Gingham, in all its glory
Hip to be square
Gingham is not a pattern to be reserved for picnic tablecloths or Dorothy Gale costumes at Halloween. The name 'gingham' originates from the Malay word genggang, meaning striped (as the fabric originally was when first created). Gingham as we know it now is woven cotton or linen, always in a checked pattern. Due to its fibres being dyed before it is woven, gingham is a reversible fabric that has no right or wrong side.
The boxy pattern played a huge part of mod culture: gingham shirts by Fred Perry and Ben Sherman were an important part of every teddy boy's wardrobe. For SS17, gingham hit the runways with a fresh new identity. Henry Holland, Peter Pilotto and Rahul Mishra made the most of the lightweight fabric—the perfect pattern to wear at your next summer barbeque. Here are ten ideas on how to incorporate gingham into your wardrobe:
1. Vichy matelasse gingham poplin shoulder bag by Miu Miu
2. One-shoulder gingham cotton-blend top by Peter Pilotto
3. Gingham dress by Christopher Kane
4. Gingham pleated blouse by Dice Kayek
5. Broderie Anglaise-trimmed gingham stretch-cotton shirt by Altuzzara
6. Cropped gingham cotton-blend wrap top by Michael Kors Collection
7. Gingham cotton and leather slides by Joshua Sanders
8. Gingham ruffle mini skirt by MSGM
9. Crinkle gingham cropped jacket by Rosie Assoulin
10. Gingham and denim trench coat by A.W.A.K.E.