How to Wear Gingham the 2020 Way

I don't need to tell you gingham isn't exactly a groundbreaking 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. It's thought to have originated in Southeast Asia and was later seen in the 18th century in mills in Manchester. But it's no longer just a twee preppy print associated with school-girl pinafores—t can now fit into any wardrobe.

In the fashion world, gingham (like polka dots and florals) rolls around every summer. It's why it's always a good idea to invest in the print as you'll wear it for so many summers to come. But don't start yawning yet, because 2020's take on the print is one of the more exciting we've seen in a while. There are bold green versions from Topshop and Scandi brand Avavav. Then there are colourful co-ord sets from Miu Miu as well as & Other Stories. Of course, there is still a lot of black gingham, so if you're looking for something a bit more traditional, worry not…

To help you navigate these ways of wearing gingham, we've condensed them down into four new categories. Keep scrolling to see how to do gingham this spring/summer 2020, according to some of our favourite fashion girls, and then shop the key pieces for the season. 

1. Green
how to wear gingham: emili sindlev in a gingham dress

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@emilisindlev

Style Notes: Green is one of the biggest colours of the coming season, so why not combine it with this summer print?

2. Co-Ordinate
how to wear gingham: Ada Oguntodu wearing gingham coord

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@ada_oguntodo

Style Notes: A co-ord gives you that extra polish when wearing gingham. 

3. Puff Sleeves
how to wear gingham: jeanette madsen wearing a gingham dress

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Style Notes: Puff sleeves refuse to go away (not that we want them to). 

4. Dresses
how to wear gingham: street styler wearing a gingham dress

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Style Stalker

Style Notes: If all else fails, wear a gingham dress like in your school days. 

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends you need to know. 

This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.