It seems that everywhere I look Mad Men–esque trends are popping up. I see it in house ware and also in fashion. These retro looks inspired by ‘50s Drapers have popped up in several past resort collections including Oscar de la Renta and Marc by Marc Jacobs’ spring 2013 line. Summer is the perfect time to bust out a cute retro look like Betty Draper.
This Fashionista channels the retro trend with an adorable gingham dress she found at a vintage store in Nashville. Gingham is a staple print for any Fashionista/o seeking out a retro look. This all-American print was all over the Oscar de la Renta resort 2013 collection mentioned before. The designer took a print usually associated with everyone’s favorite gingham-clad and ruby-slippered girl from Kansas to new heights. And for the 2014 resort collections, Versace took a traditional gingham print and combined it with a floral to create an amazing cutout swimsuit. The best part about this print is that it is versatile and comes in many different forms. Whether it is cat-eye sunglasses, wedges, dresses or button-down shirts, even the smallest amount of this print can bring together a retro look.
Gingham can be worn in numerous ways without looking like Dorothy. This Fashionista chose to toughen her retro dress with a studded belt she thrifted. To get this Fashionista’s look, try this gingham Fit & Flare dress from Taylor Dresses at Nordstrom. For a similar belt, snag this ASOS Leather Skinny Link Detail Waist belt.
Gingham is a print that, when worn and styled correctly, can give any Fashionista/o retro flair without looking too western. If wearing a large gingham print, like a dress, pair it with something studded for an edge. For just a touch of gingham to your look, try a pair of wedges or a headband. However you wear gingham, confidence and a little accessorizing is all you need to complete a retro look.