How to Wear Last Year's Gingham Pieces Now That Summer's Here

Last summer, gingham captured everyone's hearts, as you couldn't go on Instagram without seeing the tablecloth-check print. Checked off-the-shoulder tops, cropped trousers and strappy tops became the unofficial Instagram uniform. And one year later, the print remains popular.

Of course, gingham isn't new, as the print loved by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz has actually been around for centuries. It's thought to have originated in Southeast Asia and was later seen in the 18th century in mills in Manchester.

It's no longer just a twee preppy print associated with school girl pinafores. It can fit into any wardrobe. To give you some inspiration for how to wear the gingham pieces you bought last year in a 2018 way, we rounded up our favourite blogger outfits. And if you still have a gingham hole in your wardrobe, we've found the best new pieces. When you click through the gallery below, it'll become clear why gingham is the trend that just keeps going—and we've got style tips for all of them.

1. Throw a gingham blazer over a tea dress.



Style Notes: Nnenna Echem masters the art of print clashing with this effortless ensemble. Note how she sticks to black and blue to keep the look from becoming too OTT.

We've loved this statement blazer since it first came into stores. An essential English summer staple.

2. Pair monochromatic gingham with vivid red.



Style Notes: Marianne Theodorsen really makes these gingham trousers pop with a vibrant red jacket. Wallflowers need not apply. 

These flattering & Other Stories trousers will carry you through summer and into autumn with ease. 

3. Liven up wardrobe staples with a gingham accessory.



Style Notes: For a subtler look, just opt for gingham accessories such as Maria Bernad's checked shopper.

Trademark is officially the hot brand of the season—and the best part? Their gingham pieces come in at only £90.

4. Keep cool in a gingham co-ord.



Style Notes: A gingham co-ord is a great alternative to a summer dress. We love the cool ochre colour of this blogger's twinset, which could also double up as a bikini cover-up on holiday.

This is just too cool for words. A style statement if we ever saw one.

5. Add an edge with a minimalistic silhouette.


Isabel Mundigo-Moore

Style Notes: If you're worried about looking too twee in gingham, then try experimenting with a more modern silhouette. This dress kicks the trend into 2018 with its oversized cut and knee-grazing length.  

This midi dress can be dressed up for formal occasions with mules and statement earrings and down for the weekend with buckled sandals and a straw bag. 

6. Toughen up a gingham mini with a denim jacket.



Style Notes: Emma Hill subverts any Dorothy-like connotations by pairing this gingham mini with a denim jacket. 

Embrace farmer-girl chic in this twist-front dress. 

Style Notes: Alex Stedman of The Frugality is a gingham obsessive, and we love how she pairs her gingham skirt with a structured box bag and a slogan T-shirt.

Best worn with a cardigan and white T-shirt. 

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