“I’d have to try it on to be sure I didn’t look like Pollyanna. #WomenOver50 need to be cautious with Gingham” declared @AWellStyledLife (Twitter) in response to my suggesting a DVF gingham dress as her summer go-to.
She’s right. After a lively discussion, it seemed appropriate to write a post about how to pull off this spunky spring trend print. Younger women can look like a child and older women can look old-fashioned. I love yin-yang strategies, and these tips are based on adding a little yang to a very yin print.
Try a large print gingham. Small prints tend to look more juvenile. DVF Ballerina Wrap Sweater $348
Choose a gingham in a gem tone or more conservative color like navy, taupe or black. Or add those colors to it while creating the outfit. This shopbop.com peplum black and navy dress is $115.
Choose structured garments that look tailored and fitted. If the gingham garment is flowing or boxy, add a structured jacket or straight leg pant. A little sex appeal goes a long way. Warning: gingham with jeans can catapult you into Ellie-May Clampett territory.
Choose sophisticated accessories. A stiff-leather tote will make gingham look more chic than a floral canvas hobo bag. A kitten heel over a flip-flop. Estate jewelry is a fantastic accent.
If gingham plainly conflicts with your natural essence, but you love it anyway, find shoes and handbags that sport the print. It’s away from your face and requires little more thought than color choice. Always choose colors that work well with your existing wardrobe for best cost-per wear results.
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