Back to classics: gingham + flared skirt

black gingham 1Painted Threads skirt sz XS, Crewcuts gingham shirt (similar in petites)
Burberry bucket bag (more colors), Kate Spade pumps (older color), H&M; girls jacket

We’re still full of smiles from your sweet comments and personal anecdotes – thanks so much to both frequent and rare commenters alike for the messages on my last post. I’m a little behind on blogging this month but have been eager to share about this skirt. I’ll note right off the bat that the material is not high-quality and the construction is simple, but I love the (alterations-free!) fit, comfort, and classic silhouette. The flare isn’t so full that it overwhelms petite figures, and the longer length is demure without being truncating. Please see the end of this post for measurements and other details.
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As part of a collaboration with Burberry at Nordstorm, I also wanted to share my pick from their spring line of handbags. They have a wide offering of colorful leather options in addition to signature nova check. I was drawn to this more casual Susanna bucket tote in an earthy canvas. The style has the classic color scheme of the brand (neutral, black, white + pop of red) in a more updated pattern, with a number of convertible features that I look for in handbags.
black gingham 3The top handle is made of thick leather and can either be hand-held, or fits on the crook of the arm or possibly (6.5″ drop) over the shoulder. There’s a detachable and adjustable longer leather strap, which can be slung on the shoulder or worn cross-body style for an even more casual look.
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A detachable (via snap buttons) zippered pouch with pockets keeps valuables secure, and makes transferring essential items easy when changing purses. I want to note that the bag material itself is a “rugged” canvas with no lining – which would’ve been nice to have as an extra layer for durability. The base of the bag is a thick leather with metal protective feet.
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Bag details: Leather base is 7 3/4″ wide x 10″ long. The opening of the bag is about 11″ across the top with a bridge clip closure, but slouches inward like a hobo when carried so the top becomes half as narrow across. Bag height is 12 3/4″ tall. Longer strap at first and last holes is 18″ to 20.” There actually is a smaller version available which I tried on in-person, but preferred the features of the medium. The long strap on the mini is harder to shorten, and the inner pouch didn’t seem to be removable.

Skirt details: Fully elastic waist (skirt seam down the back center) in XS measures 11″ across when lying flat and unstretched. Waist stretches to about 16.5” across max – please compare to your hip measurement, as there is no zipper so it is slip-on style. On me it was snug going over my hips, and sits comfortably at my natural waist. Length is 21″ which hits me as shown with no hemming needed. Material is 92% poly, 8% spandex with a slight sheen, made in the USA. I like this one so much I ordered the white to try, and am interested in seeing how the material looks in that color.  

This post was in collaboration with Burberry at Nordstrom.

63 thoughts on “Back to classics: gingham + flared skirt

  • Colleen May 9, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I love this look! The gold shoes are such a nice pop of color

  • Dressed with soul May 9, 2014 at 9:25 am

    You look simply wonderful! I wear also a midi skirt in my actual outfit but I have to admit you look much better <3

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Suzie Q May 9, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Such a pretty look! I love the gingham shirt dressed up with the skirt and heels! Love the backdrop of these photos!

    Suzie Q

  • Kelly May 9, 2014 at 9:38 am

    You and a few other bloggers have made me fall in love with gingham! Curses…more things to buy, I guess.

    I also wanted to emerge from my lurk-dom to wish you and Nick a hearty congratulations! I have been following your work for a while, and I can genuinely say I'm excited for the two of you. I was just married last summer, so I can say with confidence that you're in for a wonderful ride. Congrats again!

  • Rachelle ( May 9, 2014 at 9:49 am

    This is such a cute outfit, I love it.


  • Julie May 9, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Very cute! I love that Burberry bucket bag, and the shape of the skirt!

    Style by Joules

  • Window On My Wardrobe May 9, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Wat a great look! I absolutely love that shirt

    X Sara

  • Mei Fleming May 9, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Very ladylike look! Love the metallic shoes.

  • Choochoo Li May 9, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Love this look, so effortless and chic. I bought a similar midi skirt with pleats from forever 21 a few weeks ago and have been dying to wear it, (Canadian spring this year has been way too cold!) love the idea of pairing it w gingham!

    Choo Choo

  • Chrissabella May 9, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Such a cute look, love the midi skirt and gingham shirt!

  • amy May 9, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I am a silent follower of your blog. I'm also a petite like you and also an Asian. Love the new look of your blog.
    <3 Amy

  • AlexisB May 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    That skirt is perfect! I just ordered it. I hope it works for me.

    Nice choice on the bag. I like the subtlety of the print.

    I'm enjoying the new look of your blog.

  • Courtney Dunsmore May 9, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Gorgeous outfit! I love the denim jacket with this look(:

  • Kelly F May 9, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Gorgeous! I love everything about this outfit as well as the fun addition of the gold metallic heels!

  • Joanne Ko May 9, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Jean, I cannot for the life of me find a pair of bronze pumps similar to yours. Any tips / pointers to the right direction is appreciated. Thanks!

  • Berty Morales May 9, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    What a gorgeous look, also in love with those shoes!

  • FW May 9, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Congratulations on your engagement! I hope you'll share some wedding related posts with us. I loved planning my own wedding and hope you do too.

  • Sam Cole May 9, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Such a pretty look and that bag is very nice. Nick is great with taking your pictures as well. Do you still used the same lens or have you guys updated since then? Care to share with us.


