Gingham Outfits For Spring – How To Decide If You Should Keep A Retail Purchase
I generally prefer shopping thrift or secondhand clothing however I’m still not 100% immune to the lure of retail. This gingham dress is one of those exceptions that caught my eye when I was taking some home decor back to TJ Maxx. I need blinders on when I go into that damn store to stop me from straying.
Of course it had to be gingham for spring. The feminine length and retro vibe of this dress was right up my alley. I was crossing my fingers it would look awful in the fitting room. Needless to say it didn’t and I felt obliged to bring it home so I could make a better informed decision…in front of my camera.
As a rule with retail purchases, before deciding to remove price tags and eliminating any possibility for returns, I like to “play” with the piece to ensure it works with the rest of my wardrobe. I want to see just how versatile it is going to be for me and my wardrobe.
So let’s play!
Here are three of the gingham outfits for spring I’ve created.
Gingham Outfit #1
Paired with two gifts from hubby, the bee belt and the bag.
There were a couple of concerns I had initially with the dress. The skirt is extra full, with additional panels which can look sloppy and add weight to my frame.
The length of the dress is in-between maxi and midi, kind of “ankle grazer” which is a bit odd. It is the ideal length to avoid tripping on your dress when climbing stairs or getting up from a seated position but can visually shorten someone that is already vertically challenged like myself.
Of course all of that is mute when sitting.
My man servants aren’t currently available to carry me on my chair everywhere so I had to create more outfits and take even more photos to convince myself the length and fullness weren’t deal breakers.
Gingham Outfit #2
This may be one of my favourite looks I’ve created so far.
It’s an ideal transitional outfit and it breaks up the print giving the eyes a place to rest.
Special thanks to the hubby for allowing me to borrow his red tie.
That’s what happens when you’re on the other side of the world…your closet gets raided.
Gingham Outfit #3
Here a larger belt creates a more defined waist.
A little recap…
Which was your favourite of the three outfits?
Are you a fan of gingham outfits for spring?
Come back later this week when I share more of the outfits I created with this gingham dress.
If you like gingham you will probably like these other posts as well…
Linking up with the lovely Patti over at Visible Monday
and Judith over at Hat Attack