Gingham Style: Affordable Summer Casual Dresses

Apologies for being so MIA lately, but work has been crazy and big news – I MOVED! I’m so happy to call Austin home now. Please follow along my IG stories @strugglinghipster to see all my regs outings in this all too perfect “hipster” city. I feel like it’ll definitely be a city that makes me question if I want to channel those “hipster” outfits or more ‘90s, urban outfits. You’ll have to stay tuned!

In the meantime, I’m happy to share with y’all some of my summer looks that I shot last month with the wonderful Houston-based photographer, Stephania Campos.

First up is this gingham number that I brought with me on a bachelorette trip earlier this month. It was an easy throw in the suitcase and look cute outfit. I’m so happy that I even stumbled upon it in the first place in LA. You can read more about my shopping suggestions in my LA travel diary.

It was an easy breezy dress that’s easy to use for any occasion. Even brought it along to a recent bachelorette trip! The bride-to-be loved to call it, “Gingham Style!” LOL

See more options below and super affordable – of course!

What I’m Wearing: Exact Dress | Puma White Sneakers | Urban Outfitters Red Cat Eye Sunglasses

Affordable Gingham Dresses for Sale | Struggling Hipster

(Red) Reformation Party Pants

I shared with you guys my Los Angeles travel guide last week. I mentioned during that post that Reformation on Melrose was a “must” for any girl that’s ever drooled over these Insta-worthy ‘fits.

Usually, Reformation dresses would find themselves in my shopping cart, but I was always a little scared to pull the trigger. The Melrose store has the ultimate shopping experience because you could add anything to your “cart” and poof, the items would appear in your dressing room. It was seriously the coolest shopping experience and I saved it all on my stories.

These red party pants were just one of two things I picked up. My flower Zara top is an oldie, but I’m linking to similar ones at the end of the post.

The pants are very high waisted with a wide leg, so I was nervous it would shorten me more. Simply adding a bit of height with kitten heels are easy and elongate my legs. I will most likely wear them with white sneakers for a more casual look as well. They’re so versatile and I highly recommend if you’re looking for spring/summer statement pants. They’ll be great for the office with heels or sneakers for the weekend.

First, this color, – RED! The pop of color turns your outfit from ordinary to extraordinary.  

 

All photography: Stephania Campos 

L.A. in a Hot Second

La La Land, the city of angels, or Los Angeles, whatever you want to call it, is always at the top of my travels list. My first trip was last summer to visit my dear friend living in the Larchmont area. She was gracious enough to take me on a whirlwind itinerary that included all the must-see spots of L.A.

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OOTD DETAILS: ASOS Denim Skirt // Madewell Long Sleeve Creme Top // Madewell Silk Scarf // Sandro Purse

It is this same dear friend that invited me for a second trip to L.A. in early March. I immediately fell in love with the city and honestly, Cali, in general. I hope to keep adding to my travel diaries more cities in Cali such as Big Sur, Santa Barbara, San Francisco and more! In the meantime, you can follow my travel diaries along on Instagram or by searching the hashtag #StrugglingHipsterTravels

In the meantime, I’m putting together the places I visited in case you’d like to add them to your itinerary next time you find yourself hopping out at LAX *cue Miley Cyrus Party In the USA*.

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Beverly Hills Hotel in the rain was still fun

EAT

  • Bardonna Coffee Shop – Larchmont Village I’m so happy the closest coffee shop is not just a Starbucks, but rather this adorable coffee shop. Stop in for the best toast with ricotta and homemade marmalade topped with fresh berries or pomegranate seeds, depending on the season.
  • Ace Hotel – Downtown LA Delicious brunch followed by drinks on the rooftop. Highly recommend getting a little early to beat the crowd. But it’s totally free to hang out on the rooftop for a bit and enjoy the sun and view.
  • Smorgasburg – Downtown LA
  • Pizzana – Brentwood Best pizza in the city!
  • Tacos Tu Madre – Larchmont
  • Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge – Beverly Hills This was on my list no matter the price tag. It was not only a great people watching the spot, but it turned into an adventure. Definitely, make a reservation. We sat at the bar and it honestly worked out fine – just let to a bigger story!

 

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Bardonna Coffee Shop

Pizzana
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Pancakes are my favorite breakfast, so it was obvious I would order this at Ace Hotel in Downtown LA

SHOP

  • Burro – Abbot Kinney If you’re looking for nontraditional souvenir items or house knick-knacks that will have guests asking, “o, where’d you get that,” then this is your shop.
  • COS – Beverly Hills My little red bikini from last summer is from here and I’m so happy I got the chance to try it on before purchase.
  • Olive & June – Beverly Hills This is isn’t necessarily a shopping recommendation, but best nail salon I’ve been to since Jin Soon in NYC.
  • Gorjana – Abbot Kinney Y’all must know I’m a sucker for all things gold and delicate. I’ve shopped this brand before at Nordstrom, but the brick and mortar store is a must if you’re looking for beautiful, delicate jewelry.
  • Principessa – Abbot Kinney The tagline says they cater to the modern-day flower child, but it’s so much more. Great brands and finds with an awesome price to match. I bought my summer gingham dress from here and it’s something I wear all over my Instagram.
  • Reformation – Melrose Ave. The technology at this LA brick and mortar makes your shopping experience so unique. If you’ve ever scrolled through the online store, but you have no idea how it looks on, then this shop will be perfect for you. You’ll still be able to scroll through their online store, but in an instant, the item will be ready for you to try on in the dressing room.

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ACTIVITIES

  • Runyon Canyon – Hollywood It’s ok to be a basic gal because it’s such a beautiful view of the city! 
  • The Groundlings – Melrose Ave I loved going to the Comedy Cellar when I lived in NYC, so I recommend when you’re in L.A. as well.
  • Griffith Observatory – Griffith Park We got there just as the sun was going down which resulted in a beautiful backdrop.
  • Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica Tip: do not eat an ice cream surrounded by seagulls. THEY WILL ATTACK. I REPEAT. THEY WILL ATTACK.
Struggling Hipster Olive and June Manicure | LA Travel Diary
Struggling Hipster Olive and June Manicure | LA Travel Diary
Struggling Hipster Travel Diary | Runyon Canyon
OOTD DETAILS: Outdoor Voices Set
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Smorgasborg in Downtown LA