Monday, June 25, 2012

Wardrobe Diaries: The Gingham Tourist























I'm such a sucker for a nice pencil dress (aka wiggle dress) so when I saw this gingham number at Asos, I knew I had to have it. This dress is the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe- sultry, sweet and ladylike. I love the gingham and combined with the midi length and pencil cut conjures up images from the 1950's. I can imagine this dress worn in an old movie where the heroine takes a road trip across America with a set of matching luggage poking out from her cream Cadillac convertible. To modernise the dress, I threw on a cable knit sweater and some chunky gold bracelets.

Speaking of the 1950's, my husband bought me a copy of The Good Wife's Guide circa 1955. It was meant to be a joke, but when I started flipping through, some of the rules I found were quite lovely. I know, I know, being a woman of today means I should shun any form of gender stereotyping and be all for equality and female empowerment. But the more I think about our love affair with all things vintage, I can't help but wonder if this is because life has become so complicated that we yearn for a simpler time? One where men were men and women were women. My favourite rule in the book is: Be happy to see him. So simple yet so easy to forget.

Thank you to the lovely ladies at Invitation to Inspiration for the Blogger Appreciation Award. These ladies are masters at creating posts full of insight and inspiration. Check out my favourite post, Under Audrey's Hat.




























{ asos dress . j.crew sweater . kate spade bag similar here . nine west pumps . bracelets by j.crew, dillards, nordstrom, j.good, a necklace by jennifer zuener, gorjana . target circle sunnies . longines watch . nail colour mink muffs by essie }

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48 comments:

Maite said...

WOW ilove bag and dress , so cute
kisses
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Pupe said...

Lovely dress. I love violet color.

Invitation To Inspiration said...

Jenee, another amazing look! We just looove the dress, the bag and the shoes are amazing!
We agree with you that sometimes a woman do wish for past, more simple times...
Thank you for your lovely words, they mean the world to us!
Love, Martina & Matea

Always Maylee said...

You are SO beautiful, I LOVE this dress on you. You look amazing. The gingham and the color is just perfect.

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Heart of Gold said...

Love the gingham dress so summery, perfect for a picnic!

xo
Alison

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Inés said...

Wow, Jenee! you look gorgeous with that outfit!...I certainly like that quote, be happy to see him, it's simple and meens so much more!
I'm following you, dear!

Abrazos!

Inés
SimplyClassyMe.blogspot.com

CamMi Pham said...

Nice photos :) you look gorgeous as always i will have to check out the book lol
x
cammi
http://www.cammilicious.com

EverythingPrettyGirls said...

I love the dress! Especially the neckline... so pretty!

xo everything-pretty.com

Britta said...

Your blog is lovely, darling! Thanks so much for stopping by mine. I'd love to follow you back :) I see you're a fan of Invitation to Inspiration too! It's great to meet bloggers with similar tastes in style.

Keep in touch!

~Britta
www.vancouvervogue.blogspot.com

A stylish distraction said...

Love the print of this dress, you look fabulous!

melissa said...

Loving the bag and the accessories

Lauren said...

Cute dress! It's fun to wear vintage style dresses every now and then.

-Lauren
www.coffeeandcolor.blogspot.com

Erin said...

You look outstanding in this gorgeous gingham dress! Love the color!

xx

Erin @ http://www.truffles-ruffles.com/

Well... said...

Such a beautiful gingham dress! I love these photos. You totally rocked it ♥

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Marloes said...

You look gorgeous. That dress is amazing! You have a great blog! x

Heidi-likes said...

Love your gingham dress x

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Caitie Schlisserman said...

obsessed with that gingham dress --- the color is too cute and you just look lovely!

xxx
www.ladyalamode.com

Shelly { @ Quiet Luxury } said...

I really like gingham prints that aren't in your traditional red or blue. The purple is lovely!

xo
Quiet Luxury


Andrea said...

you are stunning in that dress! love the accessories too. maybe you should share some of the good wife's guide with us!

Pins, Needles & Fashion said...

