I bought a sleeveless gingham top on a summer trip to NYC when I was in high school and I literally wore that top to threads. Oddly enough, I can’t recall owning anything else with a gingham print since that favorite top of mine.
So, when I made an unplanned visit to The Limited last Friday, and saw today’s featured gingham top on one of the racks, I knew I had to own it. Now, let me tell you, there are some stores I never buy anything from without first visiting the store website. And, The Limited is one of those. But, it was the grand opening of the store. And, the store looked amazing. And, everything was 40% off. So, it couldn’t hurt to look, right?
Ten minutes after entering the store, I found myself in a dressing room with two skirts, a couple tops, and three dresses. I knew I needed more time to think about most of the items I tried on except one, the gingham top!
Here’s what I did in my mind to quickly confirm my decision to buy the top.
1. Can I wear it to work?
|Top—The Limited (similar), Cardigan—The Limited (similar),
Skirt—Banana Republic (similar),
Shoes—Tahari via Marshalls (similar)
Belt and Bag—Hobo International via TJ Maxx
|Blazer—Banana Republic, Pants—Loft,
Belt—Talbots Outlet, Shoes—Coach via Marshalls
2. Would it work on the weekends?
|Cardigan—Talbots Outlet, Jeans—Elle via Kohls,
Bag—Linea Pelle, Shoes—Jessica Simpson via Marshalls
See more weekend looks featuring the gingham top in My Weekend in Style and Preppy Chic for Casual Days.
3 super cute looks. Especially loving the first 2.
What a great purchase! Love that top, that BR skirt is fabulous on you.
Now that's how you do that!
And do I spy you in heels!?
That top is adorable…I'm sure you will get your money's worth …:>)
Love all of those outfits! Great top. I'd buy that one too.
I'm jealous you can find cute shoes at Marshall's in your size. They never have the shoes I want in my size. Adorable outfits!
Wow. What great looks. They all deserve to be in print!
The same way that I get giddy when I find a good sale or deal, is how I just felt when I saw your first outfit…then the second…and then the third! I love all three looks, but I definitely want to copy the first! (note to self: Need black/white gingham top first.) Thanks for the outfit inspiration!
Pretty gingham top…it sooo preppy chic!
I love your style, all of your looks are so amazing! Great blouse!!! Love you blog and now following! Maybe you'll have time to visit my blog:)
Thanks @Anon! The first one is my fave too!
@Andi: Thanks! It was a great find. That BR skirt was a steal from a couple years ago too…definitely under $20 if I remember correctly.
Thanks @Sing! Yes. Yes. I am wearing those heels. Lol. I started wearing heels to work less often when I started teaching at a mega university. The walks to my classes were too long for the high heels 🙂
@SohoAccessories: It is a beauty, right? I think I will maximize wearing this one for sure.
@Stacey: So, you understand my impulse buy then 🙂 I just had to have it.
@Barsola: I was skeptical about moving to a small town like Lexington, KY a few years ago. But, it has been so easy to find amazing deals at the off price retailers here. Admittedly, though, I do make sure I visit my Marshalls and TJ on the stock days to get first dibs.
Aww thanks @Kish!! Your comment got me excited 🙂
@Katie: The Limited nailed this one. Who would think that a gingham top could be so versatile?
Thanks @Annabelle Fleur! The photography and styles on your blog are amazing!
Wow! Thanks @Manecoarse! I'd like to make my print debut in stuff you make 🙂
I just discovered your blog and I ask myself those same questions too! Can I wear this to work and also on the weekends! Love this blouse and you made a great decision 🙂 I'm following your blog! http://www.bravoerunway.com
The gingham top is so versatile and I can totally see you rocking this for many looks to come. =)
I am in love with all of these outfits! I wish I had that top it is too cute.
I love all three looks..and all of them can be worn to work…even the weekend look. I'm feeling the versatility of that gingham shirt-the ruffle is too cute!!
i would say you will get your money's worth on that one, saw this on pinterest and loved it! wish i could throw together outfits like that!wondering if it is navy or black?
@Kelly: You are so right. The gingham top is black and white. Thanks for stopping by and for letting me know how you found the blog!
Love it. Specially the first outfit.
Just found your blog through a pin of your first outfit. Very cute, love your style and your mindset!