Can I let you in on a little secret? This gingham top is actually a crop top, which trust me, I am fully aware as a mother of two I have no business wearing, but can I also tell you how glorious it is to wear a shirt that doesn’t need to be tucked in when it is 110 out. This was another huge score at Last Chance ($1.50), so I figured it was worth the risk if it didn’t work with anything in my closet. My intention was never to bare my stomach, but I thought the shirt’s length might pair nicely with some higher waist skirts, like this black and white number. Best $1.50 I’ve ever spent as the shirt pairs nicely with several skirts I own, hits at a fairly flattering spot, spares me the torture of extra, bulky fabric during the hot summer days, and actually provides enough coverage I could wear this to work without violating the dress code.
I have foolishly had a real hankering for fall of late, so I’ve been busy pinning away looks for wardrobe inspiration a few months down the road. In the meantime, I’ve been concentrating on how I can incorporate some of what I am loving for fall now, even when there’s a heat advisory. Black and white is always one of my loves and comprises a large amount of what I am drawn to for fall and winter, but thankfully, is really a seasonless color combo.
What I love about wearing black and white is how easily it transitions from sophisticated and polished to carefree and playful. It’s an easy, go to color duo and is universally flattering but that doesn’t mean it has to be muted or boring. In fact, if you shy away from pattern mixing sticking to a black and white color palette is a fool proof way to incorporate mixed prints in your wardrobe. In this look, the gingham print compliments the bold, graphic stripes of the skirt by creating the illusion of smaller black and white stripes and even echoes the subtle texture of the skirt with it’s vertical and horizontal lines.
The other lovely thing about a black and white outfit is how easy it is to accessorize. Feeling bold or wanting to express a little more personality? Include pops of colors with a statement necklace or bracelet, with a fun handbag, or a cool pair of shoes. Feeling a little more subtle or wanting to evoke a classic vibe? Stick to accessories in black and white with a little bit of gold.
Style Notes: Topshop shirt via Last Chance (summer 2014; love; fall version) / Anthropologie skirt (spring 2013; similar; pencil skirt) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (fall 2012; love) / Kate Spade clutch (fall 2013; love) / Banana Republic bracelet (summer 2014) / Kate Spade necklace via outlet (spring 2013; similar)