Black and White Gingham Sundress + Style With a Smile Link Up

April 19, 2022
Black and White Gingham Sundress, red quilted clutch bag, Royal Westmoreland Barbados

I bought this black and white gingham sundress for my trip to Madeira last October, and although I took it with me I didn’t end up wearing it there. In some ways I’m glad I didn’t because it meant I had something “new” to wear on my latest holiday. I know it’s not very sustainable but I do like a new purchase or two when I go away. I try to offset buying new clothes for holidays by digging out old stuff and mixing it up.

A few days before we left I ventured up into the loft to look for some shorts; I didn’t find the ones I wanted but I stumbled across some very old denim ones that were jeans I had when I was 13! I chopped them when I was in my early 20s but hadn’t worn them for well over two decades! Then I found a bikini that I bought for our wedding trip to Barbados in 2010; it still had the tags on because I sent it back, but the company went bust (excuse the pun!) while it was in transit and it was returned to me. It fits better now than it did then so that came with me too!

Black and White Gingham Sundress, red quilted clutch bag

This red clutch has proved to be so useful as it can also be worn as a crossbody and bumbag

As you probably know, I don’t wear much black and white these days, but red accessories provide the necessary hit of colour. This red clutch has proved to be so useful as it can also be worn as a crossbody and bumbag. I often take it in my cabin trolley with jewellery inside to save space. The acrylic necklace adds a fun touch and stands out next to the black and white print. When I’m somewhere hot I usually wear my hair tied back because the humidity makes it unmanageable. The upside of that is I can make a feature of statement earrings. I took lots with me – I have tassel earrings in just about every colour! Jewellery can really transform a basic dress and sandals combination when you’re trying to travel light. Who am I kidding…I never travel light!

Black and White Gingham Sundress, red quilted clutch bag


Gingham dress, red acrylic Ooh La La necklace
Black and White Gingham Sundress, red quilted clutch bag

Black and white gingham sundress (last year) | Zara bag (old) | Ooh La La necklace from Etsy | Ri-belle sandals (old)

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19 responses to “Black and White Gingham Sundress + Style With a Smile Link Up”

  1. Lizzie says:

    This outfit is too cute! I love gingham 🙂 The necklace immediately caught my attention. I love how unique it is and the color is the perfect pop for this outfit!


  2. Your necklace is super cute! I love your red accessories for this outfit! Hope you had a nice Easter!

  3. Cheryl Shops says:

    I love how your red accessories pop against the black and white gingham—I have a similar dress, so I’m totally going to try this outfit idea!
    Cheryl Shops |

  4. Jennifer says:

    Such a cute dress!!

    Curated by Jennifer

  5. Beautiful dress, Emma. I love your red accessories too 🙂 Thanks so much for hosting.

  6. I love this larger checked gingham dress, Id wear it in a heartbeat! I love the midi length and the accessories are perfect with it and fun! Ooolala! so cute! Your makeup always looks so good! Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful trip! Isn’t it funny what we rediscover in our attics or put away! lol.
    jess xx

  7. Love this gingham dress with the pops of red! Thanks so much for the feature Emma!

  8. Hana says:

    You look so stunning!!! And I have noticed your beautiful accessories. Your earrings and your necklace are super matching with your red clutch. While the cute ring works in concert with your dress. I love them so much.

  9. Gail says:

    Great holiday look, and you’ve made me excited because my Greek holiday in July is happening and I haven’t got much to wear, having not had a holiday abroad since 2019! So one or two buys like this gingham dress are called for.

  10. Nancy says:

    I’m in love with your necklace! Very pretty. And gingham is always so beautiful.

  11. Pamela says:

    So fresh, I love a simple dress for holidays that take you year to year and you’ve dressed it up so prettily with bright pops of color.

  12. Emma, what a fabulously adorable dress! I love the bold red accessories with it, making it much more “Emma” than just black and white. That necklace is supremely fun! I don’t pack light either, try as I might, I will never be able to do it!


  13. Suzy Turner says:

    Emma, you look absolutely stunning in this dress! It’s the perfect holiday frock, isn’t it?
    Suzy xx

  14. Di says:

    Hope you had a fabulous holiday! Love this sweet black and white gingham check dress and your red accessories are standouts! Thanks for sharing and have a good week!

  15. Oh WOW Emma I’m a suckwer for a B&W gingham dress – like you I don’t really “do” B&W but there’s just something about this classic print, isn’t there?! Love yours with the red, you look stunning <3

    Thank you for hosting my lovely x

  16. Amber says:

    I absolutely love the pops of red with your black and white gingham dress! A beautiful look & perfect for your holiday.

    I hope you are having a great week so far!



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  17. Jacqui Berry says:

    I love this black and white number, looks super with the pops of red. Jacqui x

  18. Love this gingham dress, Emma, gorgeous on you and the perfect holiday dress. Enjoy!
    Alison xx

  19. So, so cute!!! I’m in love with the ooh la la necklace!

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