During the last five decades, the Gingham shirt has built and maintained its status as a time honoured menswear staple in fashion and popular culture.
Gingham is a lightweight, plain-woven, cotton cloth, originally striped in white and a bold colour, with origins in the factories and mills of 18th century Manchester. English technique was applied to Scottish tradition, as manufacturers decided to forgo the stripes for the checked pattern and the fabric.
The cloth’s trademark checks became increasingly more prevalent, helping it become one of the most famous fabrics in the world.
Gingham was quickly recognised for its quality as a fabric for shirts and, for the last 50 years, Ben Sherman has helped it become synonymous with quality and style.
An original mod fit and two-finger buttondown collar, with classic spade pocket and tab branding help give the shirt a subtle but distinct edge over your average checkered shirt.
Our Gingham shirt is woven using a 100% cotton long staple yarn, which provides more consistent levels of colour and quality, while the placket, pocket and outer back yoke are on the bias of the shirt - a signature of Ben Sherman checks.
A back box pleat and locker loop, branded buttons and a contrast colourway Gingham inside the back yoke complete a design that matches slick functionality with authentic style.
Perfect for any occasion, the Ben Sherman Gingham Heritage Shirt sits perfectly with smart grey speckle suit trousers or slim fit jeans.
Pair a lighter swatch with a classic beige Harrington and a vintage rinse slim jean, for a sharp weekend look, or swap the jeans for light, neutral, suit trousers to add formality to the outfit.
It’s that versatility of colour and style that has placed the Gingham Style Shirt at the centre of music and youth culture for generations.
The black and white Gingham was a staple for the Ska movement of the 70s and 80s, and a common presence in wardrobes during the mod movement of the 50s and 60s.
The shirt’s appeal continues to transcend cultures even half a century after its introduction. Now the Ben Sherman Gingham Heritage shirt remains as indispensable and iconic as ever before.