If you had told me three or four years ago that I would be sitting here on a Friday night writing a blog post praising Old Navy…well, I probably would have believed you because three or four years ago I had absolutely no clue where my life was headed or what the real world would be like. And in retrospect, perhaps that’s what I should have been doing back in college too, because it would undoubtedly have saved me from wasting all my money on $3 shots and pizza made out of cardboard.
Anyway I digress. I found myself on ON’s website recently and was surprised to find that I really liked nearly everything they sold. All of my memories of Old Navy are from when I was a teenager and as far as I could tell their entire revenue in the 2000s came from polo shirts and brightly colored rubber flip-flops. Luckily for me online shopping was invented since my teenage years so now I don’t have to fight off hordes of rabid toddlers to get my sensibly-priced tees. Good things come to those who wait.
I can’t even begin a post about Old Navy without mentioning their active wear line. I don’t remember this from when I was younger, but it seems they’ve really expanded their athletic wear line in recent years, and I could not be more excited about it.
It should probably be noted that the most athletic activity I partake in on a regular basis is brisk walking on the incredibly flat streets of DC (and let me just take this opportunity to say that if you are a slow walker and I pass you on the sidewalk and then we both come to a red light, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DON’T JUMP AHEAD OF ME AGAIN. KNOW YOUR PLACE). That being said, I occasionally convince myself to head to a yoga class not far away, and in those instances I like to wear something just like this because there’s an almost 100% guarantee I haven’t shaved my armpits or legs in a week and this outfit conceals that well.
Out to Brunch
Aside from their activewear, Old Navy is also known for their jeans. I’ve owned several pairs over my lifetime, and was happy to see that they’ve finally jumped on the high waisted trend. It’s possible they’ve been doing this for years and I’m only just now finding out, but I’m just going to pretend this is a recent discovery.
This sweater looks to me like something Urban Outfitters would sell, by which I mean it’s borderline ugly and looks potentially homemade by an elderly grandma, which also means it goes without saying that I love it. Unlike Urban Outfitters, however, it’s less than $30, so you won’t have to sell a vital organ on the black market to afford it.
Aside from their reasonable prices, another bonus of Old Navy is that their family-friendly styles are almost always work appropriate. Even better for giants like myself, Old Navy also does both petite and tall sizes, so that you never have to question again whether that fingertip-length rule also applies to work wear.
One thing that hasn’t changed about Old Navy is their color selection. Browsing through their dresses feels like what I imagine a female newscaster feels like in the morning when deciding which jewel-toned shift dress to choose from her closet. I mean that in the best possible way, of course–especially considering my mostly monotone wardrobe, it’s nice to inject a little life once in a while. And who knows, maybe making all these adult choices will carry over into the rest of my life and inspire me to finally research health insurance plans. It never hurts to dream.