YES YOU CAN: Dress up your gingham

Fashion director Shelly Vella shows you how.

If there’s one print that says balmy summer day it’s gingham and, yes, while its cute checks are youthful, they are not exclusively for the young. For a classic look, opt for a black and white print; however, my money is on the pretty pastel ginghams cropping up on pussybow blouses, sweeping dresses and cropped, wide-leg trousers, which look as good on a beach as they do with heels and a chic blouse.

How to dress up your gingham

Mix it up

Bright and breezy: Dress, £155, Sunglasses, £80, Earrings, £40, Rings, £40 each, and sandals, £100, all uterque.com. Image: Sandra Semburg, Jason Jean/ Bl Aublut-edition.com

Clashing prints work when you keep it simple.

Blouse, £295, Tabitha Webb

Skirt, £34.90, Marimekko x Uniqlo

Sunglasses, £288, Silhouette

Headband, £10, Coast

Shoes, £180, Samsoe Samsoe

Bag, £90, Uterque

Standout with clout

A gingham blazer over a floral dress works well when you stick with the same palette. Image: Sandra Semburg, Jason Jean/ Bl Aublut-edition.com

Ground a bold yellow gingham with rattan accessories.

Dress, £119, Karen Millen

Hat, £25.99, Reserved

Sunglasses, £35, Dune London

Bag, £219, Claudie Pierlot

Sandals, £120, The small home

Slip into neutral

Stripes and gingham are a match made in heaven. Keep accessories simple. Image: Sandra Semburg, Jason Jean/ Bl Aublut-edition.com

Elevate a muted check with heels and a pretty blouse.

Blouse, £95, Sezane

Trousers, £35.99, Mango

Hat, £78, The Small Home

Sandals, £49, Office

Bag, £35.99, Mango