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Shirred gingham top with jean shorts

Shirred tops are all the rage right now.  Did you own a tube top when you were younger that was shirred? Brings back memories!

I’ve rounded up some other shirred tops for you today, and am sharing where I got this darling gingham peplum top.

White lace espadrilles

gingham top with denim shorts

My Outfit

Looking at this shirred peplum tank, I fell in love with the shirred style, peplum and the larger print. . I love that it shows off your waist and also has thicker straps in order to wear a regular bra. I have yet to try the pasties, or ones that tape just on the sides, and most strapless bras are uncomfortable.

I was perusing the LOFT site during Memorial Day weekend and looking at their Spring line. I will buy from LOFT if they have free ship or I have time to go into the store to try things on. It was rather nice just going into a store, as I haven’t done that in awhile. Even before Covid.

There were alot of cute tops with shirring, puff sleeves, florals, and eyelet. Some of the details I love. I ended up with 3 new tops that I will share on the blog soon. This top, that I thought was red and white gingham was actually a rust and white, but I loved it the same. I thought the larger gingham pattern paired with jean shorts and espadrilles would be quite summery, and I may take it to wear for the 4th in Avalon. I am wearing an XS and the top is very comfortable, not at all constricting. I could see these with higher waisted light jeans, white pants, numerous ways to wear it. The concern for me with these kind of tops is length, so it was nice to try it on at the store.

and some other shirred tops to shop

What Comes Around Goes Around

…’Round and ‘Round, what comes around goes around, I’ll tell you why..

Shirred tops are not a new invention, and doesn’t much of fashion come around again? Maybe you owned a shirred top or dress in the 70s?

In case you aren’t familiar, Shirring is a technique that gathers the fabric and makes it stretched, using shirring elastic and regular thread at the same time.

I’ve found a few examples of styles that are seen today, yet were from the 70s, in either a sewing pattern or style.

1970's shirred style

The dress on the right is very much like many of the dresses being sold today. The shoulder ties, the shirred bodice and flowy skirt.

A gauze and shirred waistline is a current style- but this top is a vintage blouse on Etsy.

A sewing pattern from the 1970s shows striped shirred maxi dress with ties, a babydoll dress, and a sheered bodice with puff sleeves. Look familiar? These styles can be found on-line and in shops now .

From google.

Light weight fabric shirrs very well. Thin materials like voile, lawn, gauze, chiffon take shirring beautifully well. Light weight cotton, synthetic fabrics like polyester are also best for shirring.

Printed dress with balloon sleeves - Medium plane

This Mango shirred floral dress is on my radar!

Elastic panel linen dress - General plane

Love this sage green dress and shirred bodice. Comes in a pretty sky blue too.

Shirred peplum gingham top with denim shorts

How do you feel about shirred garments? Did you own any shirred tops or dresses in the 1970s?


Gingham top– Loft ( on sale)

jean shorts ( older) LOFT

espadrilles- Poshmark Aldo


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    Summer Fashion Trends 2021 - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish - Fashion Over 50
    June 18, 2021 at 1:00 am

    […] are certainly big this year. I wrote about this 70’s influence on this post-Shirred Gingham Top- Bringing Back the 70s […]

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    June 15, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    Love your outfit, Jess. Beautiful top and shoes. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Mondays. I hope you can join us again tomorrow, Friday or next week for our next parties 🙂 #CreativeMondays

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    Nancy Weiss
    June 11, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Hello Jess,

    What a great blog post! Shirred tops are very popular and the one you are wearing is fabulous too. Now I need to go and buy one for myself.

    My Best,

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    Lucy Bertoldi
    June 11, 2021 at 9:55 am

    This shirred top is such a gem- you look terrific in it- vintage love!!

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    Southwestern Desert Living
    June 10, 2021 at 10:15 am

    I am loving this trend right now! I just got a maxi dress in this sytle. I love your top and the way you styled it. It surely says summer! We have only been in the 60s this week so I am still covered up but next week is looking perfect!

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    Chrissy Rowden
    June 10, 2021 at 9:25 am

    I only own one shirred top right now and it is a comfy tunic. I love the print and color of yours and the peplum cut is so flattering. So nicely styled Jessica! 🙂

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    Rosemary Davis
    June 10, 2021 at 6:50 am

    This trend is bringing back lots of memories! You wear it so well!


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    June 10, 2021 at 3:05 am

    This shirred top is a brilliant find! Such a cool summer outfit.

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    June 9, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Perfect Summer outfit! Shirred tops have always been a favorite of mine.


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    June 9, 2021 at 7:46 am

    One of my favorite looks on you! So summery and fresh, and bang on trend xx

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    Midlife and Beyond
    June 9, 2021 at 7:04 am

    I love your outfit, gorgeous style on you. I have my eye on a few dresses with a stirred top – I find them so easy and comfortable to wear in the summer.
    Alison x

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    Michelle Churchman
    June 9, 2021 at 3:06 am

    Super cute outfit, Jess! Love the look.


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    Cheryl Shops
    June 9, 2021 at 12:02 am

    I’m wearing a shirred dress in my post this week—the style is definitely back, and I think it’s super flattering (and comfy)! Gingham is so classic, and that top will be perfect for the 4th of July!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

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    June 8, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    That shirred top is super cute on you! I love the large checked print, too! Hope you are having a great week!

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    Emma Peach
    June 8, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    I love your top Jess! Shirred tops are so comfortable and summery. The gingham print is fabulous!

    Emma xxx

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    June 8, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    Looooove this top! The shirring is so flattering and cute!

