Dainty florals, nautical stripes, and animal prints – these have all reemerged on the style scene in the last couple of years, and are now truly staples in any stylish woman’s wardrobe. There’s one quaint print, however, that has become the latest trend and a must-have, especially for spring and summer: gingham.
Gingham has that whimsical, old-fashioned vibe that is now a unique fashion statement. It first became iconic when seen on Dorothy with her ruby red slippers in Wizard of Oz. Then came Marilyn Monroe, who posed for LIFE magazine with trousers in the print; and Brigitte Bardot, who wore it for her wedding (and started a craze for gingham in France at the time). It was no longer just a picnic blanket fabric but a chic dressy print.
Lately, you’ll see the likes of Taylor Swift sporting ladylike dresses and cute little skirts in gingham print. Even high-fashion personalities like Anna Wintour (Vogue’s editor-in-chief) have been spotted in gingham. The Spring 2015 collections of Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta also have a few pieces in the sweet, stylish print.
Gingham prints have been and will be around for a long time because of its versatility. You see it in dresses, high-waist trousers, skirts, and more recently, cropped tops and two-pieces. You don’t have to accessorize so much since the outfit alone speaks volumes. Online consignment shops would surely have some designer pieces in the pretty print that you can buy for less.