One of the best parts of spring dressing, in my opinion, is a pile of options in gingham. It can be extremely sweet, obviously, but if you venture outside the pastel shades it can be cool or even slightly edgy, depending on the cut or the designer.
Now, obviously, I don't mind things that end up in the "sweet" category, but sometimes — very rarely! — I want something with a little more structure. Enter: These cropped pants from J.Crew in navy gingham. They're still pretty feminine, but I would wear them with a band T-shirt and sneakers or a loose-fitting tank and sandals for a more laid-back vibe. There's also something a little vintage about the fit, which means if I wanted to channel my inner Audrey Hepburn with neat ballet flats and a short-sleeved sweater, I could do that, too.
The only thing I wouldn't do? Wear them to a picnic — it would just be too much, really. But I might still wear a basket bag with them. I'm not a perfect person.
J.Crew Martie Pant in Gingham, $89.50, available here.
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