THE REAL GINGHAM GIRLS
Checks are sought after season after season, not just for there versatility but also because they somehow magically remain relevant for years to come… But that said, whilst a prince of wales check is perfect for the winter, gingham is our ‘go to’ for spring/summer and fashion weeks alike seem to agree (Did you see Sonia Rykiels gingham get up?) Mostly associated with a sense of nostalgia of days spent in a playground, this season has seen gingham grow up and take on a more mature demeanour. So we’re taking notes from of our favourite style icons, old and new, on how to be the ultimate gingham girl…
Don’t be fooled, gingham doesn’t need to give off a preppy aesthetic, it can reflect a more mature mood and can even dance on the right side of risqué when done well, all thanks to sixties bombshell, Brigitte Bardot. She gave the sweet checked fabric a new appeal, just by updating the styles it was adorned on. If like Bardot you like to flaunt your pins, why not opt for something a little more sultry like a Side Party mini sundress? Complete this look with a golden tan and basket bag!
Princess Di was iconic for a number of reasons, but mainly for pushing the boundaries of being a Royal. She was a trendsetter in her own right and unlike any other monarch, she refused to conform to any rules, especially when it came to fashion – the kind of woman we champion here at OTL. So, it’s no surprise that our Princess rocked some gingham pedal pushers back in the eighties and it’s no surprise that they are giving us serious inspo for daytime dressing. She may have been a princess, but this royal knew how to dress like a queen. Shop our fluted hem version from English Factory.
It wouldn’t be a line up of our ultimate style influences without London’s fave ‘It’ girl and socialite Alexa Chung, now would it? Known for her love of vintage pieces, Chung’s gingham frock is a touch on that of Judy Garland’s but with a contemporary twist, offering a modern take on an evening dressing. For a bomehiam take on gingham set for nightfall, look to our Elli White dress with ties and a pair of strappy black sandals!
SARAH JESSICA PARKER
If you’re looking for a Carrie Bradshaw-esque approach to gingham, then look to New Yorker and ultime style icon, Sarah Jessica Parker herself. Always one to execute trends in her own way, SJP shows us that gingham comes in all shapes and sizes. For a city feel with a fresh edge, opt for a piece that looks great layered over a tailored shirt and court heels – cue the modern mac. This tonal version with a collarless neckline adds a touch of Carrie to any look.
JACKIE KENNEDY ONASSIS
Jackie Kennedy Onassis was commonly known for her poised style, signature white gloves and pillbox hats, but what did we love about her? Her ability to combine effortless with elegance. Her style was what we’d nowadays call ‘off-duty goals’ as she always looked chic wheher she was in or out of the White House - so take inspo from the former First Lady with a two-piece that does all the style work for you.
A street style favourite of ours and girl about town, Olivia Palermo’s polished style is one that we aspire to on a daily basis. A master at combining the most daring prints, OP shows us new avenues when it comes to how she wears the check. Pair clean cut shapes with contrasting prints and accessories that accelerate your look. Why not style our Endless Rose two-piece with a snakeskin court and cat-eye sunnies to channel your inner Palermo?
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