beehive hair

Spring Gingham


60s style gingham pencil skirt

Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Lady Dragon Cherries shoes

messy beehive with bow

I’m totally obsessed with gingham print right now. Like, OBSESSED. Even more obsessed than I was this time LAST year, in fact, and I was REALLY obsessed last year, too.

Why the obsession with tiny little checks, I hear absolutely none of you ask? Mostly because of the whole “retro” thing I have going on a lot of the time. I mean, gingham is a classic print, and it’s never hard to find, but there’s something about it that just screams “Brigitte Bardot, on holiday in St. Tropez, with a big messy beehive and thick black eyeliner,” isn’t there?

All of this is to say that when F&F challenged me to style a printed midi skirt from their current range, I instantly honed in on this one. Then I instantly had it delivered to my old address, because YES, I did that AGAIN. Nine months, and still I’m failing to update my address with online retailers. The new owner of my old house must really hate me. Unless she happens to have a thing for gingham too, of course, in which case she probably quite likes me, and wishes I’d buy some more of it. Which, let’s face it, I probably will.

Luckily for me, F&F were kind enough to re-send the skirt, AND the sun was kind enough to come out of hiding, so the day was saved. I was aiming for Brigitte Bardot with this look (Or MY take on BB, anyway: don’t worry, I’m under no illusions here. I did get the “messy” bit down, though…), but as we were leaving the house, I started to worry I’d missed Brigitte and landed firmly on Peg Bundy instead. I worry about that a lot these days. Quite often I find myself staring doubtfully at my reflection, thinking, “On a scale of 1 to Peg Bundy, where would this outfit land?” I gotta be honest, I don’t always like the answer, but on the plus side, I think I know who I’m going to be for Halloween this year, so at least that’s something.

Also: it’s warm enough for gingham skirts and cherry shoes. That’s something, too.

gingham print pencil skirt

60s inspired outfit

[Wearing: Gingham skirt c/o F&F // ASOS top // Vivienne Westwood x Melissa Lady Dragon Cherries shoes (c/o) // Ted Baker sunglasses // New Look belt // American Apparel hair bow]

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  • Not a hint of Peg Bundy there at all, but you have reminded me how much I liked that show when I was a kid!
    Loving the skirt, F+F have so many pretty things in at the moment.

    April 16, 2014
  • Debra


    I’m a little obsessed with the shoes!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    April 16, 2014
  • Often I comment “this dress is made for you” or “this colour (green) is made for you” and this look is no exception! Perfect styling and fit.
    I don’t have any gingham yet and should give it a try!

    And again: I love your writing style ๐Ÿ™‚

    Annette | Lady of Style

    April 16, 2014
  • I totally wore a gingham skirt yesterday, but I like the style of yours much better. And not even in the slightest did I think Peg Bundy when I say your hair over on Instagram. It was a funny reference, however. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love this outfit!

    April 16, 2014
  • Such a great outfit! The gingham skirt looks great x

    April 16, 2014
  • Love this look – and not getting any Peg Bundy off you:) strictly a beautiful modern day retro look (that skirt looks amazing the way you styled it – the belt is my favorite, but I do like the top too, though white tops for me are a no-no). Just a quick question: is the skirt lined?

    April 16, 2014
    • Tracey


      It says on their website that it has a full lining.

      I love it, Amber! Might have to treat myself!

      April 16, 2014
      • Afterwards I went to the site and was quite surprised it only cost 18 pounds. Will definitely check in store and see if they have it:)) the only thing I own that is checked is a buttondown shirt, I reckon that’s reason enough to purchase it:))

        April 16, 2014
  • I *almost* bought a vintage gingham skirt yesterday. Now seeing you in this I’m sad I didn’t.


    April 16, 2014
  • Derika


    I never comment, but I had to tell you that you do NOT look like Peg Bundy! I loved that show though! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am new to your blog and I LOVE your style! I hope to dress like this one day!

    April 17, 2014
  • I love your look! You are very beautiful!
    Your photos are very nice!

    April 17, 2014
  • I love this! Your beehive is perfection and the skirt is gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love the leaning on the car photos too ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    April 17, 2014
  • You look so gorgeous and gingham is so your print!
    Love your hair too! xx

    Secret little Stars

    April 17, 2014
  • Retro chic! Your skirt is gorgeous and you already know how much I love your cherry Lady Dragons.

    April 20, 2014
  • I am in love with your skirt! It really fits you well! The outfit is so perfect, plus your hair and makeup!

    April 21, 2014
  • I had to buy this skirt after seeing you wearing it here, it’s now tucked away with another Tesco skirt for my other half to give me on my birthday in a couple of weeks! I can’t wait to unwrap it, I have grand plans!!

    Now, I need to find those shoes to copy you completely…!

    P x

    April 23, 2014
  • All your Gingham you’ve convinced me I need some too, hope I win my eBay bids lol

    April 25, 2014
  • Lovely outfit ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 28, 2014
  • Gorgeous pictures !You have a great taste in fashion ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 29, 2014
  • Alfie Haas


    wow! you just let these outfits look stunning.
    Amber, what kinda car is that?

    June 12, 2014
  • Oh la la like I said I m crazy for this shoes. But all your outfit is so beautiful and you too ofcourse ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 29, 2014