Happy Monday, everyone! First off, thanks to all of you for your warm wishes and sweet encouragement on Saturday’s Big Announcement. You are all such an amazing blessing to me. If I didn’t respond personally to your comment, it was purely an oversight. I had a hard time keeping up!
Today I’m sharing half a dozen (or more!) ways to wear one of the season’s hottest trends: gingham. Y’all. I love me some gingham. It’s so cheerful and classic, youthful and feminine. Let’s explore all the ways you can incorporate this sweet trend into your wardrobe this summer. And some of these pieces will transition easily into fall as well.
#1 – Sport a Gingham Top
I’ve seen so many darling gingham tops available this summer. From halter tops to button ups to wrap tops, you’ll find cheerful gingham tops of every color.
The precious baby blue gingham shirt above, which I showed originally in this post, is not 75% off. Use my referral portal to order and save $20 off your first order with Evy’s Tree. You’ll find the shirt listed under “Amy Shirt in Provincial Blue Gingham.” This lightweight 100% cotton shirt makes a great topper over a tank, too. It’s super for cool summer evenings or vacations to cooler climates. Otherwise, you can roll the sleeves up and style it like I did for the office or church.
Note: These suggestions run the full range of prices and are available at a variety of retailers. Also, some photos don’t show the gingham option, so you’ll need to click through to really see the offerings. Plus there are often additional color options available. (This info applies to all of the shopping widgets in this post.)
#2 – Get You Some Gingham Pants!
I shared these black gingham pants last year, but I’m still enjoying them.
While mixing patterns is definitely on trend, you’ll always be safe pairing your gingham pants with a pretty solid pullover top or sweater. But don’t be afraid to wear them with a top in the same color of stripes, too.
Here are the gingham pants I rounded up for you from your favorite retailers.
#3 – Try a Gingham Jumpsuit
Jumpsuits are all over the place now. And I think more and more women are realizing that the comfort they provide trumps the tad bit of inconvenience they may cause when getting dressed and undressed. I loved styling this one for a previous post.
This one is almost sold out, but it’s also 40% off now. So if you’re interested in a comfortable, lightweight jumpsuit that you can wear to brunch, showers, shopping or outdoor concerts all summer long, check it out.
But here are some more lovely gingham jumpsuits I found for you to consider:
#4 – Wear Gingham Shorts
If you want to wear gingham, but you don’t want it head to toe, I suggest a pair of gingham shorts. I’m absolutely loving mine that I styled previously in this post.
I’ve actually already taken photos for a post with these gingham shorts and this black and white striped tee. I think it’s a great look! But you’ll never go wrong pairing your gingham shorts with a solid top in a complimentary color.
You’ll find plenty of gingham shorts in all lengths and fabrics. Here are the ones I’ve rounded up for you. I tried these on recently and they fit true to size and are oh so darling.
#5 – Wear a Feminine Gingham Dress or Skirt
I love little girls in gingham dresses. But they’re not just for little girls. Today we can find beautiful gingham dresses and skirts that look feminine and fresh, but still chic and sophisticated. I styled this black and white one last summer, but this one is oh so similar. Unfortunately it’s only available in a couple of petite sizes.
But don’t worry, I’ve found plenty of other gingham dresses and skirts for you to shop. And they’re available at every price point. Oh, and you’ll find gingham dresses that are appropriate for work as well as more casual frocks.
#6 – Top Off with a Gingham Jacket or Cardigan
The beauty of a gingham jacket or cardigan is that you can use it to top off so many great outfits this summer. You could potentially get more wear out of it than any of the pieces above.
Bonus – Wear Gingham Accessories
If you’re not ready to wear a piece of gingham clothing, you can still participate in the trend by adding some gingham accessories to your wardrobe. In fact, this may be the funnest way to wear this cheerful fabric.
I’ve collected a wide variety of gingham accessories for you to consider. I found everything from shoes to handbags, from headbands to scarves…and more! These are such a fun way to wear gingham.
Are you wearing gingham this summer? What’s your favorite way to sport this fresh and fun trend?
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Blessed for My Day
The first picture that comes to mind when I mention idols is probably some sort of statue or structure worshiped by other religions. But actually all of us are guilty of building and worshiping idols at times in our lives. In fact, an idol doesn’t have to be a physical thing at all. We can idolize and worship a goal, a wound, a devastation experienced in the past, an emotion such as pleasure or a relationship.
How do I know if I’m caught up in idol worship? I can evaluate how I spend my time, my money and my thought life. What is calling the shots in my life? What is absorbing most of my energy or time? And what will I protect at all cost? When I discover that I have an idol I’ve found that breaking from of its grip usually requires transparency with a trusted friend or adviser and a willingness to be accountable to them. If you’ve built an idol, today is the day to walk away from it.
The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
they have eyes, but do not see;
they have ears, but do not hear,
nor is there any breath in their mouths.
Those who make them become like them,
so do all who trust in them. ~ Psalm 135:15-18