Gingham Obsession

April 16, 2012

It was 80 degrees and sunny in Cincinnati on Sunday – a stark contrast to the 55 degrees with torrential downpours we saw just the day before.  I had plans to meet a friend for brunch and knew we’d be sitting outside, so I chose linen shorts and a breezy cotton gingham shirt as the perfect casual combination.   For brunch, I had eggs florentine (they were good) but I had food envy the entire time over my friend’s choice of crispy pork belly served with horseradish aioli and a slaw made from radish and raw brussel sprouts!  Do you ever get food envy?  It’s the worst!

Shirt: J. Crew Factory (crewcuts – boys section) | Shorts: Forever21 (similar) | Shoes: Zara – old

Bag: Louis Vuitton Speedy | Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren | Sweater:  J. Crew (similar)

The shirt looks a bit more lavendar in these photos outside – but it’s a deep rich purple – the detail shot below shows the color a bit better.  Couldn’t help myself when I spotted it across the store at J. Crew Factory last week.  Not only was it a better fit than the women’s gingham shirts, it was also $25 less!

P.S.  Today marks the 5th anniversary of the day when we lost 32 of our fellow Hokies.  5 years later, we HAVE prevailed, but we are always remembering and living for 32.  We are Virginia Tech.

  • Alison H

    Love the color combination and the pop of your lipstick! I will never forget that day 5 years ago…I never knew my heart could actually stop. Prayers go out to all of those families.

    • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

      Thanks Bella!

  • Penny Pincher Fashion

    Next time I go there, I’m checking out the boys section – this is SO cute!! :)

    • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

      Definitely do!

  • Liz (26 and Counting

    Yesterday was such a pretty day! After too many hours of studying, I slipped away for a bit of patio action at RPs. Unfortunately, I was not dressed as cute as you. But hey workout clothes are just as good for beer drinking if you ask me.

    • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

      Umm workout clothes are DEFINITELY drinking clothes. They usually stretch to account for beer bloat… Perfecto!

  • Sarah

    Very cute- I love that color combination! I get food envy all the time, it really is the worst.

    • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

      Just got to find a lunch partner that shares, I guess!

  • Miranda {onestylishdayatatime}

    Okay I need a gingham shirt ASAP. You convinced me!

    • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

      Yes, yes you do!

  • Erika [small shop]

    Gosh can’t believe how time flies. That was completely awful.
    I picked up a gingham shirt from Target recently but I totally know this one! I almost got the light gray one. Now I’m wishing I did. LOVE your coral shorts. Love.

    • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

      Maybe you can still go back and get the grey one! They still had them at my store!

  • Jennifer

    <3 32

    • Lauren {Stylized Existence}


  • Amanda

    Yesterday was a perfect day for this outfit! Love the shorts – such a fun color!

    • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

      Thanks Amanda!

  • Annie

    You look so cute Lauren! Love those colors together!

    The Other Side of Gray

    • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

      Thank you, Annie!

  • Pamela

    Has it been 5 years already. Wow, time sure goes fast.

    I think I need to start paying more attention to the crewcuts section. I love the idea of a “shrunken” fit for the gingham shirt!

    • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

      Yes – the arms were definitely a little short, but I never wear them full-length anyway, so it was fine!

  • Leah

    At least maybe your meal was less calories? Food envy is tough. 4/16 anniversary day is always tough :( Love your blog :)

    • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

      Sure is tough, Leah. Thanks for the comment :)

  • Anita

    I really need a gingham blouse too! Before seeing some outfits with it on some blogs, I thought such blouses are very boring, but now I totally changed my mind – I just love them!

    xxx Anita

    • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

      Great! Glad to give you a new perspective!

  • Gloria

    Oooh awesome tip for shopping in the boys section! I have the women’s version of that gingham shirt in navy and I’ve been wearing it A LOT – great purchase!

    • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

      Yes – I would like a navy one as well!

  • Laura @ Beauty & the Beard

    I have a few shirts from the Lands’ End boys department- the benefit of being petite!! such a cute outfit, love it!

    (and thanks for mentioning VT. saw a lot of people at work today wearing VT stuff (more than usual in richmond) and it’s good to see people still remember – and pay respect)


    • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

      Yes! I will continue to look for deals in the boys’ department!
      Happy to mention VT. I was a junior in college there when it happened. My world was very much turned upside down that day.

  • Gaby [The Vault Files]

    I’m not a huge fan of gingham but this outfit is really cute! On my ipad the shirt looks navy, but here on my laptop I can see the deep purple, love the color!

    • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

      Thanks Gaby! Maybe it gave you a different opinion!

  • Crystalin

    Love scoring with Crew Cuts! Wish there was a J.Crew Factory closer… great find lady :)

    • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

      You can always check out the factory offerings on the weekend on when the Factory store “opens” (usually friday to sunday)

  • Shannon

    I know I’m a little behind, but I love, love your new hair length!

    • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

      Thank you!

  • The Fashionable ESQ

    I can’t ever find anything at J.Crew for such a reasonable price (!)
    I love this color combo – can’t go wrong w/ it. You look great.

    I’m having a GIVEAWAY – drop by :)
    The Fashionable ESQ

    • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

      Kids section! Outlets!

  • Taylor

    I just love that shirt!!! Can’t believe you found it for such a steal!! Looks amazing.

  • Giovanna

    Cute look! Love the orange shorts!


  • Lauren

    lovely look! love it!

  • Chioma

    Super simple and chic! Love the gingham top :)


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