Two Ways To Wear Gingham

Did I say before how much I love a summer holiday wardrobe? Simple clothes that work as well with sandals as they do with bare feet. This gingham number was a perfect pick for while we were in Donegal, especially since gingham has always been an iconic summer pattern. With a full skirt and off-the-shoulder cut like this it's especially reminiscent of Brigitte Bardot in her style hey-day which she made gingham mainstream--she even wore a gingham wedding dress. I don't quite have the Bardot-worthy big hair (more wind-tangled), but with a bit of winged eyeliner and a cateye it's clear to see why she's still a major style icon to me. Now compare this easy-breezy gingham look from holiday to the one below I styled when back home. It's funny how different gingham can appear even with so many sartorial similarities; full sleeves, black and white, even styled with the same bag and necklace and yet worlds apart...

I decided to try to briefly channel all the "cool girls" I keep seeing around the blogosphere these days with this top. I think if I summed up the trendiest "look" right now it would be statement tops (fussy and big sleeved like this one, or fitted slogan tees), basket bags, and "mom jeans." Or whatever the hot denim look is called right now--culottes, wide leg, and "girlfriend fit" all seem to be popular choices. I'm still stuck in skinnies mostly because the last time I tried to shop denim and experimented with other styles was a disaster! As much as a disaster as that excursion was I have been yenning for some style change-ups; perpetually cold feet making me eye all of the stylish sneakers on the market. I handpick everything that goes into my shop page (which functions as part wishlist, part catalogue of recent buys), so if you've been scratching your head at a few of the picks--wondering about the sneakers that found their way into my typical mix of strappy flats and what-have-you, rested assured I did select them. I'm always open to style experimentation and find so much inspiration from what's happening around me it's hard to resist trying out new looks or styles no matter how "set" you feel in your own style. But I must admit, that even with my old skinnies on this particular look didn't feel very comfortable. Perhaps it was the poor fit of my old skinnies that kept slipping down my hips which meant frequent stops to hike them back up again and then pauses to pull the blouse down again and left me feeling quite inelegant. Or merely the fact that I'm not sure this look works for my body type. Not that you have to dress for your body type, but I know my body well and how I like to dress it and this was not it. All in all this look felt a bit fussy to me, although I don't mind it in pictures I'm not sure I'll venture down this style path again anytime soon...

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  1. I love the second look sooo much - so suitable as workwear, but to mention your hair is so beautifully styled!

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  2. I loved both looks! The dress is super gorgeous *-*.

    As for jeans falling... I actually think it's a thing now. I only have two pairs of pants that do not slide down on my hips :/ I wonder why it's that...

  3. Your shop is so cool, I am obsessing over that bag

  4. I actually beg to differ, I loved this blouse on you and matched with these jeans I thought it was very Rebecca,actually! Maybe the fact the jeans weren't fitting enough ruined the experience for you - just recently I garbed myself in what is often a summer signature look for me and because my pants were always falling down, I ended up feeling anything but confident inside a style that I wear all the time and always makes me feel effortlessly stylish and beautiful. Bad fit does that for you ahahahah, as I have come to realize, I still shop stuff that's two sizes too big for me because I still can't view myself as having lost all that volume and end up feeling frumpy because the garments don't fit approprately. Anyway, I think you look lovely in this and I think you look very much you, actually. A very elegant and stylish you with a teeny bit of an edge, which is soething I really like seeing in you.

  5. I think that you've hit the nail on the head with your conclusion about your outfit - all of the cool girls look great in outfits like this, but they're probably not that comfortable and are just trying to fit in. The ensemble looks great on you, but there's no point trying to repeat it if it doesn't feel like 'you'.
    Do you think the top would work with a circle skirt?

    1. Yes, definitely. Like figure out what works for you and I think some girls are more comfortable in jeans, but not me most days! I think it could work with a circle skirt, not so much for me b/c I'm a bit short and it hits too low on me, so if I paired it with a circle skirt the proportions would be off (like long torso, tiny legs) but I think to someone of average height or more then it would work. But then again, so much of what "works" is feeling good in it, if someone liked the way it looks with a circle skirt even if they're short like me, but they like it, then they can make it work for them. But not feeling good in an outfit is definitely kills any chance of "making it work!" :p

  6. I think you look great in the blouse and jeans but I know what you mean - if you're just feeling it, it's not worth persevering with. I only own one pair of jeans (skinny, navy, which I usually wear with a skinny-fit band tee or a one-shoulder gingham top) but they don't make an appearance very often. I'm much happier in skirts and dresses (which my pre-16 tomboy self would be rolling her eyes at).


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