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Gap is one of those shops that I only visit if I know that I have money to spend (and when there is a sale on!). I find that it is usually above by budget but sale prices make it a little more affordable and there are usually outfits for my son that I fall in love with. Not so much the adult clothes in my opinion, but baby gap is filled with gorgeous outfits for little boys and girls.
We received a few bits from baby gap as gifts when my son was born and they were all absolutely gorgeous. Some of the sleepsuits had zips rather than poppers which is not what I would personally choose but the designs were beautiful. They were also of fantastic quality, felt really soft on the skin which is important for newborns and washed up well too. I always look in gap now if someone I know has a baby as I think it is a lovely place to buy a gift from - and probably a little too pricey for most people to buy for themselves from. I have recently bought a friend's baby girl a couple of vests that, even in the sale, were £4 each (I usually buy a pack of 5 from a supermarket for around £8 to give a comparison!) but they had a lovely design with intricate stitching on the front so will make a nice gift.
For my son we have bought a couple of GAP hoodies, which are warm and ideal to wear over a T-shirt in those months when a coat isn't needed. We have also bought various coloured polo shirts in the sale (at £4 rather than £7) which have the gap teddy bear icon sewn on the front left hand side. These are lovely in the summer months and my son looks cool and smart in them. We also had a pair of denim shorts last summer which he wore a lot and they stayed in lovely condition so I have kept them by should I have another boy. I have always found the quality of the clothes to be outstanding and they wash up really well, so they last as long as your child fits into them! They also do some lovely socks with grips on the soles for when your child is learning to walk - we found these to be some of the only socks that actually fitted my son at an early age.
The sizing always seems good too for children's clothes and comes up right for my son. For the limited amount of clothes I have purchased from here for myself or my husband, this is also true. I really can't fault the quality of the clothes and there are some lovely items in here, they are just a little above my budget usually. Should I come in to some money, perhaps I would shop here a little more often!
I've been wearing GAP clothing ever since I was very little, and so has the rest of my family. It used to be very good quality, with beautifully simple designs and a good range for Women's, Men's and Children's wear.
However I really feel that the GAP has gone downhill in quality and design. I used to buy from there all the time in the Birmingham GAP, and I've noticed that it's been getting emptier and emptier each time I go. They are also constantly holding sales or offers on certain pieces of clothing, and I think it must be because the quality and style is really quite bad now, and they just can't shift the stock. The GAP near House of Fraser in Birmingham has now closed, and the GAP in the Bullring has nearly always got a sale on. I don't even bother going in to buy clothes from there any more though, only the occasional essentials like socks and underwear, and some of their basics like vests and cardigans are alright.
However, I have found one big problem - their jeans. GAP used to be my favourite place to get jeans, as they used to fit me perfectly and would never rip, I just grew out of them. I've bought quite a few pairs of jeans from GAP to find that they smell really weird, even before you get them home. I've noticed this quite a every time, and the smell isn't something I can describe, its not the sort of thing that makes you gag, but its definitely not pleasant and every pair of jeans I've bought from there has had this problem. When you wash them, the smell goes, but then comes back again after a couple of days and I cannot figure out what the problem is, it's really strange. I've also noticed that over the recent years, the material of jeans I have bought are becoming worse in quality, the material in the newer jeans is very thin and rips a lot easier than jeans I used to buy.
GAP really needs to sort itself out. Smelly, poorly designed, bad quality clothes? That's not for me.
I went into Gap for the first time in a couple of years a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. The reason I hadn't been in in such a long time was that previously I was never able to find anything I liked in there - I considered all of the clothes boring and overpriced.
I thought I'd just go in to have a look and was instantly drawn to the sale rail. There were some really great, classy wardrobe staples and the reductions were fantastic. I picked up some gorgeous smart white shorts for £6.99 - original price £40. I think you definitely have to visit the sale early if you want the best items though - they were quickly running out of the more popular sizes.
The store itself had a nice atmosphere and the staff were really friendly and helpful. When a top I was trying on in the fitting room didn't fit the sales assistant instantly offered to go looking for a different size.
I do still think that the majority of items in Gap are overpriced and would really only consider buying items from the sale unless there was something I really wanted. This isn't the best place to look if you want something special but it's great for basic wardrobe essentials.
This store has become my new best friend, and for several reasons.
First is the simple classic style they have, very basic, you can dress up or down the vast majority of what they have, its more casual then very smart but many things say for example the trousers or shirts, can be combined with other items bought elsewhere, to give a smart appearance. Its the sort of store that caters for most people in some way.
