This is the gingham shirtdress I needed to have a few weeks ago after spotting it on a stranger outside of Grand Central Station. Unfortunately, it sold out pretty quickly (although it's available in some colors/sizes still), but I did hunt around the internet to find some other fabulous gingham options... just in time to finish out the summer season strong.
Side note: IT IS STILL SUMMER. Do you hear that retailers?! Do not force fall clothing on me just yet... I'm still thawing out from the winter.
I love all kinds of lengths when it comes to hemlines on skirts and dresses. This dress is a bit longer than I normally would pull for myself, but I'm totally into the classic silhouette– and the tie at the waist is flattering. Modest, not frumpy!
I've worn the dress a handful of times already, but notably wore it when I was on a panel for a conference in the city. I have a whole strategy around figuring out what to wear when I speak or have to be on some sort of stage. Length of dress is the most important factor. Seriously, nothing worse than being on a stage and sitting down only to have your hemline ride up... I don't want to deal with worrying about how much leg (or more) can be seen. A full, long skirt rests perfectly when seated. And print and color are both important as well... because I totally start to sweat on stage. I'm not the biggest sweater normally, but hand me a microphone and I'm a sweaty mess. (TMI?) For me, darker prints help hide the fact that I'm more or less a puddle, Alex Mack style.
And shall we talk about the handbag? I love the girls at Cinco Powell and I also love their products. (Remember this monogrammed tote?! It's on sale now!) The newest handbag has officially made its way into my handbag repertoire. Wear it with or without the monogram tag, or switch the tag out for a different color depending on your outfit... and the straps can be worn long for a crossbody or looped short (like I have it in the photos).
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