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Wearing Gingham Without Being Too Cutesy

February 5, 2018

I’m loving the modernized shift gingham has taken over the last couple of years. I have always thought gingham was cute, but I often felt the pieces represented in this pattern generally crossed over to too “cutesy” for my own personal taste. For example:

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Don’t get me wrong. Cutesy is great, just not on me.

With today’s gingham pieces branching out into more sophisticated and chic options I have embraced what the classic pattern has to offer in my own wardrobe. I can now say I am obsessed and can’t seem to get enough.

The gingham dress in today’s look is simple and chic with a touch of edge intertwined with feminine ruffle flare. A combo that happens to be one of my favorites. Its natural silhouette is a dropped waistline. However I chose to style it with a black skinny belt cinched at lower waist. This provided a balanced length with these boots for my frame, yet continued the relaxed vibe by keeping the belt low and loose.

I’m anxious to wear the dress in it’s natural silhouette (no belt) as well with perhaps a simple heeled sandal or wedge. Outfit details from today’s look including a visual of the dress in it’s natural form are linked at the bottom of the post.

Do you have any gingham pieces you are loving? Do tell in the comments below.

Annette ♥

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90 Comments

  • Reply Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels February 5, 2018 at 10:04 am

    I love the style of that gingham dress! It’s different but still allows the pattern to shine. I love my gingham coat, it’s perfect for the winter time and a cute accessory.

    • Reply Annette February 5, 2018 at 10:26 am

      Thank you Laura. I bet your gingham coat is fabulous.

  • Reply Cathy February 5, 2018 at 10:18 am

    I like how you styled your dress, it has a 60’s vibe to it. The boots are perfect!! You look fabulous!

    XOXO
    Cathy

    • Reply Annette February 5, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Thank you Cathy. 🙂

  • Reply Cristina February 5, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Omg I love that dress on you. I completely agree. If a gingham dress is too plain, I start to think of the old Hollywood movies too! The ruffle dress look so amazing with those white boots you have on!

    xx

    Cristina
    http://www.timelessoptimist.com

    • Reply Annette February 5, 2018 at 10:28 am

      Thank you Christina. Yes exactly. I love Old Hollywood…just not necessarily on my. lol

  • Reply Anna English February 5, 2018 at 10:19 am

    That gingham dress is SO cute! I love how you paired it with white booties, so chic!

    • Reply Annette February 5, 2018 at 10:29 am

      Thank you Anna.

  • Reply Kimberly Burke February 5, 2018 at 10:26 am

    I LOVEEE that dress and I am just totally digging your “current jam” on your blog post! Such a cute idea!!

    http://www.withlovefromkimberly.com

    • Reply Annette February 5, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      Why thank you Kimberly, I really appreciate that. 🙂

  • Reply KatWalkSF February 5, 2018 at 11:48 am

    The boots and the bag make it anything but cutesy! You are living a street style dream over here!

    • Reply Annette February 5, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you! I appreciate that. 🙂

  • Reply Rita February 5, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Great gingham outfit with 60’s vibe. Love how you styled that dress with those boots.
    Rita | http://www.styleroundtheclock.com

    • Reply Annette February 5, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you Rita.

  • Reply sharon wu February 5, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    love that gingham dress babe! you’ve styled it to perfection and that trend really suits you. have a wonderful week! xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/fashion/sweaters-adore-valentines-day/

    • Reply Annette February 5, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you Sharon. I appreciate you stopping by to read. xo

  • Reply Leigh Suznovich February 5, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Love the way you toughened the gingham up with the awesome boots and red bag! This look is fab :-).

    • Reply Annette February 5, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you Leigh. 🙂

  • Reply Wanda Lopez February 5, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    I can see the obsession, that dress is super cute! And those boots are to die for. Great outfit.

    • Reply Annette February 5, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      Thank you Wanda.

  • Reply Megan Elliott February 5, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    I love the way you styled this!! Gingham is so on trend right now <3

    • Reply Annette February 5, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      Thank you Megan.

