How to Style Gingham

Looking for a fun, fresh take on a classic? Gingham never goes out of style. I have some special workplace events coming up, and I wanted to incorporate this trend into three different looks.

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A gingham camp shirt is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. (PC: Christina Johnston)

This first look is definitely my favorite. I paired this gingham camp shirt with my white blazer. I wore it with the same black cropped pants and nude strappy heels featured in my previous post. This would be a great springtime look for the office because a camp shirt is lightweight and it is still appropriate to wear without a blazer. Check out more ideas on how to incorporate gingham into the workplace here.

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Close up of shirt with white blazer. (PC: Christina Johnston)

A great tip to keep in mind when styling gingham is that smaller checks are better suited for work because the pattern is more subtle compared to a larger check. Stick to neutral colors, like navy or black, to give the pattern a more “profesh” look. I added a statement necklace to all the looks to add that final bit of pizazz. You can read more about how to find the right statement necklace for the workplace here. I found a similar necklace from Nordstrom.

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Gingham dress with large checks. (PC: Christina Johnston)

This next look adds a pop of color, if you’re feeling a little bold. Since the gingham is a larger check, it seems more casual, but the navy color makes it work-appropriate. Since pink is a contrasting color to navy, it acts as a great accent, which makes this classic look modern and bright.

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Pink accessories add a pop of color. (PC: Christina Johnston)

I found these pink flats at Nordstrom, and I found a similar pink bag online at Nordstrom Rack. These accessories tie the outfit together to make a statement. For a more conservative look, you can pair the dress with a cardigan. Check out more details on how to tie in accent colors into your basic wardrobe here.

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Gingham pants paired with cognac slides. (PC: Christina Johnston)

My final outfit takes the gingham trend to another level with these patterned pants. These pants look great for the office when paired with a white shell and a navy blazer, but can also be paired with a denim top and some nude wedges for a fun Sunday brunch look. I paired them with these cognac Steve Madden slides, which I found online. The slides are a trendy update on the typical ballet flat, and they give your feet a break when you don’t want to wear heels.

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Statement necklace stands out against the white shell. (PC: Christina Johnston)

If you’re looking for more ways to style gingham check out some outfit ideas here.

Stay profesh my friends,

Elizabeth

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To Wear Or Not To Wear: Cold Shoulder Top

You may want to go out after a day at the office to get a drink with your co-workers, to go on a special date night, or maybe you can’t think of what to wear for Sunday brunch, so I’ve created three different looks to wear this cold shoulder top.

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Take some time to stop and smell the flowers. (PC: Christina Johnston)

It’s a subtle, yet classy way to show some skin. The trend suits many age groups, and it pairs well with a variety of bottoms, such as this seersucker skirt.

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Drape over a white blazer to cover those shoulders. (PC: Christina Johnston)

If you want to make it more appropriate for work, you could drape a blazer over it.

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Tweed jacket gives the outfit a profesh look. (PC: Christina Johnston)

This look is more office appropriate when I pair it with this tweed cropped jacket, black cropped pants, and nude heels. I chose this jacket because it gives the outfit a modern, yet classic look. Check out some other types of tweed jackets you should own here.

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Strappy nude heels elevate your outfit for the workplace. (PC: Christina Johnston)

If you’re still not convinced that cold shoulder tops can be used for work, read more about it here.

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Black is the key for turning your outfit into a night look. (PC: Christina Johnston)

Pairing your outfit with black will make it dressier and perfect for a night out. That’s why I added my black clutch and kept on my black cropped pants. I elevated the look with a statement necklace and pave bracelets. Check out more work-to-date-night outfit ideas here.

Stay profesh my friends,

Elizabeth