How to wear gingham without looking like a picnic blanket

I’m not totally sure when it happened, but gingham is here to stay for summer. It feels like everyone is repping your grandmother’s table cloth — and pulling it off. How, you might ask?

The design itself has a nostalgic feel to it that makes people comfortable and reminiscent. Here are a couple of different things to keep in mind when you think about debuting the chess board yourself.

Tighten up

A surefire way to make the trend modern is to keep it clean, and in sexier silhouettes. Keep away from anything too big and baggy, especially longer pieces, that way you don’t get mistaken for a blanket in the park.

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Keep it to the accessories

Not a massive fan of the all-over checkered everythang? Same. That’s why I prefer to keep the print in my accessories, like these bomb heels from Public Desire. And they’re cheap enough so that when the style goes out of style come fall, you won’t feel like you invested your entire life savings and then some.

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Switch it up

The thing about prints is there’s always going to be a spin off. Gingham in an atypical color makes it fresh, and it adds a bit of finesse to your wardrobe. If you’re someone who owns as much black as I do, this can be a good thing.

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Rock it an unexpected place

My favorite thing about gingham right now is definitely the bathing suits. Rush to the beach or the pool and show off your playful print, you’ll be sure to get a heaping stack of compliments. The print itself has a vintage feel to it that which makes it easy to wear anywhere and with anything.

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Update the style

If you are going to go for a classic red-and-white, keep the outfit as unfeminine as possible. This boxy button down is perfect paired with shorts, and brings in the whole menswear-on-women that everyone seems to be pulling from these days. Bringing down the sweetness makes you look more punk than girly.

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