Simple, plain, minimal, with GAP gauze shirt

Definitely nothing fancy! But since I wore this yesterday and Janet has just reviewed the GAP gauze dress, let me review the shirts. 

I got 2, a pink and a white. I thought they'd be good to keep the sun off in the garden when weeding. 

  • The gauze is multi-layered so quite thick and not see-through. You can wear without a cami. 
  • Soft. Can probably go without ironing if you are not a super-polished dresser and could certainly be packed and used for a beach cover up.
  • Fit is typical GAP -- on the large side, but I took my usual size. 
  • Cut is neat at shoulder and loose all the way down.  
  • Cotton, so it is cool -- but because of the layers, perhaps not cool enough for the hottest, stickiest days. 
  • Hem is hi-lo, a bit shorter in front. 
  • Popover style with gathers at the yoke, but it buttons all the way down..
  • Feels a bit "romantic." 
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36 Comments

  • Helena replied 5 months ago

    Love it Suz; I bet the pink is so pretty on you too! Love these type of shirts for hot weather.

  • Runcarla replied 5 months ago

    This is a pretty top.  Have you had it through the wash yet?  

  • viva replied 5 months ago

    Oh, I love this shirt! I just bought a bright orangey-red gauze button down yesterday (and spend much more than a Gap price). I need to look into this one! Looks spectacular on you. That neckline is perfection (for both of us).

  • Joy replied 5 months ago

    Thank you for the review. Does the shirt shrink any with washing. It looks like it will be a workhorse, something to reach for often. It looks like a possible summer jacket worn open over a sleeveless top.

  • Suz replied 4 months ago

    Joy and Carla -- it hasn't been washed yet, but I should know by the end of the weekend and will report back. 

    And Joy, what a good idea -- you could certainly wear it over a sleeveless tank as a "jacket." 

    Thanks, Viva -- you're right about the neckline, which is why I jumped on it. I think they have a linen shirt with a similar neckline. I'll bet the orange looks sensational on you!

    I do like the pink, too, Helena! It's very soft. 

  • Angie replied 4 months ago

    I LOVE YOU IN WHITE, Suz. It's WOW with your silver hair! :)

    HAIRCUT LOOKS KILLER STUNNING. And the shirt is wonderful! Pretty, crisp and chic. Dressier than a tee, but still very casual. I also like to cover up in the sun.

    Thanks for the reviews. I've made them Fab Finds.

  • Angie replied 4 months ago

    My version of this shirt is the classic long sleeve linen button down. I wear them  big. Tuck or semi-tuck. Perfect for a overshot day. Here are mine: 

  • Jenn replied 4 months ago

    That looks like a great lightweight top for summer, and I really love the balloon jeans!

  • lisa p replied 4 months ago

    This is a lovely cut and type of shirt for you . Very flattering . I have a dress from this collection on order but have lowered my expectations somewhat after seeing parts of this grouping in the store the other day . I’m not jumping up and down about the fabric for me ( just not quite my preference ) or the colour I’ve picked ( the soft green ) for that matter - the whole experiment may be a return .

  • smittie replied 4 months ago

    Looks really good on you. The Mandarin collar works well.

  • slim cat replied 4 months ago

    Very pretty- great look!

  • kellygirl replied 4 months ago

    I love cotton gauze and the neckline on this is gorgeous for you. SO pretty!

  • Janet replied 4 months ago

    Oh, that looks great!

    I tried on a linen white popover with some cute black and white windowpane pants and the top was not bad but didn’t wow me (on me) — had to size down to a S but then the fit in the chest felt just a little off. The pants, well, sigh. Not totally bad but they gave me polterwang because of the high rise. And they were a bit too warm to be summer pants for me.

  • Synne replied 4 months ago

    So interesting how everyone's "plain" differs so, and is so personal! You look great in this. Beautiful texture on the cotton, is that seersucker? YLF!

  • Katerina replied 4 months ago

    Looks great! I really like the neckline. Perfect style for you.

  • Irina replied 4 months ago

    Looks beautiful on you, Suz!
    I would be on Gap site hunting this shirt right away but had to remind myself that I have a number of white, long sleeve shirts and my SS shopping is done :(

  • Suz replied 4 months ago

    Thanks, all! 

    Irina, when I lived in Ontario I rarely wore long sleeve button up shirts, even though it is a great style for me (easy to fit on me and tends to suit me) mainly because they were too hot for my summer climate and in cooler temps I like knitwear. Now I wear many more of these shirts and so feel I can justify more purchases. Until I moved out here, I had not bought a long sleeved shirt in years. 

    Katerina, Smittie -- yes, this neckline is one of my absolute favourites -- it's not a Mandarin, exactly (that comes higher on the neck. It's really a collarless button front shirt. Like those 19th C men's shirts where the collars were interchangeable -- you'd button the collar and cuffs to the shirt. :) 

    Angie, I LOVE your bright shirts. I was really hoping to get the Gap linen shirt in fuchsia but they were out of it in my size. I might keep checking back. :)  And thank you for the compliment. I really like white with the silver hair, too. 

