I love me some gingham. I don’t think that any girl that grew up anywhere in the preppy BOS-WASH corridor (Boston –> D.C.) can dislike gingham — it’s pretty much like denim for Californians or pastels for Southerners. It’s tidy, bold, and somewhat priggish — you know that no BOS-WASHIAN likes to color outside the lines. And scene. I’m talking vague generalities now, which is never a solid foundation. I’ll cut to the chase. For your viewing pleasure:
Dreamy with the J. Crew bubble necklace ($150, J. Crew — I own this in yellow and find endless outfits to pair it with, so just imagine the versatility of a navy variation!) and the Chloe Marcie ($1,995, Net-A-Porter):
I might finish with one or two of these KJL giraffe bangles (certain colors on sale for $54 at TheOutnet; others available at QVC for $66 a pop) — I’ve had one in navy for years, and was a little bummed to see that J. Crew came out with a copycat version ($98) this season, but hey! KJL is all about imitation, right?
I’d finish the look with the ever-chic, structured Tory Burch Robinson tote ($575, Bergdorf’s) and a printed Marc Jacobs scarf tied to the handle ($138, PiperLime — what a precious print for Mother’s Day…HINT!):
Or, for glam poolside lounging, might you consider this dramatic one-piece maillot?! I’m all about bikinis, but consider the retro drama of this style ($168, Anthropologie) with cat-eyes (Selima, $128, J. Crew) and a red lip ($30, Barney’s)? Quite the bombshell.
Perfect with one of these cheeky beach towels ($85 apiece, Chance Co):
And P.S. — not so much into the one-piece? Shoshanna has a few gingham bikinis that caught my eye…For some fun little POP of the print, check out these fun drop earrings (Miu Miu, $230, Net-A-Porter), cheery flats ($38, ASOS) and a gauzy gingham scarf (Marc Jacobs, $520, Farfetch):
Or, how about some little bits and bobs in gingham to cheer you on your way? Consider this boxed set of cards ($15, Ship and Shape), these darling teaspoons ($24 for set of 4, Anthropologie — where else?!), or some patterned tape (so cute for taping up packages or affixing notes to gifts! — $3.95, In the Clear):
I even like it on the men-folk. Mr. Magpie, please buy this Gant blazer ($595, Gant). Yes, it’s loud. And yes, Scottie Disick would wear it. But…I love it. Especially with your Persol shades ($360, Mr. Porter), dark wash raw denim jeans (Mr. M wears RRL’s straight-leg, dark-wash denim — $300, Ralph Lauren), and loafers (Harrys of London, $475, Mr. Porter):