The piece: Zara Checkered Dress
The price £40
Why we want it: Full disclosure: I almost have a compulsion to buy gingham. I purchase practically anything with the print, barely thinking about when and how I'll wear it. I'm happy to report that I didn't have to think hard about when (Bank Holiday weekend) and how (with my favourite block-heeled strappy sandals) I'll wear this dress when it arrived earlier this week. It is just as pictured, an ideal Summer staple — the kind that goes effortlessly from workdays to outdoor BBQs, and thanks to the classic fit-and-flare cut, it flatters just about every shape. Add to that an under-£50 price tag, and I'm hard-pressed to find one negative thing to say about it — except that I wish it came in other colours, because I would obviously buy them all.