This Printed Dress Will Always Be a Timeless Summer Staple

best gingham midi dresses: yellow wrap dress

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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.

Shop My Edit of Gingham Midi Dresses

Halterneck shirring is a fresh update on the typical square-neck gingham styles.

A slow fashion brand best known for gingham-print offerings.

The lace-up waist detailing brings a whimsical element to this dress.

Whether you're on the red carpet or in your favourite park, Molly Goddard's designs never disappoint.

Cottagecore is still in my heart, and this style alludes to that frolicking fantasy.

Silk is an uncharacteristic material for gingham, but I'm certainly not complaining.

A special piece with considered detailing from collar to blouson sleeves. Wear with slip-on loafers for a hint of androgyny. 

A neutral slip style is even more timeless.

The pyjama loungewear hybrid is apt for sleepy mornings and late lunches.

Muted colourways complement feminine styles even further as seen with the baby-blue hues.

Never underestimate the power of small details. The ruffled sleeves take this style up a notch.

When it comes to gingham, I often lean towards muted colourways like yellow and beige.

It may be too early to start thinking about A/W 2022 just yet, but I think this would translate to those seasons with brown boots!

Look back for the dainty criss-cross design.

The Franks London x Michelle Driscoll collaboration features some swoon-worthy pieces. As seen here, blue and gingham are an undefeated pairing.

Typically, gingham dresses are easy-wearing styles like this one. Made of a generous amount of light cotton, this dress invites ample movements like exaggerated spins or cradling a baby bump.

I'm enamoured with Jigsaw dresses this year. The sleeves, neckline and large checked print make this style feel grown-up.

This would make a great country wedding guest dress. Pair it with bold earrings.

I think everyone could benefit from having a piece like this in their wardrobe.

This gingham wrap is classically Parisian. All that's missing is a red lip and slingbacks. Oh, and a basket bag!

Ruching and cut-outs? We're well and truly spoilt on the trend front.

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