What first comes to your mind when the weather starts to get warmer? For some, it’s ice cream, the beach, or a picnic. For others — the likes of model Rocky Barnes, YouTuber and entrepreneur Negin Mirsalehi, designer Victoria Beckham, and actress Reese Witherspoon — it’s gingham.
Who can blame them? After months of wearing heavy pieces, comfort with a dash of whimsy is now the priority, and the classic pattern might just be the perfect pick for that.
Not convinced that gingham is in style in 2021? These just might change your mind.
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Granted, it’s nothing new nor groundbreaking, but gingham has proven its versatility and relevance. In fact, the pattern has been around since the 17th century.
It has experienced quite a few evolutions, from being a workwear staple in Europe and the U.S. to now becoming a symbol of the turning of a new season. Not to mention it’s been part of many iconic looks, too. There’s Dorothy’s dress in The Wizard of Oz, Brigitte Bardot’s wedding dress in 1959, Marilyn Monroe’s pants in one of the spreads of LIFE magazine, and more.
Its everlasting appeal is a testament to how it can transcend time and still be a staple sartorial pick come spring and summer. We can all admit that like florals, gingham has become synonymous with sunny, breezy days.
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A pattern for everyone, for any occasion
Whether it’s a picnic with your friends, a cosy day lounging at home, a busy day at work or a wedding, there’s a gingham piece for that. Since it’s so versatile, the pattern can be seen in many forms.
In 2021, it’s highlighted in fun, forward silhouettes — think chic swimwear, figure-hugging dresses, workwear that showcases your personality, and even gowns.
How to wear gingham
Pastel in this pattern? It’s a winning combo. Just look at how Ella smashed this co-ord look.
It’s become a spring summer staple, but who says you can’t layer up in this pattern? This ASOS pink gingham oversized blazer disagrees.
Gingham for your gams? Lindsey does it well.
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A refreshing silhouette and a classic pattern? Molby gives us just what we need with this piece.
We’re ready to head out, strut, and have lots of fun in the sun like AJ in this gingham number.
Where to buy
Ready for your own gingham moment? Shop our picks below.
Tilda Dress, £115, Molby the Label – buy now
Cotton Mini Skirt, £20, Monki – buy now
Inga Gingham Trousers, £45, OST London – buy now
Oversize Gingham Blazer, £59.99, Zara – buy now
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