Do it like Dorothy this Summer and get your gingham on.
Gingham is one of those staples that seems to come back every summer in some shape or form. Remember the days when you couldn’t wait to pull your checky dresses and frilly socks out for school? Well, this year the look is back with a bang.
Gingham never really disappears. It is often about annually, at least as a micro trend, and as always, there are the usual pastel hues around for the warmer weather. However this year, the usually pretty girly patterns are much more oversized and the in-tones seem to be darker hues of navy’s and black with the occasional pop of red, giving the trend more of an updated, grungy, retrospective feel.
This monochrome dress, I actually bought last year from Warehouse and is a dead ringer for the Isa Arfen resort dress Emma Watson wore back in 2016.
It is a button-down style and has a more fitted silhouette reminiscent of that of the fifties. Like Emma, for this shoot (shot by my wonderful friend Hayley Crone, check her out on Insta and Facebook for updates) I kept with the vintage theme by accessorising with bright crimson colour-pop heels, a matching post box red lip and a classic box bag.
To make this trend a bit more relaxed, I would pair it with a skinny scarf and chunky clogs for a more 70s boho vibe, which is my favourite era to replicate. To give it a grunge update for the new season pair it with fishnet ankle socks and a pair of trusty old Vans.
If you’d like to get your hands on a dress just like this, you can check out warehouse’s updated A-line button version which reflects a more relaxed nineties button-down style.
Or, you can also check out some more of my favourite picks for sale online, below. For whether you’re a laid back Lucy, a preppy Polly or a vintage Verity, this one is a trend for everyone.
Elsie Top, £32.99, He Official
Navy Peplum Cami, £18, Nobody’s Child
Ellen Sun Dress, £40, Joanie Clothing
Off Shoulder Jumpsuit, £35, ASOS
Frill Hem Trousers, £35.99, Mango @ASOS
Seersucker Frill Mini Skirt, £20, Nobody’s Child