Some may say it’s a timeless print, others may say it’s reminiscent of a tablecloth from the 1950s…. I just say it makes me want to gag!
It doesn’t matter what stylish shape a gingham print piece of clothing may be, there is just no getting away from the fact that it immediately transports me back to my summer school uniform. That dreaded time of year when, if you were a slightly self-conscious and/or chubby teenager, the annual ritual where legs would have to be bared and body insecurities exposed was horrible for me.
The winter months were great because I could wear pretty much any style of grey skirt – i.e. one right down to my ankles with a long baggy jumper, but every year from the age of 11 to 16 it was the same as summer approached, traipsing into the school uniform shop in the hope there would be a dress that didn’t make my body look like a dumpy vegetable……
(You can’t tell me this New Look dress doesn’t look like school uniform?!)
I think I was unlucky in that I went to a grammar school whose uniform was pretty strict, so your choices were really limited – a shirt style dress with no stretch and the choice of an ugly green or dark red shade – if you had boobs, the top either bulged open at the buttons or you had to go up a couple of sizes and have a wide baggy waist.
That feeling of uncomfortable, sickly self-consciousness is one that will always be so easy to recall….
Isn’t it incredible how a piece of clothing can bring up negative feelings from such a long time ago in an instant …. but such is the power of fashion ….. and it obviously works both ways because equally, that’s why finding clothes we look and feel great in is so amazing and why shopping can be so addictive in my eyes!
In recent years there’s been so much more awareness of body image and schools are trying to help young women to feel better about themselves – although now of course there is also so much more pressure from the media portrayal of celebrities and social media – the statistics about eating disorders are pretty scary – so actually, it’s probably even worse nowadays.
I was recently asked to take part in a series that a fellow blogger is running about body image and that’s going to be posted next week, so it will be interesting to read what the different participants have to say on the subject.
So this summer you definitely won’t be catching me dancing around in a ruffled or embroidered gingham dress looking like a character from the Wizard of Oz.
Anyway that’s my musings for the weekend – go forth and feel beautiful in whatever you are wearing ladies! I’m looking particularly attractive in my floral pyjamas…..
Poor Dorothy, at least she had amazing shoes 😉