Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review: GAP Military Parka

GAP Military Parka

Earlier this month I featured the GAP Military Parka in one of my 'Yes Please!!!' posts, which can be seen here. As I shared in that post, I have been looking for an alternative to the Boyfriend Fatigue Jacket from J.Crew, which I wore on a daily basis earlier this year before the weather started to warm up here in Montana. I've had it since last summer, but moving out west gave me the opportunity to finally put it to good use.

Well, I absolutely love the jacket and would like to purchase it in another color (or two). The problem with that is that J.Crew only makes it in one color right now, which happens to be a real bummer, IMO. However, I believed I had found a promising alternative in the Military Parka from GAP in the 'clean coal' colorway, and ordered it a couple days after my post. Well, it finally arrived this past weekend, and here is the review with pics that I had promised to my reader {L}...

GAP Military Parka

From the GAP website...

Fabric & Care:

100% Cotton.
Machine wash.


Soft twill weave with quilted lining.
Long sleeves with elasticized cuffs.
Packable hood, stand collar.
Angled pockets with snap-flap closures, welt pockets.
Front button placket with hidden zip closure.
Drawcord ties at waist and hem.

Fit & Sizing:

Straight silhouette with an easy, slight oversized fit.
Hits at mid-thigh.

The parka arrived rolled up in one of the plastic packing bags, and was shipped in the grey poly bag that GAP always uses. I really wish they would send jackets, coats, and dresses in a box, but I doubt that will ever happen, especially since they ship for free on orders of $50+. Anyways, the parka did arrive a bit wrinkled, but I imagine with time as it hangs in the closet the wrinkles will start to fall out, or else it could be steamed if they are too bothersome.

My initial thoughts on the parka upon pulling it out of the bag were...a good heavy weight, quality construction, nice color and fabric. I ordered the parka in a size small, even though my 'normal' size at GAP is an xsmall, because I wanted to make sure I would have room to layer underneath it once the temps get colder. This was a mistake, as the parka seems to run on the large side, and it is too big on me in the size small. Is it doable? Yes, but I plan to exchange for an xsmall, as I think the smaller size will not only look better, but will also feel more comfortable. I will still be able to layer underneath the smaller size, as I am able to layer a thick hoodie under the size small with room to spare.

The parka has a detachable hood...

There is a zipper, as well as buttons up the front of the jacket, along with ties at the waist (they are actually just above hip-level on me), angled pockets, and welt pockets...

The parka has a quilted lining, which makes it quite warm worn on it's own, without the need for extra layering...

Overall, I think the GAP Military Parka is a well-constructed, quality garment that is worth the retail price, and even more so with the extra % off discounts that GAP offers on a daily basis. I do think the sizing runs to the large side, so stick with your regular GAP size, or size down one if you do not plan on layering underneath it, or simply for a more fitted look.

That's it for now...what are your thoughts on the GAP Military Parka? Do you own it, or have you tried it on in the store? Are you thinking about purchasing one for your self? Please do share...I always love to hear from you!

Have a lovely day! :)

P.S. The jacket is an Extra 40% off right now with code DEAL at checkout, plus shipping is free on orders of $50+. Click HERE to shop.


  1. I was at GAP recently and tried on the quilted moto jacket but I didn't see this one in the store. I like the look of it, but I agree it looks too big on you. Let us know how the XS fits. I wish J. Crew had a version of the Boyfriend Fatigue Jacket with a quilted lining like that. I bought the J. Crew Sherpa Lined Parka as a warmer alternative to the Boyfriend Fatigue Jacket, but it is a very heavy jacket. The GAP one looks like a nice in-between compromise weight. I am not sure if I like the waist ties on the outside, though. Thanks for the review!

    1. Hi cate! I also wish that J.Crew would make a new version of the Boyfriend Fatigue Jacket...actually two of them. One in a new color, and then like you said, one with a quilted lining. This parka from Gap is a nice alternative though. It is warm on, even without layering, but I do agree with you that I wish the waist ties were on the inside...just like they are on the boyfriend fatigue and madewell outbound jackets.

  2. I ordered a tall Large since i'm 5'8 and curvy. The description says straight silhouette and i'm def not straight at the bottom. I hope its not too oversized for me if it does run large.

    1. Hi Trixie Bettie Paige, Dorothy Dandridge! I didn't find the jacket to be too straight, as I am curvy on the bottom, and it fits with room to spare. I do hope it works out for you! It's a really nice jacket, and very warm, too. :)