Love it or hate it, you can't deny that gingham has been huge this season. I think everyone in my life is sick to death of seeing me wearing it, but it definitely hasn't stopped me. But the problem I'm now facing is the prospect that SS17 is dying a rapid death and I'm going to be lumbered with a wardrobe full of outdated gingham pieces. 

But does it have to be this way? I don't mean to sound like a douchebag who thinks they're ahead of the trends, but I've always loved gingham. It's just been easier for me to get my hands on it this season. From cute blue gingham shorts, to Western-style red gingham shirts, I probably had enough of the print in my wardrobe to begin with, but this summer has really topped it off. Now I'm staring down the barrel of AW18, with check coats, sock boots and red a-plenty, and while I love it, I don't want to give up my gingham pieces or have everyone look at me like I'm behind the times.

Then again, is style really about following trends? I have plenty of friends who probably couldn't tell you what's 'in' right now, but look amazing 24/7 regardless. And my mother has never followed a trend in her entire life, but has a far more incredible wardrobe than anyone else I know. Fashion also seems to be so disposable these days what with super cheap high street fashion and our constant desire to spend spend spend, and I'm not sure that's right either. Isn't it better to have fewer pieces you adore, rather than shitty ones you bought simply to stay 'in fashion'? 

So that's why I'm still rocking this gingham Topshop coat, and will be for the forseeable future (or until it gets too cold for spring layers!). In my view, fashion is about self-expression and wearing what you love, rather than being on top of what's cool. It shows true individualism, which I celebrate far more than being a slave to the business.

Til' next time.

Daisy xox

Coat, Topshop (sold out, similar here); jumper, River Island (sold out, similar here); trousers, ASOS; shoes, River Island (old).

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