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White shirt Wednesday: innocent gingham

gingham off the shoulder layered over silk shirt

You don’t need to own a pair of ruby slippers to get into gingham.

Inspired by prairie princesses and the old fashioned elegance of the Cotton Club, blue and white checks are taking on multiple guises as this season’s IT print. Packed with attitude and innocent overtones, ruffles, drapes and patchwork overlays of this iconic fabric are in high supply as each urban tribe reworks the motif in a different manner.

Shrugged off the shoulder and worn over love-worn separates, fresh checks stray from their 50s pin-up roots this SS17. Worn with attitude by street style influencers like Kate Foley and Pernille Teisbaek, European silhouettes are intermixed with nostalgic summer styles for a pairing of opposites that segues seamlessly from Houston to Hollywood.

A fuss-free way to update your basics, off-the-shoulder Bardot tops and shrobing offer the opportunity to embrace layering with some serious front-row flair. Blending contrasting materials and bright whites, cheerful gingham invites a sense of childhood frivolity into your urban wardrobe. Combined with a selection of pure white separates, this puffball sleeve bustier top is the 2-in-1 item our bank card has been calling out for.

A stunning statement piece that ticks all the fashion boxes for spring, this versatile accentuated sleeve top brings a touch of drama to a seemingly simple silhouette.

Worn over our flawless Hepburn silk shirt in white, this duo is equal parts raunchy and ravishing!

An instant style update that’s primed and ready for street style fame, a structured bustier cinches in the waist, leading to extra drama up top. Worn with an air of inner city nonchalance, this fashion A-lister approved combo offers extra volume and decorative ribbons for added twee overtones.

Styled with a pair of straight talkin’ trousers, this blend of opposites invites serious allure into the mix. A form-flattering shape with a directional navy blue stripe to keep things in context, these white Lacoste trousers are a simple yet endlessly stylish centre court classic. Paired with suede ankle heels and a colour pop tote, this elegant yet uncomplicated outfit celebrates the infamous pattern without any ‘Annie get your gun’ unfortunate overtones.

Follow the sartorial yellow brick road this summer and discover a myriad of new and inventive ways to integrate this casual summer pattern into your everyday style rotation -remixing luscious silken layers with cool cottons for instant Kansas kerb appeal…

Pictured: VAUGHAN Hepburn shirt in Lion in Winter, Caroline Constas off the shoulder top, Lacoste wide leg pants, Dior sunnies, Bobbeila handbag, Manolo Blahnik suede pumps

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