The second is the (RED) collection, its designed for Gap exclusively and every time you purchase something from that range, money gets donated to a charity to help and support those who have Aids in poorer countries like Africa. Its a cheap way to make a difference for people who want to also have evidence to themselves they have done something sort of good with their wages this month. The range tends to be about 30% higher in cost then the rest of the stores items. Still affordable, t shirts are £16.50 instead of £5 to £12.
The third is the clean and tidy air it seems to have, though its easy for people to make it look like Primark and flip over the piles, there are usually staff trying desperately to fix things, but unlike in Primary, they seem to do it without attitude issues and will move out of your way if your looking at something. You don't even need to ask- most of the time they apologise. (!!)
The forth is the fact that this is not a store for skinny people, no size zeros allowed! -well, OK they are not banned from the store, but nothing will fit them, Gap is a store for REAL people who are size 8 and the smallest. I am not sure which size they actually go up to, but Gaps sizes are slightly strange, I am usually a UK size 10-12 depending on the store. Well not in Gap, in Gap I am a size 8 or size Small. Its excellent, I feel flattered, I fall for this every time and usually end up walking out with stuff I don't need but do want. I like being told I am slim! Even if it does only last 5 minutes!! But seriously, there are few tiny tweenagers in Gap stores making you feel old and fat as you shop, its a place for normal mature healthy people who dont run around the stores on heelies and store is not filled with tiny dolls clothes.
The changing rooms do vary slightly per store, overall its a very ordinary basic changing room, wooden door, white interior, mirror, I have not come across a communal changing room for Gap yet. The staff are on hand to help if you need a different size, and will try find it for you, excellent customer service they do this with a smile- I used to be a store assistant for a different brand, I know how irritating it can be to be asked over and over again to do this on the low wages they get paid, so I think the staff in Gap are excellent in regards to customer service.
The sixth reason I love Gap is the sales, they are fantastic, when Gap wants stuff out, it goes out, they reduce and reduce and reduce it, things can be reduced to 80 or 90% if your prepared to wait, its worth it.
The only bad points really are the queues: they take time, mainly because people bulk buy- they have a classic range which is great for staples, and also because I can only afford to shop there in the sale and this is when many other people also shop.
The carrier bags need an overhaul. Currently they do have some paper bags, if you are offered one, take one, even if it says Baby Gap on it, it will last longer, and is kinder to the environment too. The plastic ones seem to have a time limit on them of about 2 hours, then they fall apart unless they are only holding one t-shirt.
The prices on items- please Gap, sort this out! Its usually easy to tell which price is which, but in the sale, so many mark downs get missed that when you do find that a friend of a friend bought the Top you were eyeing up for a fraction of the price, you realised it was in the sale all along and you missed out. Gap: please do your mark downs properly!
I think Gap is a must for anyone over the age of 22 who has a classic taste in clothes, or who needs staples, though skinny Victoria Beckham wannabes should keep well away!
I went into Central London the other day and when i got caught in the blizzard that came down very suddenly i headed for the nearest shop. It just happened to be Gap, i've never been a huge fan of Gap, it always counjured up images of men wearing pastel woolens and frolicking with large dogs and small children in ridiculously deep snow but once inside i spotted the sort of tank top i had been looking for all day! Not a bad 70's tank top (don't worry, the Gap isn't that wierd) but a cute pastel one to wear over a shirt to give the impression that i am a hard working student and not a lay about like everyone seems to think i am! I had found my ideal top but couldn't find a shirt to try it on with, Expecting the shop assistants to consist of 16 year old girls who slink off into the distance never to return (topshop, no offence i know some nice people who work there) and mentally challenged over hyper american wannabes telling me to "have a nice day now!". Well i couldn't find a shirt by myself so i found an average looking sales assistant and i was extremelly surspised! She was the most helpful woman i have ever met! She found me a shirt and gave me advice on size and colour. When the size was a little bit too big she ran and got me the smaller size and waited to make sure i was totally satsfied before she left the changing rooms. At the tills i was asked if i had had any assistance and i was very happy to comment that i had indeed, they all seemed to care so mucha bout their jobs. There customer service was unbeilievably good and not one of them so much as turned away from you whilst you needed them. I am the most annoying shopper in the world too, i try on everything and constantly get the wrong size but these people were like saints! God bless the people of Gap and its wonderful clothes, i dont know why i was so scared!