    Le Stylo Rouge

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    June 8, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    I’m all about a top like that Jess. It’s nice and fitted and absolutely adorable!!

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    June 8, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    I love shirring! That top is so cute – perfect for the fourth off July! I love the fist dress you linked too!


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    Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    June 8, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    Now, this is a summer beauty in a top! The red and white, the shirred material and it looks so breathable for the hot temps!! I love to have some red/white options in my closet for our St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and it is fun for the summer holidays, too (just add blue!). I really like those denim shorts you have on, too… they’re just the right length and I like the cuff. I have some dresses shirred at the top, but not where it is just the top! I may need to change that!


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    June 8, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    That outfit is darling on you!

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    Jacket Society
    June 8, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    This outfit look great on you Jess and it is perfect for summer.

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    June 8, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    What goes around, comes around, indeed…I had to laugh as I just used that expression in a post this week myself!! Great minds think alike. And your post is spot on. I wore tops and dresses like this in the 70s, too! I had a yellow tube top with bright green ties and wore it with paperbag waist yellow pants. We call them wide-leg now and that’s just what they were! Lol! Very cute in gingham, Jess!

    xx Darlene

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    MelAnn Morales
    June 8, 2021 at 9:49 am

    I wasn’t a fan of 70’s fashion in the 70’s nor the next time it came back around and still not now 🤷🏻‍♀️ However, you make it look really good! Maybe there’s hope yet? 🙂

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 8, 2021 at 11:40 am

      HI Melann!
      There was alot of mustard yellow, orange and brown right? I appreicate that you like this look! Yes, you might find something from the 70s style that you like. 🙂

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    June 8, 2021 at 9:38 am

    I am not one for peplum top usually but I really like this one. The material looks like it would be great for summer too!

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 8, 2021 at 11:36 am

      Thank you Mirielle! This did stand out to me in the shop and it really is quite comfy. I liked the larger straps so I could wear a regular bra with it.

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    The Grey Brunette
    June 8, 2021 at 7:19 am

    I had so many of those kinds of tops when I was a kid! You look great, Jess!
    Suzy xx

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    Mica - Away From Blue
    June 8, 2021 at 7:07 am

    That shirred top is so cute on you! it looks great with the shorts for summer 🙂

    Thanks for the link up 🙂

    Hope your week is going well 🙂 It’s a very cold and wintery one here!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 8, 2021 at 11:39 am

      Thank you Mica! I do wear denim shorts often in the summer along with dresses. Enjoy your week and bundle up! 🙂

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    June 8, 2021 at 7:01 am

    You wear this style so well! I agree, Loft is great when they offer free shipping, every now and then I get into the store too but not so much. Thanks also for the feature – such a sweet surprise!

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 8, 2021 at 11:35 am

      Thank you! Yes, I don’t like to pay $10 shipping plus tax before you even get anything, so I wait for a free ship sale. It didnt matter in this case, since I went in, and it was fun trying things on.

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    June 8, 2021 at 6:48 am

    I love anything gingham and smocked and this top is darling! Such a cute summer look!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 8, 2021 at 11:34 am

      Thank you Jill! I know, I was excited to get a smocked piece, now to look at dresses. It really is quite comfy!

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    Pamela Graham
    June 8, 2021 at 6:06 am

    So pretty and fresh, all things come around! I used to sew shirred dresses for my little girl many years ago, didn’t need a great deal of skill!

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 8, 2021 at 11:33 am

      Hi Pamela! So true, it all comes around! I was astonished at the sewing pattern that had styles that were just like todays! Oh, I bet she remembers that.

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    June 8, 2021 at 5:47 am

    Jess, this outfit is so summer perfect! I love this top on you. It is super fun! This is not a style that works well on me, but it is really fabulous and I can admire it on others!


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      Jess Jannenga
      June 8, 2021 at 11:32 am

      Thank you Shelbee! It is a fun style and caught my eye. I just pictured it for the 4th on our trip 🙂

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    Vanity And Me Style
    June 8, 2021 at 3:52 am

    I actually have a silver lurex boob tube that was mums! I love a shirred top, especially when it’s hot. No need to wear a bra because it holds everything in place! Thank you for featuring me Jess. xx

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 8, 2021 at 11:31 am

      Thats pretty neat that you have something of your moms like that. My mom tends to give away her clothes after she tires of them . No bra is even better! 🙂

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    June 8, 2021 at 2:56 am

    Love this cute gingham top for summer! Hope you have wonderful week!


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      Jess Jannenga
      June 8, 2021 at 11:30 am

      Thank you Katie! It caught my attention straightaway! 🙂 YOu too!

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    June 8, 2021 at 1:57 am


    You look fabulous. From the large size gingham, to the smocking, to the lacey espadrilles … you look picnic perfect in this outfit. And I do indeed remember smocked dresses and tops from back in the day; of course, I had a few myself. I haven’t been in a Loft lately but it looks like I should make it a point to stop in soon.


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      Jess Jannenga
      June 8, 2021 at 11:30 am

      Thank you Rena, thank you! I am going to wear it for the 4th, even though it isnt red and white, gingham is pretty summery. I don’t usually go into to many shops, prefer on-line shopping, but it was nice to see what they had and to try it on .

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    June 8, 2021 at 1:52 am

    Oh yes, I remember them. It’s very girly and I like it! Enjoy the weather!

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 8, 2021 at 11:38 am

      Yes, I am sure I had some dresses and tube tops! Thanks Nancy! Its getting warm!

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