My Relationship With…Gingham


For summer this year, it seems like I’m going back in time with my fashion sense… Remember our primary school years when we’d wear those gingham dresses in splashes of red, blue or green? Yep – I’ve caught the gingham bug, and it’s definitely not budging just yet.

The print that should only look right on a tea towel is going to be huge for SS14. Think Carven and Balmain who had their models sport “sickly sweet eighties gingham” on garments galore.

Carven Catwalk - Paris Fashion Week

Carven SS14

Everywhere I go, gingham is displayed in shop windows or on mannequins rocking the latest Joni Jean from Topshop or pencil skirts for the summery days ahead. There is absolutely no doubt that I want, pretty much, every single gingham piece currently on the High Street.

I don’t quite understand why I’m so drawn to this print, however. Is it because I love simplicity and well, gingham isn’t the most outrageous print in the world, right? Or is it because my taste in fashion is becoming a modern revival of the century just passed?

It could easily be both, but I’ll happily admit that I’m becoming more influenced by the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot as every day goes by.

Black and white images of their iconic days in the ‘50s and ‘60s absolutely mesmerise me; I’m overly drawn to their swing dresses, leggings, roll neck jumpers and beautiful circle skirts to match… Then the gingham print will toddle alongside and – hey presto – a new obsession has been born. Brigitte Bardot even rocked a pink gingham dress for her wedding day – now that is something I admire.


I can definitely see gingham making up half of my summer wardrobe – I’ve already managed to buy a gingham scarf, skirt, dress, high-waist bikini and leggings… The next things on my gingham wish list are definitely a bralet and maybe some cute retro-inspired shorts to throw in the mix… Me? Obsessed? Well, maybe a little.

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