I posted about gingham a couple of weeks ago and I’m bringing it back because it’s just so perfect for summer. The pattern was a prominent part of multiple spring 2014 ready-to-wear collections, so if the designers are repeating themselves, why can’t I? I particularly love this look that Georgia May Jagger wore in the Balmain show. The head-to-toe checks with pops of gold and leather details are so sophisticated yet playful, creating a grown-up version of a childlike print.
Of course, since gingham was so big on the runway, it can be found everywhere in stores. This black and white dress from H&M was a perfect toned-down way to adapt this trend into my wardrobe. I love the detail of the buttons down the front which gives the dress a vintage ‘90s feel. It’s the perfect little shift dress for summer that steers away from the cliché of a floral print.
Because I love black and white and very few other colors, I opted for some simple black vegan leather sandals and a black backpack purse. Dainty pieces like this are a great way to do monochrome all-black looks in the summer months when wearing lots of dark colors could be overwhelming.
Finally, to add my own personal flair, I threw on some beaded earrings that I made myself. I like the tiny addition of reds and blues to this otherwise monochromatic, checkerboard look. Mismatched or asymmetrical earrings are one of my favorite things. I love how you can get two completely different looks based on which side of a person you are standing on. Every outfit just needs something a little unexpected.