Last summer, two prints captured everyone’s hearts and wardrobes – gingham and polka dots. And this year, both these prints show no hint of fading.
Today I’m concentrating on Gingham and have selected a few of my favourite pieces that are still available to buy if you’re still hoping to jump on the checked style train.
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Instagram is inundated with the tablecloth-check print which conjures up images of care-free Summer days and wafting around in tall grass and a straw hat.
Checked off-the-shoulder tops, cropped trousers and strappy dresses – the options are endless.
Of course, gingham isn’t new, as the print loved by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and was a major player in the swinging Sixties and Seventies loved by icons like Bridget Bardot. In fact it has been around for centuries.
It’s thought to have originated in Southeast Asia and was later seen in the 18th century in mills in Manchester.
Through the years, the print has been used for everything from furnishings and home decor ― you’ve definitely seen a gingham tablecloth or picnic blanket at least once in your life.
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Fashion-wise, the fabric really took off after audiences saw Judy Garland wearing her Adrian-designed frock in the classic 1939 film and kept gaining popularity during World War II.
It girls like Twiggy and Brigitte Bardot, who sported a pink dress in the print for her wedding to actor Jacques Charrier also promoted it to the forefront of fashion.
The box print most popular in black or red check can fit into any wardrobe and is easy dressed up and down in a stylish appealing way.
The easiest option of course is a dress, which with the right accessories can look amazing. Gingham tops also work effortlessly with denim and I love a cropped pair of gingham trousers with a black or white blazer.