It’s the positive retro appeal to ultimately describe gingham as quintessentially American, but there’s something about the delicate checks that evokes the dreamy South of France scene anchored somewhere in the 1960s. Every bit irresistible, even when imagined anew, the sweet check pattern builds up one of the most uplifting fashion trends for spring 2015.

From delightful gingham dresses, to sleek button-downs and chic pencil skirts cut in the same light and feminine print, the silhouettes for spring paint the mood casually luxe.

After the break, all the ways to give the traditional gingham a burst of modern energy.

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Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15
Sweet checks: S/S '15

Gingham patterns for spring 2015.

Still invoking a case of sweet ease, the gingham patterns for spring 2015 push forward the idea of effortless luxury, the kind to meet the expectations of the modern-day woman. Before committing to the trend, keep an eye out for:

Delicate vs oversized checks.

Checks for spring come in all sizes, ranging from delicate to oversized, with the micro and the macro ginghams competing to outline the most diverse of silhouettes. In keeping close to your aesthetic, this spring you can choose in between micro checks adorning breezy dresses, lightweight jumpsuits or dirndl skirts, or large checks to be featured on fitted or midriff-baring tops, chic twin-sets, or weightless coats.

Gingham patterns for spring 2015
Gingham at Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta, S/S ’15

Effortless gingham.

There’s nothing traditional about the way gingham allowed for two very distinct styling interpretations to collide on the spring runways. The first conjures up the simplest of silhouettes, the softest of colours and a bit of print clashing to keep it all looking fun and interesting. If effortless describes you best, pick this route in styling gingham for spring and go for:

Light colours.

Nothing complements the light mood describing gingham better than some soft-coloured checks casually adorning an equally mild array of featherweight fabrics. In 2015 opt for gingham in:

Complement the effortless dresses and separates with bare make-up, messy waves or loose, undone up-dos.

Gingham patters for spring 2015
Gingham at Michael Kors and Bottega Veneta, S/S ’15

Easy silhouettes.

When it comes to silhouettes, you want your gingham looks to feel easy, but you also want them to strike as modern, feminine, sexy.  To achieve this go with:

  • figure-flattering silhouettes that are rather loose than excessively tight;
  • strategic flashes of skin (brought about by subtle cut-outs, or unbuttoned shirt-dresses), to balance out the traditional feel of gingham;
  • a minimalist styling approach that can be casual (sleek bun + Birkenstocks), or chic (slick bun, pink lips + a statement pair of heels).

Gingham patterns for spring 2015
Gingham at Richard Nicoll and Altuzarra, S/S ’15

Print mixing.

Print mixing is not everyone’s game but it sure translates to fun and effortless when done right. If you want your gingham patterns to become a whole lot more come spring:

  • use them sparsely in easy looks clashing multiple prints in complementary tones; think breezy playsuits and airy kimono jackets styled with youthful, street-ready trainers;
  • pair them to contrasting prints and hues, opting for silhouettes that draw upon each other; add to the look with colour-block heels and retro-infused hairstyles.

Gingham patterns for spring 2015
Gingham at Temperley London and Tsumori Chisato, S/S ’15

Sophisticated gingham.

Standing right next to the effortless, the sophisticated way to sport gingham come spring builds upon subtlety and simplicity. In seeking to wear checks in chic, elegant outfits choose:

Quiet hues.

The classic combination of black and white, alongside the gray checks and the ones rendered in quieter, darker hues do a great job in toning down the playful tone describing gingham. For spring, do try:

  • using the black and white gingham as more of an accent in an urbane look pairing a sleek button-down with a sporty-dress silhouette; style with wet-hair and fringed accessories;
  • mixing black and white checks of different sizes in sexy, swingy looks that bet on retro-tailoring; style with voluminous hair, no-fuss heels and sultry eyes.

Gingham patterns for spring 2015
Gingham at Proenza Schouler and Diane von Furstenberg, S/S ’15

Tailored silhouettes.

Judging based on the skirtsuits featuring dangerously high middle slits, and the shortsuits introducing boxy, boyish tailored silhouettes, gingham never looked as sharper as it does for spring 2015. When going with the tailored checks for spring, make sure to:

  • counter the precise tailoring with modern, light touches like an unexpected shade of pink, a sexy slit, a daring plunge, a pair of jazzy shorts;
  • choose a fresh shade of lipstick and a pair of pretty heels to accent your femininity;
  • keep it basic with a sleek ponytail and a masculine-inspired pair of loafers to maintain the cool, tomboyish appeal.

Gingham patterns for spring 2015
Gingham at Altuzarra and Richard Nicoll, S/S ’15

Black-blocking.

Instead of colour-blocking, (which you could totally try as well), pairing the spring gingham in either of its colourful, or coloursless interpretations with plain blocks of black is enough to keep your outfits casually-sophisticated and looking all grown-up. However, do:

  • contrast the starkness of black with bare midriffs, breezy midi-skirts and off-shoulder tops; add more of the casual-chic touches by way of brown-leather accessories;
  • balance out the sweet-softness of a pink gingham button down with a pair of high-waist, slim-fit pants; you can always unbutton the top of the shirt for some added sex-appeal.

Gingham patterns for spring 2015
Gingham at Michael Kors and Altuzarra, S/S ’15

Chic twin-sets.

A bit retro, but plenty chic, the twin sets in gingham patterns make for the most uncomplicated way of sporting the trend come spring.

Whether you will end up choosing the long-sleeved tops and the matching tailored shorts, or the basic crop-tops and the coordinating high-waisted pencil skirts, make sure to minimally accessorize the spring looks, seeing how the checkered patterns are enough of a statement.

If you plan on making the most out of the chic twin sets you should definitely include the countless styling opportunities that lie in wearing the pieces separately.

Gingham patterns for spring 2015
Gingham at Diane von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta, S/S ’15

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