From Dorothy's pinafore in 1939's The Wizard of Oz to Jean Shrimpton in Biba's '60s shift dresses, gingham endures as one of fashion's favourite fabrics. Teamed with cigarette trousers and ballet pumps, it's as French as a François Truffaut film; paired with flared denim and canvas shoes, it's a symbol of '60s Americana; place it in the countryside with tweed and a Barbour and it becomes quintessentially British. The versatility of the traditionally black and white check is endless but for summer 2020 we've seen it take on thrilling new forms.
From Ganni's many viral gingham dresses giving us pastel-hued takes on the pattern to cottagecore's homely aesthetic allowing us to embrace the most voluminous and ruffled of gingham dresses, to Barcelona brand La Veste making us fall head over heels for a playful pair of gingham trousers, this summer we're particularly spoiled for choice. Don with sandals and a basket bag for your staycation and throw on with a rollneck and beret come colder climes.
Click through to see how Instagram's coolest women are wearing gingham right now and to shop the pieces we're adding to our wish list, stat.