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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Check Mate







Gingham is one type of print you will see throughout this spring. Whether you get your fashion inspiration from runways, magazines or boutiques you don’t have to go far to see that it is raining gingham all over the catwalks, roadways, sidewalks and even waterways

Altuzarra SS15 RTW
 


Altuzarra SS15 RTW



Altuzarra SS15 RTW


Altuzarra SS15 RTW


Balmain SS15

Lela Rose SS15 RTW


Lela Rose SS15 RTW

Luisa Beccaria SS15 RTW


Michael Kors SS15 RTW

 
Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific


Taylor Swift



Rihanna




The history of gingham, which is made of cotton or linen, is vast and quite interesting. What I found out about it has led me to have an entirely new understanding of what I have long thought of as just another type of print. Gingham is so much more than that. Gingham was manufactured in Malaysia, Indonesia and India way back in the day but of course in the 17th century and subsequently the 18th century Europeans and Americans fell in love with the textile and adapted it into their own fashion cultures. In some countries, it was and still is simply a textile used to make towels while in other countries it is used to make all manner of fashionable garments.

One of the most interesting things I learned about gingham is that one side of this textile mirrors the other. In other words, there is no right or wrong side. I sometimes do like grey areas. Don’t you. Why choose a side if you don’t want to? After all, wouldn’t life be boring if everything was black or white? Even those of us whom like to dress in black or white, whether on occasion or all the time, like to add a pop of color to our look. My pop of color comes in the form of a bag and shoes usually but let me not digress. A gingham print can include a bold color like red or a non-color, like black. It can be the perfect check mate for solid shades, other prints and even make your outfit glow when it is in the form of a sheer print.
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If you aren't really into wearing checks all over just give your audience a glimpse of your check mate.  Did I say glimpse? See below and you will find that just a glimpse of gingham can be so divine.

Altuzarra SS15 RTW
 


Altuzarra SS15 RTW


Richard Nicholl Resort15


DVF SS15 RTW


DVF SS15 RTW


You can actually get the best of both worlds with gingham. Black and white print gingham is so in right now. Gingham may be more associated with blue and white or red and white print but not anymore. It is the 21st century, after all, and things are meant to naturally evolve. If you love fashion as much as I do, and you must if you are reading this right now, you may sometimes feel like you are a quick-change artist as it were. I certainly do. One day, I may wear jeans and a blazer and the next a skirt and blouse. The great thing about gingham is that it may be a vintage textile but it has modern day sensibilities. It just fits somehow. It works when paired with solids other prints and even comes in many more color combinations than the traditional white and red and blue and red I referenced earlier. Check this out. No pun intended, of course.

Oscar de la Renta SS15 RTW; Source
 
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Luisa Beccaria SS15 RTW


 
Temperley London SS15 RTW

One of the most common gingham prints this spring is pink and white. So if you want to let your feminine side fly high one day why not wear a pink and white gingham dress one day and the next when you are feeling bolder just break out a black and white gingham top. Regardless, of how you choose to adapt to the gingham style this spring I am certain of one thing. You undoubtedly will be noticed, in a good way, of course. Gingham print has an elegant way of standing out in a crowd of solids.
Bottega Veneta SS15 RTW



Bottega Veneta SS15 RTW

I previously thought of gingham as rather a cute print but I can honestly state, right now, that cute is no longer the adjective that comes to mind when I think of gingham. Not only are there so many colors that pair with white to make up gingham but the size of the gingham prints has certainly expanded to double and even triple the size it was back in the good old days.


Oscar de la Renta SS15 RTW


Leandra Medina
 
Why wouldn’t I grow rather fond of a textile that is the same exact print on both sides, includes one of my favorite shades (white) and comes in an array of print sizes?  What do you say? Are you going to make gingham prints your check mate this season? I do like to read your comments so bring them on.

DVF SS15 RTW
 
DVF SS15 RTW; Source


DVF SS15 RTW


DVF SS15 RTW


DVF SS15 RTW; Source


DVF SS15 RTW; Source


Tsumori Chisato SS15 RTW


Tsumori Chisato SS15 RTW

Before I go, I must give homage to the great Lucille Ball who always looked like a domestic goddess in her gingham frocks and to Elizabeth Taylor who shined bright like a diamond in a gingham shirt. Wouldn't you say? Goodbye for now, my dear friends.





