Gingham Style

Standing in front of the window inside the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Bold Bliss

Interior of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Bold Bliss

Window inside Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Bold Bliss

Wearing gingham dress and boater hat in the gardens of the Jardin Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Bold Bliss

Wearing gingham dress and boater hat in the Florentine garden of the Jardin Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Bold Bliss

Monochrome gingham outfit and view of the sea in the gardens of the Jardin Ephrussi de Rothschild in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Bold Bliss

Checkered monochrome outfit and boater hat in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Bold Bliss

Wearing black-and-white gingham maxi dress in the Florentine garden of the Jardin Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Bold Bliss

Gingham maxi dress and boater hat in the Florentine garden of the Jardin Ephrussi de Rothschild in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Bold Bliss

Florentine garden of the Jardin Ephrussi de Rothschild in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Bold Bliss

View of the sea from the domaine of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Bold Bliss

Wearing Asos gingham maxi dress and Boohoo boater hat in the garden of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France, decorated with white flowers for a wedding | Bold Bliss

View of the sea from the domaine of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Bold Bliss

Gingham and boater hat | Bold Bliss

Wearing Asos gingham dress in the Temple of Love in the Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Bold Bliss

Asos dress, on saleAsos Mules, on sale (similar here, here and here) | New Look Bag (similar here and here) | Boohoo Boater Hat (similar here and here) | Vintage Sweater (similar here and here)

 

Gingham. What does the word evoke for you? Bucolic weekends? Easter Sundays? Picnic blankets? The Wizard of Oz, in which wide-eyed damsel in distress Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) twirls her checked pastel pinafore dress and clicks the heels of her ruby slippers in order to flee from the wicked witches and safely return home? Or does it remind you of slightly funkier rockabilly girls?

To say that gingham can be worn in many different ways is an understatement. I wore it in my own different way, not sweet, not rock ‘n’ roll but preppy and feminine with just a subtle hint of edge coming from the contrasty black-and-white colour pattern and longer length. It reminded me of this beautiful dress from the spring/summer 2015 collection of one of my favourite designers, Dolce & Gabbana.

I wore it in a real world’s replica of the Land of Oz: the Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (TripAdvisor), complete with a pink villa evocative of an Italian palazzo, and nine magnificent gardens decorated with waterfalls, patios, ornamental ponds, fountains, flowerbeds, shady paths, exotic plants and lots of white flower garlands freshly installed for a wedding party that evening. I have so many pretty photos of the place that I’ll dedicate a separate travel post to it.

I paired my dress with a boater hat from Boohoo (previously seen here), a crisp white crochet sweater on my shoulders (only visible in a few of the pictures due to the heat) and my beloved brown leather Asos mules (previously worn here and here). It was an intentional decision not to wear ruby slippers. I sure did not want to cast a shadow on the happiness of the newlywed couple by clicking my heels in a moment of carelessness, letting their one night paradise disappear into thin air and making them realise it was all just a dream…

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38 Comments

  1. Stephanie November 24, 2015

    I love how elevated this gingham dress look! And that hat is just the perfect way to top off the outfit!

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  2. Alice November 19, 2015

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    What a great blog to share! Lovely photos.

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  3. Marissa November 17, 2015

    Absolutely lovely as always! x

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  4. Prudence November 16, 2015

    The dress looks lovely and seems like a perfect fit for you!

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  5. pia November 13, 2015

    beautiful photos, love that dress!
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  6. Annessa @ Seeking Sunshine November 13, 2015

    Such a beautiful outfit for a magical place. I am loving the anonominity of your photos – such a fun twist on fashion blogging.

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  7. Vicky November 13, 2015

    Love this preppy look and the hat makes it extra cute

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  8. Cristina November 12, 2015

    I love the outfit! I wish it were summer again to wear dresses and straw hats…. The setting is spectacular, by the way!

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  9. Danielle November 12, 2015

    Love these photos! This dress looks so pretty on you and perfect with that hat.

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  10. glamdevils November 12, 2015

    Breathtaking location. You look totally amazing. Love you cute gingham dress. That print reminds me of Dorothy. Btw I love the Wizard of Oz.

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  11. Marissa November 12, 2015

    Oh these photos are simply stunning! Thanks for sharing! xx

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  12. Laura Mitbrodt November 12, 2015

    These photos are amazing, what an incredible location! Love your dress
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  13. Elifnaz November 11, 2015

    Beautiful pictures, love the dress!

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  14. Valentina November 11, 2015

    This shooting is simply amazing!
    xx
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  15. Ms. Sole November 11, 2015

    Beautiful dress, beautiful location.

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  16. Stella November 11, 2015

    Love the look you put together, looks great on you.

