This Major Spring Trend Will Make You Feel So French – M & S
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This Major Spring Trend Will Make You Feel So French

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While it's probably true that you can't buy that French je ne sais quoi, you can do the next best thing and start wearing gingham. The pretty, preppy fabric is taking over in fashion right now. Seen at Tome, Altuzarra, Christopher Kane, and more, miniature checks surpassed even stripes as the favorite print of the season—which is welcome news for those of us who hope to channel Brigitte Bardot this spring (in 1959, the actress even wore gingham to her wedding). 

The current styles only hint at the '50s, however—so instead of sweetheart necklines and demure fit-and-flare silhouettes, you'll find deconstruction, cropped hems, and plenty of asymmetry. Still, we think Bardot would approve. (Also, if you're really trying to fool people into thinking you're French, keep in mind that over there, they call it "Vichy print.") Whether this fresh pattern is in in classic black and white or rendered in one of the season's pretty pastel colors, we're not discriminating; we'll take it all. Ready to test out the season's most French-inspired trend? See how fashion people are wearing gingham right now and go on to make the pretty pattern officially a part of your wardrobe, too, by shopping trench coats, minidresses, and handbags, all in the season's go-to print.

Get that laissez-faire off-the-shoulder look without any awkward pulling or tugging.
Consider this the perfect uniform for all your summer adventures.
Fashion girls have been fawning over this dress since the minute they laid eyes on it.
A bag so chic it might even convince you to stop schlepping around so much stuff.
Madewell is well known for its fantastic fits, which means you can wear these peppy printed jeans all summer long.
Like raiding Bardot's closet—but better.
Dip your toe in the trend with a fun checked cap (the bow on the back is a cute touch).
Especially cool with a plain white tee and vintagy white sunglasses.
Perfect for those summer days when you want to feel like you're wearing nothing at all.
It's okay: Your denim cutoffs deserve a break.
One of the prettiest takes on the cold-shoulder look we've seen in a while.
The one-shoulder look can be tricky to pull off, but this dress is as easy-breezy as can be.
The little lace frills at the hem make these extra special.
The oversize bow and subtle flounce are the perfect mix of sultry and sweet. Who better to help update your wardrobe than some of Paris's most fashionable females? See what 8 French girls are wearing instead of skinny jeans this season.


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