10 gingham pieces that will add joy to your wardrobe

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Embrace the picnic-perfect trend with these dresses, tops, bikinis and scrunchies.

As far as summer prints go, few are more perennial than gingham, which made its resurgence last summer as part of the cottagecore trend that swept fashion into a flurry.

For spring/summer 2020, designers elevated gingham and made it a grown-up offering, revised from its usual child-like sensibility and given a fashion-forward twist. Michael Kors Collection, Fendi, Emilia Wickstead, Burberry and Victoria Beckham all embraced the print, and this year gingham looks set to rule the roost once more.

In its recent summer loungewear launch, Rixo endorsed checks in the form of sunny-hued co-ords and dresses, while Ganni’s ubiquitous seersucker checkered dress continues to be reimagined in a sea of clashing colour combinations for this summer. Although the fashion schedule was thrown into disarray by the tumult of the pandemic, a clutch of brands similarly threw their weight behind gingham in their spring/summer 2021 collections. At Paris Fashion Week, Ami played juxtaposing gingham prints against each other, while Altuzarra imagined it in a sea of jumpsuits and checkered separates. It was gingham galore.

Ami spring/summer 2021
Ami spring/summer 2021

The colours have had a change-up too. No longer just the reds and blues synonymous with our childhoods, gingham this summer is about embracing pretty purples, zesty greens, bold oranges and, if you’re brave enough, clashing them against each other all at once in a defiant embrace of more is more. It’s joyful dressing done properly.

Think Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, but make it fashion. These are our top-10 gingham picks to shop now. 

  • LannyxStudio neon check bag

    LannyxStudio neon check bag
    LannyxStudio neon check bag

    Conscious brand LannyxStudio crafts its fluorescent gingham bag by hand in the UK in limited quantities, meaning once they’re gone – they’re gone! 

    Shop LannyxStudio neon check bag, £42

  • Ganni seersucker check mini shorts

    Ganni seersucker check mini shorts
    Ganni seersucker check mini shorts

    Ganni’s short and sweet seersucker 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 Ganni seersucker check mini shorts, £115

  • Ganni gingham organza blouse

    Ganni gingham organza blouse
    Ganni gingham organza blouse

    Organza’s big news this year, and so is gingham, so this Ganni blouse is killing two sartorial birds with one stone. Perfect for an occasion, finish off this look with flared trousers and a micro mule. 

    Shop Ganni gingham organza blouse, £150

  • Asos Design high waisted flare trouser in lime green check

    Asos Design high waisted flare trouser in lime green check
    Asos Design high waisted flare trouser in lime green check

    Lime green is having a huge moment, so why not embrace both the zesty hue and gingham with these retro-inspired flares?

    Shop Asos Design high waisted flare trouser in lime green check, £28

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