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 gingham! And I love the way you toughened it up. You know I am such a girly girl, but you prove gingham can work for just about anyone’s style!

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

  2. I love how you have teamed this dress with a leather jacket for a tougher look and I think that would be my go-to as well 🙂 I don’t have any gingham in my wardrobe at the moment but this post has inspired me to give it a try! x

  3. Ohhh I think i’m head over heels in love with Gingham. this dress is stunning on you Ashley. I love how you edged it up with this leather jacket and gold chocker.

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