We’re happy to announce that gingham is sticking around. For Spring/Summer 2015, while everyone is loving plaid, it’s a logical conclusion to extend the love to other checks.
Marc Jacobs showed bow capes in this pattern, while Oscar de la Renta featured it for Spring/Summer 2015. It figured strongly in Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring show, too, with her signature wrap dresses prominent in monochrome. Also in New York, Marissa Webb’s key piece for Cruise/Resort was a gorgeous asymetrically-cut Georgette dress, again in black and white gingham.
Lovers of vintage will want to get this look. You may not be aware, (it happened in 1959), that Brigitte Bardot got married in pink gingham. Copies of the dress, and even Bardot Kerchiefs, flew out of the boutiques, leading an American fashion magazine editor to complain that it was impossible to buy the fabric in Paris, even for curtains.
Stick with the past for ankle socks and denim, but re-work for today with heels and a metal-encrusted bag. Top checked pants or cropped trousers with a gingham shirt, and a court heel, or team a midi with a slogan tee or sweater, or a slouchy knitted jumper. Play down prettiness, if you want, with chunky jewellery.
The updated product has lost its demure tag, however. Layer different sizes of checks, perhaps with a small repeat on a blouse to top a larger-patterned skirt. Experiment with green, purple, yellow and orange, to refresh gingham’s traditional image of pink, blue and black. Then mismatch colours and proportions, as above. Try red and blue, green and pink, or yellow and black; add purple to any. Or bring in other prints, such as florals.
Contrast colourways with a blazer of oversized squares and a small-checked crop top, and step into some high strappy sandals, or a stack heel. Follow Daisy Lowe’s tie front, or convert a conventional shirt in two tics. Alexa Chung pulled a dark jacket over a monochrome dress, and accessorised with velvet slippers. Alternatively, couple a drop-waist version with ankle socks and booties.
Cover up in a black leather coat, or a biker jacket, and finish with converse trainers or cut-out boots. Pair with a black kick-out skirt, or swing with gingham pleats and a bomber. Let a plain t-shirt in a deep shade peek out of a check flannel overshirt. We’re sure you realise by now that wearing gingham still works!
The featured photo is of Erica Lave wearing a cropped turtle neck and a gingham full skirt From TopShop
Gingham Fashion Trend: Priscila Betancort is wearing a navy and white gingham Stradivarius mid length skirt
Street Style 2015: Christine Andrew is wearing a grey plaid shirt with a pair of white distressed jeans and nude heels
Gingham Fashion Trend 2015: Evangelie Smyrniotaki is wearing a Altuzarra baby blue dress
Gingham Trend: Silvia Zamora is wearing an oversized gingham shirt and jeans both from Zara
Julie Sarinana is wearing a red and white gingham shirt from Ralph Lauren and a white dress from Vivian Chaan
Lucita Yañez in black and white gingham shirt and jeans
Adriana Gastélum is wearing a gingham shirt from Young Hungry Free, crop top from Zara, black skirt from Maje, bag from 3.1 Phillip Lim, mirrored sunglasses from Hawckers and the sneakers are from Nike
Jill Wallace wearing a gingham slip dress from Line & Dot, knit cardigan from DailyLook, and the bag is from La Moda
Stella Wants To Die is wearing a skirt from Bershka, T-shirt from H&M, gingham shirt and sandals
Silvia Zamora is wearing a gingham shorts and shirt by Zara
Ashley Torres is wearing jeans from J. Brand, gingham shirt from Equipment and boots and bag from Sole Society
Aida Domenech is wearing a gingham dress from ASOS, bag from Michael Kors, boots from Zara and sunglasses from Zerouv