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  17. Mai November 10, 2015

    Amazing pictures!
    The locations looks like a dreamland :)

    Liebste Grüße ♥
    Mai von Sparkle & Sand

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  18. Nissi Mendes November 10, 2015

    Amazing pics!!

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  19. The late Élisabeth de Gramont November 9, 2015

    Do you know what I like most in your outfit? The boater hat! It brings back to my mind some remarkable picknicks and garden parties in Saint-Jean-Cap- Ferrat As you may know my cousin, Béatrice de Rotschild, called her pink villa ‘Ile de France’ because from her windows or gardens she could see both at her left and right side the Mediterranean, which reminded her of a memorable trip on the steamer ‘Ile de France’. To boost this impression she expected her gardeners to wear the navy beret. I think it would have pleased her to sea ladies wearing a boater hat reinforcing that same impression of having embarked on a boat.

    The late Antonia Corisande Élisabeth de Gramont (1875-1954), ‘la duchesse rouge’.

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    • The late Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild November 9, 2015

      Mai non, my dear Élisabeth! How could a boater hat remind me of a ship? A ‘canotier’ (as we call it in French) only reminds me of Manet or Seurat paintings at the Seine. You cannot blow up a canoe to a steamer.

      But I do like that boater hat for its own sake. It is the exclamation mark in all these splendid photos full of ‘la joie de vivre’.

      The late Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild (1864-1934)

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  20. Scarllet November 8, 2015

    Loved this outfit!! Everything about this is a big YES

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  21. Petite Maison of Fashion November 8, 2015

    So countryside chic French (I just made that term up) and I love it.

    xoxo,
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  22. Radulinka November 8, 2015

    Beautiful photos! You look amazing and that dress is so perfect!
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  23. Emma November 8, 2015

    Wow!!!! What stunning photos lovely! You look incredible! That outfit is just divine, and the location is perfect! Love it! Xx

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  24. Nashia Anthony November 7, 2015

    A very pretty dress, I like the print

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  25. NehA November 6, 2015

    these are some really great shots & what a fab location – xo

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  26. The late Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild November 6, 2015

    Dear Bold Bliss

    I gasped for breath when I saw YOU dressed in a blue and white checkered dress, walking along MY paths and looking on MY bays from MY observation posts.

    At first I thought this was no less than sacrilege, for I used to walk there in the kind of pink ‘robes à panier’ you showed on Instagram and I would have expected you to do the same. But after a while it dawned on me that adapting YOUR outfit and colour to the roseate pink of MY villa and MY dress would have been an act of submission. Now I realize that as a visitor it was better for YOU to go for the contrast, thus saying that YOU pretend to be neither a double or look-alike of the landlady of MY estate nor a servant.

    Whether it was courage, provocation or unconcern that urged you to do so, I do not know, but I do appreciate the proud modesty of YOUR colour and style choice.

    By the way, thank you for promoting my name and style in your blog and on Instagram. It helps to feel somewhat less lonely here.

    The late Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild (1864-1934)

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  27. Jamie November 6, 2015

    this is the perfect dress on you.. I have been looking for a gingham shirt and haven’t quite found the right one yet! I also think’s its clever that you never showed your face in these photos :)
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  28. Анастасия November 5, 2015

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  29. Kelly November 5, 2015

    Marvellous site in beautiful part of French Rivièra. You look adorable in this playful outfit! I like the dress and shoes – even thinking of buying them. Your photos are sharp and smashing! Keep posting!!

    Kelly

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  30. Akanksha Padhi November 4, 2015

    I love the fact that you use hats in quite a few of your ensembles. It gives me confidence and ideas to wear them :) Beautiful post.

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  31. Seppy November 4, 2015

    Beautiful pictures, as usual!!

    Although I wouldn’t pick gingham for myself, I love this dress and it looks on you and how you styled it!!!

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  32. Yasmin November 3, 2015

    Gorgeous dress – perfect for vacationing, especially with the hat! Gingham reminds me of picnics and summertime by the way (and sometimes eating at Pizza Hut as a kid with their red checkered table cloths haha)

    xx Yasmin
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  33. sahra November 3, 2015

    that dress is so stunning! to me, gingham is playful and evokes a sense of warm weather :)

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

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  34. Malu November 3, 2015

    You have such fabulous photos! They are really breathtaking. That dress is great and I like that you wore it with those cool mules. They look very vintage and is not overpowering your look. Simple yet chic. I love it!
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  35. Rachel November 3, 2015

    You look gorgeous in gingham! I am loving the slits on the side!

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  36. Gemma November 3, 2015

    Oh wow another beautiful post! You are such a talent. Gemma xx
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  37. Lily Rose November 3, 2015

    This dress is so beautiful, and I love the hat with it! This place is so magical, love all the photos you took! <3

    -Lily

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