As the spring collections debuted all around the world last September, a sense of excitement grew around the sexy gingham pieces that popped up in one collection after another. Each piece resulted in a thrilling "there it is a again!" moment.
At Altuzarra (above, left), the look was sexy; at Bottega Venetta (above, center left) it was innocent; at Diane von Furstenberg (above, center right) the ensemble was playful and flirty; and at Michael Kors (above, right) it was all-American down-to-earth glam. Even though the print has a traditionally girlish roots and a youthful edge, the season's offerings showed how the gridlike pattern is completely appropriate for grown-ups.
What helped to make the trend feel more sophisticated were the ladylike silhouettes, like tailored blouses and blazers, dresses with hourglass shapes, and pencil skirts with up-to-there slits. And the prints—which can have sweet, picnic-y vibes—felt updated due to refreshing color combos like nude and white, though there was room for the classic blue-and-black and black-and-white combinations.
To work the trend in your wardrobe, try it in small doses—head-to-toe gingham can be tricky and overwhelming. For finishing touches, accent the print with neutral tones and structured accessories. Ready to shop? Click ahead.
1. How to wear it
This dense, gridlike print can be tricky. For pattern play, stick with something equally graphic, like bold stripes (in a matching color), or pick a pattern featuring plenty of white space so the print won't look too busy. Not a girlie girl? Channel Brigitte Bardot and make a curve-hugging dress with a low V-neck and high slit your go-to.
Runway inspiration (L-R): Altuzarra, Bottega Veneta, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors
2. Polo Ralph Lauren
3. Richard Nicoll
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4. Diane von Furstenberg
6. Michael Kors
8. Nili Lotan
9. Creatures of the Wind
10. Marc by Marc Jacobs
12. Victoria Victoria Beckahm
13. Diane von Furstenberg