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

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

  • Dinah Van Tulleken Reveals We’ve Been Turning to Gingham for Over 200 Years
  • However, the UK-based fashion editor says it never got her excited for summer
  • For fall it’s cooler, smarter and gives a much more refined aesthetic

ADULT GANGHAM

Credit where credit is due, gingham has proven it has staying power. Season after season, designers turn to a fabric we’ve worn for. . . (checks Google hastily) wow, over 200 years.

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

WEAR FOREVER

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

I dressed mine up with baggy pants, which are fabulously comfortable and surprisingly easy to wear. But you can also pair this traditional printed top with jeans or any number of skirt shapes, as long as you stick to solid colors. Top, £35, M&S in store only, trousers, £115.50 and sandals, £250, meandem.com

£29, puzzleonline.com

£18, coupon march.  co.uk

Credit where credit is due, gingham has proven it has staying power. Season after season, designers turn to a fabric we’ve worn for. . . (has a quick google search) wow, over 200 years

£87, equivalent to fashion.com

£59, white goods.  com

Find something extra big and easy in dark, muted colors like black and white

GO DARK

Look for something extra big and easy in dark, muted colors like black and white. Or for navy and cream, check out Bonmarche’s cotton range, which is just £18 (see box below). These shades are the easiest to wear, but you’ll also find bolder colors on the high street. And if you want to add a little excitement to this practical purchase, go for something with a standout collar like the White Stuff design (below).

ADD SIMPLE LAYERS

I dressed mine up with baggy pants, which are fabulously comfortable and surprisingly easy to wear.

But you can also pair this traditional printed top with jeans or any number of skirt shapes, as long as you stick to solid colors. And it’s easy to wear under knitwear or with a good jacket when the weather gets colder. As the fashion pack likes to say: it’s the perfect ‘transition piece’ to take you into autumn.

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