Did you know that gingham was originally 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 the days when it was unlikely to ever be worn outside of a studio, now undoubtedly one of fashions go-to patterns that seems to become more sought after every single year. My love affair with gingham print is long-standing, and not only because I secretly think it makes me look like a stylish cowgirl; the black and white checks can be worn in so many ways, transcending styles or generation in a way that no other pattern can compete with. A gingham dress for me is almost a ‘neutral’, easily being dressed up or down and coordinated to pretty much any colour under the rainbow – that’s why it’s such a versatile print that really never goes out of style.
I’ve documented my expansive gingham dress collection before (see my previous outfits here,) and with the dawn of every new spring season I seem to find yet another classic I can’t resist. This time around it’s a cheap as chips number from New Look, that really won’t break the bank at £19.99. It features a cute tie-up detail around the breasticle area (which is a vast improvement on the button-up versions from last year that I had to sew shut because they kept popping open!) and an elasticated back for added comfort. There’s enough room in the fabric to move around, eat all the ice cream you want and not feel too exposed when the weather is still super changeable. It’s true to size (I’m wearing S16) and really comfy – so much that I’ve actually got it in a couple of other patterns too!
This very warm Saturday also provided me with the perfect opportunity to test out my new Kurt Geiger sandals (also super comfortable and not too high) and get my Accessorize black basket bag out from the closet. I bought this right at the end of summer last year knowing how much use I got from my basket bags, but the good news is they’ve brought it back for 2019 in both the black and the nude shade. (I’m tempted to get it in nude too, as I’ve already got a fair few wears out of it and last year’s basket bag is on its way out!) It’s super roomy, perfect for days out when you want all your bits with you, and the wooden handles make it look super expensive – but at £32.50 it’s actually really affordable.
During these spring months when it can turn from the hottest day of the year to hail in the space of a few hours, gingham is a fail safe for when you want to embrace the new season but don’t want to look like a wally in florals or pastel pinks. We’ve all been there when you think it’s going to be sunny enough for you to slip on a white sundress, only for the heavens to open and leave said sundress very see-through and your feet very cold. A gingham dress still ticks those new season boxes, but looks great with darker accessories and tonnes of texture if you’re not ready to ditch the leather jacket or black slip-ons. You never know, it could even get warm enough to take your jacket off…!
Do you love a gingham dress for spring as much as me?
SHOP THE LOOK
New Look Gingham Tie-Up Dress | £19.99 | LINK
Accessorize Mila Circle Handle Basket Bag | £32.50 | LINK
Kurt Geiger Rosie Black Mid Heel Sandals | £49.00 | LINK
Oasis Leather Jacket | £168.00 | LINK
Michael Kors Sunglasses | £110.00 | SIMILAR HERE