How to Style Spring Gingham

This pretty, preppy pattern will give any look a summer feel.

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Gingham heels in black and white
Gingham heels via Lulu’s

Nothing says warm, breezy days quite like gingham. This girly, preppy pattern is awesome for spring and summer, and we’re seeing it more and more as temperatures rise.

Gingham is the perfect mix of current, trendy, and classic. It can make any outfit more interesting and it never looks outdated.

Some may wonder what the difference is between plaid and gingham. A plaid pattern consists of vertical and horizontal lines of different sizes and colors. Gingham is a more organized version of plaid. It is made up of vertical and horizontal lines of the same size and spacing.

Gingham is almost always white paired with another color. You can currently find gingham in typical black and white or in a variety of pretty pastel colors.

How to style it? There are tons of ways, and I’ll show you below. But first a little inspo:

BFFS Nina Debrov and Julianne Hough wore matching gingham bikinis for their beach trip. How cute do they look?

Here are some ways that you can style gingham:

Gingham outfits: ruffle top, gingham crop top, gingham strapless crop top, gingham paper bag pants, denim skirt, white paper bag shorts, espadrille sneakers, black sandals, orange sandals

From left to right: Ruffled Sleeve Top – Forever 21, Gingham Crop Top – Nordstrom Rack, Gingham Gingham Strapless Crop Top – Lulus, Gingham Paper-bag Pants – Forever 21, Denim Skirt – Forever 21, White Paper-bag Shorts – Forever 21, Espadrille Sneakers – Forever 21, Black Strappy Sandals – Forever 21, Orange Sandals – Forever 21

Here are some ways to create casual outfits with gingham pieces.

We are currently seeing a lot of ruffled gingham pieces, like this strapless top, in stores. You can use items like these to make really feminine outfits.

Or, if you want a more comfortable outfit, the look on the left would be a great choice. Throwing on your favorite sneakers with a pair of cute gingham pants is right on trend!

gingham outfits: gingham crop top and skirt set, gingham dress, gingham tie front dress, tan twisted sandals, white cutout booties, white crochet platform sandals

From left to right: Gingham Crop Top & Skirt Set – Forever 21, Gingham Button Through Dress – Asos, Gingham Tie Front Dress – Lulus, Suede Twisted Sandals – Forever 21, Cutout Booties – Forever 21, Weave Platform Espadrilles – Forever 21

We all love sundresses and breezy skirts, and gingham was practically made for garments like these. Here are some examples of how you can style gingham print dresses and skirts!

As you’ll see above, the colors are all fairly muted — you don’t need bright colors since gingham makes a statement on its own. As such, I included some pretty basic shoes with these outfits. However if you wanted to add a complementary color (such as a yellow for the blue dress) it could really spice up these looks.

gingham swim outfits: gingham halter one piece, gingham cutout one piece, gingham bikini, pink jelly slides, white espadrille slides, clear jelly slides

From left to right: Gingham Halter One-Piece – Forever 21, Gingham Cutout One-Piece – Asos, Pink Gingham Bikini – Nordstrom Rack, Pink Jelly Slides – Forever 21, White Espadrille Slides – Forever 21, Clear Sparkle Jelly Slides – Forever 21

Here are some great gingham swim options like the ones that Nina and Julianne were wearing above! If you are feeling like adding a pattern to your swim style this year, gingham is a great choice. It’s bold and will stand out while still being classy.

While gingham is really trendy right now, finding gingham print swimwear can be rare. I definitely recommend snagging these suits ASAP if you like any of them!

I want to hear from you!

What do you think of gingham? Will you be wearing it this season? Leave a comment below!

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