For years, I detested the decision of retailers to feature the next season’s fashions about 5 minutes after the current season began. I mean really, do I want to be looking at t-shirts and jean jackets in January – while temperatures are still in the minus digits?
But then I realized yes, yes I do.
For two reasons: one, I like shopping “end of season” clearance sales while I still have many months left to enjoy the discount fashions. Case in point: both my boys own GAP winter coats, purchased in January, for 60% off the regular price. And they’ll wear those new coats for the next three months!
Two, I like having a preview of the styles and trends to come, so I can take a tally of my closet and decide what can stay, and what needs to be refreshed. And while I rarely invest in multiple pieces of a key trend, I always ensure that I have at least one or two items to show off the season’s hottest look.
For Spring 2015, it’s all about gingham, baby.
“We’re calling it now: Gingham is the print of spring 2015. Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, and Altuzarra all agree.” – elle.com
“Gingham is by no means a novel print, but for spring/summer 2015, a handful of New York designers have gravitated toward the classic picnic-friendly textile, fashioning it in a way that felt fresh, new, and unexpected.” – instyle.com
“After making a brief appearance last season at Céline, gingham has infiltrated the spring/summer 2015 New York runways. While the traditional colored checks seen at several shows reflect spring’s flora and fauna, we’re partial to these graphic black-and-white offerings.” – NY Times
“The message from the New York Fashion Week runways was loud and clear. Give your neo-grungy buffalo checks a break this spring and try out light and feminine gingham instead.” – glamour.com
Are you giddy for gingham?
1. Gingham Blouse, Zara: $59.90 2. Cell Phone Case, Isaac Mizrahi: $25.00 3. Gold Cuff, Tory Burch: TBD* 4. MOTO Gingham Pants, Top Shop: $70.00 5. Gingham Scarf, American Eagle, $30.00 6. Jamaica Espadrilles, ASOS: $12.00 7. Mid-Length Check Trench, Coach: $575.00
*This Tory Burch bangle is no longer available in stores, but it’s so delicious I just had to include it in my round up. I’ve seen it on eBay for anywhere between $75 – $150; this one is worth bidding on!
I already own a few gingham pieces – a strapless dress, a bracelet and of course, socks – all from 2003! Yep, there’s your proof – if you hang onto clothing long enough, it WILL come back in style.
So, gingham – love it or leave it?