What to wear this weekend: FEMAIL picks out elegant spring gingham

What to wear this weekend: FEMAIL picks out elegant spring gingham for effortless style this season

  • The days are longer and gingham has started to appear in High Street stores 
  • Usually red-and-white is too obvious and the pale blue or pink checks too twee
  • But this year, things are different as brands embrace ‘grown-up gingham’ 
  • SPRING GINGHAM 

    The days are longer, there’s blossom on the trees, and gingham has started to appear in our favourite High Street stores. Spring has arrived, but the profusion of this colourful check is normally enough to make me wish it hadn’t.

    The days are longer, there¿s blossom on the trees, and gingham has started to appear in our favourite High Street stores

    The days are longer, there’s blossom on the trees, and gingham has started to appear in our favourite High Street stores 

    . . . WITH A TWIST

    Usually the red-and-white is too obvious and the pale blues, yellow and pink checks too twee; you end up looking like a picnic blanket or Dorothy from The Wizard Of Oz. But this year, things are different.

    Let me introduce you to grown-up gingham.

    OFFICE READY

    This chic make-over is thanks to British independent labels including Mother Of Pearl, Reformation and Self-Portrait, whose Spring/Summer ’22 collections are full of striking, oversized squares in classy, understated tones.

    Think navy, camel and khaki. This may be the first time gingham has been sophisticated enough for a work meeting.

    MIX AND MATCH

    For an affordable take, head to Boden, which has this fabulous ivory and navy gingham coat with statement buttons and a structured canvas tote.

    L.K. Bennett has a sophisticated black and white pencil skirt and top, which is ideal for mixing and matching. Or have fun with a bucket hat from Anthropologie. We will all be wearing them this summer, apparently.

    Never say never . . .

    NOW SHOP THE TREND… 

    Shirt 

    beaufortandblake.com

    £75 Shop

    Dress 

    sisterjane.com 

    £89 Shop

    Hat 

    anthropologie.com 

    £42  Shop

    Shopper 

    originalsstudio.co.uk 

    £39.99 Shop

    Top 

    lkbennett.com 

    £179 Shop

    Skirt 

    lkbennett.com 

    £199 Shop