Black & White Gingham for Spring
Hello, friends! I hope you’re doing well this fine Saturday. Last night we went out to dinner to celebrate my husband’s birthday, and this morning I’m gearing up to photograph some more spring outfits. It’s pretty out there, but COLD. I’m talking 17 degrees. I hope it warms up a lot in the next couple hours!
Today’s look is another one we shot in Nashville last weekend. It’s hard to believe that was a week ago already.
I don’t wear dresses very often, but I wanted to be sure to incorporate a few into my 27 Days of Spring Fashion. Many of you have asked for outfit ideas for graduations and other spring events that are coming up, and this gingham sheath would be perfect for a variety of spring occasions.
It’s made of a thick bistretch fabric, so really moves with you, and it’s very comfortable to wear. For size reference, I’m wearing an 8, so it runs true to size.
My only complaint is the armholes are cut pretty far in so I had to be careful about making sure my bra straps were hidden, but I think a racer-back bra would solve this issue. The one I’m wearing is actually a convertible design so I can make it into a racer back, but I was in a hurry to change outfits between photo shoots, and I didn’t bother with that.
(I also forgot to change my earrings and add a bracelet, even though I had them laid out on the bed. #airhead)
This dress is a great length — very flattering on most of us, right at the knee. The side slit is also a nice detail. I don’t feel like it sacrifices modesty, but it adds interest and makes it easier to walk and sit in.
I ordered this dress during a site-wide 25% off sale a couple weeks ago. It isn’t on sale right now, but Banana Republic runs sales often, so I wouldn’t recommend paying full price. They do have select dresses on sale right now, though, and there are some nice options if you need something right away.
The styling possibilities for a black and white dress are virtually endless. I think red or pink sandals would be stunning with this, but these black suede stacked heels almost jumped out of my closet when I was trying on this dress, so I decided to make this a purely black and white outfit. The chunky sandals offset the heavier fabric of the dress perfectly.
I realize these shoes are more pricey than what I usually feature. They were gifted by kate spade for a post I did with them a few weeks ago. I’m a sucker for a great quality pair of shoes, and I’ve been known to spend this much for shoes on occasion, but I have to really love them and know I’ll wear them for years.
What makes these shoes distinct, aside from the quality of materials, is the patent leather block heel with the suede crossover straps. I couldn’t find anything out there quite like them, but this pair with the crossover straps and a 3 1/2 inch block heel is pretty close and not a bad price at $99. I also really like these strappy sandals for $129 as well as these for $79. And this pair is similar with a slightly lower heel at $59.
The tassel clutch I’m carrying was gifted by Gigi New York at the rewardStyle conference last spring. It is gorgeous, and it’s always my go-to when I need a simple black clutch. Sole Society makes a nice faux leather option for $39.
Because spring weather can be unpredictable, a sleeveless dress is always a bit of a risk, so I topped it off with my black moto jacket. It’s old, so I’ll link to a few similar options at the end. Mine is actually coated cotton, but leather or faux leather would work just as well.
A cardigan or blazer could work with this dress too, but I think the moto jacket creates a nice juxtaposition. Obviously take your venue into account, but since this dress is fairly classic, the moto jacket gives the outfit a more edgy vibe that helps keep it modern and on trend.
This outfit or a variation of it could take you a lot of places this spring. You can’t go wrong with black and white, as far as I’m concerned!
gingham sheath // tassel foldover clutch c/o Gigi New York (similar for less) // crossover block heel sandals c/o kate spade new york // similar moto jackets here, here and here // beaded hoops (not my first choice with this outfit)
photo credit: Catherine Truman Photography
Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the spring outfit she’s styling today!
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