Sometimes a gal just wants to slip on a pretty dress for a change. Can I get an “amen?” During the spring and summer I often wear dresses for everyday running around. But I don’t want the dress to be fussy or itchy or fru fru. Just simple and pretty. That’s why I’m sharing this black and white gingham dress. Paired with a simple cardigan, it’s perfect for brunch, lunch with friends or a daytime party.
Honestly, I’ve had a little trouble with fit lately. I’ve lost a considerable amount of weight and my body shape has changed more than I thought. So I’m not sure this dress really fits. Remember, in this post about Fitting Room Tips I mentioned snapping pictures of yourself in the mirror and stepping away from the garment for a while to determine if the fit is good. Today’s post is point in case! But a couple of weeks lapsed between the time I bought the dress and when these photos were taken, too. So. Ok! Enough about that! But I wanted you to know the dress is definitely worth trying, even if it doesn’t appear to fit me. For reference, because I haven’t mentioned this in a while, I’m 5’8″ and weigh 145 pounds, and this dress is an 8. I probably need a 6.
I love the pleated circle neckline on this gingham dress. I think it frames the face in a flattering and unusual way. Otherwise, the dress is a simple, loose-fitting sheath dress. It zips up the back for easy on and easy off. And it’s extremely comfortable! It’s mostly cotton, but also includes considerable percentages of nylon and spandex for great stretch and mobility.
In my subtle attempt to mix patterns, I paired my black and white thread-wrapped ball drop earrings with the gingham dress. I got my “Sugarfix by Baublebar” earrings at Target on clearance a while back, but here are some other Baublebar earrings at Target and here’s a link to the Baublebar website earrings (a little higher priced, but really adorable!) I’ve added a few fun choices for similar earrings in the shopping widget below. I resisted the urge to wear a necklace because I didn’t want to detract from the neckline.
It might be fun to pair this simple black and white gingham dress with a pair of colorful shoes. Red, teal, yellow or hot pink sandals with coordinating earrings and handbag would be fun. But I chose to wear my black strappy sandals and keep the ensemble two-toned instead.
My white cardigan is accented with black edging and buttons. I love a 3/4 length sleeve for the cardigans I wear with summer dresses. And I really like this dress equally with or without the cardigan.
I think this gingham dress is pretty enough for a casual social outing, but also simple enough to wear on a shopping trip or to run errands. Sometimes a gal just wants to wear a dress in these warmer months. And I’d definitely slip this one on for everyday wear (as longs as I wasn’t cleaning house or doing yard work!).
I’ve included some fun accessory options in the shopping widget, so be sure to check those out. And I found a couple of other gingham dresses you might like, too.
Do you wear dresses just to run errands or such? I’d love to know. And what are your criteria for such a dress if you do?
Blessed for My Day
Do you have a situation in your life that feels less than ideal? And as much as you’ve tried to change things or improve them or get out of them, you can’t? This is the new normal? I can relate. I’ve learned over the years that the best way to come to terms with the new normal is to develop and practice two biblical attitudes that lead us to contentment and even joy: acceptance and gratitude. When I accept that this is indeed God’s will for me…in this season at least…then I can embrace it as good…because God is good and He is good to me. And when I thank Him for what He is doing in me through this difficult new normal, He even turns my acceptance into joy.
In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18