Every season there is a store in which you walk in, look around, and realize that you want absolutely EVERYTHING. For me right now, that store is Old Navy. I am enthralled with how Old Navy is spot-on with all of the best spring trends like colored denim, pastel chinos, floral blouses, preppy striped dresses and beachy maxi dresses.
I fell so hard in love with Old Navy’s current women and girls’ clothing for spring that I wrote Old Navy a love letter, and gushed about how I wanted to feature their affordable and fabulous finds on my blog and MomTV March show. They then sent me some samples for me and my girls! After shopping at Old Navy nearly every season since discovering them in San Francisco in 1996, my devotion is strong.
First up, if like me, you are dying to try the colored or pastel fitted denim craze but unwilling to drop hundreds of bucks on a lilac or lemon pair you may not wear every day, then the Old Navy Women’s The Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans $19.99 – $34.50 are for you. I love pairing a bright with black, as pictured above in my outfit suggestion collage, or wearing colored denim with other neutrals like a white button-down blouse or nude heels. With a bright tight pant, there’s not much else you have to do — it’s an easy impact outfit.
Warning: most people go up at least one size in this cut, usually two sizes — they are made super duper small. My tiny girlfriend who always grabs a 0 bought these in a 4, and while I’m currently an 8 or a 10 in other pants at Old Navy, in these I am a 14 (the 12 fit, but I didn’t want to have to worry about panty lines in jeans — too much trouble — a personal preference fit thing). The salesgirl at the store I visited to exchange the ones Old Navy sent me assured me that everyone is going up several sizes in this cut. But who cares about the number on the label, these pants look just as incredible as the designer denim brands’ colored jeans! They have the perfect ratio of cotton to hold in any jiggle and give that crisp jean look, and Lycra for a snug but flattering fit.
My daughter Eve is looking adorable in the Old Navy Girls Pop Color Skinny Jeans $22 in a springy turquoise. These are not as snug fitting as the women’s, but the straight leg and stretchy denim make for a current, cute and easy-to-play-in colorful jean for young girls.
The Old Navy Women’s Boyfriend Skinny Khakis $29.94 are another cool way to introduce color to your wardrobe this spring. They come in lots of brights and pastels, and like the jeans, they provide a big pop of color to anchor your outfit. I purchased the bright pink neon color. Wear them a little slouchy and then cuff the ankle. I like them paired with ladylike pieces like a frilly blouse, a boxy purse, and ankle strapped heels, as pictured in my outfit idea collage above. But of course, they will also look sporty-cute for everyday with ballet flats or sandals, a skinny belt and a simple tank or tee.
Another of my favorites from Old Navy’s current spring selections is the Old Navy Women’s Smocked Printed Maxi Dress $29.94. It’s so versatile! Wear it with a jean jacket now, on top of a swimsuit later. As I discuss in my MomTV Live Spring Fashion video (also embedded below) at greater length, this maxi dress is cut so well. It’s not too baggy and muumuu-y, and yet it is not clingy except at the smocked top. It also does not look like a maternity dress, which is a tricky feat to pull off with an empire line. I loooove it.
My Old Navy denim jacket from 2001 (very similar to this current denim jacket at Old Navy) is still going strong; I have worn it weekly for twelve years! It’s a perfect match with my new maxi dress. The dress also looks great with a summer-weight, super-light cardigan. I found that a basic, supportive strapless bra like the Bali convertible strapless bra worked great; the smocking provides a light support as well. The suggested outfit collage above is exactly how I will be wearing it this spring with items from my closet, and it also looks great thrown over a swimsuit with the straps peeking out at the top.
I am also loving the blue printed dresses for little girls and babies at Old Navy. My Alice will be wearing the Old Navy Baby Printed Baby Doll Dress $10 this spring and summer, and she will be looking simultaneously stylish and sweet.
Striped, tailored t-shirt dresses are all the rage this spring, but some are crazily over-priced. Anthropologie has one for $115, Lily Pulitzer’s Kaley dress is $108, J. Crew had one for $88 and then sold out…and they all look identical to the Old Navy Women’s Tab-Sleeve Dress which is less than $25!
The weather was in the eighties today in the DC area, so I was able for the first time to wear the Old Navy Women’s Tab-Sleeve Dress $19.97-$24.94 in green stripe. Although this spring and summer I will probably wear this dress most frequently with my Reef flip flops or white Superga canvas tennies, today I dressed it up for work meetings.
So instead of a chic Polyvore collage, for this Old Navy item outfit idea I give you my real-life iPhone selfie, and I have listed all the items I wore with it (or if my older items are no longer available, a similarly-priced dupe).
Old Navy Women’s Tab-Sleeve Dress $19.97-$24.94 (various patterns/colors, I’m wearing green stripe)
Jessica Simpson Calie Pump $67.99 (various colors and leather finishes, I’m wearing indigo suede)
SPANX But Naked Brief $26(comfy underwear that provides a smooth look and no visible panty line beneath a cotton dress…not a death corset!)
Warner’s This is Not a Bra bra $15-$45 is the best t-shirt bra and most comfy underwire I have ever worn. I have it in several colors.
Lily Pulitzer iPhone case $28 in the May Flowers pattern
And if that is not enough bloggy self-indulgence for you, or you missed my MomTV broadcast for March which was all about Spring 2013 Fashion including awesome items from Old Navy, here you go…and happy spring shopping!
Disclosure: Affiliate links are used in some cases. Old Navy provided me with six clothing items of my own choosing for review. No additional compensation was received, and I was not required to post about the products. All opinions are my own. Outfit collages created using Polyvore.