Gingham and Pleats

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Gingham and Pleats AW16/17 Fashion Trends OOTD - 1

OK, so I feel a little bit "Little House on the Prairie" in this outfit, but I kind of love it! I was recently sent this pretty gingham shirt by Hawes & Curtis, and immediately several different styling options popped into my head. The light turquoise colour is very summery, and I could see it working a treat with some pristine white jeans, metallic accessories and a great tan. 

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On the other hand, gingham is set to be big news for AW 16/17, so you could be really on trend for the new season by teaming it with some dark embroidered denim, which, by the way, is set to be even bigger news.

I think either would look great. But when I was out shopping the other day, I happened to spot this pleated midi skirt in H&M, and it was love at first sight. So I decided to go down an entirely different route, with not a scrap of denim in sight.

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 Shirt* - Hawes & Curtis, Skirt, Belt (similar) - H&M, Bag (similar), Shoes - New Look, Necklace (similar) - Topshop, Watch - Jord

The shirt is lovely quality, semi-fitted, and substantial without being overly stiff. I love the turquoise gingham, but if it's not your cup of tea, Hawes & Curtis have more patterns and colours than you can shake a stick at. (If you fancy a browse, you can do so here.) One thing's for sure - if I worked in a corporate environment, I would definitely be taking advantage of their three shirts for £60 offer. They have a lot of gorgeous office-worthy styles.

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As for the skirt, it's my latest obsession. Pleats seem to be all over the place right now and it looks like they're going to keep marching on right through autumn and winter too. But quite apart from the childish excitement I still feel every time I try a new trend, this skirt is also a joy to wear. The fabric is soft and chiffony, with an ever so slightly sheer outer layer and shorter underskirt beneath. It's very ladylike and... well, swishy. It works well in this casual context, but I can also see it with some spiky stiletto heels and a dressy top. H&M have brought it out in black, pale pink and emerald green as well this soft, off white colour, all of which I think are pretty fabulous.

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I added tan accessories and a delicate gold chain and the look was complete. And five minutes after taking these photos, the heavens opened and it poured with rain. Might be time to start thinking about ankle boots and thick jumpers!

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Are you a fan of gingham? How would you style it? And what are you most looking forward to about autumn? (The answer to this last question doesn't necessarily have to be fashion related!)

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Kate x

*Gifted item. All opinions, as always, are my own.
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  1. The gingham top is so pretty and so is the pleated skirt. Gorgeous combo!!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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  2. Beautiful skirt, you look great!

    xx

    http://www.the109block.com

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  3. I love how you paired this outfit with the tan and gold accessories, makes it's modern and stylish! I haven't wore gingham in years, time to have a browse in the shops for some inspiration :)

    I have mixed feeling about Autumn as I don't want Summer to end but I am looking forward to Autumn fashion!

    Hanh | hanhabelle

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    1. Yes gingham isn't something I've worn for a long time either, but I've seen a few gorgeous pieces around, including some embroidered gingham, which is really interesting. I know what you mean about the end of summer, but Autumn fashion is definitely a huge silver lining! x

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    1. Thanks Heather! The bag was such a bargain, and looks a lot more expensive than New Look I think! x

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  5. That skirt is gorgeous, I love the colour! The tan shoes are lovely too! :) xx

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I actually haven't taken these shoes off for about a week! x

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  6. This is such a cute look! The 2016 little house look :D
    And that shirt is so pretty! I love gingham and it is always such a fun print to style :)
    xoxo

    Ileana

    Novelstyle Blog

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    1. Gingham is always cute, you're right! x

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  7. Oh my gosh... this shirt is SO perfect! I have a massive crush on all things gingham (eg. 3 different shades of a Ralph Lauren peplum gingham shirt can be found in my wardrobe, haha) and so this outfit is just heavenly. The colour looks beautiful on you too :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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    1. Ah thanks so much Gabrielle - it would look fab on you actually! x

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  8. Such a gorgeous outfit, I love your dress! It looks so pretty xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

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  9. I love this blouse, such a pretty colour. Great to brighten dull days and styled fab withe leather too.
    H x

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  10. Love that bright gingham on you!
    -Kate // www.classyandkate.com

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  11. Love your pleated skirt! It is such a great transitional outfit for fall :)

    www.pennyanddash.com

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  12. Looking so gorgeous in gingham Kate, it suits you so stunningly! The pretty turquoise colour is so fresh and cool and I'm crushing hard on your dreamy lace-up shoes too. Think you found the perfect skirt to accompany the shirt, this outfit is all the stylish. I definitely love your thoughts on metallic accessories, they'd certainly go gorgeously with turqouise! <3

    Ahh, I'm looking forward to all the hot chocolate come AW I must say! ;)

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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    1. Thanks so much Sophie, and you've just reminded me about the flavoured hot chocolates that all the coffee shops bring out at this time of year! Another reason to be excited about the new season! x

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  13. What a perfect summer-to-fall transition outfit! Love that braided belt especially :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Thanks Jen! I've had this belt for years and still find it useful - it was only a few pounds from H&M and they still do something almost identical now! x

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  14. Fabulous outfit!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase
    http://gilzetbase.com/

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  15. Kate this is such a gorgeous look, I love gingham at any time of year but this look is so fresh and summery. Beaut!

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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  16. You look so pretty! This is a really lovely outfit! :) xx

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  17. That is the perfect combo and the addition of the belt is a very lovely touch. I am finally warming up to gingham, initially I thought the pattern is just too 'busy' and wasn't quite my cup of tea. Thanks to fashion blogs I am starting to be a fan.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  18. Love your bag, so pretty. You look amazing in this outfit.
    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

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  19. Love your outfit ! You look so chic :)

    http://yourbeautyjournal.com/morphe-jaclyn-hill-favorites-palette-review/

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  20. The gingham shirt is so pretty and I love the skirt! Great combination! :)

    Yiota
    Pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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  21. oh my gosh. You look super sweet in this outfit!? Little house on the pairie!? psh! you look super adorable!
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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