I just came across this set of photos from LIFE, shot by Nina Leen in 1958, and had to share.
The check umbrella and matching check hat paired with a sleek, simple dress is sooo chic!
Check handbag and matching shoes: Want!
A gingham dress is normally firmly within the region of summer casual or girlishly sweet, but the elbow length black gloves take it to a new level of sophistication. I'm totally earmarking this look for between-season weather.