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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