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The Fab 40s - Gingham

It's the Fab 40s time of the month again where I teamed up with 4 other 40+ fashion bloggers to show you how we each interpreted a particular theme to suit our style & items hanging in our wardrobes.

This month it was Dawn's turn to choose a theme & she choose gingham, which I have to admit is something I don't think I've worn since my school days.

Now I don't know about you but I don't actually own anything that's gingham & had originally thought I'd have to cheat on the theme & use some check/tartan pieces instead.  However, luckily for me my Mum happened to mention she'd recently purchased a gingham shirt cue lightbulb moment & me borrowing said shirt to style for today's post!

As soon as I saw it was blue & white I just had to go with a patriotic theme of red, white & blue & decided to the keep the outfit nice & simple & team with white jeans, my Boden Lille flats & a red cross body bag.


My Midlife Fashion, Fab 40s, Gingham, White Jeans, Lille Lace up, Zara, Boden


Shirt - Zara
Bag - Zara
Jeans - Zara
Shoes - Boden


I have to admit I'm not sure gingham is for me but that may be due to the size of check or perhaps I've just got to get my head around wearing fabric that reminds me of school days, both from a uniform point of view & also sewing classes too....anyone remember learning embroidery stitches on gingham?!!

Anyway have a look at how the rest of the Fab 40s ladies have styled up their gingham.






Jacket - Free People
Shirt - H&M
Jeans - H&M
Bag - Coach
Boots - Le Chatmeau


Dawn At Fashion Should be Fun




Shirt - Loft
T-Shirt - Old Navy
Bag - Lilly Pulitzer for Target
Scarf - Vintage
Jeans - Old Navy
Sandals - Seychelles





Sunglasses - Marking in Shenzhen
Jewellery - Ben, Hong Kong
Shirt - Forever 21
Shirt (worn as a skirt) - Forever 21
Bag - Precious Hands
Shoes - stall in Kakarta






Dress - Indie Label
Ring - Kate Spade
Shoes - Indie Label


And if you want to re-create my look here's my interpretation from items currently on the high street.


Gingham, Zara, Hush Homeward, Osprey, Boden, My Midlife Fashion


Shirt - Zara £17.99
Jeans - Hush £75
Shoes - Boden £89

So what do you think is gingham a step to far for you & far to reminiscent of school years or are you a lover of the check design?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Monday - first day of the main batch of GCSE exams for us.....not sure who's more nervous our son or me!  I'm now eagerly awaiting a phone call to hear how it went!

Is anyone else going through the exam period at the moment?  If so here's hoping the right questions come up & all their hard work pays off.....it's so hard not been able to take the exams for them & seeing them have to go through these pressures isn't it - oh well now they've begun the countdown can begin :-)

Finally something to cheer the Monday blues - Boden have 25% off selected lines :-) Click here to see what's been reduced!

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22 comments

  1. Good luck to your son on exams! I'm giving finals next week and then ... summer vacation! Woot woot! Anyway, I don't have any bad gingham memories, so I'm enjoying the trend! Yay for mom letting you borrow that cute shirt.
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Dawn he arrived home with a smile on his face so all good for day one! Lucky you on the countdown to summer holidays - not long to go :-)
      A great choice for the styling challenge this month Dawn & yes whatever would we do without our mums?!
      Jane xx

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  2. You look fab, as always. I'm in agreement with gingham being too much of a reminder of school uniform for me. Like you we are going through GCSE's with our daughter, fingers crossed it will all go well and we will be celebrating come August xx

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    1. Hi Julie & thank you.
      Hope all is going well with your daughter's GCSE's. Day one done & dusted so onwards & upwards.....I don't know about you but I'm going to be so nervous come August.
      Have a fab week.
      Jane xx

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  3. Oh I love gingham Jane....you reminded me to root out my Uniqlo shirt as I haven't worn it in a while! Love each ladies take on the gingham styling! Hope the exams are going well! xx

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    1. Thanks Michelle, looking forward to seeing how you style some gingham on your return from your holidays.
      Jane xx

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  4. Jane, love your Gingham style. Loving those shoes and red bag. Gives the outfit the perfect pop it needs. They are perfect with And yes, I wore gingham as a school uniform back in the 80's as well. That fact made it all the more fun.

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    1. Thanks Dixie, I'm just not sure I could have worn green gingham as that was the colour of my school uniform - oh to be that young again & have all the time in the world to make daisy chains at lunch time :-)
      Jane xx

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  5. I like a smaller gingham, the larger print reminds me of my gran's summer tablecloths!! :D
    We're going through national 5s (GCSEs) & Highers (A-levels) here so it's a very stressed house atm! Nearly done though now x

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    1. Lol Sarah it's funny all the different images gingham creates for people isn't it.
      Wow not sure I'd fancy GCSE's & A-Levels at the same time but at least they're nearly over....fingers crossed alls gone well.
      Jane xx

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  6. Good luck to your son Jane-college finals going on here, so far so good! I think your shirt looks great and yes I remember learning how to sew on gingham patches:) Enjoy your week!
    ~Anne xx

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    1. Oh how I used to enjoy those sewing classes Ann, I think sewing in squares really appealed to the side of me that likes order & neatness!
      Glad to hear your son's college finals are going well. It will be so lovely when they're out of the way won't it.
      Jane xx

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  7. Good luck to your son with his exams Jane, my middle one is doing her A Levels too...eeeekkk!!! Love the way you have styled the gingham, it looks great on you although I have to say its not something I wear or own as I have never really been pulled towards anything gingham but you never know!! xxx

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    1. Ooh gosh hope the A-levels are going well Kareema.
      I love gingham shirts on my husband but for some reason it's not something that I'm drawn to for me it's funny isn't it how we're drawn to some patterns & not others.
      Jane xx

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  8. Gingham = convent girl GRIN I knew I had to find the print in something other than a garment otherwise I'd be hearing Sister Sylvia nagging me about the length of my hemline!! I remember when I took my GCSEs and As, I was petrified but tried to look all cocky and confident. Ha. Best of luck to your son, Jane, I'm very glad he came home with a smile, that usually bodes well for results, yes?

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    1. Lol Sheela I can so see you getting told off about your hemline ;-)
      Yes fingers crossed the smile was a good sign but we'll have to wait until mid August to see!
      Jane xx

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  9. Jane, You make me miss my mum! I wish I could go raid her closet any time. Maybe this summer, I'll poke around to see if I can find any goodies that I must have. Good idea right!?

    Also, our kiddos (high school students) at my school just finished their AP exams. Ick!! It's so stressful for them. Next up...their finals. I swear: I'm pretty happy not to have the intensity of their studies.

    The Fab 40s is such fun! So happy to getting to know you through it:D

    Love,

    Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

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    1. Definitely a good idea to raid your mum's wardrobe Ann ;-)
      Exams are horrible aren't they as it all rests on how you perform on one particular day & no like you I don't miss them!
      Jane xx

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  10. I'm not really a fan of gingham but I love seeing everyone's take on it! Lynne xx

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    1. I think it's definitely a love it or hate it pattern Lynne.
      Jane xx

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  11. I think it really suits you Jane! How lucky you had your Mum's wardrobe to raid! x

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    1. I just wish my Mum lived closer to make it easier for raiding her wardrobe lol!
      Jane xx

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