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Style Inspiration: How to Wear Gingham Prints Without Looking like a Tablecloth

When most people refer to Gingham Prints, they quickly turn to picnic, and with all honesty, who wants to be reminded of a picnic table cloth, or any thing picnic related when a wearing a gingham printed garment. I know I wouldn’t, so that’s where I come in. I have created three fun fashion-forward looks to make sure no one even thinks about comparing you to an outdoor event ever again.

Fashion Blogger Blair from Atlantic-Pacific, stunts her Gingham print making sure you compare her with nothing less but the word fabulous. In the outfit above, Blair is wearing a neutral peplum dress/top,  a red a-line skirt, and a pair of Miu Miu gingham taffeta slingbacks. She shows her love for the print by simply adding just a tad bit with her shoes, making sure the print doesn’t over power the look, but just adds the right amount needed for a more conventional way on how to style such a print.

With the help of Blair we can look at this image for a bit of style inspiration for…

Look #1


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I love the peplum top/dress Blair is wearing, but instead I went for a peplum skirt instead (a trend that is hot this season), and added a simple white blouse and gingham printed flats to the finish the ensemble. Ivory pearls and bits of gold complements this look adding nothing but femininity.

Look #2

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This look is definitely a little more sexy and casual than the first outfit. In this look, I wanted to go for just a little hint of sexiness, and the little peep holes in the dress shows that for sure, while the blue denim vest adds more of a casual vibe. To change this look from casual to dressy you can easily change the denim vest for a white blazer for a more dressier look. Elognate your legs by adding a pair of nude flats to your ensemble and gold jewelry for a more luxe touch.

Look #3


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I played off what the model was wearing and spiced it up a just a notch, because I love the color-blocking technique that was used. If you’re a little more daring, try this look. For this outfit I went with a full Gingham printed garment (top and bottom), and added a bold sunshine yellow clutch, and candy red apple pumps, for a more in your face look, speaking of candy apple, I decided to add a pair of apple earrings and necklace for a more comical touch.

3 Tips for How to Not Look Like a Tablecloth:  

  1. Don’t be afraid to go for more bold Gingham prints, try to venture away from the red and blue, wearing different colors would allow you to get creative an create a fun but unexpected twist on such a timeless print.
  2. When wearing vintage style Gingham prints, try mixing in modern pieces to make this look more trendy and less grandma-ish.
  3. Smaller Gingham prints looks less like a tablecloth, but if you’re wearing a much larger print, adding a nude color will balance out your look.

What do you think of these looks? Do you own any Gingham printed garments? Leave a comment below and let’s talk fashion.

Photo Courtesy of Atlantic-Pacific

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