Gingham is the new Monochrome

Spring Summer ’17 trends are hitting the High Street hard and fast and over the coming weeks I’ll bring to you a trend each week so that you can freshen up your wardrobe and be hot to trot once the weather warms up. Gingham is the new monochrome, its this seasons interpretation of wearing black and white but if you want to be really on trend why not take it to another level House of Holland style and wear the SS17 colourful versions. I love it with a hint of floral embroidery and the high street has some really great pieces to try.

Seen on the SS17 runways of House of Holland, Prada and Carolina Herrera you can wear this print at work, rest and play.

Carolina Herrera SS17 demonstrates that you can be much more chic and less cowgirl in this stunning red carpet worthy gown.

Carolina Herrera Gingham

Henry Holland’s SS17 collection gave this traditional print a colourful 90’s twist, clashing Little House on the Prairie with 70’s influences I do love the vibrancy and boho gypsy feel to these looks. A great way to wear the trend if you like to lead in the fashion stakes and enjoy having fun and being bold with your fashion choices. Or if you prefer to pick just an element and add it into your wardrobe to bring a hint of the trend then there are some fab pieces available right now or coming to a high street near you soon.


If you love this print then why not go all out with a statement coat, I love this Topshop Trench coat. A twist on a classic style I’d style this casually with blue denim jeans and crisp white shirt and a pop of red through either my shoes or bag. Or for a work appropriate look I’d opt for a pencil skirt and blouse in monochromatic tones to let the print be the main feature of the look, again bringing in a pop of colour through accessories.




Topshop Trench Coat £79

An easy way to work the trend into your current looks would be through a top or a jacket, I sadly couldn’t find any other jackets that I liked but did find a number of different blouses at differing price points which would allow you to try the trend without breaking the bank.

As I’m a fan of embroidery (and is another hot trend this season, so two trends for the price of one) as a feature, my Stylissimo Lust Have is this Preen at Debenhams blouse. Probably easier to order click and collect from online than trying to find it at your local store I love the ruffle detail along the arms and collar. I love it styled here with the paperbag waisted trousers, this look will elongate your legs and accentuate those with tiny waists but be cautious if you have a large bust as the scale of this print will accentuate your size.
Studio by Preen at Debenhams Blouse £49, Trousers £55

A similar style but at a lower price point this super cute New Look blouse. Again this is a statement piece with the volumous ruffle sleeves, the wide neckline will narrow wide shoulders and the embroidery will create a focal point. A focal point is the bit on your outfit that the eye is naturally drawn to, thus bringing peoples attention up and to your top half of your body ensuring that you are drawing attention maybe away from other areas of your body that you don’t wish to be a focus. I would keep the rest of your outfit quite plain to compliment this top and allow it to be the main feature of your look.


Check this out for a bargain…excuse the pun lol… this George at Asda Ruffle Blouse is only £14!!! I love this and will be off down the shops to grab myself one. I like that this has a wider bolder check, in short when it comes to prints ensure that you are wearing the correct scale of print to suit your size. The way to find out your scale is a few simple measurements (that I do as part of a Style Consultation) which essentially identifies your bone density resulting in understanding the correct scale for you. Its a very individual measurement but a general rule of thumb is this…bigger, bolder checks will make you look smaller and small neat checks will make you look bigger. Therefore ensure you don’t wear small checks on areas that you are concerned with, if you feel your bust or bum are not at a size you like avoid this print in a small scale and opt for a much wider check like this one below.

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If you fancy taking this trend throughout your look, I think this Primark dress is a fab way to do it. I’d wear this casually with bright white trainers and cute little rucksack or with mules for lunch with the girls.


This will be hitting a Primark near you soon and is only £15!

You may love this Primark dress but prefer to invest a little more in your wardrobe why not try this House of Fraser dress £69 which like the blouses features this beautiful embroidery. Keep your eye out on the website for it being released online and get it as soon as its available.

HOF £69 Gingham Dress

There are many Gingham checked trousers coming out but these from Wallis (£38) stood out for me, as it has this white piping down the outer seem of the leg. This simple detail is what makes these trousers look more expensive than they actually are, the piping draws the eye up and down the leg thus counter acting the normal impact of checks and elongating your legs. Again a wider check will be great for girls who may want to appear slimmer on their bottom half.

Wallis Gingham Trousers £35

Love the trend but feel the fear of wearing such a bold print? Then why not bring it into your look through your accessories. I have fallen in love with these mules from Hobbs, slip these on and switch up your look with a statement shoe.

Hobbs Ophelia Mules £139

Hobbs Ophelia Mules £139

Many of these items are yet to be released by the retailers so you can plan ahead and pop them on your Lust List ready for when they hit the rails.

Coming up next the hot colour for Spring..Pink..there is a shade to suit everyone, trust me its not all about saccharine shades and much more chic than you would expect.

Interested to find out more about your scale and what prints suit your body shape and size best? A Style consultation will identify not only your scale but your body shape, proportions and the best styles of clothes to suit, compliment and enhance your shape. This knowledge will ensure that you look great and feel even better through the confidence that understanding your shape and style better brings. For more information on what a consultation includes click here


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