Gingham and Denim

July 21, 2014

I purchased the (very) well-reviewed Panama Hat from J. Crew a while ago but was not as impressed by the hat as those who had reviewed the item online. $58 is, however, a reasonable price to pay for a hat expected to last several seasons of routine wear. 

These handwoven creations are, as expected, not exact in size. You may need to order a few duplicates to find the perfect one.
J. Crew Panama Hat | Zara Coat with Round Neck and Frilly Hem | Crewcuts Boys' Short-sleeve Shirt in Quincy Check | Ann Taylor  Modern Classic Pearl & Chain Necklace | Gap 1969 Sexy Boyfriend Jeans | Kate Spade New York Licorice Metallic Leather Pumps
So the weekly shopping update (mentioned in this post) did not publish as scheduled and the draft inexplicably disappeared from my queue; I will attempt to recreate the reviews and picks for this week. Apologies for any missed shopping opportunities.
Ann Taylor is running another timed sale. Some recent favorites (including a few pieces from this post) are now an additional 65% off.

My picks: Geo Print Tie Front Dress, Navy Pique Jacket, Striped Jacquard Top, Geo Print V-Neck Cardigan, Ribbon Stripe Shift Dress, Lemon Print Lined Short Sleeve Ann Cardigan, Striped Perfect Stretch Cotton Sleeveless Shirt, Striped Jacquard Sheath Dress, Linen Shirtdress, Striped Organza Skirt, Bayview Stripe Camp Shirt, Embellished Perfect 3/4 Sleeve Shirt, Abstract Lace Skirt, Flutter Sleeve Keyhole Top, Embellished Linen Top, Tab Sleeve Cotton Shirt, and Embellished Short Sleeve Ann Cardigan.

Happy shopping!

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  1. Awesome! Luv your blog and your style!

  2. You look adorable! I love the addition of the hat and necklace!

  3. Ohh! You look so cute in that hat! And great job making the boys shirt more girly.

  4. AnonymousJuly 24, 2014

    Hi Elle,

    How did you feel about the J Crew hat? You mentioned you are not impressed? I have debated getting it or not. But it is on backorder for ever, which always means I won't be able to get it.

    1. I thought it was merely ok; if I were to rate it on a five-star system, I would give it 3.5 stars. It's difficult for me to articulate exactly what I dislike about the hat as I don't own many in this style and thus can't speak to more nuanced differences between panama hats. And you might call around and try to locate one in stores...just noticed that it is backordered online but given how volatile that ESD is, there's a very good chance that you'll get it before the month is over. If you have a question specific to the hat that I can expound on, let me know! :)


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