Gingham is My Jam

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.








Outfit details:
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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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

32 Responses

  1. Well, the dress was meant to be!!! It looks fabulous as a jacket! And what a deal! Great shoes, too!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Thanks so much, Andrea! I tried it on again at home as a dress and it actually didn’t look as bad I thought it did in the store which is weird because usually the reverse is true with stores and their trick mirrors that make things look fabulous that really don’t look that great when you get home! Thanks for stopping by!


  2. I love that you chose to do you own thing with this dress and wear it as a duster instead. You put your personal stamp on the piece. Bravo for creative thinking!

    Do you feel happy now that you “own” your obsession?

    The red white and blue always such a great combo. Probably why you guys chose it as your national colours : )


    • Thank you for the kind words, Suzanne! I do love red, and white, and blue together! Although I didn’t have any say in the choosing of our national colors(ha!). I am so happy to have some gingham going on! I do a few shirt dresses that I have worn as dusters over pants (mostly because I couldn’t button them over my boobs!), but this is the first I have layered one over another dress. I am super happy with the result! Thanks for stopping by.


  3. Love how you made the dress work for you! I’ve never thought of layering dresses before but now I’m convinced I need to try it! Also love the patriotic touch you gave to this look 😉

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

    • Thank you, Mili! I have always loved layered dresses, too, but I think this might be the first time I’ve tried it. I am really pleased with the outcome! I can’t wait to see what you come up with when you try it! Thanks for stopping by.


  4. Can you believe I don’t own any gingham? Crazy–I must be a terrible fashion blogger!!
    But, of course I love the idea of the dress as a duster–and the red shoes are a great pop of color!!

  5. Gingham is my jam too! I would have also styled it with red accessories 🙂

  6. gingham is one of my favs as well! love your shoes!

  7. Gingham is one of my faves too! Love your shoes 🙂

  8. This outfit is adorable, and I love how you creatively switched up the “purpose” of the dress and wore it as a jacket! It’s perfect! I love it when an item of clothing can be changed from it’s intended way of wear and be used in an interesting way. Your red wedges are super cute with this, too!


    • Thanks so much, Jane! I am really glad I didn’t give up this dress. I can’t wait to find more creative ways to style it! I have been slowly going outside of my comfort zone lately with my clothes and I am really enjoying the results! Thanks for stopping by!


  9. Love that you put two dresses together! Great styling! I adore those red sandals as well. 🙂

    • Thank you, Kathrine! I thought it was a really fun look, too. But I’m afraid these sandals may be approaching the end of their life! When I took them off the end of the day, the heel was separating from the sole and they are a stained up, battered mess! Signs of a much beloved pair of shoes, I guess!


  10. I’m glad you finally discovered to make this dress work for you since you were so drawn to it! I really like the layers and it looks perfect for spring and summer. I agree, gingham is a happy print.

  11. I love the layered look over the white sundress. Super cute. xo ~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

  12. I adore gingham and your spin on it. I really like how you’ve restyled the dress from something that you felt did not flatter and changed it into something different that does flatter. Bravo! Thank you for sharing your talent on my Up, Down, All-Around link-up.


  13. Your post title is so clever! I love Gingham too and for all the adjectives you used to describe it and I think it’s just so classic, because every decade it’s in style. Your makeup is flawless too. Great post and I find myself wearing Old Navy dresses more often these days and they hold up well and look cute.
    PS – thanks for stopping by my site.

  14. Love your blue gingham dress, such a great style 🙂

    Thanks for linking up ( sorry for stopping by late!!)

  15. Gingham is love/hate. Hated the gingham shirtwaist dresses that we had to wear for uniforms my Freshman year of HS (unis abolished the following year) —
    On the love side, I had a button-placket pleated mid-calf black and white 1/8″ gingham skirt (very similar to the skirt of the unis, come to think of it) that I wore until it wore out.
    Love is winning, yay. Love your look, and thanks for linking!

    • I can’t believe you had a purple gingham uniform in the 70’s. I can’t quite get my head around that! As much as I love gingham, however, I do not think I would enjoy wearing it every single day! Glad my outfit is rekindling some gingham love for you! Thank you for stopping by!


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