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Derived from the Malaysian word ‘genggang’, gingham is a fabric that has left a mark in history. Although its source is not certain, it was imported to England in the 17th century and its fame quickly spread in those days. In the early stages of its reign, it was woven in checked or plaid fabrics—usually blue and white.
In the Wizard of Oz, which was shot in 1939, Dorothy wore a blue gingham dress, depicting her innocence. After Brigette Bardot (the French singer, actress, and fashion model) famously wore it to her wedding in the summer of 1959, its popularity sky-rocketed again. 
Bridgette Bardot in her pink gingham wedding dress

 Now, it's no longer scarcely seen among fashionistas; in short, it is one fabric that seems to be in everyone’s closet now.

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Alexa Chung


However, it’s one thing to know the history of gingham; it’s another thing to style it in a way that doesn't give the idea that you travelled in a time machine from the 50s. So here are some of guides (not an exhaustive list) that will save you from falling into this trap:  

  • Go with a floral pattern as a complementary piece rather than a neutral or denim pairing. 

  • Wear with a loud graphic print to take away the high school look that the gingham produces so well

  • Go with a pair of jeans and a gingham blouse: it works the magic every time.

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