  • Reply Laura Leigh February 5, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    I love this gingham dress and the edge you gave it with those booties. So you!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:01 am

      Thank you Laura. xo

  • Reply Marissa February 5, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I love this dress! I haven’t seen it on too many people but it looks amazing on you.

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Thank you Marissa.

  • Reply the eye traveler February 5, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    This gingham dress is so chic! I love how you pair it with white booties. I’m a huge fan with comfy booties, these are just amazing <3

    http://www.theeyetraveler.com

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:03 am

      Thank you! Yes, the boots are such a a fun and comfy pair to have. I wear them all the time it seems.

  • Reply Lisa February 5, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    That dress looks perfect on you! I love the pops of red you have with it! LOVE

    XO-Lisa
    http://www.thatssodarling.com

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:03 am

      Thank you Lisa.

  • Reply Tanvi Rastogi February 5, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Not only that dress is perfection but I LOVEEE your hair color. The whole look is so stylish and chic.

    ❥ tanvii.com

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:03 am

      Thank you Tanvi, I appreciate that. xo

  • Reply Leah Weber February 5, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I love your style and this is adorable! Especially love the white boots!!

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:04 am

      Thank you Leah, I appreciate you reading.

  • Reply Julia Comil February 5, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    I love gingham!! This print is fabulous and I love how you styled it with this white boots! A total graphic look perfect for spring!!
    You are channeling some of my spring summer runway look of my blog post: http://houseofcomil.com/spring-2018-trends-spring-fashion-week-2018/

    Xoxo

    Julia

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:04 am

      Thank you Julia.

  • Reply Kait Elizabeth February 5, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Loving how this dress can be styled year round!!! Hugs ,Kait

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:05 am

      YES! I felt the same way about it. Thank you Kait.

  • Reply Kristina February 5, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    I love gingham and you can never go wrong with the classic black & white!

    xo, Kristina

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:05 am

      Yes, you are so right.

  • Reply Nicole February 5, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    I have a few gingham pieces I’m loving in my closet! Right now Target has an adorable gingham trench I want too!!!

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Yes! I just saw their spring line launch post yesterday and sooo many cute gingham pieces. In love!

  • Reply Stephanie February 5, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Truthfully, I’ve seen gingham even be SEXY! I seriously love your look and how fun this gingham piece is. The white boots pair perfectly with it, and you definitely aren’t “cutesy” – which is exactly what you were going for 🙂

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:07 am

      lol Thanks Stephanie. Ues, I am really loving what they are doing with the pattern these days. They are bringing new life to it. Thank you for reading. xo

  • Reply Rachael Thomas February 5, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    This is probably my favorite gingham dress that I have seen, and I love how you added the belt and boots giving it an edgy vibe. You’re making me want to add more gingham into my wardrobe!
    Rachael

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Thank you Rachael, I appreciate your kind words. There are definitely some cute pieces out right now. Target even launched a few new pieces for spring.

  • Reply Nataly February 5, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    That gingham dress is so cute! Especially with the pop of color and white boots!!

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Thank you Nataly. xo

  • Reply Suzanne Spiegoski February 5, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    I love anything gingham print and this is so cute with the white boots and deep red bag. So chic.

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Thank you Suzanne!

  • Reply Ruth Ridley February 6, 2018 at 12:08 am

    Styled to perfection!! LOVE the gingham with the pop of red

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Thank you so much Ruth. xo

  • Reply Kileen February 6, 2018 at 1:56 am

    I am loving how you styled this gingham dress! & this is such a perfect color palette, love the black and white with a pop of red!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Thank you Kileen, I appreciate that. xo

  • Reply Helen February 6, 2018 at 2:47 am

    I love that you paired your white boots with your checkered dress. So chic! I love everything about your outfit!

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Thank you Helen.

