Ways to wear: Gingham

Jenessa Williams

Dorothy’s dress, picnic blankets, primary school uniforms… whatever springs to mind when you see gingham, you know it's one of fashion’s most ubiquitous fabrics. Whether you’re digging in your wardrobe for last season’s staple or wanting to try something new, here are our five favourite ways to get in check this spring.

Pattern clashing

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Gingham is surprisingly versatile—use it cleverly and it can help balance busier patterns. Pair your black checks with small polka dots, houndstooth or even with a different check-size—large checks tucked into small ones can help slim the bottom half while still offering a fun, playful edge.

Gingham is also great for layering—the contrast between a gingham vest or bralette over monochrome stripes screams effortless chic.

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Office trousers

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For a smarter, more office-appropriate take on the trend, well-tailored gingham trousers are a solid investment.

Opt for a pair that stop just short of the ankle to emphasise the fun, 50s connotations of the print, and pair with pumps and a crisp white blouse.

If you’re feeling a little chilly, an oversized jumper in a block colour will keep things smart without overwhelming the print—we love neutral or pastel shades for spring.

 

Floaty ruffles

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The perfect entry-level look, the gingham dress is a must-have for summer holidays, garden parties or even weddings.

Bring yours up to date by opting for a ruffled shape. A Bardot neckline is incredibly flattering on anybody looking to catch some rays without flashing too much flesh.

A midi length requires minimal accessorising, just add a flash of this season’s red with a handbag, shoes or a slick of lipstick.

 

Asymmetry

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Alongside ruffles, asymmetry was big news on the SS17 catwalks. Romantic and whimsical, it pairs well with hardwearing ‘country’ fabrics—think cheesecloth, denim and structured cotton.

To avoid looking overwhelmed by fabric, keep your proportions right. A floaty off-shoulder blouse looks great with skinny cigarette trousers or a voluminous skirt with a tight t-shirt.

 

Simple accessories

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Not fully convinced? Don't fear. There are plenty of ways to get on board with gingham without going all out.

A bold patterned handbag will always look great, or tap into the corsetry trend with a gingham waist cincher over a plain white blouse.  

 

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