Did you know gingham used to be a striped pattern? The fabric was manufactured in the early 17th century in Dutch colonized Indonesia, where the striped fabric was called “genggang” which means so much as striped in Malaysian. It wasn’t until the 18th century that it became checkered. However, there are many countries that claim to be the original manufacturers, amongst them the French, who had a different name for the fabric: Vichy. While the origin of the checkered pattern still remains unclear, it became a (huge!) fashion thing right after Brigitte Bardot married in a pink Vichy dress. This spring/summer Vichy is back and it seems like all major retailers have embraced the trend. Ralph Lauren is one of them! My choice for today’s style is this simple, yet elegant midi dress, light and feminine in an amazing baby blue tone. I love the bow on the neck, the length, the combination with my new pumps and the flirty raffia bag, a must have of this summer. This fashion-gingham-Vichy love story took place in London, another reason to love the English capital.
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