  • Reply Lacey February 6, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Loving this dress and those booties! Totally not Dorothy vibes here!

    xx,

    Lacey

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:10 am

      lol Thank you Lacey…glad to hear I headed in the right direction. 🙂

  • Reply Larissa February 6, 2018 at 9:16 am

    I don’t know that gingham styles are for me, but I do love seeing them on others! I personally don’t think I can pull them off, but who knows? Maybe I’ll have to give it a go one day.

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:11 am

      I kind of felt the same, but thankfully the shift is turning in a achievable direction for me now.

  • Reply Alexandra February 6, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Is it terrible to say I looooove the pink gingham dress the girl on the fence is wearing? 😉 I currently don’t own any gingham pieces, but would love a red and white sleeveless blouse for summer.

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:14 am

      It’s not terrible at all. People still strut that style today (very 50’s). I’m just thankful the pattern is branching out on styles I prefer wearing. 🙂 With all the new spring and summer lines coming out, I’m sure you will find your red and white blouse. Thank you for reading.

  • Reply Marilyn Blanco February 6, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Love it! I think the balance is perfect, the bag and the shoes are just right!

    • Reply Annette February 6, 2018 at 10:14 am

      Thank you Marilyn. xo

  • Reply Latasha Peterson February 6, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    I absolutely love your outfit with the purse! Looks super cute!

    • Reply Annette February 7, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      Thank you Latasha. 🙂

  • Reply Cara Newhart February 6, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    I love these boots!! So so cute.
    xo, Cara
    https://brighterbold.com

    • Reply Annette February 7, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      Thank you Cara.

  • Reply Rachel February 6, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    I absolutely LOVE that outfit! GORG !

    • Reply Annette February 7, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks so much Rachel. xo

  • Reply Whit February 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    love the white boots you added with this gingham look! That shot of Audrey Hepburn in gingham is amazing!

    love,
    Britt+Whit

    • Reply Annette February 7, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Thank you Whit. Yes, the good ol’ days. 🙂

  • Reply Denise Kokinis February 7, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    That is actually one of my fears with wearing the print… sometimes it comes off a bit too girly! I love how you made this a bit edgier with those white booties! I also love the shape of this dress!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

    • Reply Annette February 7, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      Yes, exactly how I felt. Girly is fine, just feels weird on me. Hopefully you are able to give some of the gingham pieces out right now. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. 🙂 Thank you for reading Denise.

  • Reply Jessica Bradshaw February 7, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    That outfit is perfect! I love the boots with it. Absolutely perfect

    • Reply Annette February 8, 2018 at 8:45 am

      Thank you Jessica.

  • Reply Nina February 8, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    So cute in gingham, love the white booties with it!

    Xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

    • Reply Annette February 9, 2018 at 8:05 am

      Thank you Nina.

  • Reply Naomi Trevino February 10, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Yes! I totally agree with you. Love the booties that add sophistication.

    • Reply Annette February 11, 2018 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you Naomi.

  • Reply Azanique February 11, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    You look amazing babe! I love this dress on you 🙂

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

    • Reply Annette February 11, 2018 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you Azanique.

  • Reply Kasey | Running in Heels February 11, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    I totally agree, I don’t wear gingham for exactly that reason! I love how you styled this and those booties are amazing!

    • Reply Annette February 11, 2018 at 10:57 pm

      Thank you Kasey. So glad I’m not the only one. 🙂

  • Reply Brooke February 11, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    This dress is amazing and those heels are even better!! Love it

    XO
    Brooke
    Charmedjerseybelle.com

    • Reply Annette February 12, 2018 at 8:49 am

      Thank you Brooke.

  • Reply Jenn Hanft February 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    This gingham dress is super cute!!! I don’t own any gingham but I was seriously thinking about have one staple piece like this one!

    With love, Jenn
    https://jubilantdose.com

    • Reply Annette February 13, 2018 at 8:58 am

      Thank you Jenn. Who What Wear’s new spring line at target has some really cute gingham pieces right now.

  • Reply Chloe February 13, 2018 at 11:02 am

    LOVING this outfit! So so cute!

    • Reply Annette February 14, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you Chloe.

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