Loving This Week: Chic Gingham + Leather Flats Under $65

Monday, March 02, 2015

Trademark Dress - Gap Handbag - MS by Martine Sitbon Handbag - Everlane Cardigan - Sole Society Flats

I was so close to giving up on spring’s big gingham trend. I could not find a single item that didn’t feel like a costume to me. Until this week. Yes, someone actually created chic gingham. I’m in awe.

I’m also mulling a pair of super inexpensive shoes that, surprisingly, don’t have an equal amongst my go-to luxury shoe brands. Gorgeous, cheap shoes that aren’t a knock-off? Unbelievable.

Check out all of the items from my online shopping cart this week…

1. Trademark Henley Dress, $598.00
Gingham prints are the one spring 2015 trend I’m having the hardest time getting behind. The pieces I’ve run into so far feel too precious for my taste, in a Dorothy from Wizard of Oz kind of way. But, this Trademark dress feels chic. Grown up. Modern. All adjectives we rarely associate with gingham. It’s a perfect take on the trend for us gingham-phobes.

2. Gap Pocket Leather Crossbody, $79.95
I love a good crossbody for travel, museum-going, or just a weekend trip to the farmers’ market. Really, any occasion where prolonged walking means the weight of an oversized leather satchel will feel oppressive. This smooth leather bag has a wide web crossbody strap, which will add an extra element of comfort, and a modern rectangular shape at a smart price.

3. MS by Martine Sitbon Large Rectangle Bag in Ivory, $793.00
When this lambskin bag appeared in my browser window while taking in the new arrivals at OAK I was stopped in my tracks. This handbag is gorgeous. It is laidback luxe perfection, from the color, to the goldtone hardware, to the raw texture of the buttery lambskin. Even the subtle logo is amazing: embossed with a heavily aged look. I’m in lust.

4. Everlane The Chunky Knit Cardigan, $130.00
The first chilly days of spring call for a well-developed cardigan wardrobe, and this grandpa-style merino wool version is a stylish alternative to standard v-neck styles. Plus, the cozy, oversized knit will make a day at the office feel a lot more like a day lazing about in pajamas. Thanks to Everlane’s “radical transparency” pricing, this ethically-produced cardie is also a steal.

5. Sole Society Quinn Pointy Toe Ballet Flat, $64.95
I’m not much for cheap shoes – our entire bodies are balanced on our feet, after all. But, I’ve been eyeing these inexpensive leather flats for a while now. I can’t find a similar shoe anywhere. The white leather with pencil-thin black stripe is more interesting than a solid, but not so wild and crazy as to feel out of place with a minimalist ensemble. They may be inexpensive, but the look is high style.