NY & Company Sleeveless Blouse Vintage Gingham Skirt (similar here) Gold Studded Pearl Earrings (similar here) Vintage Wicker Straw Handbag (Roberta Alexander, similar here) Vintage White Cotton Gloves (similar here) Dolce Vita Kalila Pumps
How could an era such as the 1940’s that consisted of a number of wartime shortages and difficulties achieve a lasting display of elegance? With the feminine touch of pin curls, bright ruby red lips and a narrow hip kept a woman’s silhouette anything but austere. The question might be how these simple yet practical garment choices had managed to look sumptuous; it’s the stylization not the garment itself. A classic pattern that made for casual daywear is the checked pattern of Gingham. This distinguished piebald of even-sized checks, made up with horizontal and vertical stripes crossing one another to form even checks. This popular pattern also known as genggang which means striped, had its debut in the 17th century. Shortly after the gingham pattern became reproduced in the mills of Manchester, England in the color combination of blue and white.
Despite the beginning in which you may reference gingham, I have always found this timeless pattern to symbolize a nostalgic place in time. A popular representation of gingham was showcased in 1939 with The Wizard of Oz in which Judy Garland’s character Dorothy wears an iconic blue gingham dress. The connection from her pitch line of youth, ‘there is no place like home’ gave a visual effect of homespun utilitarian glamour.
Today you will discover gingham will effortlessly be associated in the form of two aver symbolic standards; nostalgic yet youthful.