i never used to go into gap because it was always above my price range that i could affort do but, so i thought! but when i left mcdonalds and i went to asda, my affordable price range for clothes shot up! In many ways gap is like Asda, as soon as you walk into the store your 'greeted'! the clothes are of excellent quality and they have so namy styles for men, which is found to be great. they always have sales on, which is again equally great! byt by me, casue i live near a big shopping mall and work in the same mall, the gap store is normaly go in is small, there is a two floor store the fist floor is split in half for men and women, whch is great casue its normaly 80& women and 20% men in lots of clothes shops and the top floor is baby gap. although in birmingham is one of GAPs flagship stores. which made me, gap and my MasterCard very happy people indeed! also what pleased me is the i got a long-sleeve t-shirt which was reduced from £19.99, to £6.99 but at the till it came up at £2.50
I've been a Gap customer for quite a while now. I've gone from the Kids to the Womens so I've basically seen it all. Gap Kids is my favorite part of Gap. Even though I couldn't for the life of me fit myself into any of the stuff there, they've got really cute stuff. Really cute patterns and colors, both for boys and girls from tops to bottoms. The price isn't that bad, cheap even, if you shop during sales (which happen quite often in Gap) and you get high quality stuff. If you're a fashion concious parent with a budget who wants your kid to look as good as you do, then Gap's a good choice. Great place to get gifts as well. Now onto Gap. Progressing from Gap Kids to Gap was a bit of a dissapointment for me. I find much of the stuff there quite bland and too simple. But thats not neccessarily a bad thing. Although you may not find the clothes here stylish, they're comfortable and affordable and look good enough. You can get a decent pair of jeans at a good price, and simple sweaters and tops too. All this is good enough for day to day wear, but don't go to Gap if you're looking for elegance or style, what you'll get here is comfort and a decent price. Service and atmosphere at Gap has always been top-notch. The salespeople are always more than happy to help you out and the changing rooms are clean and comfy (although I wouldn't go as far as to say luxurious). They always have nice music playing, which always helps you get into 'the mood'. Basically, Gap isn't bad. Shop there for your kids, and buy a few things here and there for yourself but a wardrobe full of Gap would in my opinoin, be a bit boring.
I sit here in my GAP long and lean jeans and GAP white cotton top it's no surprise when I say I ADORE GAP. But why? The quality of these items is fantastic, I have had the jeans for well over a year now and they still look nearly brand new. They are not stretched out or faded and still feel as comfortable as when I first tried them on in the changing rooms. They cost me £55 but they have lasted me for at least a year and I wear them all the time as soon as they are washed and ironed I am in them, SUPERB value for money!! The same goes with the scarf, gloves, hat and tops I own. They fit well, feel as if they were tailor made for me. They are very durable I still cant believe how long these babies have lasted me, when they FINALLY do get too worn to wear I am going to be heart broken. The top is 100 % cotton and cost me £15, the sale rail is great they always have a lot of choice to choose from and that’s only the sale items! I got the hat, scarf and gloves for £25 also on offer and made of pro-fleece. I first went into GAP trying to help my dad's girlfriend and her daughter choose clothes, they were on benefits and did not have much money and yet left with bags full of clothes and even got a friends son something too. Too expensive? I think not. I first head of GAP from the advert 'Denim Invasion' and have never looked back, the advert was great and the clothes looked fabulous! So the next time I was in Derby there’s no surprise for guessing where my first stop was. The range of clothes in GAP is wide including underwear, active wear, scents, bags, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jeans and much more! I found the clothes in the advert which I found amazing as normally the clothes in the other clothes stores adverts themselves never seem to be in the actually store themselves which often leaves me disappointed. I then started having problems with the American sizes no longer had I thou
gh err help! A lovely shop assistant came over and said are you having problems with the sizing? It was so nice not to have to go and try to find someone and not being able to find a single person and start to get angry and frustrated as what normally happens. The assistant also seemed to know her stuff. She picked out my size and asked if there was anything else she could do for me, anyway I seemed to be mesmerised and ended up following her to the changing rooms grinning at my friend in happiness of just being there and not feeling confused. Okay there’s a changing room over there and she pointed it out, I have hung your selections up, if there’s anything else you need just give me a shout and I turned to my friend and gave an excited grin. I rushed over to the changing room and sure enough there were my 'selections' hanging up ready for me. I tried them on, they fitted perfectly and I fell in love. I was getting changed back into my normal gear when a man said is everything alright in there, I felt slightly confused at first but was pleased that the people there seemed to want to help so much, I said yes thank you to which he replied if you need anything just shout, I began grinning madly. I walked out the changing rooms where the gathered assistants grinned at me. They asked me if the clothes were okay I replied and smiled at my friend. Were they alright? She said. Perfect I smirked and went to pay, the cashier was very chatty and started saying how nice my choices were and we got chatting on various topics. It was nice. She gave me my bag and we were off. Although I didn't want to leave! Sorry to sound shallow but I don’t care too much about the reputation of GAP the “evil empire” because I have found a brand of clothes that really suit me and a label I know I can trust to give me low prices, quality items and good customer service. If you are going to boycott stores you will have
to boycott Tesco, Morrisons, Nike, Reebok, Disney and most others, EVERY store whether they admit it or not will be doing something we do not like if you are boycotting GAP you will have to boycott every other store too, what you forget to mention is that almost all clothes are made aboard because of cheap labour. I'm not saying I agree with cheap labour just that I am not going to boycott a store because of it when most stores are doing it. You eat meat? You drink milk? You buy eggs? All these things are obtained by cruelty. But are you going to stop buying them? I didn't think so. You going to boycott every store? I didn't think so. You wont stop all the bad things that happen in the world if you like GAP clothes buy them or are thinking about visiting GAP do it!!!
