While retailers are putting out their fall collections—and don’t I know it because I have several fashion clients #imtired—I’m still combing through my closet making sure I wear all my favorite summer pieces, and nothing screams summer like Gingham. Add an off the shoulder element and delicate side bows for summer BBQ outfit perfection (or post summer since tomorrow is Labor Day). It gets even better—in my book at least—when you pair it with boat shoes. Let's be honest: Life is generally better in boat shoes, even when you're not on a boat!

My go-to for BBQs OR even on days when you have nowhere to go, but you're feeling a little fancy: Gingham Dresses

Outfit Details: Loft Gingham Dress (similar here, romper version here under $38), Sperry Leather Boat Shoes, Sumer Vibes Hat (similar here under $12).

Part of the reason I love Gingham is its simplicity and overall classic look. I like to spice it up by adding basic accessories. Sad, but true, there's nothing that makes me laugh more than good old fashion, basic corniness. It’s basically the dad joke of fashion.

For a girl who owns a mermaid float, unicorn drink floats, and a "Wish You Were Here" towel, you know for darn sure that I own a "Summer Vibes" hat. Is there anything better? I mean, really! It's so perfectly basic, amazing, and you can't help but laugh at yourself when you put it on. One can never take themselves too seriously, after all.

Photos by Jenna O'Connor Photography

To finish this look, I'll take a trip to Charleston, wear my favorite rattan bag, and sip on some sweet tea. But, when all else fails, and there's a lull between trips, I'll slip this dress on and pretend I'm going on an end-of-summer trip, when I'm really here typing away on my blog. Who's feeling fancy?