Bridget Bardot was married in a pink Gingham dress, Taylor Swift wore a vintage gingham bikini to hobnob with the Kennedys at the Cape, and Shirley Temple will be eternally embedded in the public memory wearing a gingham dress. How is it that the original “French Sex Kitten” was able to wear the same pattern as “America’s Sweetheart,” both with tremendous success? It is true that gingham denotes innocence. When worn by a sex symbol, it becomes a study, in contrast, a link between innocence and sexuality, the good girl being naughty. When worn by a child, the connotation is a little more direct. But what if you are neither? Is there a way for the sensible woman to wear gingham without looking like a giant toddler? Read on to find out how to pull off a timeless look.
How To Wear Gingham
There’s no denying gingham is big this summer, and of course, if it’s on trend, you want it in your closet. However, it may not be that practical for everyday wear. According to Yahoo Style’s editor in chief, Joe Zee, “I think when you see something on the runway, I always call that sort of fashion trends on steroids. It’s really such an amplified version of what you see. But take a little bit of it and don’t be scared. ” Here are some of Zee’s recommendations for sophisticated denim wearing:
- Look for sophisticated silhouettes and structured, clean lines. “Because,” as Zee says, “if it becomes too casual, it can look like a weekend picnic dress, and I think –that’s not what you want. I think it’s about that contrast.”
- Do gingham in neutral. Says Zee, “You should try to, maybe, do it in a very sort of core neutral color – black and white gingham I love. You know, I think you want to stay away maybe from the blue and white, because it feels too picnic, too costume.”
- Keep your gingham up to date. Don’t make it look as if you’re recycling your gingham from the 1950’s, and, if you are, it may be time for a trip to Goodwill.
If you’re looking to get sexy at the beach or for just some lazing around the pool, try some gingham swim wear. You’ll want to show off a little with a gingham bikini bottom and off the shoulder tee or halter top for some seaside style
Don’t know if you’ll want to keep this inside your shirt. Try an elastic trim gingham bra top with some Daisy Dukes for a 4th of July barbecue and bring the fireworks.
Gingham can also be done preppy style. Try a short-sleeved number with a generously full skirt for some mod style sixties vintage.
No one will suspect you were being naughty last night if you show up with a pair of gingham sunglasses covering your eyes.
Just think of how savvy you’ll look when you pull out your gingham cardholder when you’re asked for your Beauty Insider card at your favorite makeup store. You’ll be the envy of the cue.
- A-line Two Piece
Modernize your gingham look by pairing a sexy tank with a wraparound style ruffles skirt with an asymmetrical hem. The gold buttons and bows on the straps complete the picture for some added irresistibility.
If you’re doing your gingham in moderation this summer, you may want to jazz up your solids with a statement gingham clutch, Look for something in a red and white check due out from “Opening Ceremony” this summer.
How are you wearing your gingham this summer? Let us know how you’re making a splash in his classic material.