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Gingham | The High Street Edit

Hands up who wore a gingham dress every summer throughout primary school? Did you have the frilly socks to match too? Snap! For spring/summer 2017 it’s back. From never ending ruffles at HOH, floor length checked gowns at Carolina Herrera and beautiful tailored pieces at Altuzzara, gingham has gone grown up.

Traditional black and white checks are updated with cut out shoulders, embroidery and modern silhouettes. If monochrome isn’t your thing (really?), try red, purple or blue checks for a fresh spring take on this playground hero.

I’m not one for spending loads on trend led fashion pieces so I’ve scoured the virtual high street looking for my favourite affordable bits. If there’s a trend that I love, I’ll browse all of my favourite stores and will pick items that I know will work well within my current wardrobe. Nothing breaks my heart more than splashing out on a must-have piece, only for it to see the light of day twice before the fad is over.

I’ve tried to pick out a range of bits; tops, bottoms, dresses and shoes, things that I could make work for day and night, for the office or the bar, and the best part, they’re all £40 and under. Enjoy…

ASOS

asosL – R: ASOS cold shoulder playsuit £38.00  Milk It Vintage dress £40.00 Missguided bardot dress £40.00

No matter what the occasion, I can usually guarantee that not only will I find an appropriate outfit on ASOS, I can place my order, receive it the next day, and, have an item that fits perfectly. I’m a sucker for ASOS, I find them so convenient to use and I’ve only ever had a couple of issues with them which have been resolved in no time.

My favourite thing about ASOS is the sheer volume of different brands that I can shop in one go. For this post I searched for ‘gingham’ and immediately had over 40 brands to choose from.

If you’re looking for a grown up, edgy take on the gingham trend, ASOS is a one-stop-shop. Purple checks were all over the House of Holland catwalk albeit in a less wearable way, get your fix with this gorgeous, violet cold shoulder mini dress.

New Look

new-lookL – R: Long sleeved top £19.99, Embroidered flute sleeve top £19.99, Gingham shirt dress £24.99

New Look is a firm favourite of mine for on-trend, inexpensive, throw away fashion. I know that I can rely on them, particularly online, for good quality, trend lead pieces that aren’t going to break the bank or make me feel guilty if I only wear them a handful of times.

New Look’s gingham offering may only be black and white but these pieces pack a punch. I’m loving how the frills add a grownup touch of Victoriana to this traditional monochrome print. The long sleeved shirt dress is the perfect transitional piece, team with tights now and bare legs and ankle boots come spring.

The embroidered top however, is my favourite. This piece nails 3 huge trends in one super wearable garment; gingham, embroidery and flute sleeves.

River Island

river-islandL – R: Chiffon blouse £35.00, Silver ribbon detail flats £28.00, Button through midi skirt £32.00

River Islands sizing doesn’t always agree with my body shape, but that doesn’t stop me from lusting over their catwalk worthy pieces. I feel like you can always count on River Island to take a trend in a different direction.

This blouse shouldn’t work, and on paper, it doesn’t. Gingham, chiffon, ruffles, v-neck, wrap-over, tie waist and cuffed sleeves, there’s a lot going on but it’s a beautiful, wearable piece that will be a timeless edition to any wardrobe.

If anyone can do silver shoes, it’s River Island. I own two pairs of silver loafers by them and I adore them for adding some fun to a plain usually monochrome outfit. These ballet flats will do just that, worn with jeans or midi skirts they’ll add a playfulness, transforming any look.

Zara

zaraL – R: Bell sleeve top £29.99, Red mini dress £29.99 Embroidered off shoulder blouse £29.99

When I started hunting for high street gingham pieces, I thought Zara would provide the most expensive options but I was very pleasantly surprised. They have a great mix of pieces for all occasions, each as could-be-designer as the last.

Their blue and white bell sleeve top is the perfect way to take gingham to the office without looking like you were headed to the playground and this red, layered mini dress will look fabulous dresses up, or down. I’m seeing flat tan sandals, over-sized sunglasses and a floppy hat come summer.

My favourite piece is this off the shoulder embroidered blouse, again, rolling multiple trends into one. I find off the shoulder tops flattering on my shape so I can definitely see this, or something similar, making it’s way into my wardrobe.

How have you been embracing the gingham trend? I’d love to know your favourite pieces!

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