How would I know if I had a gap!

(31 Posts)
cardigal Thu 14-Aug-14 15:50:54

People talk about shopping for 'gaps' in their wardrobes. Hw would I know if I had one? sad

It's obvious if I need to replace something that's worn out but what are these 'gaps' and how do I identify them?

Yes, I'm an idiot when it comes to shopping and wardrobes but I'm trying to learn

DidoTheDodo Thu 14-Aug-14 15:53:37

I am sure this is wrong. I have a wardrobe in my gap. It is the only place in the room it fits!

cardigal Thu 14-Aug-14 15:54:31

Thank you - most helpful! ;)

DidoTheDodo Thu 14-Aug-14 15:57:39

I know diddly squat about fashion, I'm afraid. I am here to learn!

gaggiagirl Thu 14-Aug-14 16:07:04

Do you have, for instance a smart trouser? If not then I think that's your gap.

My gap is casual trousers.

cardigal Thu 14-Aug-14 18:03:54

That makes sense gaggia thank you.

My gaps are casual everything really. I want casual trousers that aren't jeans.

LightastheBreeze Thu 14-Aug-14 18:07:47

I thought this thread was going to be about a thigh gap grin

MrsLettuce Thu 14-Aug-14 18:08:32

I think they mean they've, for example, got several tops and, say, some boots that only work with one of the 'bottoms' they have. Possibly. Or maybe, 'Oh, I have no little black dress'. confused

So, you're after a few casual bits?

cardigal Thu 14-Aug-14 18:11:48

I have a thigh gap light!

Yes mrs that sounds good. I need a few casual bits!

Even though I don't own a white shirt or a trench coat - or indeed an LBD - I don't see them as gaps because I don't need them filling confused

MrsLettuce Thu 14-Aug-14 18:14:31

But if you don't feel like you're in need of new clothes then you don't have to buy any, it's not The Law.

LightastheBreeze Thu 14-Aug-14 18:17:17

Maybe a pair of chinos for the casual trousers or cords for winter.

cardigal Thu 14-Aug-14 18:17:47

But if you don't feel like you're in need of new clothes then you don't have to buy any, it's not The Law.

But then what are all these folk on here doing buying like billy-oh? Everyone seems to be buying clothes! (Even those that said they wouldn't in August)

It's all too easy really, just a few bits here and there...

I need to concentrate on the casual stuff - it's all getting a bit office-wear in my wardrobe.

cardigal Thu 14-Aug-14 18:18:55

I like the idea of cords light I find chinos a bit baggy around the zip area and jeans a bit too restrictive. Thanks.

MrsLettuce Thu 14-Aug-14 18:21:34

Ooh yes, cords are fab. Are you a baggy or fitted trouser person?

cardigal Thu 14-Aug-14 18:24:00

Definitely fitted. Classic style persona.

LightastheBreeze Thu 14-Aug-14 18:28:19

There are some cords here, some are jeans and some cords, 20% off today on DOTD

Boden straight cords

Boden skinny cords

cardigal Thu 14-Aug-14 18:34:45

They look great light love the aubergine cords! Ive never bought online though as I have to get the fit and feel right. I don't have a credit card to buffer the costs of buying loads and returning either.

Will look at cords on the High Street though, thanks!

MrsCampbellBlack Thu 14-Aug-14 18:36:29

Well, turning serious I reckon that every grown up person should be able to dress from their existing wardrobe for stuff such as:

- wedding
- funeral
- work
- night out
- etc etc

If you can't - then you have a 'gap'.

And lordy, I'd kill for a thigh gap at the moment.

cardigal Thu 14-Aug-14 18:38:34

I can do all those mrsCB it's just my casual at-home stuff that's lacking as we've discovered.

I'm very grown up, I'm fifty blush

DidoTheDodo Thu 14-Aug-14 20:07:20

Just a baby cardigal...I'm 56. It's a difficult age. I've just given 2 unworn dresses to my daughter as I am too old to wear them. Ghastly realisation.

LightastheBreeze Thu 14-Aug-14 21:04:48

56 here also, I bought some of those pyjama type trousers, I didn't look all fashionable in them just looked like some old bag lady. They went straight back. I think I will stay with my cords

QueenCardigan Thu 14-Aug-14 21:25:54

Having a gap in your wardrobe is a justification to buy something new grin. It's about needing something that will make items work together or work for another occasion so eg a jacket to smarten up casual outfits or a certain coloured something iyswim.
As mrscb says it's about having things in your wardrobe for all occasions. I often used to panic buy for nights out until I looked at what I really needed (ie the gaps in my wardrobe) and now know I have about 3 suitable outfits. The only thing I wouldn't be able to pull together right now is a wedding outfit but as I have none in the distant future I won't let that gap worry me.

KristinaM Thu 14-Aug-14 22:10:00

I think you look at your clothes and your lifestyle and make sure they match up

So if you are a SAHM and have wardrobe full of office clothing then you have gaps for casual stuff

So you shop for the life you actually have and not the one you used to have or aspire to .

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Mon 18-Aug-14 14:08:13

I seem to have a 'gap' whenever I find an empty coat hanger.... any excuse for shopping wink

ocelot41 Mon 18-Aug-14 17:42:56

I think in terms of two or more items which I could wear together if I just had x...( usu the right colour CAMI or different shoes IME)

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