I don't need to tell you gingham isn't exactly a groundbreaking or new print. If you went to primary school in the UK and wore a dress, you almost definitely wore a version of it at some point. The print loved by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz has, unsurprisingly, been around for centuries. In fact, it's thought to have originated in Southeast Asia and was later seen in the 18th century in mills in Manchester. But my, has it come a long way in recent years. No longer just a twee preppy print associated with school-girl pinafores, now, it's the peak of summer style, the go-to motif of those in the know, and it can fit in seamlessly with any wardrobe setup.
In the fashion calendar, gingham always comes back into play in the warmer months. This is why we recommend investing in it—not only is it considered a summer style classic, but you're practically guaranteed to get suitable wear out of it for years to come.
Gingham and basket bags are a match made in style heaven, as Lauren-Nicole demonstrates.
I'd never advise you to double up on pieces you already own, but this year's gingham offering is so impressive, even our team—who own more than their fair share of gingham pieces between them—are tempted to snap up some of the new styles on offer. The only thing left to cover is how to wear gingham and make it feel fresh. You can do this by buying into the sub-gingham trend that's currently taking over.
For 2021, gingham checks are brighter and bolder than in previous seasons, with green, purple and orange iterations proving just as tempting as the timeless black-and-white combinations. If that feels too full-on, fret not, for the print is also making its way onto handbags, shoes, and accessories, too—meaning you can tap into the colourful gingham trend without having to commit to a full-blown outfit.
So without further ado, keep scrolling to see how to wear gingham right now, and shop the key pieces we think are worth considering.
1. IN DRESS FORM
Style Notes: Be it a mini, midi or maxi, gingham dresses are having a moment right now, and it's not hard to see why. While there are timeless monochrome options to choose from, our favourites come in glorious bright hues.
Style Notes: Good news if you love wearing gingham up top: There are so many different styles to choose from right now, from shirts with oversized collars to those with short sleeves. There are puff-sleeve tops too that have caught our attention.
3. ON THE BOTTOM
Style Notes: One of the people I always turn to when it comes to gingham on the bottom is Nnenna Echem. Whether you go for a bold colour or just a classic black gingham, there are plenty of options.
4. A SLIVER
Style Notes: Not totally convinced by the trend? Take a tip from Abi and just add a touch of the print to your outfit. Choose from shoes, bags or a crop top to liven up your summer looks.