When I think of gingham, two images come to mind: Rockabilly and picnic tables. Not exactly the makings of great fashion, and yet, gingham is such an endearing fabric with enduring appeal. This typically checked print can be either sweet or edgy, dainty or dangerous. Or it can manage to be both at the same time, as is the case with L.A.M.B.'s hot gingham dress from the spring 2008 runway, or actress Keira Knightley's sassy gingham shirt dress.
If you're thinking of giving this trend a go, then you'll love these budget friendly options: Start with this sleeveless wrap dress, now $64.89 at Asos.com. If it's Keira's look you're after, snag this shirtdress from Topshop.com (£40.00) - they look almost identical (who knows, maybe they are!) Finally, diehard gingham fans will go ga-ga for Coldwater Creek's sleeveless gingham dress - gorgeous! ($119).
Not feeling the gingham frocks? Try Forever 21's cuffed gingham shorts ($19.80) for a polished, Gucci-esque look. Pair this sleeveless gingham shirt with jeans for casual coolness or rock it with a neon bright bottom - citron shorts would be mighty nice.
Gingham skirts are everywhere, too: Forever 21 has a cute plaid pleated mini ($22.80); Asos boasts a high-waisted flared skirt with the print (now $47.59); and Dillard's features a Kensie Girl gingham skirt for $48.
Naturally, Urban Outfitter's plays up gingham's retro vibe: Take a look at their Lux short sleeve shirt ($29.99), or accessorize with their gingham skimmers or thong sandals, both under $15.
Back to those picnic tablecloths: Nothing says summer quite like a gingham bikini. Leave it to Jessica "Daisy Duke" Simpson to design this fun little number. So cheerful! Snag the set on sale for about $60 at Macy's.
And that's one more trend you can check off your list.