Pub gardens and restaurant terraces are finally open again – hoorah! And with that comes the chance to get dressed up again – double hoorah! After months (and months) of loungewear and elasticated waistbands, we are fully embracing every opportunity to rediscover our wardrobes – and add a few new spring-ready additions along the way.
If you’re looking to invest in a few new key items this season, might we suggest one (or a few) of those purchases being a gingham dress? Perfect for all social occasions, a gingham dress is practically mandatory when attending a picnic, while it makes for equally fab attire for the pub garden or outdoor restaurant and it’s just as good for a catch-up stroll around the park with a friend.
From mini to midi to maxi, a gingham dress suits all dress lengths (and colours of the rainbow), but right now the most stylish way to wear the classic print is on a voluminous midi dress with cute puff sleeves, a cinched-in waist and a tiered skirt.
Dress it down with trainers (or sandals when it gets warmer) or up with heels, and if it’s chilly, no problem – a gingham dress looks cute under a denim jacket or cardigan. We’d suggest keeping your jewellery minimal with a gold chain necklace and chubby hoops for a timeless look that’s very now. Add a straw bag or crossbody and you’re good to go.
Here are 15 gingham dresses from the high street and independent brands to shop now and wear all summer long.