How to Wear Gingham

Once reserved for Dorothy from Wizard of Oz, gingham was spotted on the runways of Michael Kors, Altuzarra, Oscar De La Renta, Diane von Furstenberg and Bottega Veneta. While we love us some Dorothy (and Toto, too!), it’s best to keep this trend modern.

Look polished but comfortable at a barbeque or morning walk along the beach in a pair of gingham shorts and a t-shirt or a breezy dress, like this halter from Michael Kors.

As Kors showed, you don’t have to stick with traditional red, dark blue and black-and-white looks. This trend works in pastels, such as pink and baby blue.

Skinny jeans or white pants and a gingham button up or tunic are perfect for going from casual Friday at the office to your favorite happy hour spot.

While balancing one gingham-printed item with neutrals can keep things from looking over-the-top, risk takers can channel their inner-Rihanna by wearing the print head-to-toe. A pair of wide-legged trousers and a blazer or a pencil skirt and crop top lets you stand out while keeping lines clean.

Ease into the trend with a gingham purse or silk scarf. We love this two-tone silk scarf by DVF.

When temperatures drop and seasons change, show that even gingham can look edgy. Throw on a leather jacket or pair a leather shell with black-and-white gingham pants for looks that would make even Glenda green with envy.


beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.