Gingham is my jam. Seriously. I am currently having a love affair with all things gingham. It makes me smile. It makes me feel like a kid. It makes me feel like a bright, lazy summer’s day. Like an easy spring afternoon. Like a leisurely stroll through a flower garden. Like a nostalgic time that has long gone. Like a fresh, airy breeze. Like a genuine smile. Like a sincere compliment. Like uncomplicated innocence. Like sunshine. Like lemonade. Like spontaneity. Like purity. Like perfect ennui.
Gingham Dress: Old Navy Tie-Waist Midi Shirt Dress in Blue Gingham (no longer available, but the solid white is available in limited sizes)
White Sundress: Old Navy Gauze Crepe Trapeze Dress in Creme de la Creme (currently on sale for $15)
Shoes: Payless (really old)
Red Scarf: very, very old
There’s a story behind this gingham dress in particular…I spotted it in Old Navy when it first came in and it was love at first sight. But when I tried it on, it looked awful. It was just absolutely the wrong length and made me look like a giant gingham frump! And it was full price. I hate to pay full price. So I put it back. I went back 3 different times and tried this dress on every time. Each time it was cheaper than the time before. Still no good. As much as I loved the dress on the mannequin and on the hanger, it just was not flattering me and I didn’t want to add yet another piece to my wardrobe that didn’t feel fantastic. So back to the rack it went. Again. However, I wasn’t ready to give up on this adorable gingham dream. And the fifth time was the charm! I was in Old Navy and I spotted the dress on the clearance rack. It was under $10. I figured I could give it one more try…but with a twist. What if I wore it as a jacket instead? I put it on over my clothes and left it hang open…and it was like a magical transformation! Like the kind of magic that only gingham holds! It was downright adorable and now it was mine!
I decided to style it over a gauzy white sundress. And then I had this fabulous long strip of beautiful gingham that was the belt. I simply could not let this go to waste. So around my neck it went, tying a bow on the perfect gingham outfit! What does gingham do to you? Or is it another print that has magical powers for you? Do tell!
Keeping it on the edge,
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