Gingham is here to stay this summer, and I am so excited. If you scroll through your Instagram feeds, nearly every brand and influencer has been rocking the pattern, especially when it comes to summer-ready dresses. (My favorite!) Don't let gingham's sweetness fool you, though—the symmetrical pattern can also be sexy and sophisticated. Whether you’re in the market for a frilly pastel midi dress with checks or something more contemporary, I've found a gingham dress for you. Wear your new piece to weddings, vacations, and beyond.
What makes this dress unique is the fusion of two different types of black-and-white gingham prints. You have your mini squares and your large squares while the thigh-high slit gives it a sexy yet wearable appeal. Dress it down with sneakers or up with kitten mules.
Sweet like cotton candy is how I would describe this flare slip dress from HVN. The silky material embodies the lightness and ease of summer and the item can be layered over a t-shirt or button-up for that extra fashion-girl spin.
This dress is a more contemporary take on gingham thanks to its asymmetric hemline and ruching across the bodice. It’s perfect for both day and night occasions. For instance, a pair of black high-heel sandals will create that cute date-night look while a simple pair of brown slides will tone it down for a casual morning.
For a gingham dress that's anything but ordinary, you'll want this one by Natasha Zinko from her resort 2019 collection. This sweetheart bodice gown with cascading ruffles is a lewk in the best way possible should you want to stand out at your summer party. (Sorry florals, looks like you'll be staying in the closet for now.)
This dress is begging to be packed away and taken on a vacation. Where can you wear this to, you ask? I picture the maxi dress floating down a beach or being taken for a spin down the cobbled streets of Italy. Staying local this summer? Wear it with white strappy heels or espadrilles to your next wedding or bridal shower.
If it’s a mini dress you’re after, consider this gingham v-neck option from Mango. The straight and fitted silhouette makes it super simple to throw on if you're petite and don't want to drown in fabric. Wear with a pair of dad sneakers and a denim jacket on days when you don't have a care in the world.
If strapless dresses are your summer go-to, pick up this gingham option from Anaak. It features a knotted front for a feminine detail while the color reminds me of the water in the Bahamas. If the strapless style is too revealing for certain occasions, cover up with a shawl or denim jacket.
Try this Rachel Comey option if you're looking for a more retro dress with modern touches like an empire waist. The high-neck collar and sleeves make it suitable for the office and counts as a transitional piece. Take it from summer into fall with the addition of a leather jacket and ankle boots.
Anthropologie is full of your not-so-basic pieces like this gingham halter-neck dress with large squares. The deep green hue on this fit-and-flare dress is unexpected too, which guarantees you’ll make a statement at that Saturday picnic.
Style influencer Aimee Song launched her own fashion line and it's filled with plenty of easy summer pieces. Take this gingham dress with a plunging neckline and ruffles down the body, it's that effortless item you throw on every morning and look superbly put together. I'm definitely adding this to my wishlist.
Searching for a bright, perhaps rainbow-colored dress to add to your closet this summer? Look no further than this technicolor option from Saloni. Pick a hue from this seersucker dress and style with any like-colored accessory.
Think of this pastel yellow Lake Studio number as the elevated version of your floral wrap dress. A few details to note that make this dress special: the knotted detail on the side and the crepe-de-chine fabric. Keep the rest of your accessories neutral and let this dress do all the talking.
This button-up shirtdress is a more masculine take on the gingham trend thanks to its boxier shape. The enlarged print makes more of a statement than other daintier varieties too, as does the bold red and white coloring. But the best part? It’s made from 100 percent cotton, which means it will be super comfortable for all day wear.
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