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Gingham Love

“I’m addicted to gingham,” my friend Jessie texted me yesterday. And I agree — recently I’ve been spotting the checked pattern everywhere and loving it more than ever. It feels so cheerful, and it’s popping up on clothing, accessories and home goods. Here are five pretty styles: bag, shirt, dress, sweater and top.

And then there’s Heather Taylor Home!!! Can you imagine a gingham bedroom? All the heart eyes.

What about you? Are you into gingham right now, or definitely not? So curious to hear your thoughts.

(Top photo by Dôen, and bottom by Heather Taylor Home.)

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  1. Emma says...

    I love gingham too! I’m from Australia and I think it has such fresh and Summery connotations of picnics and school uniforms.
    I’ve just bought some beautiful navy and blush gingham bed linen from Castle and Things by amazing Australian artist, Rachel Castle which clashes with her other linen in stripes and other sweet patterns.
    I get so excited to go to bed!

  2. Elisa says...

    I grew up in a totally gingham accented bedroom – bedspread, curtains, etc. I hated it at the time, but kind of love this iteration of it. It’s funny how everything comes back!

  3. Lisa says...

    Any idea who makes the top in the Kauai beach photo??

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Doen! Xo

  4. Allie says...

    It’s tough wearing gingham here in Utah because you instantly start emitting pioneer wife vibes. It’s how I imagine east coasters feel about the “Founding Fathers” low parted ponytail.

    • Jenny says...

      Be my friend. That’s hilarious

    • This is totally why I can wear my Mexicana star cowboy booties in L.A. and feel like I’m winning, but not in Atlanta, where I feel like it’s all so misunderstood.

    • hannah says...

      this is exactly how I feel about the t-shirt over a turtleneck trend!!

  5. Meg says...

    A red gingham bathing suit is very cute. But anything else I’m worried that it goes a little too “picnic table?”

  6. Kate says...

    Oof da. No way!

  7. Jan says...

    I adore gingham. All the memories of my youth come alive and I am swept back to summertime, wearing bibs and a sleeveless cotton gingham blouse.
    Recently my good friend shared her distaste for the fabric and I was crushed because I felt alone in my walk back in time. Gingham is Dorothy, and Laura Ignalls. Wilder, and the Waltons. It’s tablecloths with a picnic basket. Gingham is the one fabric that colors stand alone, defending themselves on a white background. I guess gingham is just that, a plain and simple print that doesn’t scream I’m here, unlike paisley. It whispers I’m free, blowing in the breeze on a clothesline or gently kissing an open window sill in summer. Oh the stories gingham can tell.

    • Lori Biesecker says...

      Thank you for such a lovely gingham appreciation!

  8. Mouse says...

    I’m glad gingham makes other people happy, but nope, can’t do it. It’s just too Daisy Mae for me.

    • Tee says...

      yes. especially with the added ruffle. too twee for me. or square-dancey.

    • Tina Crisas says...

      @tee, i would agree with you, seriously! however, before reading this post, i was lying in bed with my toddler, who had just fallen asleep, browsing on the h&m site and i spotted a lilac gingham blouse WITH a ruffle. Not my style really, but I don’t know, the image of something so light and playful instantly took hold of me. i was imagining wearing it with grey or blue jeans and birkenstocks, sold! I think with all the stress and mayhem due to covid, i craved frilly and easy going, who knows! extra glad to know it’s actually on trend :)

  9. Nectar says...

    I’ve always bought my swimsuits in gingham. so class!

  10. Ingrid says...

    Gingham is most definitely timeless! I just finished repurposing the yellow and white gingham curtains that hung in my daughter’s bedroom 15-20 years ago into cheery curtains for a trailer/guest house she just bought. A bit of home, a bit of sunshine!

    • Kirsten says...

      That sounds beautiful!! House tour of your daughters trailer/guest house in the future?!

  11. Ann says...

    I love gingham but don’t have any. I did have a violet gingham bedding when I was little too. I had my eye on a black and white coverup from Christy Dawn for the longest time. I should check on it again.

  12. Emily says...

    I would recognize Tunnels Beach in Kauai (top photo) anywhere! wish I could be there now!

    • T says...

      Oh that is darling!

  13. Kate says...

    I will refrain from sharing my honest feelings about gingham…but I will say WOW I just took a vacation by clicking the first photo! Those photos on the Doen website are so dreamy!!

    • Jasmine says...

      Hahahhaha your diplomacy made me smile. And I feel the same way as you lol!!!!!

