15 gingham dresses to take you from park picnic to pub garden

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.

15 gingham dresses to take you from park to pub garden

green gingham dress
Monsoon

Anima gingham print dress green, £60, Monsoon

blue gingham midi dress
Warehouse

Midi Dress In Check With Black Tie, £44 (was £55), Warehouse

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orange gingham dress
KITRI

Willow Orange Gingham Pleated Dress, £150, KITRI

blue long gingham dress
ASOS

Only midi smock dress in blue and black gingham, £45, ASOS

pink gingham short dress
Never Fully Dressed

Pink Gingham Check Midi Dress, £79, Never Fully Dressed

tiered gingham midi dress
M&S

Pure Cotton Checked Midi Waisted Dress, £45, M&S

yellow gingham dress
Mango

Gingham check cottoned dress, £59.99, Mango

cream gingham midi dress
Monki

Seersucker maxi dress, £35, Monki

frill sleeve gingham dress
Faith Rowan Leeves

Summer Rowan Dress – Apple Green Gingham – Linen, £195, Faith Rowan Leeves

lilac gingham dress
John Lewis

Kemi Telford Kate Gingham Flared Dress, £170, John Lewis

black white gingham dress
OMNES

Organic Cotton Midaxi Dress with Tie Straps in Gingham Check, £65, OMNES

green gingham dress
New Look

Green Gingham Tiered Hem Midi Dress, £25.99, New Look

red gingham dress
M&S

Phase Eight Checked Square Neck Maxi Waisted Dress, £99, M&S

purple black gingham dress
ASOS

COLLUSION oversize garden midi smock dress in purple and black gingham, £28, ASOS

coral gingham tiered dress
Next

Coral Gingham Square Neck Midi Dress, £48, Next