Know Your Terms: Gingham

Because dropping the lingo is half the fun of dressing well.

Checked, mate.

Today we’re talking about gingham, that eye-pleasing, picnic tablecloth pattern—as checkered as Jack Nicholson’s past, and hands down the best alternative to solid and striped dress shirts. Derived from the Malay, but coming to us from the Dutch term ginggang, meaning “striped,” gingham began to be manufactured in Manchester, England, and then Virginia in the 17th century, and soon after took on its now familiar checks. Made from pre-dyed, combed yarn, this historically all-cotton fabric (now often made with synthetics) has a lustrous finish and a cooling breathability that makes it perfect for summer.

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  1. Robert says:

    Great post. i recently discovered the versatility of this print and now im enthralled.


  2. Adam says:

    Eye bleeding? what? I can’t even see what I’m typing anymore…

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