Wampum {Gingham} Style


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Haha, I couldn’t help it, anytime I hear the word “gingham” the song by Psy always pops into my head.  Sorry if it’s now stuck in your heads for the rest of the day! 😀


The two-color checked pattern known as gingham has been in existence since the 1750s (woah, long time!), but it wasn’t until the mid 1800s to early 1900s that it really gained prominence among fashionistas and style icons.  One of the first images that pops into people’s minds is the blue gingham dress worn by Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz…or for some people, picnic blankets.  Yes, picnic blankets.  One day when I wore my pink gingham shirt to work, one of the (male) teachers asked me if I was going for the Dorothy picnic blanket look.


Of course I didn’t give him a difficult time, he was a guy after all, I just laughed it off and told him (for his sake, of course) that it’s called gingham.  Hey, at least he knew it was the same pattern as Dorothy’s dress! 😀

One of the easiest ways to add pattern to an outfit is by layering a gingham shirt under a pullover or tying it over a dress.  But besides purchasing every color gingham shirt, which may or may not be a goal of mine, there are so many other ways you can add gingham to your wardrobe!  This beautiful salmon shirt dress from Vineyard Vines would be perfect for Sunday brunch or an afternoon wedding, just pair it with some wedges or nice sandals and you’ll be comfortable all day long.  If you’re not ready to commit to a gingham shirt, let alone a dress, little accessories like a headband, beltpurse or cosmetic pouch are great ways to dip your toes in a new trend.

And for the days when you just want to look presentable with minimal effort, a baseball cap is one of my go-to accessories for when my hair is looking anything but presentable.  If you like throwing on a cap and leaving the house, why not choose a hat that will add a bit of perk to your outfit.  It makes me feel a bit more stylish, even if I’m in running shorts and a tshirt!  With so many options to choose from, there are literally options for everyone…Even your man can get in on the gingham style action with a bow tie or two!

 Try the trend out, it’s definitely not going anywhere anytime soon.  And if you’re a seasoned gingham shirt wearer, why not try some other ways of adding gingham to your wardrobe!


Stay Classy!



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