Happy Summer friends! Well, technically, we're a few days away but we've been in full-on summer mode here in New York for a few weeks now.

When it comes to my summer wardrobe, I tend to stick to what I love: brighter colors, prints, jumpsuits, dresses; but every once in a while a trend rolls around that seems to come at the perfect time. This season, for me, it's gingham.

In the past I have always stuck to the classic black gingham print, but when I saw this OTS smocked top in-store at Express, I was totally drawn to it. I pictured it with a pair of light wash denim and white mules (my inspo for this outfit). Gingham is one of those classic prints that reminds me of warmer weather and a picnic lunch followed by sunset cocktails. Totally puts me in a summer state-of-mind!

Here are 12 pieces you'll love for your summer wardrobe...

PS - Have you heard that Express now offers extended sizing from 00-18 (XXS-XL)? Love that I can share my favorite pieces with you that now cater to a more diverse range of body types.

summer gingham

 

Shop my look:

summer gingham

 

SWIMWEAR
There's no such thing as unflattering horizontal lines with this print! If you're wanting to switch things up from the traditional solid suit, gingham is a great print to experiment with. You know I love my retro vibes, so I'm all about the high-waisted bottom. Love this one-piece style too!

summer gingham
summer gingham

 

MINIDRESSES
Give me a gingham mini and a denim jacket, and I'm good to go for nearly any summer event. This pink mini gives me total Beverly Hills Hotel vibes and I love the faux wrap style on this one. My pair for all of these dresses? A great pair of white platform sneaks!

summer gingham
summer gingham

 

TOPS
I love a gingham top because it's incredibly easy to style. Light wash denim or white jeans, a pop of color on your feet and you're good to go. I paired my smocked pink top with these flares (which are incredibly flattering, by the way) and white slip-on mules. Also adore this sweetheart puff-sleeve style

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