Shop the Spring Fashion Trend: Grown-Up Gingham

Diane von Furstenberg
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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.

PHOTOS: Get the Look: Gingham

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How to wear it

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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

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Polo Ralph Lauren

Polo Ralph Lauren
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$298; ralphlauren.com

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Richard Nicoll

Richard Nicoll
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$660; richardnicoll.com for info

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Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg
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$375; dvf.com

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Intermix

Intermix
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$225; intermixonline.com

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Michael Kors

Michael Kors
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$575; michaelkors.com

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Sportmax

Sportmax
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$610; matchesfashion.com

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Nili Lotan

Nili Lotan
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$209; nililotan.com

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Creatures of the Wind

Creatures of the Wind
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$695; shopbop.com

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Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc by Marc Jacobs
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$258; saksfifthavenue.com

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Uniqlo

Uniqlo
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$30; uniqlo.com

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Victoria Victoria Beckahm

Victoria Victoria Beckahm
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$395; matchesfashion.com

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Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg
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$248; dvf.com

More spring fashion: Click here to shop '70s-inspired styles.

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