Gingham For Autumn

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Oct 252013
 

Gingham is synonymous with summer. It conjours images of picnics in the park and Dorothy Gayle skipping.

That being said I was surprised to find two dresses almost identical in style, both circa 1960s, both by different makers (seemingly, one is by Louis Caring of London and the other has no tags to identify its maker) and yet both long sleeveswith a Gingham check in wool.

1960s Button Front Green Gingham Wool Trapeze dress 1960s Button Front Red Gingham Wool A-Line dress

The fabric is not technically Gingham; it is a loosely woven wool rather than usual medium-weight cotton characteristic of Gingham, however it certainly bears a very close resemblance. It’s a great compromise for wearing a vibrant summerish pattern whilst staying snug in the cooler weather; a transition piece from to get you through Autumn into winter. I’m sure you’ll have noticed though that they are short, mid-thigh length to be precise, so will certainly be the ones to wear with a slip and either over-the-knee socks or chunky tights… or both.

I’ve never seen vintage dresses like these babies before but they’re a winner with me. Especially the red.

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