  • rodelma lopez May 9, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    you always make them so good and beautiful, an inspiration

  • Patrícia M. May 9, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I'm so completely loving that gingham shirt, so much versatility and cuteness at one piece!


  • koge May 9, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I'm in love with the bag!!

  • Anonymous May 9, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I love your outfit! What other shoes would you pair with this outfit?

  • Graciela May 9, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Jean I hope you get the time to answer my question, do you take your own pictures using a remote or do you have Nick take them? They are beautiful.

  • Miss Hot Couture May 10, 2014 at 12:47 am

    I love everything about this outfit. I even love the background! 🙂

  • Anonymous May 10, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Jean, is the skirt appropriate for business casual? I'm an auditor. Thanks!

  • Dahlia May 10, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Great outfit dear, you look so good on ti!


  • YULISTARI and KUSTARI May 10, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Love every post you wrote <3

  • A Petite Treat May 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    love the gingham shirt, this is such an awesome look!

    A Petite Treat

  • Anonymous May 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Wishing you and Nick congratulations on your engagement! You deserve the many blessings in your life as you've always shown style and grace.

  • Orange You Classy May 10, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    love your gingham shirt! and congratulations!!

    xo, Liz

  • lisa May 11, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Hi Jean,

    lovely combination! btw, I was wondering, have you heard of Zara or Mango? I am similar to your size and was wondering how their sizes run.

  • Jenn @ hello, rigby! May 11, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    love the skirt! looks like the perfect length and i can't believe what a steal it is. definitely going to pick one up!

  • Jessy T May 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    This is such a cute look for spring! I never thought I'd be into such an "in your face" plaid print as a handbag, but this isn't too bad. Perfect for casual outings.

  • Maya Schuller May 12, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Gorgeous!! I love gingham. Congrats on the engagement!!

  • Sandra May 12, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Really nice !
    I come here for a long time, but I never comment (shame shame..). Congratulations for your engagement and your new house. This is a beautiful story 🙂

  • Roberta Zollino May 12, 2014 at 9:03 am

    lovely skirt 🙂
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  • Philippa May 12, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I really love this. I would never have thought of pairing those pumps with the black and white, but they make it perfect! Very inspiring.

  • Giovanna May 12, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Cute look! Loving that skirt and your bag!


  • Anonymous May 12, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Hey Jean, I was wondering, what size do you wear in the girls H&M; jean jacket?

  • Anonymous May 12, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    hi Jean, you look lovely! you engagement/proposal is the sweetest I have ever seen! The skirt looks very elegant and proportional. I wanted to order XS too in both color but that size is gone!!! please alert when the size pop back since you are in collaboration with Nordstrom. thanks Jean

  • Jean May 13, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Joanne – I agree the darker bronze color is harder to find : / I will post if I ever come across a closer shade than the current gold that Banana Republic and Kate Spade (in the licorice too style) have out.

  • Jean May 13, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Hi Sam – ah yes I did forget to update the info! We use a Canon 6D and 50mm 1.4 lens : )

  • Jean May 13, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Thank you! Before settling on bronze I also loved the look of a wine color, a bright red, caramel brown, or even a bright blue suede (b/c the black, white, and browns are all neutrals).

  • Jean May 13, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Thank you, Graciela! Nick took these photos. I use a remote for indoor shots.

  • Jean May 13, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Hi there – I think the length and color are conservative, and I see plenty of women in the workplace wearing A-line dresses so personally don't see this to be a problem for business casual. I wear this to work, but wouldn't do so for business formal clients.

  • Jean May 13, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Hi Lisa – yes I've tried both and would say they both run big and are built for taller figures.

  • Jean May 13, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Hi there – it's a size 11-12 with the sleeves taken in slightly in width.

  • Jean May 13, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Thank you! I certainly will be checking back and will post an update if it's restocked.

  • Jean May 13, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Thank you Sandra! I appreciate your first time comment : )

  • Jean May 13, 2014 at 12:10 am

    THank you so much for your sweet message!

  • Jean May 13, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Thank you, FW! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed the process, and look forward to my own : )

  • Jean May 13, 2014 at 12:11 am

    I hope it works out for you, Alexis! The material is hard to describe. Keep me posted : )

  • Jean May 13, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Thank you for the feedback Amy and for saying hello : )

  • Jean May 13, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Thank you for your sweet comment, Kelly! Congratulations to you and your husband on your marriage last summer : )

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Love this look! As a longtime follower of your blog and fellow petite, I wanted to comment (for the first time!) and congratulate you and Nick on your engagement!! 🙂

  • lululovestravel Alarcon May 14, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I love everything in this post 🙂 You look amazing!! and the pictures are very Beautiful!!

  • Deepta Srinath May 15, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Love the skirt! I'm extremely small too and have been wondering how to wear a midi skirt as they look so fun and cute- thanks for the post!

  • Be Pham May 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    What color is your jcrew gingham shirt?

  • Jean May 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you so much for your well-wishes and for following along over this time! : )

  • Jean May 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Hi Be – it's black and white. Dark navy would work fine too…they look so similar.

  • Trendy On A Budget May 26, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    So classic!

  • Anonymous May 28, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Hi Jean! I'm in love with your blog! What size did you order for the gingham?

  • Jean May 30, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Hi there! Aw thank you : ) I am wearing a M in boys I believe but would highly recommend buying womens or petites because the cut of this is dreadful! It's boxy and made for kids, and the Banana republic petites version fits much better.

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