  14. annie says...

    Gingham just feels cheerful. I love having it around.

  15. Cynthia says...

    I’ve always loved gingham. I made myself a bright green and white gingham check crinkle cloth bathrobe last spring. Crinkle cloth is a little heavier than gauze so you can’t see through it, but has the same texture. I trimmed it with eyelet ruffles, and I love the way it turned out.

  16. Kendra says...

    My sister’s room had yellow gingham bedding in the 80s! With a matching canopy and big daisy wallpaper. It all comes back!

  17. Nicole A. says...

    My bedspread is blue and white gingham! It’s a quilt that was passed down to me from my mother. Her grandmother made it! So it’s extra special that way.

  18. Annie says...

    I really like gingham! But all the tech bros I work with wear some version of that ubiquitous navy/white gingham button-up shirt, which has kinda ruined it for me lately. :-|

    • Jenny says...

      Word!

  19. Jessie says...

    To me, gingham is like the smell of your favorite meal cooking in your Mom’s kitchen, it reminds me of home. My Mom has used gingham in nearly every application my whole life: clothes, linens, etc. I’ve always loved it. I’m happy to see it pop back up in popularity every once in a while. I think it’s such a sweet, innocent patten.

  20. Kari T. says...

    I have a pair of blue and white gingham stilettos, they are horribly uncomfortable but about once a year I sport them out to lunch or dinner when I know I can sit for the most part ha. Damn you gingham and your irresistible allure!

  21. Ro says...

    Why does this look so fresh? I love it! It always amazes me how patterns/styles come back around, or suddenly seem new even though they’ve been around forever.

    I was just out walking my dog and saw a woman in huge bell bottom jeans and she looked AMAZING. If you had asked me a year ago about bell bottoms I would have thrown up haha

    • Cph says...

      Like all of my favorite kids clothes, I would totally where that!

  22. Wendy says...

    I’ve always loved gingham. I remember being shocked when my 30-something daughter said she really didn’t like it! Oh well. I like it best mixed with bold floral prints.

  23. Jill says...

    I love gingham, but not on me and not in my home. Haha.
    Too much like the 50s and 60s in my mind. And I don’t see how it could be updated to look more modern.

    Also, the other dated fabric is seersucker. Oh lordy, I loved that back in the day. Ha!

    • Michaela says...

      That’s so funny! I always thought seersucker (in small doses) was so timeless and classic! It’s so wild how such a basic pattern can evoke such feelings of a time (or not!).

  24. Midge says...

    I have always loved gingham but look so matronly when I wear it. Crank the dial up to Buffalo plaid for me!

  25. CS says...

    Yes! It looks so cute!

  26. Susie says...

    The top is cute but I’m dying to know where her jeans are from?!!

  27. Reminds me of country decor and that’s not a bad thing!

  28. I love gingham, especially in kitchen valances and bedspreads.. Reminds me of country living.

  29. DeAnn says...

    I had THE best gingham small check three quarter sleeve top I got at Muji in Taiwan years ago. WHY did I give it away?! Miss it all the time. Japanese gingham will always have my heart. I just made gingham pillows for my living room and am thinking of sewing a gingham top. Black, always black gingham 🖤🤍.

  30. Leslie says...

    I purchased navy gingham bed linens a few years back because it felt like every night I was curling up in one of my husbands favorite button down shirts.

  31. JW says...

    um… no… never will I ever… it’s way too much like the picnic tablecloths of my childhood.

    • Rebecca says...

      That’s what I love about it! I have a picnic tablecloth from my grandmother and I smile every time we pull it out.

  32. I didn’t really care for gingham until Heather Taylor Home linens came into my life. Now I love it so much, I bought her face masks just so I could wear it every day! Oh, and my husband – he’s a convert too!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      We wear those masks too! They’re so comfy.

  33. Molly says...

    Ooh I’ve been following Heather Taylor since her blog LA in Bloom long ago! So effortlessly chic! Her gingham is everything!

  34. Theresa says...

    I have loved gingham for as long as I can remember! I still wear it and I’m 48!

  35. Jessica says...

    I saw mention of gingham as a trend in the comments on some item I was considering at Toast. Let me guess, your friend is British?

    It seems to be trickling over the Atlantic – I particularly like the rainbow-check things I’ve seen lately, and this top from Caron Callahan is kinda calling my name: https://caroncallahan.com/collections/tops/products/daisy-top-royal-gauze-plaid

  36. smk says...

