For a little while now, I have started to grow a new appreciation for casual shirts. I must admit, I was never a huge fan. I always thought of them as the slightly boring child of the shirting family. Slowly, I find myself gravitating towards casual cotton shirts. As I gradually start to build my collection of them, I find that I favour gingham shirts the most.
ingham fabric was originally imported into Europe in the 17th century as a striped fabric. From the mid 18th century, it started to be woven into checked patterns (often blue and white). Nowadays, gingham is distinguished by its criss-cross checkered pattern with various check sizes from small to giant.
When I first started to understand all the various types of patterned materials, I was a little confused with the difference between gingham and plaid. It seemed to me that people would use both terms interchangeably and I didn't understand what the difference was. If you are confused like I was, I hope to offer some clarity.
Gingham and plaid share some similarities, but they are different. Plaid has its roots in the Scottish Highlands, and was traditionally made from wool. The cross pattern of plaid can also be quite intricate. Gingham on the other hand, tends to be lighter, usually made of cotton, and is comprised of a simple pattern in equal squares that never vary (very much a checkerboard pattern). Plaid check on the contrary is similar to a coat of arms; each check varied from clans, to regions and/or districts, thus patterns vary from squares to rectangles.
For now, I'm quite delighted with my gingham shirts. They are super comfy and provide a youthful, whimsical look. This is probably closely correlated to the fact that the pattern is frequently used in children's clothing and décor. If you own a gingham shirt and are looking to revive the relaxed look, try it with a juxtaposition piece such as a leather jacket or a dark lace pencil skirt to create some interest. If you are keen to keep it within the same casual theme, try it with a pair of denim shorts and a cute straw hat. I Hope you too will find a way to enjoy this classic pattern, not limited to just the closet!
Shoes: Tony Bianco
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