Mr. Peacock worked in the art department of Mademoiselle magazine in the mid-nineties—before Condé Nast decided to shut it down in 2001. I would frequently wear gingham to the office—both shirts and jackets, usually in shades of blue, gray or pink. One morning there was a little origami gingham shirt (see photo below) propped up on my computer keyboard. The lovely girls in the photo and production departments conspired, and left it on my desk. It was a sweet gesture, and a nice compliment to my gingham addiction.
Almost every designer and brand is offering something in gingham this spring and summer. These checks are an elegant way for a gentleman peacock to add some color to his wardrobe, without looking fussy or feminine. The important thing is to find the designer or brand that fits your body type the best.
Danish born and London based fashion designer, Peter Jensen, celebrated gingham in his Spring/Summer 2009 menswear collection with shirts, jackets, and a wonderful parka.
Peter Jensen designed a limited edition gingham Harrington jacket for Fred Perry. Both the Harrington Jacket and gingham were favored by Mods. Aaron Britt, a peacock in San Francisco, and Claudio De Rossi, from DNA Groove, both appreciate the Mod Style. And I know Aaron likes gingham too.
Japanese fashion designer, Junya Watanabe, also designed a gingham, vintage inspired, Harrington Jacket for the British label Baracuta. Mr. Peacock loves the detailing on this fantastic jacket.
Fred Perry has both long and short-sleeved gingham shirts in various colors.
These short-sleeve L.L. Bean gingham shirts are a bargain for $34.50.
Mr. Peacock likes the western styling of these gingham shirts.
This shirt in purple gingham is nice too.
Of course you already know that Mr. Peacock fancies patchwork, and these patchwork gingham shirts by Brooks Brothers (on sale too) and Lilly Pulitzer are no exception.
Gingham shorts are a nice alternative to khaki shorts.
Who can resist a gingham bow tie, or gingham necktie...
…or these gingham sneakers!
These gingham pocket squares come in every color—and are a deal at $15.00 each.
Gingham is usually thought of as traditional or preppy, but depending on how you wear it, it can also be very modern and fresh. Do you wear gingham?