    I’ve had gingham on my mind for the last few weeks. After much deliberation, I just bought a navy and white gingham ottoman yesterday for our new house! I can’t wait for it to arrive.

  37. c says...

    It somehow looks chic on other people, but when I wear it, regardless of the cut, it makes me feel like I Scarlett-O’Hara’ed a dress out of a giant picnic tablecloth!

  38. Ari says...

    My mom used to sew my sister and I all of our clothes as kids (matching, even though we are three years apart), and would get the fabric in the bargain bins. One fabric she used to make a pair of insanely poofy-sleeved dresses was blue gingham with vine tomatoes overlayed on it. At the time it seemed so dumb, but now my sister and I are like, “where could we get such awesome fabric?!” We want to make everything with this tomato gingham fabric. We often joke that if we opened a children’s clothing or toy store we would called it “Tomato & Gingham”.

  39. M says...

    Patterns are interesting! Gingham always felt a little Stepfordy to me – like, basic and conservative. Fun to the see the different perspectives on it here!

  40. erica says...

    I bought a pack of Heather Taylor Home gingham masks at the beginning of lockdown last year (they also give away a pack for every one you buy – awesomeness).

    They’ve been a such source of cheer and security through this covid haul!

  41. jane says...

    Omg I used to live across the street from that beach – I miss it so much!
    Also I love gingham – such an eternally wholesome vibe! It always makes me feel happy.

    • mimi says...

      Where is that lovely beach? I want to put it on my bucket list.
      I’ll wear my hot pink gingham button down shirt or my navy gingham button down shirt when I go.

  42. celeste says...

    Probably not for me. Super into butter yellow though!

  43. Emily says...

    I’m so into gingham, I’m another who grew up with the English school uniform summer dresses, mine was lilac and white. I love it in my home as well as shirts…

  44. Maywyn says...

    Love gingham. Bell bottom hip huggers quarter inch red & white gingham pants my fancy outfit circa 1967.

  45. Kiana says...

    Gingham makes me feel nostalgic for my kid’s youths. They were born in Spain where gingham is the official pattern of school smocks which they had to wear over their clothes every day. Will always read as school fashion for me, but in a positive way.

  46. Teeljn says...

    Love the shirt – gingham bedroom tho? No, just no. Cannot get down with Granny chic or whatever it is called… that’s about the least sexy bedroom I have ever laid eyes on… but you do you!

    • Joanne says...

      I couldn’t agree more. The ruffles on those gingham pillowcases are the nail in the coffin for me. I can’t tell if they remind me more of granny chic or a toddler Easter dress, either way, not for me.

  47. Janey says...

    Absolutely adore everything gingham. Here in the UK it’s school uniform in the summer months and I still remember the excitement of ditching the wool tights and grey skirt of winter uniform for the gingham dress and white socks which meant it was summer! Makes me feel happy and I’d love that bedding

  48. Ruth says...

    OMG I have no where to wear any of these (LOL WFH/pandemic life) but I want them all, especially the Doen top!

  49. Alexandra says...

    I have loved gingham for many years, it never goes out of fashion, really. I have J Crew gingham shirts from the last 20 years in blue, pink, orange, black, and pillowcases in gingham that I find on E-bay. I think I need one of the Doen dresses though, they are too pretty!

    • Samantha says...

      Just pillowcases is a brilliant idea! A small pop that will bring a smile (and a quick, easy DIY make). Thanks :)

  50. hali says...

    Right after college I nannied a 2 year old in Kauai for a year. Took him to that beach every single day. And a few days before my wedding a few years ago we hosted a huge sloppy party on that same beach with a giant inflatable peacock that held 15 people on it. Hanalei, man. Is there a better beach?

    Also, I gifted HTH table linen to my best friend for her 30th last month! Felt like a real grownup doing so. Felt so hopeful dropping it off at her front door knowing someday soonish I’ll get to enjoy it with her AT HER HOUSE. Gingham rules forever. I love this blog.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      That is a beautiful/meaningful gift!

    • Amber says...

      I lost a great pair of sunnies in the water at that beach on my honeymoon. I don’t even want that shirt, as much as I want to be in that dreamy photo!

    • Danielle says...

      My husband and I eloped in Kauai and it truly lives up to all expectations. A funny aside is that marriage licenses there are granted by folks who are sort of like notaries. They often work in a wedding adjacent field so we drove through a down pour to get our license at a hair salon in Hanalei.