I love gingham. I’ve never met a gingham that I didn’t like. Maybe because it reminds me of picnic blankets or tea towels or pretty linens drying on the line, but gingham always makes me think of Tennessee and being in the country.
When I was in middle school, I had a favorite gingham shirt. I guess it was technically more of a buffalo check (a blown out gingham with large squares of white, the base color, and mix of the two) in pink and white. (Very similar to the one above that I found on Etsy.) I often wore it with my Tretorn sneakers, also in a gingham pattern. (Confession: these were also mostly worn with tight-rolled jeans – you non-Southern-folk probably called them “pegged”, but we didn’t.) I loved that shirt, and I would still wear it if I still had it.
(Update: apparently this shirt was VERY memorable, as I wrote almost this exact paragraph a couple years back when I did another gingham post. What I didn’t tell you is that I probably remember this shirt SO much because it happened to the be the shirt I was wearing when I got really sick at school and almost threw up on my principal when my dad came to pick me up and the two of them decided to have a long chit-chat to catch up in the middle school hallway. Ah, memories.)
(Sidenote: Do you remember clothes like this? There are many times Husband and I are having a disagreement on how something happened in the past, and I say something like, “No, I remember because we were at so-and-so’s and I was wearing such-and-such.” To which Husband replies, “Of course you remember what you were WEARING.” As if that proves nothing. My mind is a steel trap, people. Steel trap!)
Every spring, I start scouring my closet (and the thrift racks) for gingham, like it’s in my blood. And every year, gingham seems to make a come-back. But for me, it never really goes out of style.
Last week, I opened up a magazine to find this ad (Ann Taylor? Loft? I can’t remember) – with scads and scads of gingham and checks in all different sizes and styles. Pretty!
Another confession: Our home’s entry way has two closets, and one of them is filled with clothes for me to refashion or repair or to sell on Etsy. When I saw the gingham ad, I remembered a cute black and white gingham nightshirt that I thrifted back in the fall. (See? Steel trap!) I knew it would make a great dress – with a little bit of updating and a punch of yellow.
See this yellow sweater makeover here (when I had short hair!), and see the yellow clutch DIY project here.)
As I dug through the closet, I found a couple of other gingham items. I decided to list these on Etsy, but not before I played dress-up with them for a bit.
First up, a vintage buffalo check jacket:
It’s relatively light weight, layers well, and also works for that dress-over-jeans look that’s popping up everywhere right now (see here and here for more inspiration).
And I found this 1950s vintage gingham dress:
A handmade brown gingham pinafore or apron-style dress with open sides (I’m wearing a brown tank top underneath). I love its chunky vintage silver zipper, its full skirt, and its shoulder ruffles.
It was such a great thrifted find – and of course, I remember every detail of that day, because when it comes to clothes, my memory is flawless. Just ask Husband.
(CLICK HERE to check out these and other vintage pieces in my Etsy shop.)