I love that dress! the color and fit is perfect on you. You look stunning. Plus I'm loving that bag!

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Sabrina said...

Wouhhh! love your pics and the dress is very amazing!! xoxo :)

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Ashleigh Nicole said...

This dress is amazing! xo

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Francesca Romana Capizzi said...

That dress is so nice and you look beautiful!

Leonor said...

loooove this dress on you!! amazing! I answered your comment on my blog:)) happy wednesday!!:)

Leonor
thesparklinglemon.blogspot.com

sonia de macedo said...

I know what you mean, I think what so appealing about that time is just how simple things where-where practically inundated with things all the time and we tend to forget simple things, like saying a simple thank you! I do believe there are a few things in their everyone should be reminded about here and there!

Have a lovely day
SDMxx
www.daringcoco.com

Jessica said...

i love that the pattern is old school but the cut is modern!

-Jessica
http://runninginsideus.blogspot.com/

theM.A.D.creationist said...

Love your style! ;)

I'm a new follower now! ;)

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Kisses

Giuseppe

Bonnie said...

I don't know any girl who isn't a huge fan of gingham. I think it is such a lovely, understated print.

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Jing Qi said...

this is such a cute outfit! the gingham makes you look really sweet. and thank you for the lovely comment on my blog! i've followed you back, however i couldn't find your name in my GFC followers list, mind following again? thank you and hope to hear from you soon xx

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rolala said...

I'm not usually a fan of gingham just cause it has country connotations but this dress is fabulous! I love the pretty lavender color and the feminine cut. It would be nice to go back to a time when women are ladies and men behave like gentlemen. I'm happy to see my husband every night after work :)

Rowena @ rolala loves

rae said...

thanks for the lovely comment on my blog. i am following you back. you look so lovely and this dress just fits you perfectly - in color and cut. you are such a pretty girl!

xx rae

http://www.loveforschoolgirl.net/ <3

Annmarie Pipa said...

what a gorgeous dress!! looks fabulous on you!

Allison said...

OMG I love these photos! That dress is so gorgeous!!
:)
Allison
A's Fashion Files

Gracey at Fashion for Giants said...

I love wiggle dresses too. I don't wear them often because I ride my bike to work, but I think they're super flattering. And you've proved that theory here; you look gorgeous!

Bravoe Runway said...

I think this is a great dress, I don't have any gingham print dresses, need to fix that ASAP!

Fifth N Sixth Closet said...

Thanks for visiting our blog, and following... You have a great and inspiring blog. That dress looks so beautiful on you, the gingham print and color is just fab... We need to add that to our summer find :)... Following!

xx
5th&6th

Louisa said...

You look so beautiful in that dress! And I loved this post...be happy to see him is such a lovely sentiment. So important to remember the simple things.

Stevia said...

that dress is so pretty!
couldn't blame you for buying it :)

<3
The Sweetest Escape 

Megan Ann said...

Got to love the gingham.... you wear this dress so well, I couldn't have turned it down either! I love the look :)

xo, Megan

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Toni May said...

The dress is really gorgeous, love it

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StyleDestino said...

no wonder u fell for the dress, it is indeed very nice.

Love how u styled it and all ure pics.

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Pauline Lim said...

such a lovely dress and fits you so well! thanks for the comment and keep in touch!:) xx

Diana Marks said...

wow! you are gorgeous!!!

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Ashley said...

Ok that bag is AMAZING!!! Want. want. want. If you decide you won't want it anymore, I'll gladly take it off your hands. That's just the kind of follower I am :)

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whatisatwist.blogspot.com

Mary Ann said...

I think the purple dress is awesome - I totally love the gingham! ;-) Also, did you check out my latest giveaway? Everyone who enters wins a $15 virtual gift card to Inpink jewelry!

Lolita in the Mix said...

Lovely dress, gives me this perfect fifties feeling! And may I just compliment your pictures, I always like them a lot, they look like they come straight out of a high fashion magazine! Love them!

xoxo lorena

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