Gingham. That checkered pattern long associated with summer days in the school yard wearing a floaty dress. New Look’s latest offerings have, however, grown up and left the playground behind.
Tie-up ankle heeled sandals, £32.99
Monochrome and the occasional smattering of scattered floral embroidery have breathed a new lease of life into this summer classic. New Look’s drop of uber sleek tops, shoes and accessories will add instant chic to any spring look without the childhood throwback; who remembers their school summer dress…?
Black & white gingham clear anorak, £39.99
Black & white gingham floral embroidered mules, £25.99
Gingham strap watch, £14.99
Bell sleeve check top, £22.99
Light blue gingham Bardot style top, 17.99
Combinations of blue and white and red and white check are also big news for SS17, with the pattern varying in size from chunky checks down to ditzy detailing.
Black & white gingham tie front mini-skirt, £17.99
Blue & white gingham lace trim Bardot style top, £15.99
Red & white gingham lace trim cold-shoulder top, £15.99
Red & white gingham check print flat shoes, £12.99
Gingham check frill trim top, £19.99
It’s only March but I’ve already seen the checks making their way onto the high street, and cannot wait to pick up some of these irresistible pieces. This is a timeless pattern and doesn’t just remind me of summer school uniform, but of those oilcloth table settings at fish and chip shops, the sort of kitsch eateries that line the seafront at my favourite British seaside resorts. Summer memories.