My Current Obsession: The Gap 4 in 1 Dress
When I first saw this dress in one of my emails from Gap, I immediately sent it to the trash folder but upon rediscovering it, I dug it up and couldn’t stop dreaming about the endless possibilities with this little dress. A maxi dress/skirt that could be worn 4 ways? That’s like a good pair of jeans or that awesome blazer that goes with dozens of outfits.
I don’t normally buy anything at full price from Gap -heck I don’t often even buy things when there’s a 20% or 30% off sale UNLESS that’s a discount on top of already reduced sale prices. Hey, I’m a bargain shopper. Don’t judge me!
How it Fits:
When I first ordered the black dress, I ordered it in both x-small and small petite. I wish I had taken photos before returning but for reference, I’m around 5’0-5’1. The x-small petite fit around my chest but had to be stretched a little (I’m a 32D for reference.) Because the material was stretched, I could see the sheen which I didn’t like much. Also, at full maxi dress length, the bottom of the dress hit above my ankles which I definitely didn’t like.
The small petite was perfect. The dress didn’t have that sheen at the chest and it hit right at my feet when worn at full maxi dress length. Also, I did try on the x-small and small regular in store. The x-small regular seemed to fit like the x-small petite at the chest but was about 3 inches past my feet. The small regular also fit like the small petite at the chest but was maybe 4 inches past my feet.
Ok, onto the dress itself. I absolutely love this thing! It’s on of the most versatile pieces in my closet. I can wear it as a full maxi dress, shorter long dress with the top folded over my chest and an even shorted dress with the top folded to my waist. I can also fold it down and wear it as a maxi skirt. Prior to purchasing this, I had been looking for a maxi skirt but I am so pleased with this because it doubles as a skirt and dress. I can definitely see myself living in this through the summer and fall.
How to Wear:
Solid vs. Stripe
I also want to say that I feel that the striped version runs slightly smaller than the black. It was tighter (at full maxi dress length) in the chest for me but I feel that it can be stretched out and won’t be uncomfortable.
I love the black for pretty much anything. It can be dressed up or down and to me serves as a casual version of the little black dress. It can be worn with flat sandals or flip-flops for a casual look or dressed up with accessories and heels or wedges for a night out.
The striped version is a little more fun. While it too can be dressed up or down, I’d say for me, it falls into the “daytime” category. The striped options also seem to be more popular as they’ve sold out more quickly.
I say get both! But if I really had to choose, I’d go with the solid black because for my own needs, it’s more versatile. The stripes are indeed very fun though and I wouldn’t hesitate to add another to my wardrobe.
I purchased the dress maybe a week after seeing the email. I received after about 5 days and when I discovered how fantastic it was, I immediately checked the website to order another. I had wanted the gray/orange or navy/green combination with the navy/blue being a third possible option. I was amazed when I discovered that most sizes in regular, petite and tall were nearly sold out. However, my persistence paid off and about three days later, I saw a blue/navy stripe option in my size and purchased it right away (this time with 30% off.) Gap often has discount codes so check RetailMeNot for codes or if you get their emails, they usually include codes there as well. Also, sometimes their website will feature a code at the top.
I also stopped by the store hoping that someone may have returned the dress in my size but no luck. I also noticed that nearly all the colors were sold out. I could only find five dresses left in total (different colors/sizes.)
If you’re interested in purchasing the dress, definitely keep checking the website. Sizes seem to be popping up here and there. I’ve checked every few hours and that was how I was able to score the blue/navy stripe in my size. Also, may sure to check out with eBates to get a whopping 14% cashback. They will send a check to you at the end of the semester. To learn more about how eBates works, check out my detailed blog post here.
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I highly recommend this dress and can’t even explain how much I love this thing. It will be perfect for summer trips (light packing) and can carry on through the seasons by simply layering up a little.