When it comes to patterns and prints, there is one look that is ruling the high street for SS15. Gingham print is back with a vengeance and is no longer related to realm of the sundress.
This look got a major revamp at this season's catwalk shows, proving that this traditional style can be given a bit of modern flair. Sophisticated gingham is a must-wear for summer, whether creating a casual, dressy or business look.
Forget Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and her blue gingham print dress, there is a lot more to this trend than pigtails and full skirts.
Here are some of the hottest ways to wear gingham right now:
The coordinating look was big last summer and gingham is making it even better this year. Skirts and trousers that match with a top or crop top are all the rage and will create a stylish ensemble for any occasion.
Choose larger gingham prints for this look to create a bold statement. This stops the outfit from getting too busy, which can mean it doesn't show your shape off to its best.
When it comes to colour, darker shades are ideal, with monochrome being a chic choice for evening and office wear.
Because gingham print has a lot going on, it is a good idea to keep dresses that feature it throughout quite simple. This means you can focus on clean lines that perfectly flatter your shape.
Skater, shift and bodycon dresses are all ideal and work with different sizes and body types.
You can make them more interesting by choosing dresses that have different sleeve lengths or necklines, which add different details and effects to your outfit. You can also add a splash of colour through belts, which will also help to emphasise your curves.
Jumpsuits and playsuits
If you want a comfortable and modern way to wear gingham, you can't go wrong with a playsuit or jumpsuit. These are great for relaxed day wear or for dressing up for a night on the town and they look totally fab in gingham.
You can get away with almost any colour and dress them up in a huge number of ways, making jump and playsuits incredibly versatile additions to your wardrobe.
If you want to include a little nod to the gingham print trend in your outfit but don't want to be obvious, shoes are the ideal way to go.
You can add a touch of print to straps or heels to create a subtle look that is still bang on-trend. This gives you a fun way to dress up simpler outfits and keep your wardrobe interesting.
You can't have summer without swimwear and this year is all about gingham. Whether you use the print throughout your choice of swimming costume or feature it over a small area, it is a great summer choice that can make simple silhouettes really pop.