Gingham holds fond memories for me as a young chid, as staple in my school uniform only to be worn during the rare London summer days. It now seems the checkered print has made a welcome return to the catwalk and my closet – albeit it in a very different way.
Leveraging gingham with eclectic edge was a popular trend during the spring summer 2015 womenswear shows, with Proenza Scholeur showing the patterned dress with cool monochromatic blouses, while Altuzarra took a sexier approach with gingham shirt dresses and their highly risqué slits, which are sure to make us former schoolgirls blush.
The trend continued across the pond, as Bottega Veneta’s gauzy dresses fluttered with sheer gingham layers, and the gridlock pattern contributed to the simple separates at See by Chloe.
Gingham has officially transcended from the catwalk to the streets, with pop girls including Rihanna and Taylor Swift, to British socialites Atlanta de Cadenet and Daisy Lowe getting into the gingham style.
Gingham is now addressing a very different demographic, no longer reserved for former uniform wearers, and this spring, we shall embrace this trend with sheer confidence, while brimming with nostalgia.
It looks like gingham has firmly made its return, and we are ready to wear it the right way – no longer accessorised with patterned white ankle socks and a PowerPuff Girls lunchbox.