Gregarious in Gingham?

 Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.
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How ironic that Dorothy felt overwhelmed by Oz; I feel similarly about the fashion trend that pays homage to her iconic blue pinafore.  It would appear that gingham is “back in”.

Don’t get me wrong – gingham has its merits… when dressing little girls.  Pink gingham summer dresses on toddlers are adorable, but I don’t know quite how I feel about fully-grown women wearing it.

But, as they say, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.  This is my brief run through of what gingham has to offer this spring and, who knows, maybe the allure of gingham will reveal itself.

While researching gingham both on the catwalk and the high street, one thing has become clear to me: this is a risky fashion statement to pull off.  If done well, it can look amazing, but quite easily things can go pear-shaped.  On the one hand, you risk looking incredibly twee and Dorothy-esque in such dresses as this one (above) by Carven.  Though a nice cut, with a pleasing lace upper body, the cornflower blue check is just too Little House on the Prairie, and – combined with the clashing lace – makes for a bizarre outfit.  However, Delpozo proves that you can wear a gingham-patterned dress and look incredible.  This one (below) adds a large floral skirt to a gingham bodice, keeping the colours simple to create a pretty and sophisticated dress.

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On the high street, gingham seems to be a little less cute and rather bolder.  Topshop have several new pieces ranging from tops, to trousers, to dresses, the majority of which use black and white gingham fabric. As I said, they’re bold.

TopshopNow, this could definitely work if worn carefully.  For example, a black and white gingham top in scuba material could look brilliant, provided it remained the staple piece of your outfit.  So, with a pane of blue jeans and nondescript accessories, this has a lot of potential.  However, the key is to not overdo it.  Topshop modelled this particular piece with bright green trousers and it’s far too much.  That is taking bold to a whole new level.  My advice would be, go for either a bold top and plain trousers, or loud trousers with a simple camisole.  Sort of like showing cleavage and legs, you can’t do both without looking awful.

Topshop trousersThere are plenty of pairs of gingham leggings and trousers available, and if you’re confident enough to wear them, I applaud you.  Just bear in mind that heads will turn; they’re daring.

All in all, gingham seems to be a charming addition to an outfit if used minimally.  Tops and dresses in mellow styles and colours can look fabulous, but proceed with caution: this is one fashion that could turn to disaster if not handled with care.

by Heather Tarplee, Razz fashion Correspondent

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