How to Wear Gingham, Spring’s Hottest Print

No longer just for Dorothy

Previously when you thought of gingham, images of picnic blankets and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz would come to mind. Well, no more. Gingham is saying good bye to the yellow brick road, and hello to haute fashion. Popping up on runways around the world, the pattern has undergone a cool fashion makeover, appearing on everything from shoes to swimsuits.

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You’ll definitely want to try wearing the chic checkered print this spring for at least one OOTD (it looks good on everyone, by the way!). Below are eight style ideas on how to wear gingham — without feeling like you belong in Oz.


1. Gingham Shorts

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Nothing says summer is coming more than a pair of gingham check pair of shorts. Pair with a white button down shirt or tee, along with some strappy sandals, for a casual look that still looks ultra polished. Mango, $49.99.


2. Gingham Shirt

A gingham shirt in a flirty pink hue spruces up any outfit. Keep it simple by wearing it with a pair of skinnies and flats, or go make it dressy and wear it with a full skirt and heels. Nordstrom, $59.50.


3. Gingham Dress

A gingham dress is a classic alternative to your standard LBH. An off-the-shoulder mini dress like this one is an awesome modern twist to the look. Wear with sandals or heels to your next family reunion or date night out with bae. Zara, $49.90.


4. Gingham Off-the-Shoulder Top

Dorothy has definitely left Oz with a top like this one. Not only does it combine two of the season’s hottest trends — off-the-shoulder and gingham — but it goes perf with both jeans and a skirt, meaning you can dress it up or down. H&M, $39.99.


5. Gingham Romper

We know you love rompers, which is why a gingham version should def be in your romper rotation this spring. It’s the perf OOTD for a fun day out with your squad or picnic date with your cutie. Choies, $28.


6. Gingham Shoes

Even your tootsies can get in on the trend with a pair of these super cute slides by Jeffrey Campbell. Pair with white denim jeans and a pretty blouse, and you have one adorable OOTD. Urban Outfitters, $95.


7.  Gingham Blazer

A statement blazer like this one is a must-have for your closet. Wear it to your next internship interview with a chic pair of trousers and a button-down, or pair it with high-waisted shorts and a tank for a more casual look. Banana Republic, $93.


8. Gingham Tote

Make your tote stand out this season by making it gingham. This tote bag is a chic addition to your outfit as you run errands or when you hit the beach. Target, $12.

Brianne Hogan
Brianne Hogan

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