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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
AND/OR at 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.
& 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All images courtesy of the brands.