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Stripes & Gingham

Okay okay I know what you're thinking. 

Is it 4th of July again?!...because your outfit totally looks like it. And the truth is I totally meant to post this outfit in celebration of the 4th. But in true summer mode I ordered it slightly too late and it showed up the day after the 4th. So now I'm wearing my red, white, and blue attire 20 days later. 

But the 4th of July or the 24th of July my love for the outfit doesn't change. While it screams America I feel comfortable and myself in the blue and white stripes and oversized red gingham bow. 


I was a winner of an essay contest my junior year of high school put on by Fortune 500 specifically for the daughters of military members. All the winners got to attend Fortune 500's Most Powerful Women's Summit in Southern California and also received a Loft gift card to pick out a special outfit for the big event. At the conference, we would get to hear and talk to amazing women leaders (like Tyra Banks!) and pick their brain and hear their stories. It was an incredible opportunity. 

Before the I flew out for the event my mom took me to our closest Loft to help me pick out an outfit using my gift card. I picked a cute light grey and white skirt and paired it with a simple white shirt with small detailing on the front and a pretty (but bright) orange printed scarf (it was in the fall) and my favorite sandals. I thought it was perfect for the event and a great balance between my personality yet just dressy enough for a formal event.

I thought this until I pulled up to the bus where I laid eyes on all the other the winners who were waiting to board our bus to the event.

Every.single.girl looked they stepped straight out of corporate America in a sea of black and navy pant suits, blazers, and work dresses. I didn't even want to get out of the car. I immediately felt the tears welling up and texted my mom who was on the other side of the country unable to do anything to help. To say I stood out would be an understatement. 

While in the moment I was dying of embarrassment and would have done literally anything to throw off my bright orange scarf and throw on a black blazer I can appreciate the moment now. There has never been a time in my life when I didn't enjoy wearing color or bright patterns. My wardrobe is the farthest thing from pant suits and blazers and if I would have shown up in all black I would have felt even more unlike myself. 

So fast forward to today, I will wear my bright red gingham shorts with an oversized bow and my blue striped shirt together with confidence, any day of the year!

Shorts | Shirt | Bag | Shoes | Watch | Bracelet

Oh and in case you're wondering, the event ended up being awesome. Tyra signed her book for me and I even got to chat with her for a few minutes!! And on the way out, we were all given goodie bags complete with a brand new IPad. I was speechless. Worth every bit of awkwardness. 

Especially today, remember,




  1. This outfit is so cute Shannon! I'm a culprit of wearing red, white, and blue year-round! Never hurts to be patriotic! :)

    Madison xoxo

  2. Obsessed with this outfit on you, Shannon! I love everything Draper James right now!