Why Gingham Makes Me Want to Gag

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 😉







  1. June 4, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    We don’t wear school uniforms in Germany so I don’t make that connection at all. 😀 I find gingham kind of cute actually. I only own a hairband that has a gingham print on one side, so I’m not super into it apparently, but I do like it. 🙂

    • June 4, 2017 / 1:22 pm

      How lucky not having school uniform! Funny isn’t it how things like that can stir memories up…. I love monochrome in general, just not that print!

  2. June 4, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    It’s so funny how we can associate names, prints, tastes, etc. with bad experiences! Sorry that you had a bad experience with your gingham print uniform, but I like how you put a spin of humor on it 😀

  3. June 4, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    Haha this cracks me up. I don’t dislike gingham, but I have been surprised that it’s such a thing this year! And yes, it TOTALLY reminds me of tablecloths. I always think that.

  4. June 5, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    Hahaha I know what you mean. This really made me laugh!!! In my primary school we had a pink gingham dress, just like the New look one but with shoulders. I find gingham just reminds me of going on a picnic but to be fair with my post pregnancy body I probably just need a tablecloth these days!

    • June 5, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      Hahaha Olivia! I’m certain you don’t need a tablecloth! 😂

  5. sheri
    June 6, 2017 / 3:44 am

    When I moved into this house the wallpaper in the laundry room was like a mini-version of Dorothy’s gingham dress. It gave me a headache every time I went into the room! It was definitely the first thing to go. I think gingham can be okay in certain circumstances, but it’s definitely not my favorite!

  6. June 6, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    It’s so interesting to read this post and all the following comments, I would never ever associate gingham with a school uniform, simply because I’ve never had one (luckily- from what you’re saying!) It does make me think of table clothes in Italian restaurants and for some reason I find men in gingham shirts incredibly attractive, it must be because of “This is England”. Thank you for such a fascinating read, it’s funny how one silly print can bring up so many different emotions isn’t it! Xx

  7. June 7, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    No, it’s not a good look! My daughter wears it well in her school uniform, they’re so much better now

  8. June 7, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    Tiffany, this is so funny! It is interesting how a certain cloth item can trigger a feeling of our childhood. And you are so right, at least Dorothy had ruby red slippers to off-set her gingham ruffles! 🙂
    Oh and yes to the pjs!

  9. June 7, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    I didn’t ever have to wear a uniform for school but I can imagine howe much more challenging it would be to begin having awareness about your body (and body image) and having to fit into something that just doesn’t feel (or look) very nice.

    And I immediately think of tablecloths when I see this print as well, I’m with you! Gag!

  10. June 8, 2017 / 12:07 am

    It straight up just makes me think of Dorothy. That’s the only thing it’s ever reminded me of. lol

  11. June 8, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    This did make me laugh! Gingham’s definitely not something I’d wear and I have to agree that it does tend to remind me of tablecloths and summer school uniforms!

  12. June 9, 2017 / 11:51 am

    Hahahahaha I felt the exact same for a while but now I’m like f**k it, it makes me feel young again 😉 Gingham all the way!!! xxx

  13. June 14, 2017 / 9:11 am

    I love it on boys shirts, although I never knew it was called that. It was just a check shirt in my house, but I’m no fashionista!

  14. June 29, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    Never thought I would relate to an article so much haha but I totally get it! I didn’t view gingham like this but now.. the horror…

    Sophie | LFB Blogazine

    • June 29, 2017 / 3:35 pm

      Haha! I really just cannot stomach it and it wont go away it’s everywhere in the shops still! 😂

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