There was a time when gingham was only worn by those going to fancy dress parties dressed as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, or by those wearing it as a summer school uniform i.e. the under 11’s. But now? Well now it’s everywhere. There’s just no escaping it – which doesn’t mean that we have to wear it but if you fancy it, perhaps now is the time to give it a try.
Gingham ruffle midi-skirt Topshop (£39)
I have two distinct memories of wearing gingham. On my 7th birthday I was presented with a pale pink gingham shirt and some denim dungarees made by my step-mum and I loved them both. Thinking about it my outfits choices haven’t really changed much over the last 40 years have they? I also bought a pale blue and white gingham shirt in Bali when I was travelling. I loved that shirt. It had a tie at the waist and it was probably the most sophisticated piece in an extraordinarily non-sophisticated travelling wardrobe.
So the Topshop skirt above, I owned for a while and although I liked it I didn’t love it enough to keep it, so I returned it. But don’t let that put you off – the length is great, it has a little split which means it’s OK for taking big strides in and it was comfortable too. It also comes in plain colours for anyone who likes the idea of the style but not the gingham.
You know how I mentioned that the skirt came in other colours? Well here’s one of them! And it’s worn with this mutton sleeve blouse from Topshop (£29) which I first worked with a few weeks ago when I went to talk to some soon-to-be 6th formers. I loved it then and I still love it now. It’s not as fitted as some tops, so that’s just something to look out for but tuck it in, nip it in with a belt or just leave it loose for a more relaxed look.
However this option from New Look (£19.99) looks more fitted so it could be a better option for some.
If I could I would but I can’t (well I don’t think that I can) so I won’t be! Topshop shorts (£29)
And for outerwear, there’s this gingham cropped frill jacket from Topshop (£49). This jacket also comes in four other colours and if I was contemplating buying a summer jacket, it would definitely be one of these. I keep walking past it in our local Topshop and looking at it longingly.
And finally from Next the black and white trench coat (£90). I’m kind of intrigued by this coat! Some of the reviews say that the print is too much and I wondered whether that’s why they photographed it in black and white. However it looks really good on Alex at the Frugality so I’m going to order it and see what I think. Despite it forming a huge part of their marketing material and being featured on huge boards in the store, our Next didn’t have them in, which wasn’t their fault at all but I do think that if a store is asked to have an image of a piece on its walls it should be at least sent some. But maybe that’s just me!
So there we are – gingham. You’ll see a lot of gingham on the High Street this season not only on clothes but also bags, shoes, bikinis and trousers, so if you haven’t already done so, give it a whirl and let me know how you get on.