Gingham shirts are a classy shirt in their own right, the gingham design originates from Malay, the name genggang meaning striped, they say the name came into English via the Dutch, when they imported them into Europe, it was a striped pattern, but the English mills in Manchester gave it a checked pattern when it was produced, they wove it into a checked or plaid pattern, its made of carded medium or fine yarn , where the coloring is on the warp yarns & always along the grain.
So why are gingham shirts so popular, originally the only place you would see gingham is on the table as a table-cloth, in the early part of the 19th century film stars like Julie Garland in the film Wizard of Ozz, wore a blue gingham dress sexy, then you have Bridget Bardo she got married in a pink gingham dress “yeah baby”, this caused a fashion craze in Paris & gingham material nearly ran out, it was not till the 1960s that man got in to gingham, Mods started to wear it thanks to brave designer called Ben Sherman, in the 80s & 90s it fell out of favour, but thanks to the Brit pop scene it became a popular shirt to wear again.
Fred Perry prides its self on its brand that has a strong following so their classic fit gingham shirt with button down collar, in both short & long sleeve, with a patch pocket on the chest embroidered with their signature laurel wreath motif, is a stylish shirt to own
Ben Sherman is a legend in his own right, he embraced change all the way searching for the best, & one of them was the iconic gingham shirt, it’s a long sleeve shirt with adjustable cuffs, designed to a heritage made fit, it features a two finger button down collar, branded label on the spade pocket, & what makes their shirt stand out , it’s the bias check on the placket & the yoke also the pocket, very British but super chic.
Merc London have been making shirts since 1967, they are Mod farther for rude boys & skin heads they have a simple design in both long sleeve & short, their motif is embroidered on the pocket, with a button down collar with a tartan design on the in side of the collar, also a back box pleat and twin darts, its made from 100% cotton, a true classic to own.
The need kid on the block is Pretty green from Manchester, their style is very laid back & their gingham shirts come in a finer check, the style of the shirt is a classic fit, button down collar, embroidered chest badge and tab, single yoke on the back with a hook, made from 100 % cotton. a great shirt from a fresh stylish label.
The gingham shirt can be worn for casual or smart dress, it’s a great shirt to have in your wardrobe, take a look at these styles, it will give you some idea how you can wear your gingham shirt.
So have I convinced you to buy a gingham shirt, if you are my advise is stick with red or blue, but if you want to be very classy go for black guys you will love the look & style.
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