What to wear this weekend: FEMAIL picks out a selection of grown-up gingham

  • Dinah Van Tulleken reveals we’ve been turning to gingham for over 200 years
  • UK-based fashion editor says however that it has never excited her for summer
  • For autumn it’s cooler, smarter and gives a far more sophisticated aesthetic  

GROWN-UP GINGHAM 

Credit where credit’s due, gingham has proved it’s got staying power. Season after season, designers turn to a fabric we’ve worn for . . . (hurriedly checks Google) wow, more than 200 years. 

It’s never excited me as a summer option, but in a darker palette, for autumn, it’s cooler, smarter, and more sophisticated; an aesthetic I can do business with. 

WEAR FOR EVER 

We all want clothes that will cross the smart/casual divide and a gingham shirt is exactly that. So if you’re consciously after just one item to update your new season wardrobe, one which will be stylish for years to come, this is my top recommendation. 

I’ve dressed mine down with a pair of baggy trousers, which are fabulously comfortable and surprisingly easy to wear. But you could equally pair this traditional print top with jeans or any number of skirt shapes, so long as you stick to plain colours. Top, £35, M&S in store only, trousers, £115.50, and sandals, £250, meandem.com

Look for something oversized and easy in darker, muted colours such as black and white. Or for navy and cream, check out Bonmarche’s cotton offering, which is only £18 (see box below). These tones are the easiest to wear, but you’ll find bolder colours on the high street, too. And if you want to add a little excitement to this practical purchase, go for something with a statement collar like the White Stuff design (below). 

ADD EASY LAYERS 

I’ve dressed mine down with a pair of baggy trousers, which are fabulously comfortable and surprisingly easy to wear. 

But you could equally pair this traditional print top with jeans or any number of skirt shapes, so long as you stick to plain colours. And it’s easy to layer under knitwear or with a proper jacket as the weather turns colder. As the fashion pack love to say, it’s the perfect ‘­transitional piece’ to take you into autumn. 

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