Gap's 30% discount voucher, it's valid from 20-28 September 2010 and you can get it from here:

    It's a pleasure Carmelita,
    Let me know how you get on with the straight pant.

    Bargainista Fashionista x x x

  7. I had a look at them on the website and got very excited until I realised they're polyester. I can't wear polyester :( Not that I'm some sort of fabric snob, it just gives me a horrible static charge to the point I just want to cry and scratch :)

  8. Hi Zu,

    Don't miss out - the straight and skinny styles are made of cotton and elastane, and the cropped style is a wool-mix :)

    Bargainista Fashionista x x x

  9. Thanks for the lowdown - really useful. Both styles look great in the pics... will definitely go and have a look. I'm with you on the polyester though... would rather pay just a few more quid for some better fabric. Best wishes Sarah



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