Since I'm on this gingham vibe lately, well...it has been like this for a long time. I have always loved this pattern. It is only in recent years that my love for it has been manifested. Above is a pic of the various types of gingham shirts I have. Black is the dominant colour and that can be attributed more to buyer's ignorance. I know now that colour is an important factor in a man's wardrobe.
This red gingham I bought from Woolworths for R199, a week before the current sale. I saw a black and white, and a purple and white gingham yesterday both going for R120 each. I'm mulling whether the purple would be a wise investment. Maybe if I were to scour the streets and hit up my favourite factory shops I can find the same shirt for half of that sale price.
This is one of my favourites. Purchased last May for R299. It is contrast collar with french cuffs. I rarely ever wear it. However I have found a way making it work with grey pants and a black waistcoat. This was also a Woolworths purchase.
Buyer's ignorance: Same shirt as above, different maker, different price BUT really no need for it. Given to excess, YES. Frivolous, YES. I now know better. This is a shirt I bought from a factory shop called 'Grab-a-Garb'. A high end retail store specialising in men's and women's clothing called Stuttafords initially carried this shirt, selling it for a whopping R400. It must be the name. Stephen Cole. When I bought it from Grab-a-Garb, it cost a paltry R60. I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to expand my gingham collection.
The oldest in the group. This shirt was given to me by my brother some years ago. Maybe 5 years ago. It's very fitted, tight fitting and goes well with a slim fitting pair of jeans and some driving mocs. A pair of black shorts is what I really want to work it with. And since the warm weather doesn't really cease in Durban I will try it some time.
Just thought today would be a good day to showcase the gingham-ness in me.
PG: Man to man, generation to generation.