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Gingham (Featuring J. Crew Gingham Utility Shirt in Burnished Citron)

August 13, 2014

J. Crew Gingham Utility Shirt | Club Monaco Pamera Pleated Skirt (similar) | LOFT Factory Necklace (similar) | Kate Spade Primrose Hill Little Kaelin Bag | Zara Wedge Pumps (similar)
BCBGMAXAZRIA Abree Relaxed Jacket (in beige, leather, blue, and print)  | J. Crew Gingham Utility Shirt | Gap 1969 Destructed Sexy Boyfriend Denim Shorts | c/o Ann Taylor Rattan Straw Bag | Converse All Star Shoreline Sneaker
These two J. Crew gingham dress shirts are among the latest additions to my closet; they create no groundswell of excitement but are more than adequate. I will keep my eyes peeled for attractive discounts and alert you to some of them.

First off, some measurements for those who find them helpful:

Secret Wash Shirt in Gingham, size 12: Shoulder: 15.75"; Sleeve Length: 21.5"; Overall Length: 26.5"; Underarm to Underarm: 18"; Waist: 17.5".

Gingham Utility Shirt, size 00P: Shoulder: 15"; Sleeve Length: 22"; Overall Length: 26.5"; Underarm to Underarm: 18"; Waist: 18.5".

The most pronounced difference between these two styles is the fabric composition (100% cotton vs a cotton/linen blend); the Crewcuts version is palpably stiffer which bodes well for those who prefer freshly starched shirts. I personally like a drapier, formless structure for dress shirts as I find them better suited for casual affairs (specifically, the softer fabric allows the shirt to be worn in a tie front style).
Top: J. Crew Gingham Utility Shirt in Burnished Citron
Bottom: Crewcuts Boys' Secret Wash Shirt in Gingham

Print-wise, the larger checkered pattern on the Gingham Utility Shirt is more to my taste but this difference is subject mostly to personal preference.

Another difference worth noting is that the Crewcuts shirt has only one chest pocket (on left) while the women's version has two. 

The price difference is not insignificant ($39.50 for Crewcuts and $88 for women) but I still think the latter is the obvious winner despite the price differential.
Some notable sales:

Neiman Marcus Extra Savings Event: 25% off one select sale item, 30% off two select sale items, and 35% off three or more select sale items. No code needed, discounts are automatically reflected at checkout.

Tory Burch Private Sale, up to 70% off. My picks: Reva Ballet Flat (black or red), Dena Messenger, Madura One-Piece, Emmy Sandal, Dena Tote, Amy Pump, Amira Dress, and Merida Dress.

50% off everything at the Limited with code FRENZY. My picks: Ashton Blouse, Mixed Media Open Front Cardigan, High Waist Floral Skater Skirt, Tailored Shorts, Colorful Blazer, Striped Box Pleat Mini Skirt (additional color), Printed Ashton Shirtdress, and Floral Maxi.

25% off select fall favorites at Piperlime with code MUSTHAVES. My picks: Sabine Aya Maxi Dress, Joie Alizeh Top, Champagne & Strawberry Brocade Skirt, Tinley Road Fiona V-Neck Mini Dress, Champagne & Strawberry Feminine Lace Skirt, Joie Abina Top, Townsen Grasshopper Tank, Collective Concepts Sleeveless Scarf Front Top, Levi's Tailored Western Shirt, and Champagne & Strawberry Engineered Lace Tee.

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