How To wear Gingham without looking like a little school girl

Gingham is everywhere lately but when I initially started to look online for some pieces for myself, my gingham dress search brought up photos of those horrible summer dresses that we had to wear back in primary school. I moved on from my dress idea pretty quickly deciding that it was too much material for such a bold print anyway but I still wanted to give gingham a go so that's what inspired me to put together this post. As someone who doesn't really do 'putting together an outfit' very well I wanted to find some simple ways to work gingham into an outfit.

The Bikini
If you follow my insta stories, you might have seen I went a little bit mad with the shopping last week. I hardly buy anything all year around but there's always one week in the summer where I unintentionally go crazy and buy everything. I spotted both the top and bottoms of this cute little bikini on the sale rail in my size (?!) and I had to have it - I get all of my favourite bikinis from River Island so it was bound to happen at some point - I actually ended up getting another one the day after! I lived in my other crochet bikini last year because it was so comfy - all that elastic makes a difference!

The Shoes
A pair of gingham shoes wasn't something I thought I was going to come across but lo and behold, Ego shoes always have something fun going on. These Lizzie lace ups come in black, blue or red gingham and I think they are pretty cool. I was drawn to the red ones and when they got here, I realised why - they make me feel like some kind of modern day Dorothy. The ribbons have been doubled over so when you tie them in a bow, you actually get four loops instead of two, I thought it was worth mentioning because I really like the effect its give!

I wore these with a simple black t-shirt dress, again from Primark that has become one of my favourite pieces. I had a bit of a panic when I put it in the washing after my Menorca trip and didn't see it again for a month but my mum put it back in my room last week so I put it on straight away for a trip to Westfield where I shot this picture - not that any of that back story matter because you cant even see the dress in this photo anyway! I love it when I find a totally black outfit because it means I can make my shoes a little bit more of the focus point. I also wore the same dress with my new furry sliders.
gingham shoes

The Ruffle Top
When it comes to tops, I usually stick to very simple cropped t-shirt or vest top shapes - I have been known to buy the same top in seven quite a few different colours. Big ruffley tops like these are really popular right now but completely out of my comfort zone so when Quiz invited me to the #LostInSummer party to launch their new range of occasion dresses and let me pick a piece; I wasnt feeling a bodycon dress so I went for this top. Turns out I really like it on. 

As you might have seen, I wore it for Taste of London a couple of weeks ago with my favourite Primark shorts, Primark sunglasses and another first, my first pair of Teva sandals aka the most comfortable sandals I've ever worn - trainer level comfort guys. 
gingham top

How are you wearing gingham this season?


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