How to Wear Gingham and Not Look Like a Picnic

If you haven't noticed, gingham is just about everywhere right now.

No joke, this trend has been blowing up our Instagram feed. And with just a few weeks left before the school bell rings, there isn't a better time to try out these adorable checks.

However, gingham can be tricky to pull off because IRL, this cute pattern can turn into a picnic disaster real quick if styled incorrectly. So below, our tips for pulling off gingham without looking like you DIY'ed a dress out of last week's tablecloth.

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Play With Details

Ruffles! High necks! There are so many fun finishes with gingham right now. big voluminous sleeves are right on trend, as are…


Show Some Shoulder

No, we're still not over off-the-shoulder tops. And yes, we're even wearing them in gingham. But really… a gingham OTS top is undeniably chic.

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Make It a Mini

Style up a sweet gingham mini with summer basics, like a white tee and wedges, for the perfect party look!


…Or a Midi

Not the type to wear a miniskirt? Behold the midi skirt—a-tee length ladylike skirt that looks equally as stylish paired with a tee as it does with a blouse.


Heck, Make It a Set

Be bold! Try a sweet two-piece gingham set in the form of a cute croppy top and a high-waist skirt.


Bare Your Midriff

The crop top trend has reigned supreme this summer, and if you like showing off your abs, why not rock a gingham crop top? Or cover up a little more by pairing it with super high-waisted jeans.


Go For the Dress

Gingham dresses are so dang cute. Sure, you're covered in checks, but the key to keeping this chic is to go for black and white.


As an Accent

Why not throw in a little gingham as an accent? From headbands to scarves to clutches, even shoes, there's a little something for everyone.


At the Beach

Swimwear has become so fashionable these days. We love the idea of choosing a stylish suit in gingham.


Fashion Girls… Try Red

If you want to be daring and push the envelope, go for red! But if you're going to do it, you have to bring the fashion. You need extra cool shoes and current accessories to keep this look from being stale.

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Now that you've got your gingham style down pat, HERE is the sunglasses trend you have to try this summer.