Toughening Up a Gingham Dress. | Ashley from Le Stylo Rouge

Gingham Dress + Leather Jacket.

Who says a gingham dress has to be girly?

Gingham is everywhere right now. At first, I wrote it off for my personal style as too feminine + cutesy. But then I spotted this gingham dress at the Ruby Rouge boutique and immediately pictured it toughened up with lots of leather. The slim cut sheath silhouette is very 90s I swear, rather than over the top with lots of ruffles or a full skirt. (I swear Buffy wore a version of this dress while slaying some vamps.) I knew that adding my favorite biker jacket and a pair of sassy mules would be a style slam dunk. A gold chain choker further ensures this look stays full-blown 90s.

Toughening Up a Gingham Dress. | Ashley from Le Stylo Rouge
Honey Punch dress c/o Ruby Rouge (similar here; also love the sleeves on this version and the cold-shoulder detail on this version; jumpsuit version here) // River Island jacket // ASOS mules (super similar here and on sale here) // Cloverpost choker (similar here) // Quay sunglasses (in tortoiseshell here; similar here and here)

Toughening Up a Gingham Dress. | Ashley from Le Stylo Rouge

Toughening Up a Gingham Dress. | Ashley from Le Stylo Rouge

Toughening Up a Gingham Dress. | Ashley from Le Stylo Rouge

Toughening Up a Gingham Dress. | Ashley from Le Stylo Rouge

Toughening Up a Gingham Dress. | Ashley from Le Stylo Rouge

Toughening Up a Gingham Dress. | Ashley from Le Stylo Rouge

Toughening Up a Gingham Dress. | Ashley from Le Stylo Rouge

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Do you have a gingham dress in your closet? I really love this black and white version with a smaller check; it feels a little more minimalist and less I’m-wearing-a-picnic blanket. I styled mine according to the Tough Girl Handbook, but if super femme is your thing, this gingham dress would be super cute with heeled sandals and a cardigan.

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119 Comments

  1. I love that you were able to make gingham work for you! It is certainly one of the girlier patterns, part of the reason why I love it so much! But gingham in black and paired with a leather jacket definitely gives it more edge!!

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

  2. I swear you are the Queen of wearing mules. You literally can make any and every outfit work with a pair of mules. How do you do it?! Love this look, the mix of girly and edgy is so on point!

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
    aglimpseofglam.blogspot.com

  3. I’d written off gingham, too, for the same reasons, but you styling it with the leather jacket is totally making me rethinking my decision. Time to hunt down some gingham pieces….

  4. To be honest gingham always reminded me of my grandma’s tablecloths back in Norway, but you make it look really stylish! I think I might steal this look from you and try a gingham dress with a cute leather jacket. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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