Gingham. For summer. Groundbreaking right? But seriously, checks were all over the spring/summer catwalks (see: Loewe, Alexander McQueen and Fendi) and the quintessential summer print is certainly holding its ground.
I think gingham is a bit like marmite – you either love it or you hate it. Personally, I absolutely adore it but at the same time I can see how people think it too closely resembles a tablecloth. It can be a little tricky to pull off without looking like said piece of home decor but, styled correctly, can provide the foundations of a perfect warm-weather ensemble.
I definitely find myself most drawn to black and white gingham. It’s a safe option as it’s the least tablecloth-like and almost acts as a neutral that can be paired with any colour combination you can think of. This tonal choice can be seen in a smocked gingham tube top from Brandy Melville. It’s a perfect fit and the simple silhouette allows the print to shine.
It’s paired with black kick flare jeans, a black belt bag and “dad” trainers for a slightly different styling of the print. The dark colours and chunky shoes makes the look read a lot less preppy and the juxtaposition of the classic print alongside current accessory trends makes it decidedly cooler. No picnic tables to be found!
And to conclude, where better to shoot a classic print than the Great British seaside? I adore the fact that my hometown is by the sea. There’s nowhere better to spend the summer!
Peace and love, Bec