From Altuzarra to Michael Kors, gingham was a spring runway trend — but the print can definitely skew cutesy if it’s not styled correctly. To avoid looking like a head-to-toe picnic blanket, try it out with just one interestingly cut piece, like this Zara top. Slightly cropped with a peplum bottom, it’s breezy enough for even the hottest days of summer. Balance out the proportions with high-waisted bottoms — wide-legged trousers add a masculine touch while a pencil skirt keeps it feminine.
Gingham Top, $49.90 at Zara.