Gina: Navy finds

Besides department stores, which will always be staples that I love, I’ll go through store phases. I think it’s just that I like knowing I can go into a certain store, find something I like, and then leave.

First it was Express (gotta love those mailer coupons)

then Banana and J Crew 

currently LOFT and Francesca’s Collection (with a little H&M in there).

I did something very out of the ordinary for me this week: bought quite a few things from a store I haven’t shopped at in years. Old Navy.

I have a weird history with Old Navy. When we first got one here in Tucson (I was in high school), I loved it. I worked throughout high school and really appreciated the low prices, along with the clothes at Forever 21. I realized that all of my clothes from both stores would quickly fall apart and moved on to Abercrombie land, where I eventually started working to take advantage of the sweet discount. Anyway, I never really went back to Old Navy. Shopping at any of the malls in Tucson can be a little bit of a rat race -over the weekends, a lot of people drive up from Mexico and buy, buy, buy- and just peering through the windows as I’d walk by, well, just the sight of the crowds would give me a panic attack.

Recently, a friend came over and was wearing a super cute top, so of course I asked where she got it.

Old Navy.

I checked the website to see if the shirt was available and was blown away by how many cute, affordable styles they had. ON seems to have changed a lot (and from what I’ve heard, the quality isn’t fantastic but it’s better than it used to be), or maybe I’ve just been missing out, because I picked up a few fall staples:

Recent finds

Not too bad, huh? 20% off, free shipping and $166 (including tax) for everything. We’ll see how much of it fits/what I like when it gets here, but the good news is that I can brave the store and return/exchange if I need to.

It was fun crashing the party over here- I love to post about good shopping hauls every now and again 🙂

What’s your current staple store? Find anything amazing lately?



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  1. Emily @ Have Your Cake And on October 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I feel like I’ve had a similar relationship with ON! I used to buy their stuff and then hated the quality, but this year I needed some button up shirts and stumbled onto their website because of a discount coupon I had received and realized I liked a lot of their stuff! I find that they run pretty big and some things are a flop but for the most part I like their stuff

  2. lindsay @ prettylittleparadise on October 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    i usually mix up loft, jcrew, express, gap, h&m, etc, but I have just discovered francescas because one opened 10 minutes away from me in the cutest little outdoor shopping area!! I am obsessed with how inexpensive the clothes are and they often have great deals!!! I love their jewelry too and find that so much of it looks like the stella & dot stuff, but it is 1/3 of the price! definitely new favorite place for fun tops, dresses and jewelry 🙂

  3. Cai on October 19, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Definitely Gap.
    I love love love it. I think I buy atleast 80% of my clothes from there, haha.

  4. Jade on October 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I really like Old Navy! I haven’t shopped a lot lately because of grad school sucking our money away!

  5. Laura on October 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I always forget about Old Navy too, and some of there things are okay. I would never buy their pants bc they stretch out but skirts, some cheap tops, some sweaters, and socks and purses are good! Oh and I like their workout shorts that are knockoffs of nike.

  6. Samantha @ My Full Life on October 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    They have great basic tees and tanks. And their maternity jeans are great. I have like 6 of their vintage v-neck tees that I wear regularly!

  7. Melissa on October 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I actually love ON too and I think the quality has gotten a LOT better. I adore their Rockstar jeggings. I have them in the dark dark blue and people constantly ask me what brand they are because they look like designer jeggings.

    But I have found you do have to be picky and can’t expect everything to be cute.

    Our closest Francesca’s closed.. so sad.

  8. Shelly on October 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I work at home, so I live in exercise clothes and I’ve found that the Gap’s Gap Fit line is really nice. Their leggings especially are nice and thick and hold up well. And since The Gap has tons of sales, I can get them at a fraction of the price of other high end yoga clothing stores. I also really like their 1969 jeans. I tend to stick to The Gap and Jcrew for online orders since I know my size but I did recently brave an Old Navy sweater. I stopped buying from Old Navy a few years ago since the quality was so bad, but I was swayed by this particular sweater, which looked adorable online. We’ll see how it looks when it gets here!

  9. Fionnuala on October 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I basically quit ON years ago because of the quality. Then when I was “crying” on the phone to a girlfriend about O ruining all her good clothes at school, she told me to go to ON. I discovered quickly that for around $150, I could get about 10 -12 weeks worth of school clothes for O with some pieces lasting much longer, and others suffering death by finger paint. Pre-K is hard on clothes. Basically, the stuff is cute and not trashy, and when you only spend $5 to $10 on it… you don’t care about finger paint.

  10. Kaolee on October 19, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    There’s this anorak that I really want from there.

    I was in an Express phase at one point too.

  11. Beverly Aragon on October 19, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Nice finds! I’m digging the skinnies and that gorgeous blue top. I’m headed out of town tomorrow for a little shopping trip and am excited for my very first visit to Francesca’s. 🙂

  12. Brooke ( on October 19, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Victorias Secret has some awesome clothes and they always have a promo or something going. They’re my staple for sure. Although, I have a fair share from Old Navy.

  13. Nicole on October 20, 2012 at 7:44 am

    For maternity you can’t beat ON. Their prices are great and since you won’t be wearing them for any length of time the quality doesn’t have to be impeccable.

  14. Stephanie on October 20, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I need to stop into Old Navy sometime soon. They also have great finds for the summer when you’re looking for dresses. And of course, I LOVE Francesca’s!

  15. Shari on October 20, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I just bought a bunch of stuff from ON, too — gotta love their 40% off sale and coupons for $15 off! 🙂

  16. Emily on October 20, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I tend to shop a mix of BR, Zara and Mango. I also go to H&M for randomness and seasonal top ups, but never for anything I expect to last long term (makes me feel sad for the environment just typing that, but it’s true for right now). My last good buy was a pair of Gap jeans for £12.74 down from £45! I pretty much happy-danced the whole walk home.

  17. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Old Navy lately too! They had some really cute short sleeve blouses there this summer and I like them so much I got 2!

  18. Elle on October 22, 2012 at 5:56 am

    The clothes on ON site look cute but I find the clothes really, really big. Even fit most of the times. But I think when the clothes do fit, you can get some really great deals. A lot of my friends love their flip flops, cheap and last a long time!

  19. Amanda Lee on October 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I just went to Old Navy this weekend- for the first time in at least a year! I can’t help but get drawn into their commercials- so I figured- might as well try it out!

    They used to have such boxy clothing. However… I was so pleasantly surprised. I tried on quite a few things and ended up walking out of there with a chambray shirt (on my wish list forever!) and a long sleeve belted dress that fits like a dream (not on website only in stores right now). I’m talking the type of dress you want to LIVE in because it’s so flattering..

    Such a coincidence that you posted about this and I didn’t see it until after I went! 🙂

    PS- If that chambray top doesn’t work try out the plain one in stores- the plain jean one is fitted and lays really nice. I tried on a colored one and the fit was horrible. Surprised that they vary that much. Oh and also a short sleeved dress I saw online I got on clearance in the store- Fyi 😉

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