A couple of years ago, the Gap was practically an American sitcom myth of fashion store, which sold the latest trends and fashion essentials. Two years later it was to cross over into the mainstream market and become one of the most popular chain fashion stores of its kind. Appealing to kids, teenagers and even adults, the Gap has become a necessity for anyone who feels the need to be up to date when it comes to fashion. So why is the Gap so successful and attractive; basically when the Gap emerged in the UK it immediately launched a huge advertising campaign in which it got the big stars in the music industry such as Missy Elliot to rhyme over its hypnotising slogan of Fall Into The Gap. Gap certainly is evidence that advertising really does work, because within months, people were flocking into chain stores everywhere. I personally shop at Gap because it is a breath of fresh air. Not only are the advertising and the image of Gap different but also the fact that shops such as Next and Marks And Spencer have started to become drained of ideas. Rather than appealing to a range of wear such as both dressy attire and casual, these stores have become very much dressy and inconvenient for the average man who doesn't want to look exactly the same as everyone else but wants to stand out of the crowd. However the problem with this is that the attraction inevitably will start to die down, as more and more people become Gap groupies. The Gap has clothes for a range of people. The main influence is from America but their clothes are suitable for kids, teenagers and even adults looking for casual however I wouldn't go there if you are looking for suits. The fashion in the Gap is very laid back. By this I mean that when you wear the clothes, you look good but it is clear that you don't reek of effort and I think this is what is so popular about the Gap. The main influence is from America, expect
to find denim suits and died jeans, the same sort of clothes that are associated with Levi's and Diesel. The Gap is expensive compared to Next but is on par with Marks And Spencer if not cheaper. This is the one complaint about Gap, the main reason for this high-rise price is that when prices from America are converted from dollar to pound, the exchange rate is ever changing and so the dollar is just changed to a pound sign. There the more expensive clothes in America will cost phenomenal prices in the UK. Gap is aimed indefinitely at middle class people who are looking for casual clothes with they can wear for pretty much any occasion without feeling underdressed or overdressed at the same time. So just fall in line, it's heading for the Gap.
We have recently had a Gap shop open in Swansea so being a fashion vistim I couldnt resist taking a peek. they stock childrens wear mens wear and womens wear. personally I dont like the shop, the clothes arent at all nice, they sell jeans that I think are very heavy in the material and basic things like t shirts and shirts, although I did see one or two halter neck tops there. I couldnt see any of the things that are in fashion at the moment like the pretty gypsy tops or skirts, they stock more or less trousers and more trousers or linen skirts. And the prices dont get me started they are so expensive, and even the things in the sale i though were over priced and cheap looking.