 
Credit: Most of the images featured here were sourced from Pinterest except where indicated.

 

80 comments:

  1. Love that tend!
    Emma
    www.emmalovesfashion.com

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  2. great, have a nice day :)

    http://www.itsmetijana.blogspot.com/

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  3. Amazing collection. Love all their outfit. awesome post :)

    http://pedisource.com

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    1. Thank you so much. I truly appreciate your visit and comments.

      Sharon

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  4. Very lovely Photos dear. very inspiring
    Thanks for visiting my Blog!
    x
    Http://www.fashiongalorelovers.com

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    1. Thanks so much. I am happy you found some inspiration in my post.

      Sharon

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  5. Amazing post
    http://www.francescagori.com/en_US/viaggio-in-giappone-con-iuliana-mihai/

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    1. Thank you, Francesca. I appreciate your comment so very much.

      Sharon

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  6. Love, love this trend Sharon! And your pics are soo inspired dear. I want to prepare a post with this trend. As you said is gingham anywhere
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend so far! ♥
    Big kiss darling

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    1. Hello, Rosa:

      I am so happy for your visit to my blog. I am really so in love with this trend too. I hope you have a wonderful week.

      Sharon

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  7. love the plaids great inspiration!

    gdlstreets.com

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    1. Thanks so much. I hope you have a great week. I appreciate your visit.

      Sharon

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  8. Hi sweet Sharon
    This print is really cute and I love it.
    This selection is amazing
    Kisses
    MaggieD
    Fashion Blog - Maggie Dallospedale Fashion diary

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    1. Thanks, Maggie. I am in love with gingham print right now. It is good to hear from you.

      Sharon

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  9. I love gingham and I am so happy that it is on trend! I really enjoyed reading the history of gingham. You are so thorough with your posts Sharon, I truly enjoy reading everytime :)

    Have a fab evening!

    Keisha xo
    www.chrysalisgals.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Keisha, for your kind words. I really appreciate your comments. I hope you are having a great week.

      Sharon

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  10. Me encanta esta tendencia!!! Y las imágenes son geniales!!
    Bss guapa
    http://unvestidorconideas.blogspot.com.es/

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      Sharon

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  11. What a great piece! I think Blair wore it so well with the grey top and peter pan collar, it's vintage yet classy! :) xo~ Lena
    www.felinecreatures.com

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    1. Thanks, Lena. Your comment is so appreciated. I am such an admirer of your blog.

      Sharon

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    1. It is quite a fantastic trend. I suppose I am biased but I just love that it is retro yet so modern, as well. I think your blog is terrific. I am so glad you visited.

      Sharon

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  13. Really inspiring pictures!
    I answered your question in my blog if you would like to chek it out :)

    xx
    Simply Pink

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    1. Thanks so much! You have a wonderful blog. I am so glad I discovered it. Thanks for your response. I was curious what your opinion of Kim Kardashian's Met Ball dress was because it seems to be on the list of most revealing dresses. I think it is a great example of how a dress can be sexy yet elegant.

      Sharon

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  14. I just came to say hi and finish reading your post again!!! :D Fantastic job! Love gingham ♥
    Have a wonderful weekend Sharon !

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    1. Thanks Rosa! I hope you enjoy your weekend, as well.

      Sharon

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  15. Super selection...I like them all ;)

    http://butterfly9999.blogspot.ro/

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    1. Thanks. I have more than a few favorites here. Gingham is definitely my latest fashion obsession.

      Sharon

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  16. I love this trend as well.
    Thanks for lovely comment in my blog

    xo
    http://www.chicadventureit.com

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    1. Your welcome. Giha. Thanks for visiting my blog.

      Sharon

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  17. Super selection..I like gingham prints especially on pink and black ;)

    http://butterfly9999.blogspot.ro/

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    1. Thank you. I am glad you like them. Pink gingham print is one of my favorites too.

      Sharon

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      Sharon

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  19. So funny I actually wore my gingham printed dress today. Although mine is just from Asos... but I'd love that michael kors skirt look. xx

    afashionneverland.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Caroline. I like the Michael Kors skirt too. There are so many designer looks I love here. Gingham is such a fresh print right now. I am loving it.

