Gingham Goodness

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.



  1. Anonymous
    June 14, 2011 / 5:41 pm

    3 super cute looks. Especially loving the first 2.

  2. June 14, 2011 / 6:28 pm

    What a great purchase! Love that top, that BR skirt is fabulous on you.

  3. June 14, 2011 / 6:54 pm

    Now that's how you do that!
    And do I spy you in heels!?

  4. June 14, 2011 / 8:12 pm

    That top is adorable…I'm sure you will get your money's worth …:>)

  5. June 14, 2011 / 9:30 pm

    Love all of those outfits! Great top. I'd buy that one too.

  6. June 14, 2011 / 9:38 pm

    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!

  7. June 14, 2011 / 11:15 pm

    Wow. What great looks. They all deserve to be in print!

  8. June 15, 2011 / 2:00 am

    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!

  9. June 15, 2011 / 2:31 am

    Pretty gingham top…it sooo preppy chic!

  10. June 15, 2011 / 5:21 am

    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:)


  11. June 15, 2011 / 12:54 pm

    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 πŸ™‚

    @SohoAccessories: It is a beauty, right? I think I will maximize wearing this one for sure.

    @Stacey: So, you understand my impulse buy then πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

    @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!

  12. June 15, 2011 / 12:56 pm

    Wow! Thanks @Manecoarse! I'd like to make my print debut in stuff you make πŸ™‚

  13. June 15, 2011 / 2:53 pm

    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 πŸ™‚ I'm following your blog!

  14. June 16, 2011 / 1:12 am

    The gingham top is so versatile and I can totally see you rocking this for many looks to come. =)

  15. September 12, 2011 / 2:06 am

    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?

  16. September 12, 2011 / 11:11 am

    @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!

  17. February 12, 2013 / 1:34 am

    Love it. Specially the first outfit.

  18. July 13, 2013 / 12:54 am

    Just found your blog through a pin of your first outfit. Very cute, love your style and your mindset!