Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays for outfits! Think about it…Halloween is not flattering to anyone, Thanksgiving is drab, Christmas has too much tendency to be totally cheesy. But the Fourth is crisp and summery and involves pretty colors that flatter everyone! Here are some of my favorite patriot pieces for this summer:
You cannot flip through a fashion magazine without spying gingham in full bloom this Spring. Everything from shoes to jackets to skirts and more are covered in that fabulous vichy pattern that has withstood the test of time. The Spring 2015 runways were chock-full of the fun and flirty fabric with designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Diane Von Furstenberg and Michael Kors each putting their own twist on this closet classic. Wearing gingham is no longer relegated to Easter Sunday or the demure Southern lady. Gingham is currently ruling the fashion scene and styles in this fabric encompass pieces that can be worn to a business lunch or the symphony. Designer Proenza Schouler brought an edgy feel with his very grown up spin on gingham – and I love it! I have always thought gingham was a true Southern fabric that needed proper credit and the runways got that message, thank goodness. Gingham is clearly one of the biggest trends for Spring. I am totally enamored with this pairing of a blue gingham shirt and this perforated leather midi skirt (this skirt is one of my favorite finds for the versatility).
This particular outfit took me to the office, to a little league game (swapped the shoes first!), and then to dinner (cute shoes back on!). This shirt seriously is one of the softest, but stays crisp, shirts I have ever worn. It was like I had on a pajama top all day and fooled everyone. Adding the leather midi skirt kept the ensemble from looking too cutesy. The blue gingham against the white skirt also added a delicious pop and really made me feel like I was traipsing in the south of France and not in mid-town Houston, Texas! This skirt has such feminine lines but once you get close, your eyes are drawn to the perforations for an entirely different look. Accessorizing was so much fun! Adding a belt dresses it up, a bold clutch makes it pop and pairing it with cork wedge sandals creates a polished look.
My affinity for Elaine Turner is apparent. Her clutches and bags have given many an outfit of mine just the right panache needed. I am obsessed with this yellow-hued clutch (the Drew Marigold Clutch) from her collection. It added a burst of color and lots of personality! I can see this clutch getting miles of use this season. The same is true for these cork wedge sandals that not only add height to my look, but also a fun texture to add to the mix. These sandals are surprisingly comfortable and the nude color makes my legs looks leaner and longer (total win for short girls everywhere). I bought these shoes during an Elaine Turner shopping party where 20% of the proceeds from the evening went to charity. Meaning, all of us shopped, sipped champagne and enjoyed lite bites and knew that a portion of every dollar we spent was going back to a cause we all championed. I love that she is focused on giving back to our community, particularly with local schools. The Elaine Turner partnership with many deserving charities continues to put money back into our community and help support those in need. So, my shoe and purse obsession can have a dual purpose!
With my love for old movies and vintage clothing, I would be remiss in not acknowledging some of the all-time favorite gingham looks of the past. Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island – who else could rock that red gingham shirt tied at the waist and look so good stranded? Brigette Bardot and her pink gingham wedding dress in 1959 caused a major fashion stir and allegedly a shortage of pink gingham fabric. Bardot made gingham sweet and sexy at the same time (but who am I kidding – she could make a paper sack look fabulous). Who can forget the iconic blue gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz? (Movie trivia: the dress sold at an auction a few years ago for $480,000.) She paired it with ruby slippers and adorable braids. Today’s checked patterns can be complimented with so many types of accessories for many different looks. I added these gold wire beaded earrings and an Aztec-inspired turquoise beaded cuff to add some unexpected pizzazz. Since we are not in Kansas anymore, pull out those classic gingham pieces or snag a look straight off the runway for a chic, effortless style.
Shirt: J. Crew (here for less expensive version) | Skirt: ASTR (on sale now!) | Wedge Sandals: Elaine Turner (here and here for similar) | Clutch: Elaine Turner (here and here for similar splurge) | Earrings: Calypso, old (here and here for similar) | Cuff: Whole Earth, old (here and here for similar) | Bracelet: John Hardy (here for less expensive option)