It’s mid July and the temps have definitely started to rise. We are well into the heatwave months and should have already had our fair shares of visits to the pool and barbecues. But if there’s any other sign that summer is here, it’s the influx of gingham pattern. We all have seen the common tablecloth in red or blue for most Memorial day and July fourth get togethers. Men start to adorn themselves in the striped pattern wearing dress shirts and fun pocket squares. It has branched from the traditional to being popularized in an array of colors from gray to teal to pink. The colored checks not only add a fun and preppy vibe, but bold touch to any occasion. It was made popular in the eighteenth century; it’s production used by factories in both Manchester, England and the U.S. as a way to revive their struggling economies. Needless to say, over five hundred years later, this pattern is still rocking the scene. Here’s my tips on how to rock it.
Pair With Bold Colors
This pattern can sometimes read ultra preppy (thanks to Jenna Lyons and her past J.Crew wave as creative director). I think adding a bright color for your pairing turns down the prep and adds a fun modern element. The colors in gingham are always white and one other color. A simple white top will work, but can read uninteresting and adds no unique flair. If you opt for a white top, maybe try a top with a dramatic sleeve to add pizazz to the classic feel. The hot pink organza blouse I paired mine with adds some punch and , if you’re going bold already, just go all the way! (link to my outfit here.)
Pair With a Contrasting Fabric
Gingham is a medium weight dyed cotton or cotton-blend. In my opinion it tends to hold a more casual feel, so playing around with different fabrics can lend to different moods. If you want to dress it up, pair with silks, satin, organza, heels; as I did. The juxtaposition of fabrics instantly lends a more dressed up look adding sophistication. However, if you want to keep it more casual, cool and collected, pair with a cotton tee (a graphic would be great) and denim is a good option as well.
Be Bold in Styling
Gingham is already a bold pattern but that doesn’t mean you have to be simple in styling. A full gingham look is exciting. Try a wrap dress with a matching mule. A trench coat paired over top is also fun. Or mix up the patterns. Gingham paired with polka dots or stripes is also an outfit win. Just make sure your patterns are in the same color family so you keep your look polished.
These are just a few tips to help you in styling up your gingham pieces. If you don’t own anything in this fabric, I would definitely recommend adding at least one item to your wardrobe. The color choices are endless and there’s no right or wrong on which to choose. Its a staple in my book, and a classic style that will always hold a place in your closet for years to come.