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

  • Reply 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 : )

  • Reply 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 : )

  • Reply Jean May 13, 2014 at 12:12 am

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

  • Reply 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 : )

  • Reply 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!! 🙂

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

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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Be Pham May 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    What color is your jcrew gingham shirt?

  • Reply Jean May 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm

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

  • Reply 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.

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

    So classic!

  • Reply 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?

  • Reply 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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