Gingham is the hottest print for Spring 2015 with Oscar de la Renta and Michael Kors sending it down the runway. But, to incorporate it into your street style, you’ll need to figure out how to do it without looking like you are staring in a remake of The Wizard of Oz. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to wear this trendy print without looking like a walking cliché.
From Dorothy to Little Debbie, the most renowned gingham outfits are flouncy and bouncy. To keep the trend classy instead of cartoonish, skip the volume and try sleek fitted shapes. A black and white gingham pencil skirt pairs perfectly with a tucked white or chambray top and a pair of peep toe pumps. Tailored shorts and skinny cropped pants also work well. Staying away from cutesy details, like lace and bows, will also help to keep the look modern.
Sometimes bigger really is better. Rather than sticking to the traditional tiny checks, look for oversized gingham patterns. The larger scale will look more modern and less cliché, but will retain the feminine feel that makes gingham so appealing. Large gingham works especially well when wearing an all-over pattern, such as a dress.
Try something unexpected
The idea of gingham immediately brings up mental images of western boots and girly accents. To create a style statement, stay away from the standby looks and add a pop of something unexpected. The most common gingham prints come in black, red or blue. For a surprisingly stylish look, pick up the print in sunny yellow, perky green or elegant gray. Or, pair the traditional print with a leather blazer or top. Rather than sweet flats, team your gingham outfit with sky-high heels with studded accents.
Stick to accessories
If the idea of gingham pants and dresses seems like too much of a fashion risk, ease into the trend with accessories. Shoes are the ideal way to dabble in the look without over committing. Look for sassy pumps or sweet flats in the trendy print. Both options are surprisingly versatile and will add a pop of whimsy to neutral outfits.