Menswear can sometimes feel like a crapshoot and knowing whether or not this retailer or that online outlet is going to have what you’re looking for can be a daunting task, especially if shopping just isn’t your thing. That’s what we’re here for.
By now, we’ve all heard of GAP and are familiar with its iconic All-American style. Chances are, you’ve probably stepped foot in, if not purchased a few basics from, the classic, budget-friendly retail brand.
The good news is that there are many stores just like GAP. Some are higher quality, some are a nice mix of trendy, fashion-forward and basics. Read on to avoid the hassle of trying to figure it all out on your own.
Our Favorite Alternatives to Gap (To Add Some Variety To Your Wardrobe)
Ready to find your GAP alternatives? Here are 12 of our favorites.
Owned by GAP, Old Navy is a mainstay when it comes to style essentials that don’t dent the wallet.
With the weather cooling down soon, Old Navy has no shortage of plaids. Pair with a cotton, non-stretch denim jacket over some slim-fit chinos and you’ll be on your way to success.
At such a fair price, you can grab a pair (or two) in a myriad of colors!
This Swedish-born conglomerate is one of the best affordable men’s brands. H&M has everything from everyday basics, to more trend-forward pieces. Heck, they even formal
And if the above isn’t enough to make you wanna pop on over to HM.com, maybe their invaluable how-to’s and life-hacks in their Sustainability section will.
They offer helpful tips on how to repair, remake and refresh your clothes to make them last longer.
Uniqlo offers much of the same casual, modern comfort that GAP does. But it’s their collaborations that are the icing on the fashion cake.
We all know loungewear is here to stay, but no one ever said loungewear couldn’t look good enough to go out in.
Whether it’s a full zip French Terry hoodie over a
Their tech wear is also a strong draw – from quick-drying fabrics to their signature HEATTECH garments that draw heat from your body, Uniqlo is leading the apparel technology race.
Abercrombie & Fitch
“Every day should feel as exceptional as the start of the long weekend,” states Abercrombie & Fitch’s website. I dunno about you, but any brand that uses a long weekend as a marketing strategy has my attention!
Whether you’re rolling into the weekend in a casual, oversized coordinated set or keeping it more classy in a relaxed, dark blue, cotton blazer, Abercrombie & Fitch has something to go with your plans.
Like GAP, Abercrombie & Fitch also carries the essentials.
Unbranded 180 gram cotton tees in dozens of colors to choose from, as well as a handful of fleece sweatshirts and joggers, they make your options super easy to find, online, via their A&F Essentials section.
J.Crew Factory is known for their All-American classic aesthetic and, like GAP, offers it at an affordable price point.
They also sell lower-priced items than regular J.Crew but with the same great fabrics and silhouettes, from a slim-fitting garment-dyed Oxford
Perhaps you’re on the hunt for something a tad more formal? J.Crew Factory has that, too. Merino wool-blend crewneck for $49.50? Don’t mind if I do hang that in my closet!
Madewell, like GAP, is for denim lovers or anyone who appreciates timeless design. Whether you like relaxed and tapered, skinny, or slim, Madewell makes denim well.
And that’s not all they’re good at! Pullover hoodies, garment-dyed raglan sweatshirts, and henley tees alongside easy to pair chinos and
Madewell is one of the best, affordable men’s brands for those who appreciate GAP’s enduring aesthetic.
Levi’s is known to be the original inventor of denim jeans, introducing the first version of blue jeans back in 1853. Of course, they were a hit, and after all these years, it’s safe to say, their jeans aren’t going anywhere, except for maybe our dresser drawers.
Levi’s doesn’t only sell denim, however. They carry all of the classic staples, like basic tees and relaxed
Contemporary classics for every day and every occasion? Look no further than GAP, Inc’s other child, Banana Republic.
Spurred by curious creatives on the hunt for the finest materials and fabrications, Banana Republic is the GAP alternative for the traveler, the doer, the constantly on-the-move adventurer.
But, don’t despair, even if you’re only traveling to the boardroom, Banana Republic also has a curated ensemble for you in mind.
Be it an Italian wool suit pant paired with a sharp-looking relaxed blazer or a chambray
Everlane is where you’ll find your monochromatic staples in a variety of silhouettes to please every style.
Price points are slightly higher than GAP, but when you consider the quality of materials and the construction, you’ll realize that these items aren’t leaving your closet anytime soon. This isn’t disposable fashion by any means.
From loungewear to flannels to lightweight moto and bomber jackets, Amazon Goodthreads is for the GAP-loving guy who appreciates the convenience of online shopping, and two-day shipping if you’re a Prime member.
With fabrications and silhouettes so similar to GAP’s, Amazon Goodthreads makes the list for being one of the most affordable and easy to navigate brands like GAP.
Flint and Tinder
Flint and Tinder is a menswear brand that’s made and sold by Huckberry, specifically for the guy who lives in the city but lives for adventure in the great, wide open.
In other words, they’re the younger, rugged brother of the brands you love and trust, like GAP and Levi’s.
On the higher end, as far as price point, Flint and Tinder serve up classic silhouettes like the trucker jacket or merino wool crewneck sweater — all things that, yes, you could find at GAP, but would they be flannel-lined and come in optional premium fabrics? Probably not.
Buck Mason was first known for its high-quality T-shirts, though they’ve expanded their offerings since their onset in 2013.
Cashmere sweaters in an attractive array of neutrals as well as lounge-centric pieces are part of Buck Mason’s modern take on the All-American wardrobe.
Dependability, durability, and versatility are three qualities the style-conscious guy should seek when expanding his options. Buck Mason brings all three to the table, er closet.
Frequently Asked Questions About GAP
Is H&M owned by GAP?
No, H&M is not owned by GAP. In fact, GAP, Inc is the largest specialty retailer in the United States, and third internationally, behind Inditex Group and H&M.
What other brands does GAP own?
GAP owns Old Navy and Banana Republic, as previously mentioned, Athleta, and Intermix Brands.
Is GAP or Old Navy cheaper?
Old Navy is often less expensive than GAP.
Is Banana Republic better quality than GAP?
Banana Republic is considered more upscale, despite being owned by GAP, Inc., and while they, too, carry casual styles, the materials and silhouettes are definitely superior to GAP’s in terms of quality.