Gap has probably got to be one of the most evil organisations around at the moment. It started off with a good idea ? relatively cheap clothes of good quality, and I think that this is what attracts most of the customers, but underneath the façade there is a huge amount of reasons why you shouldn?t shop Gap. Gap are frequent users of near slave labour. That is, they employ young women and teenagers to slave for hours to make their wares. They do not officially own the sweatshops, but instead buy the clothes off of the factory owners, which covers their backs. They don?t let the authorities inspect their dangerous and unhealthy factories, we only know about the conditions from people who worked there. Workers in China, Thailand, Bangladesh and the Philippines are not allowed to join unions, marry (as this might make them have children and have to quit work). They also have to work about 12 to 16 hours a day. People have said to me ?well, about a dollar a day is quite a lot of money for someone over there.? Actually, no. They are forced to pay for their lodgings (tiny rooms which they have to share which about 4 other people), and they have to pay for food. After this there is hardly anything to send home to their parents, which was the whole reason that they started working in the factory. This isn?t just a problem for the governments to sort out ? it?s up to us to go to another shop. If they can?t make money, then the governments will press charges against their conditions and practically slave labour. The only reason that they don?t now is because of the huge amounts of money that Gap brings to the economy ? don?t you think that they could afford just a little bit to pay a decent wage, smarten up the factories and treat workers in a more humane way? And really, is the immense boringness of Gap?s clothes worth the pain that people have to go through? They sell plain t-shirts in uninspiring colours, unexciting jeans and ju
mpers, people lap them up because they believe that wearing the Gap logo will instantly make them cool. I say boycott Gap, or even better join a protest about it and hopefully within a few years they?ll be bankrupt. Unfortunately most people are more concerned with their own little worlds that it doesn?t matter to them about the misery of someone in a far off country?.
If you check GAP offers and sales time then it's worth it. - Advantages: Good Prices when on sale, nice colour and good material, good and clea cut - Disadvantages: expensive if not on sale, design is not fancy, very basic, some of their items look old with their recent designs
I have shopped at the Gap for over 10 years, and I love it. My first encounter with Gap was in the US, where I lived for a while. I remember this was the mid-80's and it was THE super-trendy shop in all the malls and I actually didn't like it. I'd never actually BEEN in one but I just didn't like it for no reason. Fast forward to the early 90's and again I am going into the Gap in the US, this time with a friend and I actually found that I did like their clothes and even bought a pair of jeans and some tops and such. That was also the first and only time I bought something from the Gap at full price. I then became a big fan of the Gap when I discovered their rotation cycle: clothes are out for a few weeks on full price but are then quickly discounted more and more until, if you are lucky and patient, at the end you can get real good bargains. Of course you have to hope that they'll end up with your size in the end, but I have always been lucky enough to find it (and if not I just lay the blame on destiny). Shops in the UK function in much the same way, so if you visit a Gap head straight for the back and keep your eyes peeled for the SALE signs and be prepared to find some gems. The best times are usually around the end of their advertised sales (January for example) when the sale items are discounted even further as they have so much of it in stock. I have bought a coat originally marked at £80 for only £15, tops for £3 and even some nice tops with a hidden bra for only £1.5; I got one in each color and the kicked myself for not buying more! My favorite all-time buy has got to be their pijamas. The nice warm cotton pijamas they sell around Christmas time are usually very discounted in January and once I got some for only £5!! So now I have started a tradition in buying my Xmas Gap pj's for as little as I can. The good thing also is that the clothes Gap sells are, for the most part, qu
ite classic and can last a few seasons. T-shirts, jeans, sweaters, jackets they all are simple and will look good next season too. They also sell perfume, accessories like purses and handbags (very nice ones too), underwear and leisure wear and things like scarves and gloves and such. Fortunately I have got a big Gap near me (Milton Keynes) which I visit almost once a week, just to keep up with what they've got and what is on the sale rack. Sometimes I see items down from, say, £20 to £16 and I just know they'll come down further so if I can be patient enough to wait, I sometimes find I was right and snap them for £8 or so. The trick is just getting to know the items and how long they've been out, etc and how much you think they'll go down. The ultimate bargain, however, is buying from a Gap outlet in the US: not only is it cheaper with the dollar-pound exchange rate, but also the prices are cheaper anyway AND as it's an outlet it's even cheaper. Plus the selection in the US Gap is always much more varied than it is in the UK, especially for summer items. In the US you can also try Old Navy which is owned by the Gap and many items are exactly the same, only much much cheaper than they are in the Gap. If you browse on the Gap site you can see how much cheaper things are in the US, but unfortunately they do not ship to the UK yet. When they do, that will be the way to go!
Okay, i've been wearing Gap clothes pretty much exclusivly for about 7 years now. Its not like when I go shopping i refuse to like other clothes...it just happens that way. I found a few set of jean styles at GAP that I haven't found the same fit elsewhere. Their jean styles are a staple and they add new ones rather than replacing old ones...which I like. But...I find my wardrobe lacking something these days. Maybe its that every so often I see someone else wearing the same shirt as me. I try to be unique but its hard with GAP. Yes, they are staples...but then, thats not always a good thing. I like my preppy look, but its missing something. And since my look is basically the GAP clothing line...is it missing something too?