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Return of the Pink Gingham Skirt

pink gingham skirt with knotted shirt

pink gingham skirtpink gingham skirt with knotted shirt

Well, looks like it’s that time of year again, folks…

… the time when I start wearing wall-to-wall gingham, and don’t stop until… well, EVER, really. I can’t help it, though – to me, summer and gingham go together like wine and chocolate, so I’m making the most of them both while I have them. This skirt is one of four I own in this print, then there’s the dress I wore in my last post, plus… actually, let’s just scrap that line of thought, shall we?

Anyway, these photos were taken on another gloriously sunny day last week, and if I look a little distracted in them, here’s why:

a herd of cows

Cows. Lots of ’em. By the time we were done with the photos, the entire herd had gathered at the fence, and were standing there watching me with undisguised interest. I dunno, I guess cows like gingham, too? WHO KNEW? They were possibly one of the more unusual audiences I’ve had while taking outfit photos, but definitely the most polite – I mean, there was no yelling, no beeping of the horn, no shouts of “GINGER!” Cows: better than some people, and that’s a fact.

Oh, speaking of animals that I like better than people, you can’t really see it properly, but this outfit also features the “lucky” horse head necklace I got when I was 11, and swore I’d wear every single day. Well, I obviously fell foul of that promise, so I can’t say it’s brought me much luck, but reading that diary entry a few weeks ago promoted me to dig it out of my jewellery box, and then THAT prompted me to re-organise the aforementioned jewellery box, and finally untangle all of the necklaces that were lurking within it. It took the best part of an hour, no exaggeration, but now that I have everything organised again, I’m actually wearing some of that jewellery I keep forgetting I have. So maybe it DID bring me a bit of luck, after all?

pink gingham skirt with knotted shirt

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WEARING:

Primark skirt; Paul & Betty shoes (old); Michael Kors bag*

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14 Comments
  • Sandra
    June 8, 2016

    I’m in love with gingham, too.
    In summer, I wear this pattern to death…

    Many hugs
    Sandra

  • Ethical Fashion
    June 8, 2016

    Primark. Well as long as brown people are being exploited for you, why not.

    • Amber
      June 8, 2016

      Lynette,

      I get that this is obviously an issue very close to your heart, but while I agree that there’s an important debate to be had around the issue of ethical fashion, repeatedly attacking me isn’t the way to go about it, and constantly changing your name and email address in a bid to make me think I’m being attacked by multiple people (as opposed to just one person playing internet vigilante), just makes you seem like a troll. If you really want to open a debate around this issue, you might want to consider changing your approach: I don’t debate with trolls.

  • Erin
    June 8, 2016

    I love the combination of gingham & polka dots! You look great!

    My mom gave me (made me take) my old childhood jewelry box to take to my grown-up house and there were some real gems in there, including a horse necklace. Not sure that it’s lucky though? May have to wear it and find out.

    • Amber
      June 8, 2016

      Well, mine was only “lucky” because I decided it would be – I had some strange ideas as a child 😉

  • CiCi Marie
    June 8, 2016

    Can I just say well done on that response above – that might be one of the best responses to a negative comment I’ve ever seen.

    I’m glad you wheel this skirt out every year because we all have things we love and wear repeatedly, but it’s little discussed and it feels ‘wrong’ to keep putting them on a blog. I know that’s something you’ve talked about a lot in the past, but as I’m strapped for cash at the moment I’m feeling the effects of needing to shop my own wardrobe. And now that I’ve used that phrase, I think we can kick me off the internet.

    • Amber
      June 8, 2016

      I know what you mean – I almost didn’t bother posting this one, partly because I knew the skirt would get Lynette riled up again, but mostly because I wear it in exactly the same way every single time, and it’s not quite the “done” thing in fashion blog-land! I’ve scaled down my wardrobe quite a bit lately, though, and I’m actually enjoying wearing the same things – at least it makes getting dressed in the morning a whole lot easier 😉

    • Roisin Muldoon
      June 8, 2016

      Seconded! You’re always very classy, Amber, and this was no exception. That kind of comment doesn’t further and discussion or understanding of how fast fashion – indeed, ANY fashion – is produced. Primark are by no means the only people using dubious production processes. Spending more money on a garment rarely means that it was ethically produced. I make my own clothes and even I can’t say that they’re completely ethically produced – the fabric has to come from somewhere and it would be foolish to think that it’s all peaches in that industry! One of the problems wth fast fashion is over-consumption but you bought this skirt a number of years ago. You’ve taken care of it, worn it repeatedly – it hasn’t been worn once and ended up in landfill. THAT’S a big part of the problem. Anyway, essay over. You look lovely as always xxx

      • Amber
        June 8, 2016

        Thanks, Roisin:) You’ve basically summed up my own feelings on this: I think we’d all like to think our actions are 100% beyond reproach, but I’d be the first to admit I’m far from perfect – I don’t know how and where everything I buy was produced, and I sometimes succumb to the lure of something cheap, purely because I love it, and I can’t afford to buy designer all the time. (And even if I did, I couldn’t guarantee those items had been ethically produced either: it’s too simplistic to assume “cheap=bad” and “expensive = good.) It’s a complex issue, really, and I don’t think it’s one that’s solved by bullying people into boycotting the brands you don’t approve of!

  • Myra
    June 8, 2016

    I loved gingham when I was younger, and it’s a long time since I wore it. You look great in it, as you do in everything you style and wear. Good response to your troll – she can’t expect you to lie down and take it without a riposte. I agree that designer wear might be made under dubious conditions, just as cheaper clothes allegedly are.

    • Amber
      June 8, 2016

      Thanks, Myra. As far as designer clothes go, I can’t really win – when I wear designer stuff, people complain that it’s too expensive, and not relatable, but when I shop on the high street, that’s not good enough either!

  • Ginger
    June 9, 2016

    There is never too much gingham! I love every outfit you’ve posted with gingham, and I’m feeling the sad lack in my own wardrobe.

  • Grasshopper
    June 9, 2016

    Beautiful outfit and classy response!

  • Mel
    June 13, 2016

    Omg I love your shoes in literally every single Outfit Post. And these are no exception.