Pretty as a picnic but perfect for the office, too, these are the gingham midi dresses to buy right now.
Want one key item to update your summer wardrobe? Then the only thing you need is a gingham dress. The style is flooding our Instagram feeds, from ASOS’s checked numbers to the stunning Ganni’s fluro lime version that’s been seen on almost every influencer under the sun.
The style is not exactly new — ever since Dorothy donned one in the Wizard of Oz, the gingham dress have repeatedly returned during summer seasons for its ability to reflect that carefree mood, while still being picnic-pretty and work-appropriate. But this year, gingham is giving the polka dot a serious run for its patterned money, knocking it off the top spot as the must-wear print of the season.
Linen dresses are currently available everywhere, from our new favourite Ukrainian brand The Sleeper to & Other Stories and J Crew. It’s so popular for myriad reasons — it’s less obviously retro than the polka dot (which has a tendency to look a bit twee), in easy-wearing linens it barely needs any ironing, and it tends to be found in midi-length dresses, meaning you wear them to all manner of occasions, from weekend to work. (If you’ve got a strappy one, simply put a crisp white T-shirt underneath and wear with sneakers for a cool, 50’s-diner take on the trend.)
Unlike its polka dot counterpart, gingham looks surprisingly great with all manner of casual flats, like sneakers or this summer’s must-wear dad sandals. Simply team with ankle socks to bring that Cecilie Bahnsen-style innocence to the look.
Here, we round up the best checked dresses to buy right now – and wear for the rest of summer.
Arguably the gingham dress of the season — or perhaps ever — this dress has been worn by basically everybody. The lime green hue offsets a summer tan nicely; pair with Birkenstocks for that masculine-feminine edge.
Gingham dress, £210, Ganni
& Other Stories
Does anything recall sunny afternoons spent by the French riviera quite like this & Other Stories dress? We love the mustard hue, which reminds us of old school uniforms — in a good way. Team with strappy tan sandals and a basket bag.
Gingham dress, £48, & Other Stories
What do you get if you blend tablecloth checks with Americana denim? This Batsheva dress which conjures up all sorts of queen of the rodeo vibes. Pair with an ankle boot.
Gingham and denim dress, £360, Batsheva
If Dorothy had been en route to Oz in 2019, this is the dress she would have worn. French brand Mes Demoiselles reinvents the style with a cinched waist, a short flippy skirt and cute puffed sleeves.
Tropique gingham dress, £160, Mes Demoiselles
Hot on the collar of Ganni’s gingham is this Kitri number, which has sold out numerous times already. In the perfect pretty pink check, this 1950s style with a sweetheart neckline is best worn with wedge espadrilles.
Leonara gingham dress, £125, Kitri
Want a gingham number to wear to a wedding? Look no further than Staud. With this pale lemon micro check and a fitted silhouette that frills at the bottom, all you need is a simple strappy sandal to finish off this look.
Ruched gingham dress, £250, Staud
Perfect for wearing with a white tee, or for showing off a a summer tan, this button-up style by cult dress brand HVN gets a big tick from us. Wear with tennis sneakers for an easy-wearing everyday look.
Laura gingham dress, £425, HVN