A Ginham Top–Shopping with Debbie

Debbie, from Fashion Fairy Dust, and I have been shopping again! This time I let her know that I’d been wanting a black and white gingham top. So just like last month, we went to Instagram and sent direct messages back and forth of items we liked. It’s amazing all that we can do in the palm of our hands these days! Since I’m in the States for the summer we also were not limited to global shipping which meant we could shop at one of our (similar) all times faves: Targ√©!! It was kismet; the moment I sent her this pic, she agreed whole heartedly that it was the piece. What’s so amazing is how there are many subtle similarities with both of our stylings. See if you can find them….

Debbie from Fashion Fairy Dust

The only thing that Debbie and I verbally agree on is the piece to buy. Then, after we’ve shot our looks we send out two pictures to one another. I’ve called Debbie my style sister before, and now there is evidence as to why: she paired the top with distressed denim and red just like me. I love the touch of red in her scarf and those cute cherry shoes. Plus that studded black belt–well, I’ve been looking for something similar! Plus her jeans are perfectly distressed. I could totally see myself wearing this exact outfit. Can’t you?

I met Debbie via Instagram. Follow her here: @fashionfairydust
and read her blog here: Fashion Fairy Dust.

Since I knew I also wanted to pair this top with red, I headed to my favorite thrift store of all time: Value Village on Boone in Spokane, Washington. I went into the store with the thought of either red jean cut offs or a red denim skirt cut off. Value Village did not fail me; I instantly found a pair of poppy red jeans in one of my favorite labels to cut off. If you are ever at a thrift store and you find a pair of Gloria Vanderbelt jeans, buy them! They make the perfect pair of cut offs. I’m not kidding. I have Gloria Vanderbelt cut off jean shorts and cut off hemmed jeans both in white. They are my favorite. She adds the perfect amount of stretch to her denim. I’d also like to note something special about the way I style this top: I’m not wearing tennis shoes!! I found a very comfortable black satin bow slides at Forever 21, and I am so excited that they work for me. (These cute slides also come in a pretty pale pink or a bold marigold yellow.) Finally, this kitschy bag is new to me as well. I just couldn’t resist it (nor the price) on Shein.

Would you like to go shopping with Debbie and me? Let us know.
Also, how would you style this black and white gingham top?

Gingham Skirt and a Colorful Fence

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Sometimes I find a setting and then decide an outfit! This was the case here. I mean, this colorful fence was made for me. If I did have a yard with a fence, I would be so tempted to be the eyesore of the neighborhood and paint it in rainbow colors! No really, though, let me share a few details about this very inexpensive outfit. Outfits don’t need to cost an arm and a leg–at least not for me. This midi skirt for example is from a market. Granted I bought it at a Thai night market, but my point is that if one keeps their eye open there are bargains everywhere. Like this top: I bought it used from an Instagram shop. And the little tied scarf was also used from a market. My Adidas runners are the most expensive item I’m wearing, but they’ve definitely earned their cost per wear. Granted, my outfit isn’t fancy, but I felt good in this ensemble–a little throw back to the 50s almost. Tell me: do you feel better in expensive clothes OR is it enough for you to feel good in what you’re wearing?

Gingham Skirt 1

Gingham Skirt 2

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Gingham Skirt 5

A Gingham Skirt Just for You:

Just in case you want to copy this look I found some gingham skirts for you at very reasonable prices:

  • This Mod Cloth midi version with larger gingham is very, very cute! While this one looks exactly like mine but with a bow.
  • Old Navy has a super small, checked gingham skater skirt in black and white.
  • Macy’s has a very classy black and white midi

  • Bloomingdale’s has an A-line option in black and white.
  • While this is the most expensive one I’m listed, it is handmade and so sweet found on an Etsy shop.
  • Out of the options I’m sharing, this might be the one I have to order: a black and white pencil skirt from Revolve Clothing. It’s perfect!
  • Just for the fun of it, I’m including three dresses from Urban Outfitters: an off the shoulder in red and white and this perfect black and white sundress or this one.
  • Wanna See the Gingham Skirt for You:

    *This post has been linked up to my good friend Sheela’s link up and my fellow FAb 40s friend Dawn Lucy’s Fashion Should be Fun as well as Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilke. It has also been linked up to Jess’ Turning Heads.

    The Fab 40s in Gingham

    The Fab 40s are back at it!! This month we all pulled off the very popular spring trend gingham in some way or another. Ironically, four out of the five of us had some sort of gingham shirt, so in this post, you can see four very different ways to style the gingham shirt that is probably already in your closet–including an attempt to turn a shirt into a skirt–say what!? Finally, we could count on one of all gals to rock a pair of out-of-this-world gingham heels–maybe not so frequent in everyone’s closet but still totally rock-able! The Fab 40s–Jane, Dixie, Dawn, Sheela, and myself–bring you a hot trend each month and show you five different (fabulous) ways to style the look. Here’s our March take with the marsala, the color of the year, April’s look with jumpsuits, and now this May with gingham. Enjoy!


    Jane’s Outfit Details:

    My Midlife Fashion

    Shirt–Zara (borrowed from mum!)
    Necklace–bought at antique fair


    Dixie’s Outfit Details:

    Inside Outer Style

    Shirt and Jeans–H&M
    Jacket–Free People
    Rain Boots–Le Chameau


    Dawn Lucy’s Outfit details:

    Fashion Should Be Fun

    Gingham shirt–Loft
    Tote–Lilly Pulitzer for Target
    Gladiator sandals–Seychelles
    Jeans & Tank–Old Navy


    Sheela’s Outfit Details:

    Sheela Writes

    Dress & Gingham Heels–Indie labels
    Gold Floral Ring–Kate Spade New York

    Ann Gingham 8For my outfit, I was determined not to add anymore gingham to my closet. I did look, but then when I shopped in my own closet I saw that I already owned two gingham shirts. I’ve been fascinated lately by an idea with a men’s shirt that kept popping up: wearing a men’s shirt as a dress. That inspired me to play around with what I already owned. Presto! A new skirt (and idea for turning my shirts into skirts) was born. I simply just buttoned the shirt lower at my waist until it wouldn’t button any further. Then, I tucked in the collar and simply tied. A skirt was born! Will you give this look a try? I might do it again…

    Gingham 9

    Ann Gingham 4

    Ann Gingham 2

    Ann’s Outfit Details

    Kremb de la Kremb

    Red Sunnies–market in Shenzhen
    Lippy–Bourjois Rouge Edition Hot Pepper (my favorite!)
    Earrings and Necklace–Ben (stall 4 on the left) at Jardine’s Bazaar, Hong Kong
    Blue Gingham Shirt–Forever 21
    Red Gingham Shirt worn as a Skirt–Forever 21
    Guatemalan Bag–Precious Hands¬†(bag #1307)
    White Clogs–kiosk at Pondok Indah Mall, Jakarta