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Top 25 Ways to Wear Gingham This Spring and Summer

The checkerboard pattern of gingham fashion is a classic that can be worn as a top, bottom, accessory, lingerie and even swimwear. Check out these finds!

To find out more about gingham we consulted GQ regarding the only thing they know about: clothes. The technique for weaving the material was invented in Malaysia, who originally wove it into a pattern of stripes. In the 18th century the British picked up the technique as a cheap, durable way to manufacture cloth, but they changed it to a checkerboard pattern because it was more fashionable.

In America gingham has been a traditional style for centuries, giving it a country aspect that looks good with cut off shorts and boots. Gingham dresses are another popular choice. This season we are seeing gingham in other places such as accessories, shoes, crop tops, underwear and swimsuits.

Here are some of the best ways to wear gingham as selected by Slutty Raver Costumes.

1. Gingham Tops

gingham crop top

The PETERSYN Joplin Cropped Gingham Bustier Top ($290) in indigo check gingham or cotton thread. It features a built in padded bodice with a sweet heart neck. The open back has a large tie sash.

gingham crop top

This crisp linen and cotton Sandy Liang Volvic Top ($295) is a pullover style in a check pattern. Wear it with high waist vinyl pants like the model. Or you could add large hoops and layered chains.


The AE Gingham Crop Top ($34.95) is available exclusively online from American Eagle. You could pair it with the matching AE Gingham Ruffle Skort Pants ($59.95) that are sold separately.

gingham crop top

The Socialite Twist Front Gingham Crop Top ($32) is a 97% cotton gingham tube top with a twist detail on the front. Consider wearing it with black jeans, or even a high waisted skirt.

gingham crop top

The Forever 21 Plus Sized Ruffled Gingham Crop Top ($17.90) is 100% cotton in a all over red gingham pattern. This model is wearing hers with high waisted jeans, a denim jacket and heeled sandals.

2. Gingham Bottoms

gingham skirt

The Caroline Constas Adelle Skirt in Navy Gingham ($495) looks like a midi skirt but it’s a also mini. The traditional yet bohemian garb would make an attractive Coachella outfit with a bralette and sun hat.

gingham shorts

The brightly hued Innika Choo Embroidered Gingham Cotton Shorts ($165) have two gold star details and a drawstring waist and legs. Wear it with a white tank top, sandals and/or statement earrings.

gingham shorts

The Lovers + Friends Sienna Short ($110) looks amazing from the front, side and behind. Pair it with the matching Emma Top ($105) or mix and match with a shorn band tee.

gingham shorts

At Nasty Gal the Check In Gingham Shorts (On sale for $20) are available in both Black and Red (shown here). The short shorts have a flattering high waist and ruffled legs. They are 100% cotton.

gingham skirt

The Willow and Paige Wrap Front Mini Skirt With Ruffle Trim in Gingham is on sale for $15 at ASOS. Notice how the model wears the tulip mini skirt with socks and platform sandals.

3. Gingham Dresses

gingham romper

The Privacy Please Feldspar Romper ($148) is made from a rose colored gingham with an open lace up back. The model is also wearing a darling round shoulder bag shaped like a pill box.

gingham dress

At Urban Outfitters the Oh My Love Gingham Mini Dress ($59) is made from gingham in a bodycon style. The mini dress has triangular side cutouts and an open, V-shaped back that ties into a bow.

gingham dress

The Dorothy Perkins Black and White Embroidered Bardot Dress ($49) has a sexy cold shoulder that they call a Bardot dress. The white, floral embroidery on the ruffly frill feels romantic and feminine.

gingham dress

This off shoulder, button up mini dress in yellow gingham with a ruffled hemline with a wrap skirt is the Missguided Yellow Cold Shoulder Gingham Dress ($48). It looks cute with gold jewelry.

gingham dress

On the other hand the Forever 21 Gingham Tie Front Dress ($45) is a cut out dress that ties in the front. The pink gingham mini dress is 100% cotton with rayon lining. The model wears it with platforms.

4. Gingham Accessories

gingham handbag

Combine the best of wicker and checkers in the Edie Parker Jane Gingham Straw Crossbody Bag (On sale for $771.90). The interior is lined with floral printed cotton, and the hardware is silvertone.

gingham choker

Obviously the Miu Miu Gingham Cotton Feather and Crystal Choker ($520) is a must have accessory, provided you don’t mind that it is made from South African ostrich and Dutch geese feathers.

gingham shoes

The Sam Edelman Yaro Ankle Strap Sandal ($120) now comes in a black and white gingham print. The designer describes it as this seasons perfect ankle strap and block heel that goes from day to night.

gingham visor

The ASOS Gingham Bow Straw Visor (On sale for $6) has a bow tie in the back, and the visor is made from straw. It is important to protect your skin from the sun, especially in spring and summer.

gingham ruffle socks

The Mix No 6 Gingham Ruffle Women’s Crew Socks ($4.99) actually match the heeled sandals seen above. Or you could wear them peaking out of ankle booties instead.

5. Gingham Swimwear and Lingerie

gingham one piece swimsuit

The Mara Hoffman Maven Bow-Embellished Gingham Swimsuit ($275) is crafted from Italian stretch fabric. The plunging neckline has two knots, and the back is very low as well.

gingham bikini

The Alpine Butterfly Dolly Underwire Bikini ($159) is sold separately from the matching bottoms. The supportive underwire bodice has a bow tie embellishment. The sky blue looks good with a tan.

gingham lingerie

The Soleil Blue Solid & Striped the Bridgitte Top in Coral Gingham ($84) is Italian lingerie. It matches the Solid & Striped the Mia Bottom in Coral Gingham (On sale for $50), or pick a different one.

gingham one piece swimsuit

The Tart Alexis Gingham Print Monokini Swimsuit is on sale for $42.97. The one piece swimsuit has a front cut out detail with a bow on the front. The black bottom contrasts nicely with the top.

gingham bikini

The Romwe Gingham High Leg Bikini Set ($8.59) also comes in classic black and white check print. It has a super high thigh cut and the top has supportive looking underwire with a scoop neck.

Clearly gingham and gingham prints are a viable option for the spring and summer of 2018. Click on the links above to learn more about each piece from the online retailer.

Cover image credits: British writer Alexa Chung via Photobucket, American actress Vanessa Hudgens via WhereToGet and Bust Magazine.

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Elizabeth de Moya has contributed to DJ Mag, DJ TechTools, LA Weekly and Thump (Vice). She has a BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley.