10 gingham pieces that will add joy to your wardrobe

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Gingham is one of those prints that’s synonymous with summer. This season designers and the high street have updated it for the new decade.

Gingham is one of those nostalgic prints that makes you think of summers spent running in the sunshine and picnics in the park. The idyllic print makes you feel sunshine-y (if such a word existed), playful and set for a full day of fun. We have seen gingham come back season after season in one way or another because of this exact quality. 

 For spring/summer 2020, designers have decided to update gingham and make it a grown-up offering, elevated from it’s usual child-like sensibility and given a fashion-forward revision. Michael Kors Collection, Fendi, Emilia Wickstead, Burberry and Victoria Beckham all embraced one of summer’s most recognisable prints. 

Michael Kors Collection gingham look
Michael Kors Collection spring/summer 2020

As those brands suggest, tailoring was an important part of the trend. Yes, there’s still the floaty summer dresses, and romantic blouses (there’s no point spoiling a classic), but there are also more tailored pieces - Bermuda shorts and blazers - to add your repertoire. The colours have had a change-up too. No longer just the reds and blues that we had worn as children, gingham feeds into the pastel trend and the bright trend in equal doses. Think lime green shorts, and pastel orange swimwear. 

When wearing gingham, it’s important to keep the accessories minimal. Let the print do all the talking. Here’s our pick of the best gingham pieces to buy now.

  • Monki

    Best gingham fashion: Monki

    Gingham gets a retro injection via Monki’s 50s-style tie-front top. Team yours with denim cut off shorts and trainers for a relaxed take on the trend. 

    Shop gingham blouse, £25, Monki

  • La Perla

    La Perla gingham swimsuit
    Best gingham fashion: La Perla

    Even your holiday wardrobe is embracing the summer print. La Perla’s gingham swimsuit will have you feeling like you’re on the sun-soaked French Riviera even if you’re in chilly Cornwall. 

    Shop swimsuit, £215, La Perla

  • Topshop

    Topshop gingham skirt
    Best gingham fashion: Topshop

    Topshop’s blue all over gingham spot skirt adds some pattern to your summer edit. Try yours with a neat tucked in white t-shirt, or for an evening look with an off-the-shoulder body. 

    Shop gingham skirt, £35, Topshop 

  • AND/OR at John Lewis

    John Lewis gingham dress
    Best gingham fashion: John Lewis

    Even minimalist wardrobes can get on board with gingham in an AND/OR at John Lewis’ dress. A throw-on piece that will see you through sunshine days in effortless style. 

    Shop dress, £89, AND/OR 

  • & Other Stories

    & Other Stories gingham skirt
    Best gingham fashion: & Other Stories

    & Other Stories’ tailored gingham skirt is giving us some serious Clueless vibes. For an all-out look pair the skirt with a matching jacket, or break it up with a chiffon blouse. 

    Shop gingham skirt, £55, & Other Stories 

  • Oliver Bonas

    Oliver Bonas gingham scrunchies
    Best gingham fashion: Oliver Bonas

    If you’re not entirely ready to fully commit to the gingham trend, then dip your toes in with an accessory. We are adding these Oliver Bonas gingham scrunchies to basket now. 

    Shop scrunchies, £12.50, Oliver Bonas

  • Belize

    Belize gingham blouse
    Best gingham fashion: Belize

    Belize’s philosophy of creating graceful everyday garments is seen in this pink and ivory gingham blouse. Balance the romantic frilled neck with vintage-style denim. 

    Shop gingham blouse, £285, Belize 

  • Zara

    Zara gingham shorts
    Best gingham fashion: Zara

    Zara’s zingy gingham shorts have got a little bit of Dirty Dancing about them.  For an easy take on summer tailoring team yours with an oversized white shirt and simple sandals. 

    Shop gingham shorts, £19.99, Zara

  • Loretta Caponi

    Loretta Caponi gingham dress
    Best gingham fashion: Loretta Caponi

    Loretta Caponi dress ticks off two trends in one: shirred and gingham. Perfect for an occasion, finish off this look with a seasonal basket bag and tan sandals. 

    Shop gingham dress, £430, Lorreta Caponi     

  • H&M

    H&M gingham swimsuit
    Best gingham fashion: H&M

    Whether sunbathing in your garden or on a last-minute holiday, make a splash in H&M gingham swimsuit. Finish off the look with a loose linen shirt. 

    Shop gingham swimsuit, £17.99, H&M 

All images courtesy of the brands.

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