How to Wear Gingham This Spring

A print made for crisp sunny days, as seen on the runway and on the street.
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A print made for crisp sunny days, as seen on the runway and on the street.
Left: On the street at Paris Fashion Week. Right: On the runway at Oscar de la Renta spring 2015. Photos: Imaxtree.

Left: On the street at Paris Fashion Week. Right: On the runway at Oscar de la Renta spring 2015. Photos: Imaxtree.

There is something so optimistic about gingham, the checked cotton fabric popularized by '50s and '60s style icons like Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot, who wore it in the form of cropped pants and skirts. The preppy print made a comeback on the runways in September thanks to designers like Altuzarra, Diane von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta, who all played on its nostalgia-inducing elements and brought it into the modern day with sleek silhouettes and darker color choices. It's a major street style trend too, usually in the form of matching separates like a full gingham suit, and almost always in black and white. 

On the Runway

From left to right: Altuzarra spring 2015, Diane von Furstenberg spring 2015, Michael Kors spring 2015, Diane von Furstenberg spring 2015, Oscar de la Renta spring 2015. Photos: Imaxtree

From left to right: Altuzarra spring 2015, Diane von Furstenberg spring 2015, Michael Kors spring 2015, Diane von Furstenberg spring 2015, Oscar de la Renta spring 2015. Photos: Imaxtree

On the Street

Street style from New York Fashion Week outside the spring 2015 shows. Center photo: Ashley Janeweke/Fashionista. All other photos: Imaxtree

Street style from New York Fashion Week outside the spring 2015 shows. Center photo: Ashley Janeweke/Fashionista. All other photos: Imaxtree

The nice thing about gingham is that it's so easy to wear, and can lend a bit of ladylike polish even on the hottest days of the year. We like it in a loose-fitting or short, breezy dress; in a full skirt or trousers with a simple, cropped top; or as a single separate paired with other summery fabrics, such as lightweight denim and white cotton. Feeling bold? Pair a matching top and bottom for statement-making spring look.

Click through the assortment below to shop the gingham trend. 

Dresses

Skirts

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Pants