As July approaches, it’s time to look at your closet more thoughtfully. Your weather app is practically screaming at you to stay near an air conditioner at all times but all the events of the summer are out in the sun. We have the solution to all your worries and its name is gingham.
This understated staple is not always taken advantage of in the spring and summer months. Gingham is a yarn dyed fabric made from cotton, linen, or a combination of both fibers. The breathability of the fibers make Gingham the ultimate summer go to. Common color combinations include red and white or blue and white. You can immediately spot the fabric from its recognizable check pattern that comes from the weaving process. These color combinations and correlations with the American frontier makes Gingham the perfect fabric to sport this Fourth of July.
You may be surprised to learn that the origin of this versatile fabric goes way back. There is evidence that the fabric was exported to Europe from Malaysia and India in the 17th Century. In more modern times, gingham has been prevalent during wartime and economic recessions in America. Undoubtedly, the history of gingham in America resonates with a simpler time in the states.
Introducing a gingham shirt to your wardrobe is one of the best things you can do this summer. Versatile, classic, and sharp the check of the fabric adds effortless style to your look. This summer staple goes with most everything you already own. If the check of the gingham is small enough it can be considered a neutral. A larger check makes a bigger statement and can work as the focal point of your look.
This Fourth, pair your gingham with your favorite pair of dark wash jeans. Increase the Americana by adding a distressed belt to complete the look. This look is extremely versatile and can work in the many different events you’re attending this Independence Day. Denim radiates casualness, while your sharp gingham shirt dresses you up for a chic cocktail party.
Keep it cool this fourth and sport your gingham with style. Looking effortless should be effortless. Seriously. -Sophie