STYLE GURU STYLE: Gingham Grunge

When I saw Michael Kors’ spring 2015 ready-to-wear show, I was immediately drawn to the gingham shirts and flowing skirts. There’s something about the clean look and simplicity of gingham that I really love. I knew I wanted to try to incorporate the gingham vibe into a look that fit more closely with my personal style. To do this, I drew inspiration from the checkered pattern of the printed skirts and shirts and instead used a flannel to create “gingham grunge.”

I chose a flannel for several reasons. First, I love the versatility that flannels provide. Last week, when temperatures in Wisconsin skyrocketed, I thought spring was finally here to stay. However, if there’s one thing I’ve learned about weather in the Midwest, it’s that it is unpredictable and temperatures fluctuate drastically throughout the day. A flannel works well for this time of the year because it can provide a layer of warmth against the cold but can easily be removed and tied around the waist when the temperatures rise. When it does heat up, tying a flannel around your waist can make a casual and cool look.

I dressed the look way down by choosing super casual accessories like a pair of classic white high-top Converse and a ribbed knit beanie. However, this look can just as easily be amped up with a pair of leather booties and a fitted black T-shirt. Or, instead of skinnies, try a black skater skirt and keep the flannel tied around your waist for a totally new look.

Get My Look: 1. A flannel. 2. A ribbed beanie. 3. Converse high-tops.