Word of the Day: Gingham

Apparently, gingham is a known word, but it was a new one for me. I must have missed this lesson in Home Economics back in school lol.

Gingham – A yarn-dyed cotton fabric woven in stripes, checks, plaids, or solid colors. 

Gingham has no right or wrong side with respect to color (didn’t know that either!). It was originally a striped fabric when imported into Europe in the 17th century, but became a checkered pattern from the mid 18th century.

I was called into a 15 minute quickie meeting one day at work, when one of my female coworkers and I realized that we were both wearing these shirts. Mine was red and hers was blue. Then another coworker said, “Oh, you’re both wearing gingham shirts!” Of course I had to inquire about this strange word. I had my coworker write it down on a post-it, and we carried on with our impromptu discussion. I then went back to my desk and brainstormed my next blog post. Here’s my red and white gingham shirt, one of my casual favorites.

Keeping it Classy,


  1. February 1, 2012 / 1:56 am

    I love the plaid shirt! I have a yellow one that is short sleeve but I am not quite sure how I am going to wear it! But you rocked yours!

    A Lady and Her Gabi

  2. February 3, 2012 / 4:20 am

    It must look lovely in yellow! You should wear it soon. I've seen people also layering them under sweaters. That's another look that I plan on trying soon.

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