You probably have noticed that gingham is coming back with a vengeance of elegant gentlemen’s shirts.
In the past, it was considered as a “popular” fabric, only existed in
three colours: black, blue and pink, and was mostly used to make
blouses and garments for young children.
Up until about two years ago, it was quite rare to see so-called
“formal” shirts (those worn with tailored made suits and ties) made of gingham. This
fabric was mostly used to make more casual, button-down or other, shirts
worn by gentlemen on the weekend.
Then, during the last two years, this rather interesting to
coordinate pattern (when one masters a few fundamental rules)
progressively started to spread to the collections of traditional shirt
makers until it became a best seller during the winter 2010/2011.
Now, all labels, from Tom Ford to TM Lewin, Tyrwhitt, Pink, Marc
Guyot and even the very conservative Turnbull & Asser, offer gingham
shirts in their formal and business selections. Last year, the fearless
Marc Guyot even, in his true fashion, pushed the envelope a bit further
with white collars and cuffs on gingham shirts! For the record, the
first time he had “dared” to ask Turnbull & Asser to make him such a
shirt, he had been nicely told off, as this “twist” was simply
unimaginable by the venerable English shirt maker.
This global trend towards more colour and pattern is undoubtedly
linked to the increased interest in men for dressing and their better
understanding of the fundamentals of wearing these character shirts
without making any visual mistake.
PG likes how gingham shirts open a very interesting creative realm
while providing a dash of character that is quite welcome in our uniform
and bland world.
But gentlemen, beware! Make sure to stick to the fundamentals,
including the rules on harmoniously blending pattern without blinding
others with a blur of patterns…