Gingham, despite usually being associated with child hood and picnic blankets, has totally taken the fashion world by storm this season. It's interesting just how much things, fashion and, simply, ourselves, can evolve over time. Trends come in and out (I mean, you won't be seeing me wearing anything that was popular in the 00's anytime soon, that's for sure) and similarly, so do the people, the experiences and the habits of our lives.

When I'm challenged to make big decisions, it makes me realise just how much growing up I've done during my 18 years on the planet. Even just a couple of years ago, I wouldn't have been gutsy enough to do some of the things I do today. I've made life choices that are going to affect my future, I've started earning money from doing what I love and, slowly but surely, I've matured into a young adult (how bloody scary).

Let's go back about 10 years. I would have been 8 years old. At 8 years old, I would have had no idea that my life was going to be the way that it has done. I wouldn't have known about Eating Disorders or mental health issues, I wouldn't have known about modelling and the modelling industry, and I, for sure, wouldn't have known about blogging... I'm not even sure it existed back then! At 8 years old, I was clueless about fashion, and I wouldn't have known what gingham was if you threw it in my face and screamed 'THIS IS GINGHAM!'. I was young, care free, and fashion wasn't something I focused on. Then, fast forward 10 years, and here I am. I'm 18 years old, I've been through hell and back with my mental health, I've been modelling for a year, and my blog is my life. Fashion takes up about 95% of my time; I know all about the gingham trend and am constantly thinking of ways to incorporate it into my wardrobe. I've very simply, 'grown up'. 

You see, we can't predict our futures, even when we're at an age where we're able to start molding it all together. Similarly, we can't predict which fashion trends (that used to remind us of our summer school uniform) are going to come popping back up in Vogue magazine.

I would never have predicted that I'd be wearing bright blue trousers and a bright red jacket and trying to make my hotel room into some kind of editorial photo-shoot, back when I used to stand in my back garden against that white wall with my camera on self timer (you'll know what I'm talking about if you've read this blog for a while haha). Things change and things are very much out of our control, but I kind of love that sometimes.

Everything happens for a reason, and that includes trends and which things are currently in fashion. Gingham is in style right now for a reason, and it's probably to let it escape from that boundary of being 'picnic blanket, summer dress and wicker basket' related. Gingham deserves it's moment, even if it is just by simply incorporating it in a small amount like I've done here. Just like I have had chance to grow up, so has fashion and it's boundaries.

If you're wanting to recreate this look, or simply just incorporate a little bit of gingham into your wardrobe, then head on over to the New Look website and have a good ol' mooch!