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Still mad for Plaid or checking out Gingham checks?
Checkmate Still mad for Plaid or checking out Gingham checks?
Style Bible was already Mad for Plaid a few months back and it seems that the print isn't slowing down on the scene anytime since. This year's Tartans can't be missed donned in post-grunge, post-preppy, too-cool-for-school, Glastonbury fashion.

Trendspotters be wary! If you think you see the print out and about, look closer. It could in fact be Plaid's country bumpkin cousin, Gingham. Gingham is fast gaining popularity, with fashionistas and designers everywhere giving it much love.


Spot the Difference
Gingham is a checked print of even squares, usually in black and white, red and white, or blue and white pairings, though designers have had a bit more fun in the color combination department lately. Plaid, its more colorful counterpart, on the other hand, is an uneven grid-like pattern. It is also comprised of intersecting stripes in an array of hues, but some can be a few inches thick while others are thin tiny lines.


Plaid vs. Gingham
Although Plaid clearly won out as the print of choice this Fall '08 (read: Burberry! Ralph Lauren! ), it seems designers are enamored with Gingham for the Spring/Summer '09 season. Blame it on the impeding recession or on a pure penchant for Gingham, but runways have been bringing this simple print back in a big way, albeit alongside Spring-apt versions of Plaid. You only have to see the collections of Paul Smith, Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs to see for yourself.


So, still mad for plaid or are you now gaga over gingham? Take a gander at these fashionable ladies dressed in either print and figure out just which one checks into your wardrobe.


-Renee Puno, Editorial Assistant. >
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