What comes to mind when we think of gingham? Judy Garland’s blue pinafore with a certain pair of ruby-red slippers, Brigitte Bardot’s pink wedding dress, and Jackie O in sunshine-yellow checks (...and, erm, picnic blankets). And that’s exactly what gingham is: a print full of nostalgia, and one that conjures up images of sunshine and warm weather. Of all the trends we’re wearing this year, gingham is one of the ones we love the most. Here are our favourite ways to style it this season.
SS15 is undoubtedly the season that’s seen gingham grow up. “Jumbo squares look more modern, less schoolgirl," says Vogue’s Sarah Harris, "while even candyfloss checks avoid naivety when cast across spring's slickest shapes."
Michael Kors recreated the classic ‘50s silhouette: off-the-shoulder Bardot necklines, paired with full gingham skirts and earth toned accessories. Oscar de la Renta gave the spring coat the dreamiest makeover with large baby blue and pink checks, and sleek monochrome grids. It was DVF, however, who showed just how versatile gingham can be, with models taking to the catwalks in midriff baring tops, floor sweeping chiffon dresses, followed by neatly matched top and shorts.
And for those of us who can’t walk around in floor-length gowns all day? One of the things we love most about gingham is the way it goes so well with other patterns: stripes, florals and swirls in matching colours all complement it pretty damn well (match the colours of each garment to pull it all together). As de la Renta showed, black and white gingham is effortlessly sleek. Pair it with brightly-hued accessories to give any outfit a kick. Perhaps the easiest way to wear this trend is to invest in a statement piece. Some of our favourites are gingham trousers, delicately patterned shoes and a staple summer dress (head over to bettyraevintage.com to have a peek at our Laurel dress).
Words by Anam Rahim