      Sharon

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  20. Hi dear Sharon! Great post. This print is really cut and I love it, especially on red and white.
    Thanks for comments always in my blog.
    Big hugs!
    Gaby

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    1. Hi, Gaby:

      I always appreciate your support. Thank you so much for your comment. I hope you have a great weekend.

      Sharon

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  21. That print is awesome and very versatile!
    Thanks for lovely comments on my blog


    Giha
    http://chicadventureit.com/

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    1. Thanks, Giha. I appreciate your comments.

      Sharon
      http://www.afashioncrowd.blogspot.com

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  22. Have a lovely evening dear! Just want to thanks your support on every post. Love your comments dear!
    Thanks for all the ♥
    Big kisses

    Lady Trends

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    1. You are very welcome, Rosie. I enjoy reading your blog.

      Sharon

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  23. Hi my sweet Sharon,
    this style is one of my favorite. My next post is dedicated to gingham outfit.
    This selection is so wonderful. I really love it
    Kisses
    Maggie Dallospedale Fashion diary - Fashion blog

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    1. Thanks. Maggie. I look forward to seeing your gingham outfit.

      Sharon

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  24. Fantástico post. Una tendencia que me encanta. La selección de fotos es increíble. Bss y feliz fin de semana. Gracias por tu comentario en mi blog.

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    1. I am so happy you enjoyed this post. Thanks for your support.

      Sharon

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  25. Fantástico post. Una tendencia que me encanta. La selección de fotos es increíble. Bss y feliz fin de semana. Gracias por tu comentario en mi blog.

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  26. Have a great weekend Sharon! Big kiss dear!
    Love ♥

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  27. Great post - so in love with check print, especially for summer :)
    Feel free to check out our latest post x
    http://looklovewear.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/ootd-pink-coats-and-rubbish-quality.html

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    1. Thank you so much. I appreciate your comment. I loved your designer post. You have a cool blog. Let's keep in touch, please.

      Sharon

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  28. really nice post!

    www.fashi0n-m0de.blogspot.it

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    1. Thank you, Enrica. I really appreciate your comment.

      Sharon

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  29. This is a trend I can never get tired of!! Love it and thanks for the visit.
    www.effortlesslady.com

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Diana. I hope you have a great weekend.

      Sharon

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  30. To be honest I don't like wearing these kind of prints :/ I don't why I guess it just doesn't seem to fit my style, but my mum loves it. :p
    xoxo
    All the best
    Cassie Fashion
    http://cassie2fashion.blogspot.com

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    1. It is ok not to like gingham, Keisi. I appreciate that you stopped by to visit and comment.

      Sharon

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  31. Love the print!! X

    www.carlaginola.com

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Carla.

      Sharon

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  32. One of the most feminine prints and surely retro-inspired classic!
    xx
    http://fashionpeekaboo.com

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    1. Thanks for providing a fresh take on gingham. I don't know that I really thought about its femininity but it is so true. It has always been associated with feminine, warm weather looks and it is certainly a classic print. Thanks so much for your comment. I hope you have a great week.

      Sharon

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  33. Wow, I had no idea plaid was becoming a trend! I don't actually have a plaid shirt but I think the pattern is so cool!

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

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    1. I am so happy you stopped by to visit, Bash. It means a lot. Yes, gingham is very popular this season. I have been won over by its charm; at least for now.

      Sharon

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  34. Love that look on Rihanna! Such a timeless print! X

    Cara Delevinge inspired look over at-
    hailandharmony.blogspot.ie
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    1. It really is such a classic print. Rihanna looks so elegant. I had the opportunity to read your post. I think your graduation outfit is so chic.

      Sharon

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  35. nice selection!!

    www.fashi0n-m0de.blogspot.it

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  36. Great selection of looks darling! I love the first one so much!!
    Baci,
    Coco et La vie en rose - Valeria Arizzi

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    1. I am glad you liked the selection. Thank you so much for your continuous support. It means a lot.

      Sharon

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  37. Love the checkered design this season, truly a versatile piece! :) xo~ Lena
    www.felinecreatures.com

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    1. Thank you, Lena. I always look forward to your visits and comments. Thank you so much for your support.

      Sharon

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  38. have a nice week!!

    www.fashi0n-m0de.blogspot.it

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  39. Great selection!

    Baci,
    Marina
    www.maridress.blogspot.it

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