How to Wear Gingham (Without Looking Like a Picnic Table)

I read somewhere that gingham is trending.

Just kidding.

I didn’t.

But given that without conducting a market research report I can name at least three times the print was used over the course of the Resort 2017 season (see: Michael Kors, Rosie Assoulin, MSGM — and you can always count on Oscar de la Renta), not to mention the astounding number of products currently on display for purchase now, not tomorrow (see: HVN dresses, Preen, Acne, Tibi), my hunch is that it will, in fact, soon be trending faster than you can say Dorothy.

One additional hunch indicates that I still have not been cured of my affinity for run-on sentences, but I digress. The million dollar question remains: how does one execute wearing the print without looking like a picnic table? Look no further and fret not because yes, you can bring your straw basket with you — just make sure you’ve got a pair of non-prescription aviator eyeglasses to join you for the gallop.

Way 1: Like You Are Going to the Beach for an October Dip


Solid and Striped swimsuitHVN dressTibi bag, Rosetta Getty shoesSimon Miller bracelets

I specify October because, really now, would you wear socks with cow skin clogs before then? I think not! It might sound funny to you that this is my question given the bathing suit and dress worn as robe but consider the scarf a peace offering. In any case, you can’t explain these kinds of things! They’re roll-with-the-punch-don’t-ask-questions-just-do anomalies tailor-made to benefit you. Trust me. Also, the bigger the hoop the better your outfit’s feedback loop. Remember that.

Way 2: Like You’re Going to a Wizard of Oz-Themed Dinner Party, and You Want to One-Up the Host, Who is an Orthodox Jewish Woman

Preen By Thornton Bregazzi dress, We11Done shirt, Miu Miu shoes, Roxanne Assoulin choker

Preen By Thornton Bregazzi dressWe11Done shirtMiu Miu shoesRoxanne Assoulin choker

Cover them shoulders, but make sure you’ve got your glitter shoes on!

Way 3: Like It Is Friday

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi trench, Tibi shirt, Katie Ermilio shorts, Christian Dior shoes, Loewe bag

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi trenchTibi shirtKatie Ermilio shortsChristian Dior shoesLoewe bag

Because, duh, no pants.

Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis.


Leandra M. Cohen

Leandra M. Cohen is the founder of Man Repeller.

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