A Grown Up Guide To Wearing Summer's Breakaway Trend: Gingham

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The designers have thrown down the (gingham) gauntlet: checks are no longer just for kids, picnic blankets and Judy Garland. They're for grown ups. But does it really work off the catwalk? "Believe it or not, clothing that is completely patterned is actually slimming," celebrity stylist Ali Levine declares, "because the clothing is busy with pattern, but there is no single focal point to draw your eye to." The denser the pattern, the greater the minimising effect. So opt for a small, neat check to slim trouble areas, and bigger, bolder prints to enhance your best bits. We round up the most flattering gingham pieces around...

Gingham peplum blouse, £14, George 

This is the perfect gingham shirt for the tummy conscious, as its floaty style and peplum hem will skim over any lumps and bumps. Team with a pair of slim-fitting black or white jeans to balance out the volume. The key to making gingham look chic, rather than childish, is to counterbalance with solid-coloured separates which echo the tones of the print. 

Buy now at asda.com for £14 

Off-the-shoulder shirred gingham cotton blouse, £95, Madewell

This summery Bardot-style top will allow you to tap into the 'cold shoulder' trend whilst cannily concealing bingo wings. 

Buy now at net-a-porter.com for £95 

Wrapover blouse, £29.99, H&M

This pretty wrap style blouse updates the classic checked shirt with an on-trend feminine twist. It will look great with slim-fit jeans or white capri pants. For a smarter look, team with a pencil skirt.

Buy now at hm.com for £29.99 

Gingham trousers, £39.99, Zara

Team tailored gingham trousers with a crisp white shirt and black loafers for a perennially stylish look. Add an of-the-moment twist to a timelessly stylish ensemble by picking this adorable ruffled pair.

Buy now at zara.com for £39.99 

Cotton rich gingham ruffle midi skirt, £35, Marks & Spencer

Team this stunning statement skirt with a fuss-free T-shirt and strappy block-heeled sandals for an effortless feel.

Buy now at marksandspencer.com for £35 

Gingham button front dress, £45, Warehouse 

Yes, you can wear a gingham dress without looking like you've raided the school uniform department. This chic '50s style number will have you looking like a modern Marilyn. Just team with sandals or court shoes. 

 

Buy now at warehouse.co.uk for £45 

Myra gingham dress, £129, Hobbs

If you don't want to get your arms out, slip a shirt underneath this pinafore-style midi dress. For an office-ready look, add a statement belt. 

Buy now at hobbs.co.uk for £129 

Black/white check trench coat, £30, Next

A printed coat makes a great accent to a simple, neutral-toned outfit - this classic trench will see you through summer picnics into autumn and beyond.

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Buy now at next.co.uk for £30 

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