Friday, January 29, 2016

Flat lay favorites: Gingham top remix

I'm switching it up a bit today and sharing my random roundup in the form of flat lays. As I was trying to pull together a group of outfits to post, I realized a common theme: this gingham button up. It's definitely a staple in my closet, and I consider it a neutral. Much like stripes, it adds instant interest to an outfit, and the pattern mixes well with other prints. Need to see it to believe it?

Jacket: Express | Necklace: Kendra Scott (gifted) | Sweater: American Eagle | Bag: Clare V (other colors and prints HERE) | Top: JCrew Factory | Bottoms: American Eagle | Booties: Sole Society

What I love about this particular gingham top is that it's thin, which means it's perfect for year round wear, even in the summer months. It also means it's the perfect under layer. I've heard of women wearing tanks between their sweaters and their button ups to smooth out their silhouette. I've honestly never done that before. My trick is to simply find button ups that are a thin fabric and pair them with sweaters that are thicker and more structured than the button ups. For that reason, I'm not a fan of poplin button ups for layering. nor am I a fan of thin sweaters for layering. This combo above works for me because the gingham top is thin and movable, and the sweater is clearly thicker by comparison.

Scarf: Charming Charlie ($5!) | Jacket: JCrewButton Up: JCrew FactoryTee: Express | Bottoms: GapBooties: Joie

When all I have strength for is a tee shirt and jeans, adding an unbuttoned gingham top fools people into thinking I tried a little. And when you have unsuspecting color pairings like blue, berry, grey, and taupe - it further distracts people from thinking you just rolled out of bed.
Scarf: Express | Vest: JCrew | Top: JCrew FactoryBottoms: ExpressShoes: New Balance (option)

A triple pattern mix isn't for the timid, but again, I just feel like this is the perfect gingham top because I can easily pair it with all the prints! I might even venture to say that it's just as valuable, if not more so, than a chambray.

Scarf: Nordstrom | Top: JCrew FactoryBottoms: ExpressBooties: Frye (other colors here)

I've shown you greens, greys, blues, taupes, burgundies, and now cognac. It's funny how much I used to shy away from navy, but in my older years, I've come to appreciate the color so much more. If I've convinced you that you need this top - I find that it runs true to size. I have it in a small and I'm a 34" chest and 28" waist. It's the perfect fit - not at all fitted, but not at all boyfriend. You can see it actually on me in bonus gingham-styled outfits here and here!

Linking up for:  Fashion Friday, Friday Favorites.


  1. I love all shades of blue and navy is my fave, this shirt is really a must have!


  2. Oh yay! How fun to see all the different ways you've styled this top! :) I'm sure you know I'm not a gingham person myself but it's helpful just to see all the ways you pair navy blue. That's one of my more difficult colors to style.
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  3. your pictures are gorgeous! share your secret friend! ;) so glad i came across your blog from the link up! cant wait to continue reading your posts and hope you'll stop by mine as well!

  4. Love the flatlays and how you styled this shirt!


  5. Queen of the flatlay you are mam. I have that AE sweater in yellow and totally am going to put that first outfit together!

  6. I love flat lays! This pictures are wonderful! SO glad I came across your blog through the link up!