Much like polka dots, Breton stripes and floral prints, gingham is one of the most distinguishable and dateless textile designs. I've observed the cyclical comings and goings of gingham dresses, and I've come to realise that gingham on midi lengths is an unmatched pairing. Come summer, there's always a place for gingham in my dress collection. Often printed onto puckered cotton or linen, the chequered print lends its wear to summer climates. Fashion brands release variations of the gingham-print dress every year amongst their seasonal updates.
Gingham is a style indicative of warm weather, childhood nostalgia, and country living with a nod to the cottagecore aesthetic that has dominated over the past couple of summers. There's something about the print that evokes the candour of summer. When the clocks go back, gingham dresses come out to play. There's a gingham dress for every occasion, whether it's a smarter style like the Flora Sardalos Milo dress or a trapeze dress in the style of Mango's check number.
Dresses with shirred busts and quadrate necklines are still going strong while styles incorporating trend-led cut-outs have modernised the traditional print. There's a strong French influence at play, too. I can't think of button-down and wrap-style dresses without envisaging low-lit dinners in Paris.
Carry on scrolling for some beautiful gingham-print midi dresses. It's the charming print we love every single summer.
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