Sunday 23 July 2017

12 ways to wear the gingham trend this summer

Get your gingham on with these gorge high street picks.

SHORT GINGHAM DRESS, Zara, 19.95 EUR
SHORT GINGHAM DRESS, Zara, 19.95 EUR
ASOS CURVE Off Shoulder Mini Dress In Gingham Check Print £20.49
FLORAL PRINT GINGHAM TUNIC, Zara, 49.95 EUR
GINGHAM EMBROIDERED TOP, Zara, 39.95 EUR
FUCHSIA GINGHAM SKIRT, Zara, 29.95 EUR
ASOS Bunny Tie Gingham Beach Co-ord
GINGHAM CHECK TOP, Zara, 29.95 EUR
ASOS CURVE Gingham Tapered Peg Trousers £38.00
Off-the-shoulder top, H&M, €29.99
ASOS Maternity Smock Top in Gingham £25.00
GINGHAM MINI DRESS, Zara, 39.95 EUR
Off the shoulder gingham dress, Zara, €49.95

Karen Birney

Gingham. The word strikes fear into the hearts of anyone who has even a vague understanding of it.

The print has become synonymous with wash cloths and tea towels in kitchens the country over but this summer the high street is determined to get your donning it in your day-to-day wear.

Sell-out

We know people fall over themselves for Penneys every now and again but its UK sell-out tea-length gingham dress had fashionistas in a right tizzy last month as they tried to bag a rather unassuming blue gúna.

The sold-out Penneys gingham dress S/S17
The sold-out Penneys gingham dress S/S17

Social media wasn't sold out however, with debates on whether it was indeed divine or blatantly hideous raging like so many "blue and white dress" altercations before it.

The major issue of the day was whether or not gingham had any place in modern fashion: whether it should be confined to the drawer of ribbons and rags we swear we'll use next time we clean the windows.

So how do we feel about this Maria von Trapp-esque style that's folk dancing its merry way into our wardrobes?

How do you solve a problem like gingham?

Well if you're thinking of giving it a shot this summer, don't do what the lookbooks tell you for a starter. Mixing gingham prints and colours is something Patricia Field or Iris Apfel could maybe pull off, but it's simply not for us mere mortals.

Second piece of advice is to keep everything else subtle - that means holding off on the accessories and going minimal with make-up - the print is the thing here, so let it speak for itself.

Finally, if it's all bells and whistles on top, don't go playing with volume on bottom, and visa versa. But you knew that already.

Check out (check? anybody?) our edit of some of the best pieces of gingham on the high street and decide for yourself if it's to be part of a few of your favourite things this summer.

ASOS CURVE Off Shoulder Mini Dress In Gingham Check Print
£20.49
ASOS CURVE Off Shoulder Mini Dress In Gingham Check Print £20.49
FLORAL PRINT GINGHAM TUNIC, Zara, 49.95 EUR
GINGHAM EMBROIDERED TOP, Zara, 39.95 EUR
FUCHSIA GINGHAM SKIRT, Zara, 29.95 EUR
ASOS Bunny Tie Gingham Beach Co-ord
GINGHAM CHECK TOP, Zara, 29.95 EUR
ASOS CURVE Gingham Tapered Peg Trousers £38.00
Off-the-shoulder top, H&M, €29.99
GINGHAM MINI DRESS, Zara, 39.95 EUR
Off the shoulder gingham dress, Zara, €49.95
ASOS Maternity Smock Top in Gingham £25.00

 

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