Investment SOS – Check Mate

You can count on the fact that every season there will be an unlikely style hero – in the case of SS15 look no further than Little House on the Prairie. Our free-spirited childhood heroine Laura Ingalls has earned her stripes in the fashion world thanks to her pinafores, button-down dresses and cotton skirts (maybe the bonnet will be next season?) but it’s the gingham that has really struck a chord and inspired the likes of Diane Von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, Altuzarra and Bottega Veneta. More so than being completely trendy and sartorially on-point, gingham welcomes a nostalgic return to childhood memories of cotton summer dresses. Hopefully this time round they won’t be quite so grass-stained.

Bloggers and fashion journalists provide a masterclass in contemporary styling solutions for your gingham pieces. Paired with satin shorts, box-fresh sneakers, leather, brogues and wicker handbags – whether your style verges on the eccentric, tomboyish or fail-safe there is a way with gingham that will satisfy your every fashion need and will be sure to turn heads. My favourite looks are those which hark back to the golden years of the French Riviera – gingham with sleek swimwear, wispy salt-drenched hair and a golden tan.To get your hands on the checks of the season then head to Net-a-Porter for inspired collections of gingham by Richard Nicoll or Lisa Marie-Fernandez, or find shirts, skirts and dresses on the high street at Zara or ASOS. Either way, make it a classic, an investment piece to whip out from the back of your wardrobe every summer.

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