    Synne, not seersucker but multiple layers of cotton gauze. Seersucker would probably be cooler, but this has its uses in my not-super-hot climate. 

    Lisa, I was actually hoping for a more gauzy-gauze when I ordered it -- I have an old one from Loft that I adore and can't get rid of -- it just works so well on me. (Weirdly, this cheap item has now lasted me for 6 hard wearing summers, going on 7 now...). Anyway, it's super thin gauze and is the coolest thing I own, but with a bit of a sleeve so not too exposing...I love it. 

    Janet, I was tempted by the linen one too but they didn't have my size in the colour I wanted. Maybe it is just as well from your report! 

    Jenn, thanks -- I love the balloon jeans for a change, too. 

  • lisa p replied 4 months ago

    I did see the fuschia linen yesterday and it is BEAUTIFUL . I was so tempted just by the depth of the colour and the fabric alone . I managed to walk away ;)

  • nuancedream replied 4 months ago

    How lovely is that gauze shirt on you, Suz, especially with the olive balloon jeans! The neckline and your haircut really throw the spotlight on your gorgeous face and smile.

  • Minaminu replied 4 months ago

    what a stylish gardener! I bet the pink shirt is fab on you!
    could you also use them as a light open "jacket"?

  • JAileen replied 4 months ago

    I like your outfit A LOT.  I ordered a pair of balloon pants the other day.  We’ll see how it goes.  I have to laugh about buying a white top for gardening.  You must have Angie’s superpower.  :)

  • Jonesy replied 4 months ago

    I love this shirt on you! Perfect! Cotton gauze is such a summery fabric; I always try to find silk-cotton blends too, but they are few and far between. I admire that Loft shirt you have too--I can see why you wouldn't want to get rid of it!

  • rachylou replied 4 months ago

    What a beautiful top! I’m very impressed.

  • catherine replied 4 months ago

    You look lovely in those. I especially think the pants are perfect.

  • nemosmom replied 4 months ago

    My gosh this is great on you. A perfect shirt for spring, or even tossed over a swimsuit at the beach.  The texture of the fabric might be good for travel, too (sigh).  But wait - can we talk about your AMAZING haircut?!?!?

  • kkards replied 4 months ago

    FAB! And love these jeans! 

  • RoseandJoan replied 4 months ago

    I very much like this outfit Sus, the soft texture of the shirt provides a great contrast to the structural trousers.

    May I ask about the adjective plain? I feel I have missed something as it used quite frequently on the forum and I'm unsure how to interpret it, does it refer to solid colour rather than patterned or a simple silhouette? Is it dressing with a minimal number of pieces or something else entirely?

  • shevia replied 4 months ago

    Well I had a hard time dragging my eyes away from your beautifully cut pixie. But I do love the shirt as well, I recently found something similar but longer that will be my summer beach coverup I think. Unless I am too inspired by your pictures to save it for the beach!

  • Brooklyn replied 4 months ago

    The best neckline! And hard to find. Love the fabric too. We would call it cheesecloth. Years ago I had some short sleeve versions of this type of shirt, also from GAP (when they had a retail presence here). I wore them to shreds over the course of 2 or 3 summers. I still miss them. Enjoy!

  • Janet replied 4 months ago

    Suz, don’t let my experience put you off that shirt! It was really nice but didn’t play well with my boobs.

  • Angie replied 4 months ago

    Typo of "overshot" day. WHAT??? Sorry can't change it :(

    Suz, M&S does great classic solid linen shirts. None of the colours were right for me, but they could be for you. 

  • Suz replied 4 months ago

    Thanks, Angie! Will check it out. 

    Katerina, there were a series of threads about minimalist looks, based in part on Irina's beautiful, simple, architectural style. Synne called it "plain" (not as an insult!) and others weighed in with their own versions. This was mine. 

  • suntiger replied 4 months ago

    Great top! Think I need a gauze shirt now :)

  • Bijou replied 4 months ago

    Suz, you look stunning in white, I am sure this inspired Angie’s white post today.

  • lyn67 replied 4 months ago

    Hope you will not use this one for weeding=the bright white!!)!!!:-(( Wow, 
    this is a great shirt--I love the texture (Brooklyn:- "cheesecloth" is still one layer but Suz said multiple layers! (???)) and the notch-neck (or isn't this one of those) only that has buttons down to hem (great use for layering, indeed)  AND is also  hi-low!!  Great outfit -your plain is all a crispy plain!:-)

  • RobinF replied 4 months ago

    Super cute top and outfit! I love the looks of that fabric, soft instead of hard IYKWIM.

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