A favorite year after year, the gingham shirt is a versatile
piece for your warm-weather wardrobe
With its simple and classic two-toned design, the gingham shirt has become an icon of preppy spring style. Recognizable by its distinctive checked pattern, gingham actually refers to the name of the fabric. The cotton cloth—usually woven with two colors of yarn—is strong yet lightweight, making it a popular choice for leisurewear. Today, the gingham shirt comes in a variety of colors and check sizes, and it’s easy to find the perfect one for any occasion or style.
For an Ivy League–inspired look, choose a small checked pattern in the traditional blue and white hues and wear it with your go-to khaki pant and a blazer. Or create an interesting take on monochromatic style by layering the shirt under a sport coat and tie in the same color palette; the gingham will add visual depth to your ensemble. To dress it down, pair the shirt with distressed denim or a short to create a casual weekend look.