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Trend Watch: Gingham

Gingham is officially ‘in’ for summer, so says the reliable sources at Glamour, Forbes, Elle and Cosmopolitan, but at Cotton Clara it's never ‘out’ - we love gingham all year round!

Back on a lot of people's radars because of its natural association with the dreamy cottagecore style aesthetic in everyone's feeds at the moment (check out our take on cottagecore here), gingham is a timeless trend that when done right is cheerful, fresh and oh so pretty.

It’s not just for fashion and accessories either. There are multiple ways to add a stylish touch of gingham to your home, including cushions and ceramics.

We’ve rounded up our favourite gingham picks for the home, gifting and fashion just for you:

Gingham check bag


This versatile Mango bag is great for summer - carry it as a tote or on your shoulder and go straight from work to dinner stylishly and effortlessly.

Gingham dessert plate

Bring gingham to the table but not with the usual tablecloth, instead use these plates from Liberty to add a touch of gingham. We love the colours used and the fact they have been hand painted - just lovely.

Gingham jumpsuit


This investment piece is a little more expensive but it can be worn all year round so the cost per wear would definitely make sense! Great in the summer with a pair of sandals, and equally so in the winter worn with a pair of doc martens. And no matter what the season it would look gorgeous going out in the evening with a colourful pair of heels or keeping it casual with a pair of Vans trainers.  

Gingham cushion

This cushion is perfect to add a subtle splash of colour and gingham pattern in your bedroom, living room or even kitchen. On trend, it has a great texture as well making it a great buy.

Gingham notebook


We love this gingham notebook from Papier - in a gingham print and a fabulous colour you can choose between lined, plain or bulleted paper and you can personalise it for yourself or to give as a gift! Who doesn’t love personalised stationery?  

Gingham dress


We might have found our dress of the summer...and autumn, winter and spring! Wear this loose fitting, can wear everywhere dress with trainers for a picnic in the park, dress it up with strappy heels for a girls night out or throw it on for the weekly supermarket shop with a pair of slides - it really is a dress for all occasions available in multiple great colours. 

Gingham cotton shirt


Mango has pulled it out of the bag with this shirt, combining two trends in one – gingham and a super-sized collar. In a lovely shade of pink, adding to it’s fresh, summer vibe, it can be worn dressed up or down. Great value too. Adds to basket…

Gingham collar


This is an ingenious way to jazz up a jumper or a plain dress or shirt – we’ve even seen them worn on top of a light jacket - simply add one of these gingham collars. Available in great colours, one way to wear it is to pop the collar in your bag to take with you to spruce up an outfit for after work dinner or drinks, or smarten up a simple outfit for a work zoom meeting.   

Gingham scrunchie 


If you just want a little nod to the gingham trend then this cute scrunchie is ideal. Wrap around a top knot, or style it with a low pony with the bow coming down. Check out Pinterest for hair tutorials for your next bbq or pub trip. 

Gingham washi tape

Another one for the stationary lovers – how cute is this gingham washi tape? It’s a lovely extra touch when wrapping a gift or sending a card or letter.  

Good Things Are Coming Gingham Embroidery Hoop Kit

We’ve got a lot of gingham coming your way over the next few months starting with this brand new Good Things Are Coming embroidery kit, now available to buy!

That’s our round-up of our top picks but there is so much lovely stuff out there we could have listed a lot more! However you wear, or style gingham, just have fun with it. Whatever you like, however you wear it...just do you.