What is Gingham? This Season’s Must Have Print

What is Gingham? | by The Luxi Look

What is Gingham | by The Luxi Look

We are seeing gingham everywhere this year.

TBH, I was not the biggest fan of gingham. It felt too Little House on the Prairie for my liking.

When I first started seeing gingham pop up in designs a year ago, I couldn’t help but ask –

What is gingham, exactly?

It’s not quite plaid but it looks similar. Turns out, gingham is actually stripesAccording to GQ, “gingham” is derived from the Malayan word genggang, which means “striped.” The yarn is dyed before woven and the two different colors contract each other, creating the striped or checkered effect. The pattern originated in Southeast Asia, eventually ending up in Europe and is now a mainstay in spring and summer fashions year after year. Pretty cool, right?

What is Gingham | by The Luxi Look

What is Gingham | by The Luxi Look

I guess it goes to show how things aren’t always as they seem, and looks can be deceiving. Even with gingham! Although now that I look more closely, I can see the “stripes.”

Now we’re seeing gingham on every type of clothing – from tops and skirts to dresses and swimsuits, you’ll  be hard pressed to find something that doesn’t come in gingham. If you’re a fan of the print, you’re in luck. For super trendy prints and pieces I like to wade in slowly – hence why I chose this Lovers + Friends skirt. You get the gingham print without feeling as though it overpowers your look, and it goes with all the black + white tops in my closet.

What is Gingham | by The Luxi Look

All right – I’m offline for the day! I’m really, really trying to take one day a week, no matter how busy, to disconnect and spend with my boyfriend, dog, and close friends. It isn’t easy – I’m always “so busy” (who isn’t?) aka need to learn to prioritize and drop sh*t that doesn’t matter. With that said, it’s been a week full of reflection (more to come) as I started reconsidering a path for myself that I had decided against a year ago. Lesson being – it’s ok to change your mind and the quarter life crisis is real.

BTW – if you want to check out a few more examples of how to rock gigham, check out this Popsugar article on 14 different ways to master gingham!

Talk soon –

xx, Amy

What is Gingham | by The Luxi Look

top: similar | skirt: lovers + friends

23 Discussion to this post

  1. Jamie says:

    Love the educational piece to your post! Have an amazing rest of the weekend!


  2. I love this print! My grandma is the most fashionable lady I know and she has a whole suit in this print! But your skirt is also very elegant and playful! Hope you have the best weekend! Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

  3. Areli says:

    This skirt is so cute with this white top, gingham is definitely a different print but its so fun to style! i actually did a post about this trend!!!
    Areli’s April
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  4. Jessica says:

    I love this look so much, both the top and skirt are so cute ! They go perfectly together also, so that is a plus. I too wasn’t a huge fan of gingham before but it is growing on me haha. Love !


  5. Love everything about this look! The skirt, the top, the bag.. Well one babe!




  6. Such a gorgeous skirt! Love the gingham print!

    xx Sarah-Allegra

  7. Didier says:

    Oh neat! I didn’t know that about gingham! I love learning new things in blog posts for sure and you look amazing!


  8. emily says:

    Ahh I didn’t know that gingham meant stripes, I guess that would explain why I love it so much though! Obsessed with all things ginham at the moment, especially your skirt!!
    x Emily

  9. Kathryn says:

    I love that you mentioned Little House on the Prairie…when I saw the word “gingham” that’s where my mind went, LOL. I love how you styled the print here, there. It’s such a chic look!

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

  10. Cindy Elena says:

    omg I had no idea that gingham neant strippes!! I could’ve sworn that it meant checkerd hahaha. Thank you so much for the info.
    By the way I looooooooooooove that top on you so much!! It’s perfect for spring.

    xo | Cindy

  11. Love the print Amy, perfect for spring. I should be down in a few weeks….maybe have time for coffee? 😀


  12. Ah, interesting info Amy, thanks for sharing! I also think gingham is too close to the House on the Prairie, but you nailed it here in perfect balance with your top. Curious about the new changes you mention here…

    Happy Monday, gorgeous

    Saida | She talks Glam

  13. I was just like you and didn’t care for gingham before this season. And I am still selective on what type of gingham pieces I will wear but this skirt is something I definitely would wear along with that fabulous top. This entire outfit is amazing and I want it right now! Such a great look Amy! xoxo, Christine

  14. Jessi Malay says:

    Yesss I love the gingham print for spring! I love how you paired it with a simple white color… super chic! <3

    XO Jessi,

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Gingham really is one of the season’s must-have prints! Loving the way you styled this skirt with such a simple white top – very effortless and chic, not to mention, perfect for the spring! <3 🙂

    XO, Elizabeth

  16. dora says:

    The ruffle on the skirt is such a cute detail for spring! I love the gingham pattern.

  17. Jenny says:

    I had no idea gingham are actually stripes, but now that you’ve explained it it makes sense! I was never a fan of the print, but I adore how you paired that gingham skirt with the white top, it’s so chic!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

  18. Your pictures are stunning!!! Totally agree with all of this ost, I would love to be able to be a little bit more spontaneous.
    Kate xx


  19. I’ve been seeing the print everywhere but didn’t even now that was the name as I don’t get caught up in the trends but I love how you paired it with a simple white color.

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

  20. […] all know gingham is the it print this year, so finding a gingham printed suit to wear is a no brainer. The ruffle […]

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