Beauty How to Wear Gingham Without Looking Too Girly 101 Because it's spring, but maybe you're not so into it... idk, whatever. By Roxanne Adamiyatt Roxanne Adamiyatt Twitter Roxanne Adamiyatt is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor who covers all things fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and travel. She was previously the Beauty Editor for InStyle. InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on May 18, 2016 @ 01:54PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Getty Images First and foremost, I'm a girly girl. I always have been — so much so that when I recently told my father I had an interest in taking up boxing, he thought I was having a nervous breakdown. In fairness, he was imagining a recreational boxing class as something more along the lines of Fight Club, but alas, I digress. The point is, I like to look feminine. It's very much part of my aesthetic. Another thing you should know about me? I love gingham, and I love anything off the shoulder, which is pretty convenient given how of the moment those trends are right now. So, Monday, I started my day with my recent favorite top that I picked up at Zara (see below), and I paired it with a nude lip as Brigitte Bardot would have done. I'm having a Bardot moment, bear with me. Little known fact? Brigitte wore gingham to her wedding with Jacques Charrier, so obviously I'm even more into gingham because of that trivial tidbit. I was going about my chic, but somewhat unremarkable business and chugging along with my day when, well, I had a moment of genius about half-way through my day that completely changed my outfit. So what was this idea? I popped on a deep eggplant matte lip and all of a sudden compliments were flying at me from every angle. So maybe if you're reaching for some gingham or off-the-shoulder action, but you don't want to look run of the mill, grab a deep lip. Besides, rules are for breaking. It's fun to be the center of attention and springtime does not mean that you are barred from a moody lip. If you're into it, try Bite Beauty Lipstick in Nori ($26; sephora.com) or even Tom Ford Lip Color in Purple Noon ($52; sephora.com). Consider this microphone dropped.