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The Fab 40s In Gingham

Gingham comes from the Malaysian word Genggam meaning stripes. Well, I’m Malaysian. And no, I had absolutely no idea.

Clearly, I can be completely clueless at times.


I’m not certain how it’s pulling things off that smoothly but has anyone else noticed how gingham manages to be all at once utterly all-American yet evocative of the South of France, particularly during those beachy, carefree moments of the ’50s/’60s? I mean, seriously, think the picnic print and both Dorothy as well as Bardot come to mind, yes?

Despite a somewhat retro appeal, gingham is undeniably enjoying quite the revival these days. From runways to real life, and everything in between, the pattern appears to be making a massive comeback, and I’m not complaining. Especially when right after Dawn Lucy chose gingham as this month’s theme for The Fab 40s, I discovered this spectacular pair of heels in Blue and White, yes, gingham!! I didn’t really need an excuse to wear them but hey, any reason to shop for a matching dress was very welcomed. Ahem.

Previously, we took on Marsala with Denim as well as jumpsuits (this was a particularly challenging one for me)  but gingham is my fave thus far.


I felt like such a genteel lady of the South here.


Kate Spade Floral Ring. Crisp White Dress. Brunello Cucinelli Shoulder Bag.


And my touch of Gingham.

Here’s what the other fab ladies wore.

Fashion Should Be Fun

Dawn Lucy, Fashion Should Be Fun

Inside Outer Beauty

Dixie, Inside Outer Style

My MidLife Fashion

Jane, My Midlife Fashion

Kremb de la Kremb

Ann, Kremb de la Kremb

Ahhh, how I adore Ann, she’s such a quirky soul. Wearing two shirts?? And one as a skirt? Which is your favourite interpretation?

Love, Sheela

p/s photos by Eve, shoes and dress are both boutique labels, and ring is from Kate Spade

Linking up with Style Elixir, Style To Inspire, Turning Heads, Let It Shine, What I Wore Wednesday, Myriad Musings, Style Me Wednesday, Confident Twosday, More Pieces Of Me, On The Daily Express, Personal Style, How I Spring, Watch What I’m Wearing, Walking In Memphis, Tremendous Tuesday, Sweaters Stripes & Sweets, Pumps & Push-Ups, Cappuccino & Fashion, Who’s Wearing What Wednesdays, Fun Fashion Friday, Casual Friday, Whitney a la Mode, and Midweek Muse.


  1. Behold the babe in Gingham! Sheela, you knocked it out the park. Those shoes are captivating. Love all the looks. They were definitely inspiring.

    • Hahahahaha!! Thank you, Dixie, trust me to have gingham on everything but the actual outfit, huh 🙂

  2. How clever of Ann to use a shirt for a skirt…this month’s challenge has definitely taken me outside of my comfort zone….I wonder what we’ll be styling next month?!
    Jane xx

    • Right??? She’s such a quirky, whimsical soul. And I’m thoroughly looking forward to what Dixie picks, in fact, I’m thoroughly looking forward to the Fab 40s every month 🙂 I had no idea it’d be this much fun collaborating with others.

      • Ahhh, you gals! I’m blushing!! Thank you. You make me feel real good. For sure. The thing was I almost went out and shopped, but then, I was like wait! I already have gingham: Annie shop your closet. So I did. Thanks for enjoying my quirkiness. I take it as a high compliment. Big hug to you two.

        Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

      • Ahhh, you gals! I’m blushing!! Thank you. You make me feel real good. For sure. The thing was I almost went out and shopped, but then, I was like wait! I already have gingham: Annie shop your closet. So I did. Thanks for enjoying my quirkiness. I take it as a high compliment. Big hug to you two.

        Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

      • It is indeed, Ann. Quirkiness is a trait much sought after and terribly elusive to attain 🙂 XOXO

  3. Sheela, your pictures and styling–S T U N N I N G ! I especially enjoyed arriving to your site and seeing that amazing entry shot of just the shoes. Simply perfection. And well, the shoes! I could never wear a heel like that, but you totally can! How do you do it!? I’m afraid I’d break my neck. (Says the gal who’s name means “grace.” Ya, it stinks!! I’m so clumsy it hurts!!)

    Anyway,your photographer Eve–is Eve the same gal that had that amazing peacock blue sequins top from the series that caught my eye in the first place? The one with a styling for the 20s, 30s, 40s etc? I’m still looking for Eve’s top!

    Oh, one last thing: isn’t that cool about the origin of gingham! That’s amazing!!

    So happy you got The Fab 40s started Sheela!! (fist pump!)


    Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

    • From the woman whose name means music (and she never stops singing despite not being quite the songbird), let me tell you Little Miss Grace that I’ve worn heels for so long I can’t wear flats. Period. I tried in the last trimester of being preggers and fell flat on my tummy. So, not thank you, never again 🙂 I can run in these, I can jump, I can even do squats but I can’t balance to save my life with heel-less shoes. The only thing I can handle now are my gym shoes. Yes, that’s my baby girl, Eve 🙂 turning 16 tomorrow, she’s my youngest and she represents teenagers in Project Sister Act. That top is completely and utterly sold out, my friend. I’m sorry 🙁 XOXOXO

    • I wanted to steer away from too loud a gingham piece because the print always reminds me of picnics, you know? So discovering I had those shoes was definitely a boon 🙂

  4. thelifbissue says

    I absolutely LOVE gingham and you’re right the first thing that comes to mind are women like Bardot & Co. I went to a Roger Vivier shoe exhibit early this year and he especially made some gingham flats for Bardot. It’s so timeless and your heels are beautiful. All of you ladies look fabulous once again. Love, Kirsten xx

    • Thank you so much, Kirsten. I am so enjoying myself with this little project. I find myself very eagerly looking forward to each month’s theme and the (inevitable) wardrobe challenges that come with it. The ladies are just SO incredible. So supportive and nice and warm, just awesome. We miss you in it!!! xoxo

  5. I like how the dress and shoes shine on their own and complement each other.

    • Thank you, Tameka 🙂 the clean lines of the dress was such a perfect backdrop for the clutch.

  6. Your white dress is wonderful and the shoes are definitely a dream!
    Many thanks for your delightful words on my blog. You have really a blog made with love and now I want to ask if you want to follow each other?
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

    • Thank you so much for your lovely compliment, Rena, the shoes are most certainly my personal favourite part of the entire outfit 🙂 I will definitely be back to visit your blog and soon 🙂 xoxo

  7. Downtown Demure says

    What a darling outfit! I like your fresh use of gingham as an accent for the white fit and flare dress, as opposed to all over gingham. I just purchased a gingham shirt dress from eShakti that I plan to shoot next weekend. Can.not. wait!

    Liz @ Downtown Demure

    • Right? I couldn’t imagine myself wearing gingham because it’s not very me but I couldn’t resist an accent piece 🙂 ooh, I love eShakti. I shall go check your blog in a bit 🙂 thank you so much for visiting, Liz!!!

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