Pink Gingham Worn for Spring
Quote of the day: “Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.” Richard Bach
One of the best things about this blogging venture, has been making friends that love the same things I do. Including this pink gingham top! I’d love for you to meet Kellyann, from This Blonde’s Shopping Bag.
We happened to be commenting back and forth on a blog post about wanting a pink gingham top, and thus came up with the idea of each buying the same shirt and showcasing it in our own way! I saw Kellyann do this in the past with another blogger, and thought it was such a great idea. In a way, my moms and I do this every week, so it’s fun to include other women. This week though it’s just about Kellyann and myself. And let me tell you how much easier it was to write a blog post about only one outfit instead of three—LOL!
Make sure to click over to Kellyann’s site because she not only styled this outfit, but another one too with the same pink gingham top!
The whole adventure with Kellyann started when we first ordered this other pink gingham top. It’s a prime example of how ordering online isn’t always successful. That top wasn’t exactly the color I wanted, and mine was too big. I couldn’t exchange it for a smaller size because as you can see from the link, it’s only available in blue now. Yet, I will say, that making sure you order from a company where the returns are easy is important. Back to the Gap, I went, and encountered no issues on the return.
Thus back to the drawing board for Kellyann and me! Then I found this Asos top that we are wearing. It’s not available anymore, and this one was categorized as a “tall” version. Now if you know anything about me, you’ll realize that I’m only tall compared to kids under 10. But it looked like it would work, so we both ordered it with the thought that maybe it’d be a tunic and something to laugh about.
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: Yet the top was perfect for both of us! Even though it was touted as “tall”.
FYI, Kellyann is 5’5″ and I’m 5’2″. It’s another great example of how online shopping can be hard, but wonderful. If I were shopping in a brick and mortar store, I’m sure I wouldn’t have considered a tall version at all. Yet online, I was able to look at the model and consider how it might look on me.
Besides, I knew that ASOS had an easy and free return policy. ASOS used to even have free shipping, but that’s changed and only available for orders over $50 now. So, yes we paid the shipping. Sometimes if I’m close to the free shipping amount, I’ll order another item; however, I’ve also found that is dangerous since many times I end up spending more than I would have with the shipping charge. I figure the company deserves to be paid for shipping the item to me if it’s a reasonable charge. Heck, it saved me gas and time for going to the store, right?
So let me finally get to my outfit and give you some insight to what I chose and why.
My initial reaction when I pulled out this top, was to pair it with white pants like Kellyann did. Yet then I remembered why I bought it in the first place. I had been itching to up my print mixing game, and I needed some more print tops. You know, print tops that would work easily with other prints. For example stripes, polka dots and gingham.
I know mixing our prints in our outfits can be intimidating. Yet ever since we started trying this challenge on the blog, I’ve wanted to do it more. And since the top had ruffles at the bottom hem, which I consider feminine, I thought it’d be a great dichotomy to pair it with a masculine item like camo jeans. If you haven’t jumped on the camo trend yet, it’s still going strong. We’ve styled it many times on the blog in the past.
I kept my accessory selection as a minimum.
There is a lot going on with the camo print and pink gingham together, so I figured I wouldn’t add a ton more details to the outfit. But I have a hard time leaving the house without any earrings.
Even my purse, I decided to keep relatively neutral, by matching it to the olive green of the vest. Truthfully if I had a solid, light pink purse I probably would have grabbed that. However, my solid pink purse is quite bright which must mean I need a different one?
Since mixing prints isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, I tried to make it not so obvious by wearing a vest over the pink gingham top. I think this is an easy way to put two prints together. This time of year I always like a vest for a little warmth. One of my favorites is white vest, but there’s always the denim vest, a utility vest or a casual black one.
I did have to pull out my pink shoes for a little more pink in the outfit. These have been in my closet for over 6 years and they get some love every spring and summer. Even if you don’t wear a lot of pink anywhere else, I think it’s a fabulous color for your footwear. A bright pink shoe can be your pop of color in your look, or the blush pink shoe can be like a nude.
Jeans: Cabi-thrifted (similar here)~~Vest: Merona (similar here)~~Top: ASOS (similar here or here)~~Shoes: Aerosoles (similar here or here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)~~Sunglasses: NoraNYC–remember to use the discount code, NewShades, if you’re interested (here)
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