I think I must be harbouring a secret desire to be a cowgirl, because my love affair with gingham prints is just getting stronger. I adore the delicate black and white check that never seems to go out of style (and is perfectly suited to the summer months,) simply because it’s so effortless; gingham is almost a ‘neutral’ that you can dress up or down with any colour combination you can think of. What started as a dabble a few years ago has evolved into a full on obsession with anything checked I can get my hands on, but the gingham dress will always be my first love. Did you know that the fabric was originally (and still is in many fashion houses) used as a ‘test fabric’ to ensure the cut of a new design worked well, without having to waste valuable supplies? It’s come a long way since then, now used in its own right as one of the hottest and most sought after styles of the season.
You’ve seen a couple of my gingham dresses already, but this dreamy one I found in Monsoon a few months ago is just the ticket; the length, style and details make it one of those wardrobe staples I’ve been reaching for almost weekly since I handed over my card at the till. I’ve worn it with heels and a balcony bra (one of those strappy ones that peep over the top) for dinner, trainers and a biker for watching rugby, as well as sandals and a basket bag for strolling around on a sunny day – it’s just so blummin versatile! I may even be tempted to wear it with tights in the winter.
Certain styles, shapes and patterns are classics that will never go out
of style, even if they’re having a ‘moment’ of exponential popularity;
gingham is undoubtedly one of those. Although I wouldn’t usually spend a
lot on summer dresses, with ones like this that I know I’ll get so much
wear out of now and in the seasons to come, it’s worth a little
splurge. This Monsoon number was so popular with bloggers (I hasten to
add I was one of the first to find it on a rainy March bank holiday in
Brighton!) that it’s sold out online, but you may be able to find it
lingering in some stores across the country. Side note – Monsoon have so many cute summer dresses right now, so it’s well worth a look if you’ve got a summer picnic or wedding to go to.
In the interests of spreading the gingham love around, I’ve scoured the ‘net to find some of the best alternatives that you’re
gonna love – and my top gingham dress picks are below. ASOS, New Look, BooHoo and even Next have some great options… And it’s the perfect excuse to start making your payday wishlist. Enjoy!
Pictures taken by Kaye Ford
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Monsoon Gingham Midi Dress | £59.00 | SIMILAR HERE
Aspinal Of London Hat Box Bag | £365.00 (Currently £495.00) | LINK
George At ASDA Tassel Sandals | £15.00 | LINK
SOME OF MY FAVE GINGHAM DRESSES
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