The way we dress is always reflective of our surroundings, which explains the urge most of us have to wear florals in spring—we're channelling the flowers blossoming around us into our outfits. Brands, be they high-end or high street, are all too happy to cater to this sartorial mirroring. Right now, in any and every new-in section, you're sure to find a plethora of petal-adorned pieces just waiting to sell out.
Still, regardless of how pretty the motif may be, the saying "too much of a good thing" exists for a reason. When you've already got a closet full of floral prints (we know we have), you'd be forgiven for wanting to spend your money on something different.
Perhaps the springtime picnics we're planning are serving as inspiration, but right now, we see more and more checked dresses cropping up online and in our social feeds. From bright and bold to muted and micro, checks are a commonality all the best dresses seem to share. Influencers agree, too, as many are favouring dresses with blanket-style checks over traditional florals.
Don't worry—there's still a place for florals this season, but for those of you looking to switch up your looks, a checked dress might be the solution. Scroll below to see some of our favourite checked-dress ensembles, then shop the best checked dresses 2021 has to offer.