As you might have surmised by now, I have a few favorite patterns when it comes to clothing: namely, polka dots, stripes, and gingham. That last one is the most pertinent to this post, as I have been on the hunt for a specific gingham top for a while now. J.Crew recently had a very classic black gingham shirt that I liked a lot:

Perfect shirt in gingham

The trouble is, I didn’t like the price tag quite as much. So I set about trying to find a less expensive look-alike and eventually found this one on clearance at Target:

Merona® Women's Favorite Shirt - Prints

Not bad, right? I ordered it, and it arrived over the weekend. I wore it today with a few other J.Crew-ish items:


I have to say that one of my complaints about the Target shirt versus the J.Crew one is that it’s not nearly as tailored as I would like. The shoulders fit fine, but the rest of the shirt is rather billowy, which makes me look thicker through the middle. Ah, well. You get what you pay for, I guess.



I added some pearls and bows for some girly-preppy charm 🙂


black plaid button-up {Target}, $13

blue cardigan {J.Crew Factory}, $15

black straight jeans {Loft Outlet}, $24

black bow pumps {Cathy Jean}, gift

pearl cluster necklace {Loft Outlet}, $12 very similar

How would you wear this top?


8 thoughts on “j.crew-ish

  1. I often struggle with saving and getting a poorer fit or splurging for the good fit. Since I lack any sewing skills whatsoever, to get the right fit, I’d have to get it tailored, and by that time, the price would probably get pretty close to how much I would have spent for a better fit in the first place. At the end of the day, it might just be a question of how long you see yourself wearing this piece. If it’s just for a little bit, then Target was a solid choice. For pieces you want for yeaaaars, I sometimes think splurging is the right choice. But take that for what it’s worth, as I’m a poor, poor, poor grad student :/


    • Believe me, I know where you’re coming from. I’m in the process of getting my PhD as well, so I’m not exactly rolling in it either. I think that this will be a pretty short-lived piece, but if I end up wearing it to death then maybe I’ll invest in a nicer, more expensive version.


  2. this outfit is so great, caroline! that cobalt blue is just so sharp against the black & white. i actually really love that top from target, the plaid pattern is really unique and not something i have ever seen before. old navy always seems to have gingham shirts so i would check there if you are still looking for a classic gingham pattern but until then, i think this shirt is a great alternative!


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