How to Wear Gingham
Spring is in the air and so are pretty pastel prints. Chief amongst these is gingham. That iconic, checkerboard print most commonly seen in blue and red. Personally, I love gingham. As a teenager I had my bedroom in Kentucky decked out in blue gingham and daisies. I have the best memories in that gabled room overlooking my Dad’s farm. When it comes to incorporating this timeless plaid into your wardrobe, though, things can get tricky. How do you wear gingham without looking like you are wearing a table cloth? Well I’m so glad you asked. Here are a few of my style tips for rocking this statement making trend. 

Amy West and daughters are ready for Easter in their spring dresses
Sienna is wearing the Falling for Floral Tunic from Little Edge Threads
London is wearing the Japanese Blossom Crochet dress from Sunuva Kids UV Swimwear + Beachwear

Opt for Structured Garments

I love a casual swing dress as much as the next girl, but for me, it’s not a choice I’d make if it involves gingham. Choose tailored and structured designs that compliment the body to avoid the more unflattering side of wearing a checkered print. I love this off the shoulder dress from Anthropologie because it’s made in a flattering A-line with a tie at the waist to highlight my shape and a trendy off the shoulder ruffle to draw the eye upwards to my shoulders and face. 
Fashion blogger Amy West in gingham spring dress from Anthropologie
Amy West in a gingham spring dress

Choose Your Accessories Wisely

I found it tempting to pair this with a striking red block heel, but decided to shy away from them as it would make this outfit appear more like a costume (think Dorothy) than everyday wear. Instead I opted for trendy nude wedge heels and a neutral bag. I added in a chocker, round tortoise shell sunnies, and a boater hat to make the complete ensemble feel modern and appropriate for brunch, a festival, or picnic in the park with the kiddos. 
Amy West in boater hat and gingham dress
Amy West and daughter London in spring dresses
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Accents and Embellishments

For this fun Beach Cruising look I choose a structured top with delicate embroidery as an embellishment. I paired it with pops of yellow to contrast with the blue. Neutral ballet flats finished the look along with the same straw boater hat. On the flip side, if you are still nervous about incorporating gingham into your wardrobe, maybe try using it as the accent instead. Maybe think about shoes, clutches, and hair accesories utilizing different colors of gingham as a fun pop. 
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Amy West in gingham top by Anthropologie
Amy West and daughters riding their beach cruisers
Amy West on beach cruiser wearing a gingham top
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This print may seem all too trendy, but it’s truly an iconic statement that will continue to evolve and return to the fashion scene time and time again. Have fun with it and see what creative ways you can showcase gingham in your own stylish way. 
Until then…
Enjoy the Journey!
xo- Amy West

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