Gingham has been one of the hottest style trends in 2015. However, with gingham, there is a fine line between “the Beverly Hillbillies” or “the Wizard of Oz” and chic fashionista. Gingham can go to the office, out to dinner, or just out shopping. Here are a few tips on how to carry off the gingham pieces in your closet without looking like you are seven years old.
Choose your hue with care.
There’s nothing wrong with wearing red or pale blue gingham to a picnic. But, if you are looking for a more elegant, refined look, you should choose your hue with care. Rather than a bold red gingham skirt, a burgundy one hints of understated sophistication. Instead of the pale blue “Dorothy” gingham, a navy gingham skirt or shirt can function as a basic style piece that can be mixed and matched with other prints. Or course, black is always neutral, and black gingham pieces of any scale will function as a basic piece in any wardrobe.
Tailored pieces are chic.
Of course there is a place for cool, flowy gingham pieces, but to shift your gingham into high-style gear, choose more tailored pieces that accentuate your figure. A form-fitting sheath dress, a structured jacket, or a high-waisted pencil skirt are great ways to give gingham pieces a modern style.
Layer it up.
Layering is a great way to bring gingham style to the cooler months. Layer a brightly-colored button-up gingham shirt under a navy or black sweater vest for a fashion-forward look. That same gingham shirt can go the extra mile when you layer it under a blazer or over a coordinating tee with dark-colored blue jeans and knee boots.
Perhaps gingham isn’t quite your style. That’s okay. You can still get in on the gingham trend by adding gingham accessories to your wardrobe. Stylists often recommend accessorizing as a budget-friendly way to add current trends to a basic wardrobe. A gingham headband, shoes, belt, or handbag can allow you to add this style to your fashion choices. You can even choose gingham sunglasses or a cell phone cover if you like!
Mix up the patterns.
Perhaps you like the trend toward pattern mixing but lack confidence in your ability to pull it off. Small-scale gingham is your solution to this puzzle. Gingham coordinates well with florals, stripes, and other patterns. Simply match the base colors of the fabrics, and gingham is an understated way to mix up the patterns of your pieces.
Choose gingham in a new fabric.
Designers are offering gingham in fabrics other than the traditional crisp cotton. Chiffon, silk, and stretchy knits can give gingham prints a new drape and feel for your closet. One awesome trend we’ve noticed is that button up shirts offered in sheer gingham patterns. Layer these tops over a coordinating cami, or go bold with a brightly colored crop top shining through.
Designers are offering myriad ways to add gingham to your wardrobe. Everyone can add this timeless fabric to their wardrobe. Whether you are a big girl, skinny gal, or somewhere in the middle, gingham pieces can bring a touch of whimsy to anyone’s closet. What are your favorite gingham pieces? How have you brought gingham-style to your wardrobe?