Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Comic Con Outfits ~ Day Four Red Gingham

Gingham always seems to have a bit of a retro feel to me, no matter what you do with it. It says homey country kitchen, apple pie, picnics.

Oh what a beautiful morning,
Oh what a beautiful day,
I've got a wonderful feeling,
Gingham is coming my way.

A hem, sorry, getting a little carried away there. Where was I? Oh yes, gingham. A member of the check family, I believe. Most often seen in black and white, red and white, or blue and white.

 It took me a long time to come around to gingham. Like pink it felt to girly and sweet to me. It just seems very very difficult to make gingham edgy.

But I cam around to gingham when I spotted this adorable tennis dress in a local vintage shop. It was muslin and looked very cool and light, and something that woudl pair with flats. All top concerns for my wardrobe and upcoming Comic Con.

 It was labeled 1970s but I think it might be more late 1960s. Here's a range of vintage red and white gingham from 1940 ~ 1970.

 1940s; 1950s Red & White Gingham Summer Dress

 1960's mod red & white gingham dress; 1970s gingham summer dress mod drop waist box pleats

Mine would seem to slide in at late 1960s but I suppose it could be 1970s.

It's actually meant to be tighter and shorter on someone a bit larger than me, but I liked it so much as a more 1920's loose feel (and this way it fit the Rack). I walked away from it the first time and then went back after contemplating it for a couple weeks, luckily it was still waiting for me.

I wore it with cream accessories and cream flats. I made a silly little hat out of a knitted pettit four that a reader gave to me in Portland. (More on that in a separate DIY blog to come.)

As I said, gingham as been around forever. Here's a little retrospective . . .

Before the turn of the century:

 1840-1845  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The 1930s

The 1940s

The 1950s

The 1960s 

And some modern takes on gingham. 

 Some even manage to be almost not retro.

Right is a pink gingham from Rusty Zipper.

 Left also from Rusty Zipper.

 Words cannot describe how much I want this outfit.

Next up, silly DIY hat. I leave you with self much appreciating a lovely cup of tea at Comic Con mid day. Small pleasures make all the difference.

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.


  1. It took me a long time to come around to gingham as well for the same reasons. But as I started leaning more heavily on the women of traditional country and roots music, I started to appreciate it. I started to see it as their way of looking the girly part, but opening their mouths to rock. I think there's something very approachable about gingham that appealed to the women who wore it. It wasn't just picnics, it was that non-threatening, accessible feeling you get from those wearing it. It's friendly. There is plenty of bad vintage and repro gingham on the scene to be certain, but it can also be lovely and flattering.

    Also, Gail, my darling... there's this that I'm coveting heavily:


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