Spring Trend Showdown: Gingham vs. Eyelet

Spring is here and your email inbox is flooded with promotional, personalized emails to get you out in the stores or shopping online for some seasonal threads. It’s a good time to purge the worn-out sweaters from a long winter and look ahead into what the new warm weather essentials are going to be.

If you’re not the type to care about switching out your wardrobe or adding pieces to your closet from season to season, stop reading. We’re about to get down in the details on two hot trends for spring/summer. And if you are on board, it’ll give you plenty of time to wear these looks early on before the rest of the world catches up and makes them basic as hell.

Just so we’re all on the same page:

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The spring showdown is shaping up to be between two popular fabrics: eyelet and gingham. And yes, you have seen both before despite not necessarily knowing names.

19417_WW8706Gingham is a medium-weight balanced plain-woven fabric made from dyed cotton or cotton-blend yarn. It’s made of carded, medium or fine yarns, where the coloring is on the warp yarns and always along the grain, also known as the weft.
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Eyelet is a lightweight fabric pierced by small holes finished with stitching and often laid out in flowerlike designs. This trend carries over from fashion into household designs for kitchen, bedroom and bath.
There’s a lot to love here for spring. Kate Spade claims eyelet to be the “unofficial fabric” of the season, where J. Crew continues to stick to its roots and pump up the preppy Gingham. Seems like time for a pros and cons list.

Gingham

Pros:

  • It’s more than just a button down shirt –gingham fabric can be used in flowy dresses, footwear and accessories. If you don’t think you can handle a full-on patterned getup, start small with a fabric earring or pair of flats.
  • Gingham is a great way to incorporate white into your wardrobe. The fears of spilling subside when you’ve got a strong pattern combo to hide any outfit blemishes you might come across during your day.

Cons:

  • It might still [feel like] you resemble your middle school science teacher.
  • The fabric is light, sweet! But, if you tend to perspire in the warmer weather months, you’re going to see some noticeable sweat stains with this one.

Eyelet

Pros:

  • It’s a breathable fabric that’ll help keep your boiling body temperature regulated.
  • Eyelet is classic, fun and girly. It looks great in a full, floor-length garment or just in top form.
Cons:
  • People who don’t understand the look (cough, boys) might compare your fabric of choice to something along the lines of an Easter dinner tablecloth (above).
  • The fabric is literally made of holes, so you must treat it like the delicate piece of clothing it is and be wary of any opportunities where it might tear or rip.

Who wins?! The pros definitely outweigh the cons in both of these looks. Eyelet and gingham are a great opportunity to sport summery colors, light fabrics and keep bright white as a base in your warm weather wardrobe.

I say it’s time to play around with both of these fabrics and pick up some subtle or statement pieces that will last the summer. But if I had to pick, spring 2017 is all about eyelet. Gingham is great, but it’s definitely a bit more multi-seasonal. Eyelet is perfect for this time of year for its effortless girly qualities and breathable fabric. But if you do still pick up some gingham along the way this spring, check back in a few months and we’ll go Two Buttons Deep on how to repurpose those pieces for fall/winter.