Mother’s Day With Gingham

May 3, 2018
By Amy Power
Photos by Amanda Whitegiver


The first time I entered Gingham I had two kids in tow and a very specific mission: I wanted a knit hat with a fur pom pom. I had seen on Instagram that Gingham carried a line of these that are produced right in Yarmouth, ME, and I was sold. The shop owner, Heather, greeted me with warmth and kindness, and ushered my kids towards the sweetest play nook with the most sincere engagement and interest before settling in and helping me navigate her shop with ease. If you’ve followed the blog at all you know how much I detest shopping with my kids along for the ride, but somehow Heather’s warm and inviting atmosphere, kind spirit, and welcoming nature made the process effortless. Clearly I left with more than just the hat.

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, Amanda and I wanted to take a minute highlight a mother-owned local shop full of unique and enticing gift options for the mothers in your life, along with a fabulous selection of outfits for all of your Mothers Day festivities. Gingham was the clear choice. One of my favorite things about shopping a boutique clothing store like Gingham, rather than a larger national brand, is the discovery. Every time I go into the shop I find a new designer, a new look, and a new story behind the garment. It’s a more personal shopping experience, for sure. The downside, however, is that there isn’t the quantity of backstocked inventory, so if you see something you like, you had better grab it before it’s gone. It was really hard to select only four looks from their expansive collection, but we’ve chosen two dressy and two casual choices for however you wind up celebrating (or treating!) yourself and your mom next weekend.

Look One

Outfit Details

Top: Calder Blake Lila Pullover, size medium, $130
Pants: Xirena Jordyn Pants in Driftwood, size small, $140
Shoes: Eastland Shoes, Candice Crisscross Wedge Sandal, size 7, $49.99 (reviewed here)
Necklace: Thatch Jewelry, 14k gold, Made in CA, Chain ($44), Charms ($79)

This is not my typical look. I am not bohemian, drapey, or “free spirited”, but I’m obsessed. I didn’t expect this pant to flatter my figure as well as it did, and I chalk that up to truly excellent design and construction. The comfortable and airy feel of the multi-layer gauze made me feel like I was walking around in pajamas, but they have a sophistication to them that also made me feel rather put together. These are definitely a go-to pant for 3 seasons here in Maine, paired with anything from sweaters to blouses or tees. Neutrals or bolder blues, pinks and peaches would compliment them very nicely. We opted for a neutral look, and the driftwood color pairs beautifully with this creamy Calder Blake sweater. It has a simple wide crew silhouette which draped nicely, and the uniquely textured knit gives this top a lightweight sweater feel without adding bulk or too much warmth for spring and summer days. I do highly recommend layering with a cami, unless you’re feeling like being bold and pulling a Carrie Bradshaw with a bright bra. This would also make a really excellent bathing suit coverup.


Look Two

Outfit Details

Dress: Trovata Birds of Paradise, Nina Shift Dress, Natural, size medium, $260
Hat: J.Crew Factory, Classic Straw Hat, (old, but similar here), size small, $29.99
Shoes: Nude Pump 

This was my first Trovata try on, but the collection is known for its classic silhouettes in comfortable fabrics and this dress delivers. Also available in green, this 100% cotton dress could be dressed up or down depending on accessories and shoes. I found the shift cut to be comfortably loose, but not boxy. I loved the slight taper at the three quarter sleeve which added an element of interest to the design. The embroidery work is lovely and has a bit of a Scandi feel (especially on the green version, which has multiple thread colors.) On my petite frame, the v is a little deep and I think I will sew it up a touch so I don’t need to worry about layering a cami on hotter days. I can just feel the summer breeze blowing through this effortlessly fabulous dress.


Look Three

Outfit Details

Dress: Hartford Alternative Classics, Embroidered Cotton Voile Dress, size 3, $180
Shoes: Nude Pump
Brendan: Annafi, White Smocked Baby Shortie, Size 18 months, $82.00 (homemade sweater)
Charlotte: Homemade

I’m not well versed in European sizing, so I can’t comment on how this dress runs. The 2 fit everywhere but my nursing bust, so we opted for the 3 to ensure there would be no gaping through the buttons on the back. This dress is also very light and airy, just as you would expect from a cotton voile. I think despite the dark color it will still be comfortable on hot days, and frankly with a fabric this sheer I’m glad for the dark color so it can be worn without an additional layering piece. The lace detail around the waist and down the center of the front is actually sheer, and I really enjoyed this subtly sexy detail. I am a huge fan of understated elegance, and in my opinion this was just the right amount of detail.


Look Four

Outfit Details

Pants: Mother, High Waisted Looker Ankle Fray, Size 29, $195
Top: Hartford Alternative Classics, Red Striped Cotton Top, size 3, $118
Shoes: Eastland Shoes, Candice Crisscross Wedge Sandal, size 7, $49.99 (reviewed here)

We didn’t go into this post intending to write about Mother Jeans (that felt like trying a little too hard). BUT they worked! I wasn’t familiar with the brand before shopping Gingham, but I find the logic behind the name pretty appropriate to motherhood as a whole. On their website they write, “The name MOTHER plays off the idea of duality – it can be nurturing or a cuss. It evokes unconditional love and teenage rebellion all at the same time. The brand’s attitude and collections always present a juxtaposition of hard and soft.” I love it. We chose the High Waisted Looker Ankle Fray (size 28 would have fit me best, but wasn’t in stock at the time of this post so I’m wearing the 29). These clearly have a high waist (which I love) and a slim fit (which I find universally flattering) with an unfinished hem left to fray. They’re whiskered at the hips and faded at the thighs, giving the traditional wash added dimension. I found them really comfortable with just the right amount of stretch to allow me to run and play with Charlotte while also retaining their shape.

We chose to pair these jeans with another Hartford Classics piece, their red striped cotton top. Sometimes I find multi-directional stripes hard, but the retro feel of these worked. Made of a lightweight 100% cotton, the dolman sleeves and side slits allow for freedom and comfort of movement. I probably could have sized up for a looser and more “free spirited” look, but I prefer the more tailored look of the smaller size. I can see myself wearing this top with shorts or even tucked into high-waisted skirts for summer, and who doesn’t want something subtle in red and white in their closet for 4th of July?

If you still need a gift for your mom, mom friend, or the mother of your kids, don’t forget to pop into Gingham and say hello to Heather. In addition to clothing, she carries jewelry beautiful in its simplicity, colorful scarves, and thoughtful small gifts for the home. She’s located on Main Street in Yarmouth (near Rosemont’s Market) and has curated a truly delightful collection of pieces for everyone to love and enjoy. If you can’t make it into the shop, never fear, Heather is happy to take orders over by phone as well. Her number is (207) 847-0407. Happy Mother’s Day!

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