Gingham has been another of the big trends of spring 2017 so far, but, surprisingly enough, I’ve yet to actually buy any of it. I say “surprisingly” – I’m a huge fan of gingham print, which I love for its summery, retro-inspired feel, but, actually, most of the gingham around this season is a little different to the stuff I’m used to – and most of it seems to come attached to the kind of ruffled blouses that look fabulous on other people, but would make me feel like I was wearing fancy dress. I’m not nearly as keen on ruffles as I am on checks, in other words, so it looks like I’m going to have to restrict my gingham love to the footwear department, which is much more my speed.
Take the shoes above, for instance. These are so fun and colourful that, when I first came across them, I was seriously tempted to order a pair – even although I already have at least four pairs of gingham print shoes in my closet right now, and that’s just off the top of my head. The very last thing I need is a fifth pair to join them, but the problem is, this is one of those fabrics that’s always irresistible to me, no matter how much of it I already own. (And these might be a similar print to my existing pairs of gingham shoes, but they’re a different style – and that makes all the difference, doesn’t it?)
In terms of styling, I most often wear my red gingham shoes with jeans, but they also look wonderful with something like a white sundress: I love the contrast of red and white, but, then again, the fact that these are also available in a black and white upper means that those of you who share my love of gingham might have a touch decision to make!